Chief Financial Officer
DO MORE WITH LESS
As a CFO, you may be under pressure to maintain or grow your business while also keeping costs down, especially in the face of a potential global downturn. One way to achieve these goals is by fostering a culture of collaboration and teamwork within your organization, as this can help your team tackle the most pressing challenges facing your business.
However, it's important to consider the balance between resources dedicated to "keeping the lights on" versus "empowering the business." Adopting cloud technology can potentially change this equation, as it can help to reduce the cost and complexity of IT infrastructure and enable your team to focus on more strategic initiatives.
By carefully evaluating the benefits and costs of moving to the cloud, you can make informed decisions about how it can impact your bottom line and contribute to the overall success of your organization.
Your cloud office, consisting of communication, storage, and collaboration services, is an essential part of your computing infrastructure. By taking the time to understand and customize it to fit your organization's workloads, you can reduce both running costs and technical debt.
Connecting your back-end "systems of record" to your cloud office gives you a strategic advantage by automating processes that plan and control the use of resources within your organization.
These "systems of engagement" can be implemented within Office 365, allowing you to take advantage of the security and convenience of working within your corporate collaboration platform.
If you are not running business-critical workloads within Office 365, it may be worth considering why and exploring the technical possibilities with our team. By maximizing the capabilities of your cloud office, you can drive greater efficiency and effectiveness within your organization."
There are several key steps you can take to determine whether moving to the cloud is a good fit for your organization:
Assess your current IT solutions to determine your total costs of ownership.
Compare these costs with what your vendor offers in the cloud in terms of capabilities, security, and costs, and identify any gaps.
Conduct a pilot project to study the impact of the cloud on your business in terms of value added and running costs.
Surface relevant business data into your cloud office to explore the possibilities and determine if it makes sense for your organization.
If the results of the pilot project are positive, consider starting your migration using the insights you gained as an incentive for change.
If your IT team lacks the necessary expertise, consider using the services of Microsoft's partners to jumpstart the process and ensure a smooth transition.