If your not bought into the value of Cloud services just yet, a significant underpinning benefit of a comprehensive Cloud strategy is the ability for a more mobile workforce, with tooling accessible from anywhere on any device.
Of course this does require a step change in how apps are produced, and business such as banks or other highly regulated industries looking to move to a more cloud world have the challenge of App refactoring so their apps work in the cloud, coupled with a raft of new concerns around security and compliance.
Familiar tools like Outlook, Word, Excel, Skype for Business, and Office 365 stay with employees throughout the day. In today’s mobile working landscape, everyone must be able to collaborate and get work done from virtually anywhere—and from their favorite devices.
Is it worth it? Well, one thing to consider is can a move to a Cloud first strategy itself actually be self funding? According to a recent Forrester study migrating to Office 365 can save a 2,500-person company 2.81 million dollars by enabling a more productive mobile workforce. Linearize that up and you soon have a new way to boost your business economy and retain your valuable staff.
Each remote worker has been estimated to produce 240 extra hours of work per year, or $5,114 of captured value per worker. A huge productivity lift enabling business to do more, with no additional staff uplift.
We can also factor in downsizing the actual office space, and the cost recovery from FM. Add to that, the significant savings of moving our own datacentres to a service provider and you may well have a completely self funded Future Operating Model.
Several years ago Forrester Research prepared a detailed analysis of the costs of leasing versus building a data center over a 15-year period and Cloud hosting has made it significantly cheaper since then. When all factors were considered, including risk, the research firm concluded that the costs of building and managing an enterprise-owned data center totaled approximately $47 million over the course of the 15 years. The cost of leasing a data center over the same period was less than $35 million, a differential of more than 25%.
Significant savings for small and midsize businesses can be realized also, with the average costs to build a data center for these companies about 1,800% higher at startup and 130% higher ongoing than the average costs of co-location.
So, Cloud, either Hybrid, Public or Managed Private should not be a blocker to your organization becoming a more mobile one, and capitalizing on the future state. Get in touch if you want some advice on this.
Read some stats from MS here on the value of Office 365 as an enabler to a mobile workforce.