Even in 2013, ‘the cloud‘ is still confusing. I guess that’s what we get for using such a wispy term to describe what pretty much is ‘the internet’. But when people reference ‘the cloud’, it’s usually in relation to things like software, storage and computing. So it’s fair to consider ‘the cloud’ and ‘cloud computing’ to be virtually the same thing: software that is passed over the internet.
One of our biggest YMCA customers, Greater San Antonio, is migrating from Class® software to ACTIVE Net™. I know, I know. What’s the big deal, right? A customer is switching from one of our software systems to another. Although the move itself may not directly impact you today, it speaks to a much more important trend across the YMCA industry: YMCAs are moving to the cloud. Continue reading
The cloud: You may be asking yourself, “What the heck is it and why does it matter to me?” Simply put, cloud computing is software that is delivered over the internet without the need for in-house servers or maintenance. So rather than having a clunky server and access to your recreation system from just the front desk computers, you can get into the system securely from any computer with the internet without hardware. Continue reading
All types of recreation organizations have been doing more with less over the last few years. That trend will continue as budgets remain tight, but service expectations continue to rise. One way to save time and money is with technology, specifically software that can help automate back-office tasks. But organizations have many options when it comes to software ranging from solutions they host themselves to ones hosted by the provider (in the cloud). Today, we’ll break down the latter and why it makes sense in this economy: Continue reading
By now, you’ve probably heard a bunch of people talk about “the cloud” and “cloud computing.” But the definition of the cloud is as hazy as the term itself. For parks and recreation directors, we’re going to provide a definition and discuss why it’s important for you to take notice. Let’s clear up some of this cloud talk:
Cloud computing: Software that is delivered over the internet without the need for in-house servers or system maintenance. To access applications in the cloud, all you need is an internet connection and log in credentials. Continue reading