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The Cloud: Beyond the Buzzword

Posted By USFN, Thursday, April 4, 2013
Updated: Monday, November 30, 2015

April 4, 2013


by Shawn J. Burke
ServiceLink, FNF’s National Lender Platform – USFN Associate Member

One of the challenges of working in technology is the never-slowing pace of change. At any moment when you feel you’ve come to understand how to use technology to support your business, it is inevitable … something new will appear challenging the status quo. Without a doubt “The Cloud” has been one of those changes. Not only is there a paradigm shift in the way we think about computing, but there is an overwhelming challenge brought by marketing to simply understand what “The Cloud” is and how it can support your business.

USFN works to promote professionalism and provide education to the real estate finance industry. Among its numerous committees is the technology committee, where we strive to identify industry hot points and deliver relevant information to benefit the membership. The cloud seemed like a perfect topic for early 2013. However, there are so many aspects to the cloud that writing a single informative article just wasn’t possible. Therefore, a “series approach” to looking at the cloud will be taken. In upcoming USFN e-Updates, look for the series to address the following “cloud” topics:

  • Is the Cloud Secure? An examination of what it means to be secure, how nothing is secure (or not in and of itself), and the choices one needs to make to ensure security.
  • What do you need in the Cloud to be audit-compliant? An examination of some of the specific challenges attorney members of the technology committee have observed during audits.
  • Where are the major bottlenecks and risks with the Cloud? An examination of the critical need for Internet access when using the cloud; how major companies overcome with redundancy, and how you can too.

There are virtually endless possibilities regarding what can be discussed regarding “The Cloud.” We could certainly talk about Facebook and LinkedIn; however, there is no shortage of articles already addressing social media in the cloud. The e-Update series will focus more on hosting systems and using cloud-based services to run your business.

When addressing a topic with as many facets as “The Cloud,” we’d like to know if we’re hitting a mark that helps you. Feel free to suggest topic ideas, offer feedback on the articles, or make other comments via Twitter @ShawnJBurke or via email to As Chair of the USFN Technology Committee, it is my objective to provide content that benefits our readers.

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