Data storage and analysis is a major concern of Quality 4.0. To help shed some light on this area, ASQ recently featured Alka Jarvis, co-author of Successful Management of Cloud Computing and Dev Ops, in a short video about the benefits of cloud computing and how it can help quality professionals manage their data storage challenges.
According to Alka, resource pooling is a key characteristic of cloud computing, a feature that is often used for data storage and processing services.
“Resource pooling is where cloud service providers can share resources amongst several customers who have different needs and requirements. According to the customer’s needs and requirements, the provider can help them achieve their goals,” explained Jarvis.
“The fact that cloud computing can be used in an on-demand or just in time mode is another major benefit,” continued Alka. “This can help professionals more effectively manage their finances, as they will only be charged for the bandwidth they use.”
“The third thing is easy maintenance,” added Alka. “Usability is one of the greatest aspects of quality and, in fact, any industry. If you have products or services that are easy to use your customers will remain in a sustainable mode, which means you won’t lose them.”
In addition, Alka said that a major stand-out of the cloud is its scalability, making it a much more efficient and cost-effective alternative to other storage options that often come with expensive hardware and labour costs.
“The matrix and reporting service of the cloud is another defining characteristic,” she continued. “This depends on telemetry in many cases, which some companies use, and some don’t. Telemetry is very intuitive feature whereby a customer uses something, and the data goes back to the service provider. This helps the service provider pinpoint what the customer is using the most, therefore they can structure any enhancements on those areas only.”