Highlight ROI for the Cloud with New Tool

The compelling business case for the cloud is realized by many IT professionals, but determining the return on investment of a technology such as cloud computing can prove to be difficult for organizations, especially while their cloud practices are still being developed and adopted.

Astadia, a pure-play cloud computing integrator, and Salesforce.com have come together to announce the launch of the IT Cloud Transformation ROI Calculator, a free online service which will enable you to quickly estimate how much you stand to save in the cloud, versus on-premise. The program takes into account software applications, servers, data centers and back office functions and determines which would be cheaper with Web-based software applications and how long it would take to achieve ROI. The ITX (IT Cloud Transformation) ROI Calculator provides results in both US dollars and British pounds. The ROI generations will be made specifically considering moves to the Force.com platform as well every other major cloud platform including Amazon Web Services and Google.

For example, the ROI calculator shows that an IT environment for 250 users would run $883,000 for on-premise, while in the cloud it would cost $515,875, a massive savings of $367,125. That savings figure takes into account infrastructure migration costs; IT services costs; software licenses; project and platform costs; and IT development. At that rate, the calculator illustrates that the return on investment of the cloud project would be roughly 2 1/2 years. (Andrew Hickey, CRN.com)

"This new tool shows how much money IT departments could be leaving on the table," Cory Vander Jagt, VP, Astadia ITX, says. "Premise based IT solutions leak money at three different inflection points whenever a company gets bigger or smaller. Standardizing an application environment in the Cloud consistently provides elasticity at all three points."

You can access the ITX ROI Calculator here.