Texas Best Lobbying Firm News: Cloud Computing May Change Political Registrations
The following is a digest of a story originally found at the Network Exchange Blog. The Texas Lobby Group is posting this summary as a public service for Texas citizens, Texas lobbying organizations, Texas political consultants, and Texas government officials.
Cloud computing technology is a pooling of resources that is distributed over the internet, or any network, for consumer use. It has experienced a huge use increase recently and is changing the way business is run. Cloud computing is changing the way we receive goods and services, as well as airport check-ins or registration for events.
At issue is the need for internet resources to scale up quickly, based on demand, and then scale back. In the past, a company couldn’t afford to maintain high server resources all year just for the few times a year that they experienced a high traffic flow. All that is changing because of cloud servers. Now a small company can ramp up its server for an event, and then scale back afterwards.
“This kind of cloud product is perfect for a company with a robust event management platform. They can start small in the early months, allowing for application testing. As pre-registration ramps up, more virtual machines or resources can be added to the platform. During the final months before the event a full production environment can be provisioned, integrated, and tested before the first attendee picks up a badge. Usage will surely spike during the event with the majority of during the first day of the event. Afterward badge pick-up ends and the platform settles into a running state.”
Customer service is always evolving, and the ability to scale a server up before a high impact event means customer service increases greatly. Less waiting, more resources available for a massive set of online registrations, and less waiting means clients are happier.
Cloud computing may play a large role in political lobbying and canvassing in the years ahead. A candidate can ramp up online registration services during peak periods, and then scale back when those resources are not needed.
Of course, cloud computing presents other issues, such as new kinds of security risks and needs.