The cloud refers to an extensive data and program storage system that, unlike standard hard drives, cannot be accessed from a single location. Data and programs are accessed remotely, mostly through the web, from any part of the world. To break away from the limitations of standard on-site computer hard drives, businesses have progressively been adopting various cloud solutions depending on their needs.

A couple of years ago, organizations only pushed minor processes like document processing to the cloud. As confidence in the cloud grew among consumers, businesses began shifting some of their core computer operations to the cloud. Currently, a significant number of businesses are even looking into cloud-based quality management systems.

Typically, cloud-based quality management systems come in three types of setups:

Private Cloud: This is the type of cloud which offers remote access to resources from a company’s own server room. Companies leverage their own resources and expertise to build and maintain the data centers, consequently earning full control of the hardware, software, and data. This is arguably the most expensive cloud option, and it is only ideal for large businesses that can afford to run their own stable cloud framework.

Public Cloud: Unlike the private cloud, public cloud infrastructure is owned and managed by a third party service provider. The provider only grants access and control to the segment and resources you have paid for and retains the rights to fully control and maintain system resources, plus security. It’s largely inexpensive and flexible compared to a standard private cloud. This makes it ideal for all types of businesses, including startups.

Hybrid Cloud: Just as the name suggests, this is a combination of the private and public cloud systems. Organizations combine their in-house private cloud systems and the public cloud through intricate architectures to control part of their data while leveraging third-party resources. Choosing this option for your quality management system, or QMS, means relying on third party hosted QMS software while controlling some of the data processes from your own company servers.

Benefits of Using a Cloud-Based Quality Management System

Now that you understand the cloud setups you could employ in your QMS, how does your company stand to benefit?

First and foremost, flexibility should be your number one concern when it comes to QMS. Organizations are constantly evolving. A developing company requires an equally flexible QMS software that develops along with it. And that is where the cloud comes in. Relying on it places you on the safe side of leveraging additional resources as your organization grows.

Secondly, the cloud comes in handy for businesses that are constantly seeking ways to reduce their cost of operations without compromising on quality. This is because you will be required to pay only for the QMS resources you are leveraging at a particular time. It is also considerably cheaper compared to building your own cloud management system.

For additional help in assessing the possibilities of adopting cloud quality management software, get in touch with QAD CEBOS through or (810) 534-2222.