The real value of ‘cost optimising’ in the cloud isn’t really about how much money you save, it’s what you can do next…
Value is made on the journey, understanding at a deep level where you can make radical, innovative and disruptive business change.
Today most companies have internal teams who can do this work with some special tools etc. Low hanging fruit is not technically challenging or particularly exciting. You will see this trend:
- Move to the cloud
- Adopt more cloud technologies
- Decide its costing too much so buy RI’s (or equivalent)
- Turn off dev/test instances at the weekend
- Rightsize simple workloads
What good companies do is all the above, earlier and quicker.
What great companies do is create logical maps of their systems, end to end. They use business>service>infrastructure data and map this their customer behaviours. They then use this to influence the new products that they bring to market.
Those who really understand their customer’s needs and understand how their system ‘really’ works can start making radical, innovative, disruptive business changes without worrying about what the underlying tech stack is doing.
I suspect we are 2 years away from cost optimisation being run like a disc cleanup tool. You’d get an optimisation score from 1-100 ‘would you like to optimise your cloud estate now?’
Cost optimisation isn’t sexy, it’s not even that interesting. Imagine how much value you can create by doing something new with your business and not having to worry about the tech, that is sexy!
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