A report by Forrester Research and the National Retail Federation reveals that 97% of the CIOs rank cyber security defense in the top five items on their agenda. However, budgets remain a huge challenge for them. Almost half of the CIOs expect to work with a flat or declining IT budget while about one-third expect to see modest increases of less than 10%. In recent years, the difficulty of pursuing new technology initiatives while operating under a constrained IT budget has become a hot topic.
Cloud computing and the associated remote management practices is proving to be a blessing to these CIOs. Cloud computing improves productivity by reducing downtime, minimizing revenue loss and cutting down the amount of time staff spend on troubleshooting backup systems. But, how do they sell the idea to the management and get the required IT budget outlays for the current year?
Most businesses spend 60-80% of their budgets on operations. A large chunk of the operating budget is manpower. What if the CIO is able to show management how they can reduce their spending on manpower? Cloud computing can help staff work smarter and increase productivity while reducing costs. A small contingent of human resources can run and manage a vast network of computers, systems, mobile devices, and servers, by centralizing management and implementing usage policies across the board. Intelligent client-based software panels can be used to integrate network management and policy implementation at a central administrative console.
Additionally, the CIO can cut the cost of infrastructure and investment in applications by migrating data backup to the cloud. Cloud backup service providers take on the responsibility for upgrade to existing hardware / software, security of data, maintenance of data centers and disaster recovery provisioning. Many backup and cloud computing services provide their customers with utilities to enable document and content management. Remote users can collaborate, share files or access data from across the board. Mobile users can log in from any location, any time and obtain access to mission-critical information that they need at the click of a button. All this translates into revenue for the business. All this is available to the end-user for a very nominal outlay by way of annual subscription.
Finally, Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with cloud computing and online backup service providers promise at least 99.9% uptime. This reduces costs of downtime and all other resulting business losses.
In short, CIOs can easily convince the powers that be, that cloud computing, including cloud backup and data storage, is the way to go! The business case can focus on enhancing business value and delivering technology innovation while decreasing labor and infrastructure costs with higher SLAs.
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