Take Control of Cloud Costs on Microsoft Azure

Change the way you work to get full value from the cloud.

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Many organization struggle to keep cloud costs in check:

  • Traditional IT budgeting and procurement processes don't work for public cloud services.
  • The self-service nature of the cloud means that often the people provisioning cloud resources aren't accountable for the cost of those resources.
  • Without centralized control or oversight, organizations can quickly end up with massive Azure bills that exceed their IT salary cost.

Follow Info-Tech’s methodology to improve your organization’s cloud cost management capabilities:

  • Drive cost accountability back to lines of business and engineering teams.
  • Reduce cloud costs.
  • Reduce friction with executives over cloud spend.
  • Improve collaboration and trust between IT and the business.
  • Increase business value delivered by the cloud.
  • Improve ability to budget and forecast spend.
  • Improve ability of product owners and business leaders to make informed decisions around trade-offs between speed, quality, and cost when operating in the cloud.

Module 1: Build a Cost Accountability Framework

The Purpose

Establish clear lines of accountability and document roles & responsibilities to effectively manage cloud costs.

Key Benefits Achieved

Understanding of key areas to focus on to improve cloud cost management capabilities.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Assess current state
  • Cloud cost management capability assessment
1.2 Determine cloud cost model
  • Cloud cost model
1.3 Define roles & responsibilities
  • Roles & responsibilities

Module 2: Establish Visibility

The Purpose

Establish visibility into cloud costs and drivers of those costs.

Key Benefits Achieved

Better understanding of what is driving costs and how to keep them in check.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Develop architectural patterns
  • Architectural patterns; service cost cheat sheet
2.2 Define dashboards and reports
  • Dashboards and reports
2.3 Define account structure
  • Account structure
2.4 Document tagging requirements
  • Tagging scheme

Module 3: Define Processes & Procedures

The Purpose

  • Develop processes, procedures, and policies to control cloud costs.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Improved capability of reducing costs.
  • Documented processes & procedures for continuous improvement.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Establish governance for tagging
  • Tagging policy
3.2 Establish governance for costs
  • Cost control policy
3.3 Define right-sizing process
  • Right-sizing process
3.4 Define purchasing process
  • Commitment purchasing process
3.5 Define notification and alerts
  • Notifications and alerts

Module 4: Build an Implementation Plan

The Purpose

Document next steps to implement & improve cloud cost management program.

Key Benefits Achieved

Concrete roadmap to stand up and/or improve the cloud cost management program.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Document process interaction changes
  • Changes to process interactions
4.2 Define cloud cost program KPIs
  • Cloud cost program KPIs
4.3 Build implementation roadmap
  • Implementation roadmap
4.4 Build communication plan
  • Communication plan

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