A service level agreement (SLA) is a contract between a business and its customer outlining the details that the two parties have agreed to in a transaction. The types of SLAs that an organization can use depends on many significant aspects. While some are targeted at individual customer groups, others discuss issues relevant to entire companies. This is because the needs of one user differ from those of another. Below is a list of the types of SLAs used by businesses today, and how each one is utilized for specific situations:
When it comes to cloud computing, service level agreements (SLA) act as both the structure and warranty of the terms of the relationship between the consumer and provider. SLAs that are tailored toward services in the cloud often include information that differs from other agreements of the same stature.
The following are important 6 considerations for service level agreements customized for the cloud of which to be aware:
New technologies in healthcare are being implemented at an increasingly rapid pace, creating game changers in the way medical personnel approach, diagnose and treat life threatening emergencies.
The research company Gartner has made a prediction that $1 trillion typically used for IT spending will now be targeted towards cloud computing rather than conventional IT equipment. Companies are more commonly spending their budgets on software rather than physical equipment that performs the same duties. This industry shift in spending on the cloud indicates the increasing realization of its importance.
As businesses move to the cloud, IT Service Management (ITSM) tools within the cloud are becoming increasingly common. The IT Information Library (ITIL) best practice approach to ITSM does not currently target the cloud, but its best practice approach to service management has resonated throughout the cloud-based application industry. This approach allows organizations to use IT to realize business change, transformation, and growth. ITIL's principles have been implemented in efficient and cost effective cloud-based analytical software applications today, however, further updates are required to target the following specific areas:
Athens Regional Health System is one of northeast Georgia's largest healthcare systems. ARHS is made up of an acute care hospital with 350-plus beds, four urgent care centers, a network of quality physicians and specialists, and a home health agency. ARHS was named the Large Hospital of the Year for the State of Georgia by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals. Today, ARHS is recognized as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation preferred by women.
Having a quality IT system is critical in running any efficient business, and a large hospital such as ARHS is no exception. Louis Duhé, Vice President and CIO, says that the hospital needed a new solution to their IT needs—one that was more efficient than their current in-house developed help desk application.
IT Change Management has many benefits including automating the submission, tracking, and approval for IT changes. It also cuts costs, reduces support calls and increases employee productivity.
When thinking about these benefits, there is also the advantage of helping your company become more secure by having your change management platform in a HIPAA-compliant cloud infrastructure. A recent InformationAge article from Giva explains these benefits in detail: The five reasons to keep change management in a HIPAA compliant cloud
Although many cloud vendors have been around for years, it does not mean they are HIPAA compliant. Make sure your company does its research before choosing which vendor they will trust to keep their information secure.