The IT industry has, for the most, welcomed cloud computing with open arms, as it believed this technology will only serve to create new jobs and opportunities as businesses look to implement cloud computing within their operations.
On the other hand, stakeholders in the commercial real estate industry might be cautious about the spectre of cloud computing, as the technology could significantly affect the amount of space businesses need to lease for work purposes. After all, more workers performing duties off-site may reduce demand for larger real estate spaces.
Facility managers are often caught somewhere in between. These professionals could benefit from cloud technology, which could enable them with the ability to submit mobile work orders and conduct other important responsibilities remotely with mobile work management software. At the same time, what role will facility managers play while the organizations they work for transition to cloud services?
At a conference in late March, the International Facility Managers Association sought to answer that question with insight from stakeholders in the cloud computing industry. Ultimately, experts said facility managers will be important assets for companies that need to alter organizational structures, business practices and facility needs to adopt cloud computing.
"By migrating to the cloud and utilizing cloud based services … organizations can reduce their IT costs by 30 to 40 percent and use the savings to fuel innovations and promote business growth," said Arun Kanchi of cloud provider Exafort.
Business executives are increasingly relying on facility managers to consult on important organizational changes, as these professionals often have more visibility into how certain developments could affect the company's day-to-day operations. Experts suggest facility managers make every effort to stay informed on new ways of improving business productivity and operational efficiency so that these professionals can steer their organizations in the right direction when presented with these questions.
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