Astadia ITX ROI Calculator helps you calculate the cost of applications in the Cloud


By Elena Savvides – EMEA Marketing Manager, Astadia Consulting

There’s no doubt Cloud computing is here to stay; anyone who thinks otherwise is in for a nasty shock pretty soon, I mean we all know the benefits, right?

We know it’s the way of the future, we know IT infrastructure is going to “The Cloud”, but if we really understood the benefits we wouldn’t still be sitting on the fence, waiting to see who’s going to be the early adopters. After all as a CIO or IT Manager, I wouldn’t want the blame of a failed IT project landing at my door, would you?

So how can we really start to quantify the benefits of moving our IT infrastructure to the cloud? The first place to start is with some of the off-the-shelf products like Salesforce.com or Eloqua Marketing Automation, which are fairly simple plug and play concepts; you pay for what you use; nice and easy.

But what about those custom apps developed back in the day, by “what’s his name in IT, you know that grey haired techie who programs all day in Java script!” Those apps that are now totally ingrained in the backbone of your business. They’re not the best, they’re only accessible via VPN, but hey they do the job and everyone knows how to use them, I mean if it’s not broke, don’t fix it?

Here’s another example, are you one of those organisations that have tens, if not hundreds of Excel documents. All your intellectual property is tied up in a bunch of scary Excel macros; Managers and Business Owners have no visibility and the net effect of all that, is a series of isolated data silos run by key individuals who are hanging onto their little empires. Data security is immeasurable, as is data quality, but what is best way forward from this?

What we really need is a quantifiable way of measuring the cost verses the benefits of moving our homegrown, custom apps to the cloud. What we should be asking ourselves is, which pieces of my IT infrastructure and application portfolio will cost less and perform better when moved to the cloud? In other words, how do you capture that magical Return on Investment (ROI)?

Traditional on premise solutions leak money at three major points as a company undergoes change. By standardising your application environment in the Cloud you’ll consistently provide elasticity for your business at all of these points.

It’s a proven fact the cloud increases the efficiency of IT infrastructure. Economies of scale reduce costs exponentially, while improving the security, reliability, and functionality of most application environments and architectures. The technology is ready. The ROI is waiting.

But hey, don’t take my word for it – try it yourself and tell me what you think!
http://astadia.com/itx/

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10 Responses to “Astadia ITX ROI Calculator helps you calculate the cost of applications in the Cloud”


  1. 1 Mark Johnstone June 25, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Looking forward to seeing the ITX Calculator being showcased next week at the Cloud Computing World Forum Elena

  2. 3 Peter Saunders June 25, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Hi Elena
    We’ll also be at the event next week with our hybrid cloud offering – look forward to seeing you!
    I will be very interested in seeing the ITX ROI calculator and to see how it can be applied in a practical way.
    Regards
    Peter

  3. 5 Ranbir Sahota June 25, 2010 at 11:28 am

    This sounds really interesting Elena. I can see how the ROI caculator would help anyone thinking of moving to the cloud.

    Do remember to pop over to Magic Software’s stand 27 to learn about hybrid cloud computing and hear their UK MD speak at the event. He’s got a customer case study worth listening to as well. See you at the Cloud Computing World Forum next week.

  4. 7 Sydney June 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Hi Elena,

    I find your comment about “organizations that have tens, if not hundreds of Excel documents. All your intellectual property is tied up in a bunch of scary Excel macros; Managers and Business Owners have no visibility…” very interesting and relatable. I’ve run into countless business who are sending around spreadsheets with important data, only to find things are entered in wrong, the data isn’t complete, or they are just doing double the work. I think cloud-based online databases are a wonderful solution to this problem. Online databases allow for a centrally located platform where business can update data simultaneously, run real-time reports, coordinate with other units, have access to data anywhere there is internet, and even create custom applications. I may be a little biased, but TrackVia is a great online database tool for this kind of thing. If you want to check it out, there’s a free trial on the website to see how it works (www.trackvia.com).

    • 8 astadiaemea June 26, 2010 at 9:17 am

      Hi Sydney,
      Thank you for your comment and yes, I totally agree – Cloud based applications are the perfect solution to double entry data problems. Today with applications like Smartsheet and Google Docs it is fantastic to be able to share data across multiple locations and have many people contributing to one document at the same time. This is the true value of the Cloud. Work anywhere, with anyone, at any time. For sure I’ll take a look at TrackVia, sounds very interesting. Feel free to get in touch if you want to discuss more – esavvides@astadia.com.
      Thanks,
      Elena

  5. 9 Osmar June 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    ROI for cloud apps is a touchy subject at the moment – too much hype around the cloud and not enough hard, factual evidence. Your calculator looks to be solving that – Nice work! What are the calculations based on?

    • 10 astadiaemea June 26, 2010 at 5:49 pm

      Hi Osmar,
      The calculations are based around the Force.com platform. I’ll be posting another article that looks into this in more detail on Monday – take a look and if you have any questions, let me know.
      Thanks,
      Elena.


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