Cloud ROI tools: You’re all worthless and weak!
‘Anyone who trots out the hoary “ability to avoid capex costs” concept as the primary driver for adopting the cloud simply lacks a clear understanding of how to determine the true value of cloud computing.’
I quickly opened up the study Forrester Consulting did for us on our cloud services, and the very first benefit they cite is…
Hardware cost avoidance
I wanted to drop and give David twenty more benefits, but Forrester’s Total Economic Impact study cites only nine more, including:
- Increased productivity
- Reduced services costs
- Improved data backup and protection
- Improved IT agility
- Leveraged Kronos expertise
- Minimized compliance risk
- Software upgrade cost savings
- Improved uptime and reliability
- Eliminated Hardware refresh costs
So while I don’t agree with David to just ignore cloud ROI calculators, I do agree anyone considering cloud must “do the deep work to understand what you truly need and what you don’t.” I’d recommend Joe McKendrick’s 9 Questions to Ask Before Signing a Cloud Computing Contract over at Forbes, plus make sure you talk to a few customers already using the services.
Not putting in the effort to really understand a cloud offering and the experience customers are having with it could put you in double secret probation. Whatever that is.