Thinking About Cloud Computing? What questions should you be asking and why. – Part 9

Cloud Computing - How fast does your Internet connection need to be

How fast does your Internet connection need to be?

If you have a Crappy Internet connection you can stop reading now and give up on the Cloud (until your Internet options improve).   Any Cloud Practice Management App (PM App) needs a reliable Internet connection with decent speed.

This is the most important part of your Cloud adventure.  You are about to make your Internet Connection business critical.  Get this part wrong and you are going to suffer immensely.  For that reason I’ve spent a fair bit of time below getting into the details (sorry about the length but I think it will be worth your time). Continue reading

Thinking About Cloud Computing? What questions should you be asking and why. – Part 8

Cloud Computing - Is a Data Conversion necessaryIs a Data Conversion Necessary?

Data conversions are an ugly process.  If you choose a Cloud Practice Management Application (PM App) from a new company, they have to reverse engineer your old Company’s  data format, then smush it all around (technical term) into their own proprietary database format.   Often there aren’t equivalent fields for some data, so it’s left behind.   My experiences for data conversions have been “Someone always cries”.  Continue reading

Thinking About Cloud Computing? What questions should you be asking and why. – Part 5

HowCanItDirectlyBenefitYourPracticeHow can it directly benefit your Practice?

The benefits of a Cloud Practice Management Application (PM App) can materialize in many different ways within your Practice.   The various vendors will all promise some combination of these factors

Lower Costs – the first thing we think about and the primary motivator to consider the move to Cloud.  Cost savings can come from: Continue reading

Thinking About Cloud Computing? What questions should you be asking and why. – Part 3

Cloud Computing Chalkboard-What can the Cloud do for youWhat can the Cloud do for you?

The Short Answer is “Outsourcing”.   This means to take something you have been doing in-house yourself, and get it from someone else that can hopefully do it better and cheaper than you did on your own.   Another benefit might be that the time you no longer have to spend on this can now be better directed to patient care, improving your Practice further. Continue reading