Friday, March 6, 2015

IT as a Service Bringing SMB’s and Rural Hospitals Forward

Small to medium businesses (SMB’s) and rural hospitals are very similar when it comes to balancing tight budgets with limited resources. This often leaves SMB’s and rural hospitals at a disadvantage when trying to compete with their larger counterparts and big budgets. Fortunately, new technology advancements are helping to level the playing field, so that even with limited IT resources, smaller organizations can have access to technology and quality performance typically reserved for larger enterprises.

The evolution of IT as a Service (ITaaS) has given SMB’s and rural hospitals new life relative to managing their IT environment. ITaaS allows these organizations to take advantage of a multitude of technology and support without having to hire or expand their internal IT presence. For example, cloud computing and its components such as PaaS, IaaS and SaaS helps SMB’s and rural hospitals leverage the power of using any device, even smartphones, to carry on their business while reducing dependence on in-house software and hardware infrastructure. High speed broadband connections over a fiber optic network transmits data at speeds far exceeding current DSL or cable modem speeds, typically by tens or even hundreds of Mbps allowing faster movement of data.

SMB’s and rural hospitals should look to vendors like HealthNet connect|BroadNet connect (HNcBNc) that can provide total ITaaS under one roof. HNcBNc owns its own secure fiber optic network and data center infrastructure. This is a huge advantage as they can provide a “total solution” without having to deal with several vendors.

SMB’s and rural hospitals have to be much more nimble than their larger counterparts, as they are constantly reacting to dramatic shifts in growth and demands. In the past, organizations would have to anticipate demand, and then build their infrastructure to handle it. That often meant overestimating and overspending most of the year. ITaaS help reduce this ambiguity and allow these organizations to quickly scale up or down, depending on their needs. So, if the needs of your organization changes, you don’t need to add new infrastructure. Instead you can quickly increase requirements to match growth.

Rodney Brown

Mr. Brown brings extensive experience building companies and leading sales, operations and service organizations in technology and healthcare. He is the Executive Director of HealthNet connect and CEO of HNcBNc.

The views and opinions on this blog are my own.

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