Control. We want it. It helped get us this far and, in some cases, we feel we must have it…
But do we need it?
A company’s decision to move to the cloud is partially based on that core question. For years, the accepted “best practice” was to keep everything in-house. Hardware, software, knowledge, intellectual property, employee access, etc. And to control your data.
Why did that become the accepted way? Well, mostly because there was no other way. Employees couldn’t work from home using a headset and a tablet. To have access to office applications, you had to be inside the office.
It wasn’t just because of limited options though. People have always felt, and will always feel, a need for control. There are lots of reasons doctors give us to explain why we feel this way: fear, risk, safety, power, trust. We believe that if we can control the things in our in our day, in our business, in our lives, then we can control all of those – whether we actually can or not.
What if that sense of control is costing you extra time, money, and resources? How much control you turn over and what gains you expect to achieve are serious considerations. Moving to the cloud is not for every company, but there are definite advantages. Among the biggest are: it gives you the ability to leverage technology to transform the way you do business and it helps you save time, money and productivity.
How many hours do you think your office was down in the last year for IT hardware, internet, or power? Think about it for a minute and get a number you think is accurate. Let’s look quickly at how just moving your infrastructure to the cloud can affect your business. Have a number? Good.
For the sake of example, I’m going with 50 hours – this is a conservative estimate for most companies. 50 hours of lost productivity multiplied by the number of employees that were down at the time. To make it easy on my math skills, we’ll say 50 employees. That 50 hours a year, just turned into 2500 hours of lost productivity. The average hourly rate for employees right now is around $25. So, those 50 hours of downtime just turned into $62,000 of wages paid with no return. That doesn’t take into consideration the amount of business you may have lost during that time and it’s typically more than enough to pay for a year of cloud infrastructure.
Here’s another example: Your development team just came in with an idea for a mobile app that you think is fantastic. The next day your IT team comes in with the estimate for the server and software the dev team needs for developing the app: $30k in hardware and $10K in specialized software. Once approved, you can have it ordered, installed, and configured within a short 6 week period. Or… you could have it available in Azure by the end of the week… and it’s Wednesday. Pay for what you use while it is developed and tested and if it doesn’t take off, turn it off.
Higher security? – No problem
No Up-front costs? – Check
Need more storage? – Minutes away
You can quickly see that by investing in some of these cloud advantages, you can remove things that limit your company’s potential by just letting go of a little “Control”.