​The advent of the cloud has brought opportunities for expanded, off-site data storage, heightened system oversight, and enhanced cybersecurity. The cloud can be an important and cost-effective tool for information management, if used prudently. This article explains the cloud and offers guidance for using it to achieve business and member-related goals.

Value to Electric Cooperatives:

Many utility managers are daunted by the prospect of using the cloud, as it is not easy to understand and seems to suggest a loss of control over sensitive data. This article aims to demystify the cloud and assist co-op leadership in understanding the opportunities offered through it and related business considerations.

Audience(s): CEOs and co-op leadership, Operations, Engineering, IT, Cybersecurity

Keywords: cloud, cybersecurity, data management