When I ask most leaders to share their top five reasons for moving their organization’s operations to the cloud, the desire for increased mobility and flexibility is always near the top of the list. However, I find that most organizations who implement a cloud computing strategy continue to operate in the same manner as they did before switching to the cloud. This move presents one major problem: they are misusing the cloud!

The problem is neither the technology platform or the lack of desire for mobility. The problem is that leaders struggle with the challenges of creating a flexible workplace culture. They can usually handle the occasional work from home request, but the transition to a flexible workplace requires significant forethought.

The true ROI of cloud computing is measured in an organization’s ability to use these tools to maximize their reach and impact. Cloud computing can empower even the smallest organizations to extend their operations beyond the 9-5pm work day, by creating a geographically distributed workforce that can take advantage of time zones. Real-time collaboration and file sync software can provide employees the flexibility they need to address family matters while adhering to project deadlines.

The key to unlocking the full potential of cloud computing is in the techniques and standards organizations adopt to create a culture of flexibility and mobility. Any cloud migration project should include a comprehensive review of a workforce strategy plan. Every job function within an organization must be examined to ensure an organization is taking full advantage of their investment in the cloud.

In short, if an organization is not willing to invest holistically, then their jump to the cloud may be short lived.

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