Today, enterprises in every industry and around the world are using the cloud to transform to digital. While many businesses are initially drawn to the cloud for cost savings, the greater business agility and reduced IT complexity that the cloud can offer is quickly becoming fundamental to competitiveness.
The question for business leaders now is how to best take advantage of the cloud. We believe there are four key areas where the Microsoft cloud platform can deliver exceptional business value.
EMPOWERING A MORE PRODUCTIVE WORKFORCE
A cloud platform empowers individuals, connects teams, and streamlines complex business processes. On their 2013 tour, dispersed teams from The British & Irish Lions were able to produce and publish content for their top-rated mobile app and deploy across multiple devices and platforms, thanks to a connected, secure cloud infrastructure.
INNOVATING NEW BUSINESS MODELS
The low up-front costs and capabilities of a hyper-scale cloud provider enable anyone—including enterprises—to differentiate through new and innovative products and services. Take NBC for example, who rapidly pioneered the online streaming of live sports events. As a result of their success with the 2014 Olympics, they were able to secure exclusive broadcast rights for the Olympics through 2032.
TRANSFORMING THE WAY YOU DO BUSINESS
Cloud services and the Internet of Your Things can help transform traditional make/sell companies into sense/respond service providers through better business insight. For example, ThyssenKrupp Elevator now monitors sensors and systems in more than 1.1 million elevators worldwide, through a single integrated real-time cloud-based dashboard. Rather than respond to breakdowns, ThyssenKrupp technicians are now using predictive analytics and machine learning to provide preemptive, differentiated service for dramatically increased uptime.
ENHANCING YOUR IT INFRASTRUCTURE
The cloud doesn’t have to mean abandoning your on-premises IT investments. A hybrid cloud can help you cost-effectively expand storage for growing data needs, provide effective off-site backup for your data center or even aid with disaster recovery.