Reasons to Manage Your Data with Cloud Computing

Are you still having thoughts of using cloud computing to manage client’s data?  In today’s technology world, one of the biggest challenges is scrambling to deploy the technologies that will allow data to be put to good use.  Grasping how current cloud computing overcomes previous challenges in identify and access management problems, here are 3 good reasons to consider why you should managed client’s data with cloud computing:

1. Overcome Traditional Technology

The reality with cloud computing has exposed a number of shortcomings that the traditional identity and access management technology do not have when it comes to managing voluminous data and hosting various devices.  Consider the following:

  • Internal Applications and Process – traditional solutions are designed to simplify and enhance integration with practically millions of users across internal platforms and processes. However, when it comes to the management of consumer-generated data, the numbers drastically increase with the purposes and functionalities becoming varies for a wide array of applications.
  • Structure – traditional systems rely on highly structured data, but consumer-generated data is generally unstructured, which means there is a need to compensate for the discrepancy.
  • Security Measures – traditional providers use security that are not equipped to handle customer identity because they are perimeter-based, which means interaction with various third-party identity services and providers can be left unsecured.
  • User Experience – traditional systems do not allow for a single sign-on process, which fails to enhance the user experience necessary for better customer engagement.
  • Security Updates –traditional systems may fail to comply with security requirements of social networks and government regulations based on continuously changing marketplace.
  • Customer Insights – consumer-generated data provides inputs on progressive profiling to deliver a better understanding of customer needs, something that traditional systems may fail to provide.

These are some of the shortcomings identified with traditional systems including customized solutions.  Do you know how IT professionals adapt to these shortcomings?  By turning to cloud-based platforms designed to handle huge volumes of unstructured consumer-generated data.

2. Focus on Security

There is a myth that cloud-based solutions are security risks.  The reality is that the types of attacks and breaches that can be experienced by a cloud-based solution are virtually the same as those of on-site ones.  In fact, if we are to look at a 2014 security report, it would seem that attacks are more prevalent for on-site solutions.

Breaches for cloud-based solutions are being addressed by providers through stronger security measures incorporated into core architectures.  The good news is that identity-based security protocols are simultaneously evolving with the cloud technology.  For most part, transactions carry the necessary user authentication and authorizations policies.

Robust authentication, authorization, and auditing protocols combined with personally identifiable information helps to secure access of customer data from various endpoints.  Encryption and risk-based authentication balances the need for security evaluation and access to information during login procedures.  Cloud security solutions helps in automating the security compliance process for data interaction.

3. Best Identity Management Solution

Why should cloud be viewed as the best solution?  For one, it responds to the needs of revenue-driven systems that are simply out of the scope of legacy technology.  The scalability and streamlined approach drastically reduces integration time for applications resulting in better customer data monetization while delivering better data privacy.

The cloud platform also offers improved flexibility that allows plug-and-play integrations that supports scalable architecture and accelerated delivery for faster growth and change.  The technology supports multiple API environments with safe management for both structured and unstructured customer data.  The internal and customer data assets remain secured while the impacts of breaches are greatly minimized.

Contact NexStep to have a better understanding in how cloud computing works and enjoy the benefit of cloud computing in storing and managing your client’s data efficiently.