As Warren Buffett famously said, “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” But what is value when it comes to business productivity software? Simply put, it’s achieving the highest possible productivity for your organization.

One of our customers,  Stefan Truthän, CIO of hhpberlin, describes the value he found in the Microsoft business productivity platform: “As a result of our strategy to standardize on Microsoft technologies, our revenue has increased while the average number of hours worked per week per employee has gone down by 3 percent.”

Now that’s value – I don’t think I could have said it better!

Many parts of an enterprise are touched by the value of the Microsoft business productivity platform.  According to a study conducted by Forrester Research, a company with 3,000 employees might see the following benefits:

  • A return on investment of 301 percent with a payback period of 7.4 months
  • Savings of up to 20 percent for the entire IT budget
  • Savings of 20-25 percent in travel costs
  • Reduction in training requirements by 25 percent
  • Total benefits of $ 17 million over three years

Clearly, the Microsoft productivity platform provides top business value. In a nutshell, our platform addresses today’s business challenges by delivering a unified and flexible experience across the PC, phone and browser.

So, let’s talk about what that really means for you…

Whether your employees are Millennials, GenXers or Boomers, they can work just as effectively whether they are next door to each other or half way around the world. How? By using social networking and unified communications tools that connect people, information, and processes across the entire organization. This makes it extremely efficient to collaborate with others no matter how distributed the workforce.  

What’s more, our platform easily adapts to changing business needs. Today, for example, 84 percent of organizations have a remote workforce. To accommodate this trend, we deliver a familiar experience across the PC, phone, and browser—allowing people to be productive from virtually anywhere.

What about the cloud? We cannot have a discussion about business value with it.  I recently learned that 80 percent of today’s IT managers in large enterprises are at least in the trial stage for cloud computing initiatives. That is a substantial number. The Microsoft productivity platform gives you options. It delivers cloud computing in a flexible manner—whether that means putting 100 percent of your workload in the cloud, or just a portion.

How has the Microsoft business productivity platform increased value for your organization? We would like to hear your experiences.