Churches, non-profits, and other industries are checking out the potential of cloud computing in increasing numbers. The reasons for this are many… cost, collaboration, availability, ease of use, and others.
Much of what I do on a daily basis for my work and ministry is online/on-cloud. Planning Center Online, Evernote, Google Docs, Toodledo, Dropbox, Evernote… all of these services are either syncable or are solely online.
The outage detailed in the linked article below effected me personally. I rely on Hootsuite for my social media needs, and it was completely down for about 12 hours. For me, it was just a small frustration. I can’t imagine the headaches the outage caused for businesses that depend on access for their day-to-day operations.
I have written before about the idea of church projection/presentation software that is cloud-based. The benefit of being able to develop an order of service from any computer should be weighed against the possibility of network outages and loss of data.
As these services become the norm, what will the potential backlash of future outages be? Hard to say.