Companies are scrambling towards the cloud because of the potential for lower costs and faster project deployments. But business leaders need to evaluate the financial pros and cons before jumping in, according to a new study by Forrester.
The survey, dubbed "The ROI of Cloud Apps," cites four primary points that business leaders need to consider before adopting the cloud or rebuffing it: the benefits, costs, risks and flexibility.
That sounds simple and logical enough, even to the point where it seems too obvious to be mentioned as those things should be considered during any major change at a company. However, given how much hype there is being dedicated to cloud computing these days, it is worrisome that business execs and IT managers will either transfer over to the cloud too hastily or refuse to join due to possible ungrounded fears.
Here's a chart from Forrester highlighting some examples of how Software as a Service (SaaS) can benefit a particular organization:
Some of the pitfalls, Forrester explains, include being locked into a contract with a vendor and being unable to switch later, as well as other vendor viability risks.
Nevertheless, based on the overarching themes and examples in Forrester's report, the benefits to adopting cloud computing (when planned well) seem to outweigh the potential problems. Here are four examples of ongoing benefits that Forrester thinks will be reaped with SaaS usage:
What pros and cons to cloud adoption do you think are missing from these findings?