blog Over the past several years it has become a very common story to see major organisations shifting IT infrastructure, particularly their public-facing websites, into cloud computing facilities. Major banks have done it. Government departments have done it. And now, as has been outlined in a slew of articles over the past week, so has Qantas — well, at least it’s in the throes of the migration.
This isn’t a surprising story, but what is surprising is the sheer amount of money which the airline is proposing to save through the move. ZDNet reports (we recommend you click here for the full article) that Qantas could save tens of millions of dollars:
“Qantas has predicted moving into the cloud will save the company AU$30 million over five years.”
To my mind the sheer scale of the savings which Qantas is planning to achieve here illustrates the importance which IT infrastructure has to organisations of all sizes. Qantas is an airline, with its main business being flying people around Australia and the world. It probably doesn’t want to be spending tens of millions of dollars each year just keeping its website up.
And yet, in today’s age where everything is digital, everything is online, that’s what is required. And it all costs a lot.
This story also illustrates the cost difference that major can achieve in many cases by shifting key pieces of IT infrastructure to the cloud. Of course, it’s not all about this — as Qantas itself points out in the ZDNet article, much of this is about standardising processes to achieve greater agility — but there is no doubt that the cost piece is still there, and incredibly important.
Image credit: Qantas