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  • Cloud computing taking off in health care market

    The health care field does not always adopt the latest technologies as quickly as the enterprise space, given the sensitive nature of patient data. Organizations in this field must be sure this information is safeguarded at all times to avoid experiencing breaches that may lead to severe compliance fines from stiff industry regulations.

    Cloud computing has very much followed this slow adoption model, but it appears health providers are warming up to the idea of implementing cloud environments. Healthcare Global's Stephanie Ocano recently detailed the benefits of the technology when introduced into this market.

    Medical imaging in particular stands to take full advantage of cloud services. Ocano noted organizations can leverage the cloud to store and share large files among physicians, ultimately improving data access speed and efficiency.

    "Widening access to health care means companies need greater agility to adapt to change at high speed and low cost, and cloud computing can solve this. The demand to reach, engage and manage millions of individual end-customers calls for more powerful systems. At the same time, this flood of patient data needs to be securely shared with healthcare providers," Ocano explained.

    Cloud is crucial for electronic medical records migration
    The health care field is currently experiencing a monumental shift from paper recordkeeping to electronic medical documents. This transition may be large in scope, but the cloud could be just what the industry needs to make the switch. Ocano believes EMR applications and secure text messaging will become more SaaS-based entities moving forward.

    But what about security? Organizations that have yet to make the leap to the cloud often cite this concern as the primary reason behind their unwillingness to adopt the technology. However, this fear may be somewhat overblown, given that vendors offer proper safeguards to keep content safe.

    Ocano indicated service providers include encryption services and tokenization solutions to secure any information shared between groups. Before adopting a cloud environment, health organizations should make sure the vendor and themselves understand the security responsibilities of the partnership.

    Use of cloud in health care just getting started
    Cloud computing may be a widespread solution across various industries but this is not the case with the health market. This suggests many organizations will be first-time adopters in the near future, so they will need to have a clear plan in place to make the most informed decisions regarding the use of the technology. Relying on paper records is simply not supportive of today's fast-paced operations in which employees need access to data anywhere at any time.

    A Porter Research survey discovered a majority of health operations still rely on paper despite the fact that the cloud is available. What is not surprising, however, is that the technology is still expected to greatly influence the industry.

    Cynthia Porter, president of Porter Research, asserted the findings of gaming-changing solutions in the health field were "eye-popping."

    "For instance, how revealing was it that 58 percent of the nation's leading healthcare execs place a high importance in cloud-based technologies even though the industry is still greater than 70 percent paper-based?" Porter asked.

    Health providers interested in adopting the cloud can benefit greatly from using migration tools such as RISC Networks CloudScape to identify any issues that may occur before launching a service. The solution includes a benchmark to gauge the workloads and server performance to help users achieve a successful implementation from the start. What's more is that the suite makes it easy for organizations to compare the very best cloud environments on the market to make the most informed decision possible.

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  • Going Big with OpenStack at the National Security Agency

    The National Security Agency (NSA) has been taking the heat for several months now, no doubt. And there has been plenty of commentary on the intelligence agency already. Although this blog entry is going to delve into the NSA, I’m not going to share my thoughts on the fundamental controversy of whether the NSA has overstepped its bounds. Instead, I am going to share some interesting details, on what the NSA has been doing with OpenStack. Frankly, it’s pretty neat stuff. Image Upload Teaser Image:  read more

  • Employers Want These Skills in Systems Integrators

    Systems integration professionals have seen an uptick in hiring as more companies implement package-based solutions to their core infrastructures. Observing the trend, Tracy Cashman, a partner in Boston-based WinterWyman’s IT Search division, says, “I don’t think it’s going away for the next year to two years.” Click here to find systems integration jobs. Hard Skills Systems integration is as diverse as the job description is broad. Titles depend on the company and level of the role. High level positions include director of integration , solutions architect , cloud architect , cloud integration engineer and SaaS engineer . Dakin Gunn, director of permanent placement services for Robert Half Technology in San Francisco, notes that recruiters are being asked for more candidates who specialize in ERP , CRM and cloud systems such as Salesforce , Workday or PeopleSoft . “We’re definitely seeing a larger need,” he says. “The title may not always be ‘systems integration,’ but the work is systems integration. The biggest demand is in cloud or SaaS or PaaS , as well as in the CRM arena.” Gunn has seen more requests for scripting languages and networking, as well. “Candidates really need to be able to script things so the systems automate with each other,” he says. “Other big ones are networking experience, networking protocols, firewalls, routing and security.” “Employers are looking for candidates with a good knowledge of apps and excellent SQL skills to tie their systems together” adds WinterWyman’s Cashman. “Old school businesses wanted a certain language or tool or skill, whether it was Java or .NET . Now you might get ‘Yes, we need someone who knows .NET but what we really need are the SQL skills.’” Soft Skills As with other areas of tech, succeeding as a systems integrator requires more than hard technical skills. Employers aren’t focusing on types of integration, such as vertical or horizontal, Cashman observes. They’re looking for breadth rather than depth. The technology piece of the soft skill that comes up the most is the ability to problem solve. “Employers want candidates who can look at the system, perceive the bumps and have an intuitive understanding of how to get the different elements to talk to one another,” she says. Having customer- and client-facing people skills is important, too, because “they’ll be going out and integrating the company’s systems into the clients’ systems,” notes Gunn. The company that’s getting the service may want their own point of contact. “Integrations are extraordinarily expensive, he continues. “When you’re paying for a service, you’re going to need your own expert.” Big Data Opportunities Another arena is Big Data . People that have experience with Big Data analytics or Big Data platform integration are in high demand right now. Gunn says a Hadoop background or NoSQL database experience is a plus, as well. “They’re not always a requirement,” he says “but most companies want to harness that data. It’s a marketable skill set.” Related Stories What Does an IT Architect Do? IT Hiring Shifts From Coding to Integration 10 Skills All IT Architects Should Have The post Employers Want These Skills in Systems Integrators appeared first on Dice News .