Employees can convince their bosses to adopt cloud solutions

If you’re an employee hoping your firm implements more cloud computing solutions in the months ahead, you’re absolutely not alone. Cloud-based CRM, ERP and MRP are all booming these days, and with good reason. But cloud adoption is never easy – it requires time and money to initiate, which means you’ll need the green light from your bosses.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that workers are convincing executives at their companies to adopt cloud computing every day. It’s a growing trend in the workplace, and it’s not going away anytime soon.

If you’re looking to convince your CEO that moving to the cloud is the way to go, here are a few pointers that should help.

Emphasize the savings
One of the biggest reasons companies move to the cloud is an obvious one: money. The cloud can help IT departments cut costs for hardware, software, IT support and more. For example, State Street Bank in Boston projects it will save $600 million by switching to the cloud by the end of 2014, according to Information Week, and that’s the rule, not the exception. A number like that will get anyone’s attention.

Be honest about the pros and cons
The cloud is tremendously useful, but it’s not perfect. Getting started is a tremendous strain on money, manpower and other resources, and once cloud networks are in use, there are always security concerns. Don’t hide the downside from your bosses – they’re going to find out eventually, anyway, so you might as well be honest up front.

Emphasize mobility
This point is especially useful with CEOs because of their intense travel schedules, as Business 2 Community notes. Since CEOs are always traveling, they want to access their data on the go, often using tablets and smartphones to do so. Remind them that the cloud will make this process far easier.

Keep it short and sweet
No one wants a long-winded sales pitch. You want to hit on the major points – finances, mobility, the benefits of public versus private cloud technology – but you don’t want to bore anyone. Get to the point, and don’t be afraid to use the hard sell.

Employees’ opinions on the cloud matter – this much we know. According to CDW survey data, 73 percent of corporate IT officials believe their workers’ personal cloud use has influenced their companies’ policies. That’s an impressive figure, and it’s a message to employees everywhere to speak up and advocate cloud adoption in the office as soon as possible.