Cloud ROI: 4 Critical Considerations
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User Rank: Strategist
6/27/2014 | 2:57:10 PM
Re: Cloud ROI: 4 Critical Considerations
I think the fourth point -- build the business case -- goes back to the idea of running IT as a business. Unless you do that, efforts can end up being wasted. I just saw an assessment that looks at whether organizations are ready to do that. (It's from 

Worth taking a look at. 

--KB (me: )
User Rank: Ninja
6/26/2014 | 12:52:45 PM
Cloud ROI: 4 Critical Considerations
Great article, Jonathan. I checked out the full version (It's only one click away, folks, don't be scared), and was very impressed with the production value there. Call me old-school, but graphs and charts do a lot to bring it home for me. You also make some very strong points over there about how meeting these ROI goals is easier said than done when it comes to the expertise, time, and money needed to get your solution up and running to begin with. That's certainly true with anything, but I think people are inclined to imagine 'cloud' as something that does the work for them (maybe we should have called it something else).

As you rightly point out, though, that doesn't mean the business case isn't there. Indeed, quite the opposite - if you do your math the right way, you'll see exactly how much you'll stand to save (or, not save) when it comes to cloud, instead of just having a rough estimate or a 'gut feeling'. I think we could all do with a little more of that in our business lives...but it won't be that easy to get people to leave their gut feelings on the shelf, especially if their gut feeling is what's keeping their department budget where they like it.

User Rank: Ninja
6/26/2014 | 12:00:04 PM
Re: Good start
I was on a panel yesterday talking about this phenomenon; I've come to the conclusion that the big "cloud push" is probably going to come from Chief Financial Officers if fear and protectionism keeps it from coming from IT.
User Rank: Ninja
6/26/2014 | 10:11:07 AM
Re: Good start
Great points on the fear many IT shops have when it comes to looking at any type of hosted service, the fear of job loss and loss of control is enough to create a lot of friction when it comes to seriously considering outsourced services.  Until the mindset changes that cloud can help remove routine, mundane tasks allowing these IT folks to focus on more business-critical tasks, it's still going to be a bit of a hard sell in some cases, especially those with large in-house IT shops.
User Rank: Author
6/25/2014 | 3:38:26 PM
Good start
Good start on this topic Jonathan. Let us know what you think of the full version, readers. Also see our related article, Cloud Contracts: 8 Questions To Ask.

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