An important article appeared in last week's (Nov. 21) edition of Health Data Management (in their "HIT Think" series), entitled, "How to assess the decision to move analytics to the cloud", by authors, Tory Tolton and Will Bryant.
The thesis of the article is: "Moving data analytics to the cloud can be a leap forward for your organization—a cost-efficient way to gain speed, flexibility and immediate access to the latest technology advances. You'll find a growing array of vendors eager to show you how easy it is to make the move and reap the benefits." This, with the caveat that healthcare providers should have, "a clear-eyed assessment of the strategic benefits and risks. When moving analytics to the cloud is in an organization's best interests, identify a solution based on its analytic business needs, with a flexible cloud architecture and solid knowledge of the vendor marketplace."
The authors recommended that HIT leaders take into account the following six considerations when assessing the move of analytics to the cloud (and/or hybrid cloud):
- Know your needs; establish performance criteria
- Architect for change and flexibility
- Understand data warehouse needs
- Create an organizational development plan
- Consider new security issues
- Plan for a new type of vendor relationship
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