What does “Cloud Computing” mean to your Agency?

By Becky Jacobs- Northstar Technology Solutions, Bill Hafdal – Solbrekk Business Technology Solutions, and Bret Erickson- Passkey Computer Services

 

What does “Cloud Computing” mean to your Agency?

It would be nice if one day, when discussing technology trends, we could outline a sure bet, a hands down – this is the way to go opinion.  Unfortunately, today is not that day as there is no easy answer to this question.  The goal of this article is to provide Insurance Agencies with information to consider the options that are available; to provide insight for the tech savvy agency to the agency that has minimally adopted technology in their business.

 

So what is Cloud Computing?  The Wikipedia definition is: Cloud computing is a paradigm shift following the shift from mainframe to client-server in the early 1980s.  Details are abstracted from the users, who no longer have need for expertise in, or control over, the technology infrastructure “in the cloud” that supports them.  Cloud computing describes a new supplement, consumption, and delivery model for IT services based on the Internet, and it typically involves over-the-Internet provision of dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources.

How does this paradigm shift affect your Agency?  Does the “Cloud” make sense for your agency?  To assist you with answering those question, we have outlined the four most common technology models found in Insurance Agencies today including definition of each model and the most common advantages and disadvantages associated with each model.  CLICK HERE to read more of our article in The Minnesota News.

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