You want to justify some IT spending for cloud-based platforms. Your CEO or board has asked for a business case, and you’ve been scrambling to create one. Of course, you’ll include obvious items like capex versus opex. However, most business cases miss three important concepts:
1. The value of agility
Yes, again. The problem with agility in a business case is that it’s hard to define, as well as hard to assign a dollar figure. Agility rarely gets into cloud business cases.
But agility should always be considered in a cloud business case, even if in the abstract. If you can scale a server cluster in seconds without driving hardware and software buying cycles, what is that worth to the business? In most cases, I suspect it’s worth a lot.