The Cost of Moving Communications to the Cloud 

Posted by Cindi Crane on Feb 6, 2018 2:47:41 PM

For many businesses, the perceived cost of new technology—versus continuing to use or migrating existing technology—is a roadblock to the cloud.

In addition, they are concerned about the number of people required to support the cloud, and the cost associated with hiring and retaining those resources.

Do any of these concerns sound familiar?

  • “We just put in a new voice and data system five years ago!”

  • “We already have a lot of CapEx—we want OpEx and a way to grow faster.”
  • “Management thinks we’ll be able to downsize IT, but I’m afraid I’ll be managing all the vendors we are outsourcing—and that’s still a lot of work!”

  • “We’re worried about cost savings and ease of functionality moving forward from a legacy platform.”

  • “Our big issues is the cost of cloud services over several lines of business.”

  • “It’s easier for smaller entities to move to the cloud; with 1,200 employees, it would be very expensive for us.”

Believe it or not, you can actually save money with the cloud.

The decision to use cloud services is usually made for reasons other than financial benefits. According to a 2014 Gartner CIO Survey, the primary reason for investing in the public cloud is agility—cited by 50% of respondents, over cost, innovation, quality, financial, and other reasons.

However, if cost savings is your motivation, it is critically important not to assume that there will be savings in the cloud until you’ve done some homework. It's important to analyze your specific situation and determine where and how you can use the cloud to achieve the outcomes you want—including, but not limited to, cost savings. At ConvergeOne, we help our clients perform a complete financial analysis and comparison of different approaches.

When all cost factors are taken into account, such as those tied to each phase of the project lifecycle, moving communications workload to the cloud can save businesses real money.

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Cindi Crane
Cindi Crane  -- Cindi is the Senior Director, Cloud Sales for ConvergeOne and has more than 25 years of experience as a Sales and Channel Management executive. She is also an author and speaker.