One of the biggest cloud computing benefits is the money that can be saved when companies utilize IaaS to host their data. Infrastructure, maintenance and equipment costs can all be reduced when workloads are moved to the cloud. In order to maximize those savings, enterprises need to be intimately aware of their own IT operations and take a look at exactly how the cloud can help them. There are a few key strategies that can ensure enterprises get the most value out of their cloud services:

Know how you want to use it
Enterprises should know what specific problems they want to solve before investing in cloud computing services. This requires taking a broad look at the company as a whole and determining which areas could best use the boost in efficiency that the cloud provides. TechAdvisory​ stresses that businesses that get the most value are the ones that have delved into the issues they hope cloud services will solve.

More data in the cloud = more value
The more information that companies move through the cloud, the better return on investment they will see. A recent survey by global management consulting firm Bain & Company found that only 18 percent of workloads are delivered through the cloud today, but if companies were to host more of their workloads in the cloud, they would see more savings. For instance, virtualization within the cloud makes it easier for companies to migrate data between servers. The Bain survey also discovered that well-run IT organizations with 60 to 75 percent of their server environments virtualized can migrate data faster than companies that have virtualized less.

In addition, pushing more workloads to the cloud allows IT managers to spend less of their time on server maintenance and more on the development of other important solutions. According to Forbes contributor Joe McKendrick, on average, 80 percent of an IT department's budget is tied up in routine maintenance fees. With the cloud, companies don't have to worry about spending money on infrastructure maintenance and can instead invest in technology solutions that will help them innovate and stay competitive.

Make changes to your IT operating model
When companies make the shift to cloud computing, if they don't make it a priority to reevaluate how their IT departments function, some benefits of cloud computing could fall by the wayside. According to The Wall Street Journal, IT organizations may need to develop new roles or be able to create new code quickly and easily in order to make the transition to the cloud or migrate data. Standardizing development platforms, leveraging development tools and taking advantage of self-service options are all ways IT departments can be prepared for a move to the cloud.

Enterprises hosting and storing data in the private cloud should take advantage of its benefits and learn what they can do to fully optimize their use of this service. By knowing where cloud computing would most benefit the company, maximizing workloads and molding the IT model to fit the introduction of a cloud service, enterprises can get a better return on investment from their IaaS cloud provider.