One of the key reasons usually given for moving services to cloud is to save money by getting rid of expensive IT infrastructure. However, making the business case on cost grounds alone is not necessarily straightforward. First, cloud almost certainly won’t save money unless you fundamentally reengineer your organisation; second, although it takes away in-house IT operations, it creates the need for new skills, such as billing management and managing your cloud provider to ensure they deliver the agreed service; and third, you need to know your way round the ins and outs of cloud usage and charging models to ensure you are minimising spend with your cloud provider.
Fortunately, the properties of cloud enable a business case to be made in different ways, focusing on the other benefits that it offers over in-house service provision. Here are five examples where cloud offers specific benefits which can be used as the basis of a business case.
Collaborations and joint ventures
When you’re setting up a joint venture or collaboration, cloud offers an excellent solution to the dilemma of which organisation’s IT system you should use. If there’s a proven SaaS service available, such as Microsoft Office 365, this can be put in place quickly and ensures that everyone is using the same versions of the same applications, making information sharing much easier. It is also straightforward to add users as the project develops, and wind up at the end of the venture.
This was the solution chosen by Fusion, a joint venture (JV) between three leading construction companies – BAM Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Ferrovial – which was awarded one of the three enabling works contracts for High Speed Two (HS2). Fordway implemented a dedicated Office 365 domain for Fusion and now provides ongoing user support through its Service Desk. This ensures that everyone

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