Utilizing public cloud can be a real challenge for infrastructure and operations leaders. Balancing the expectations of executive management that public cloud is “cheap” versus attempting to govern and manage the costs of public cloud is not always easy. This balance can be even more daunting when attempting to train and hire the required skills and competencies to ensure that public cloud usage produces a return and meets management expectations.
My colleagues Ross Winser and David Wright have recently published a Gartner document entitled, “From Firefighters to Trusted Experts: Preparing I&O Teams to Succeed With Cloud Cost Optimization,” which gives I&O leaders some valuable assistance in achieving the best cloud results. As a starting point, this publication reveals through survey results where managers feel I&O is falling short in terms of effective cloud management.
By understanding where management feels cloud management weaknesses exist, and following effective tactics to address these issues, I&O leaders can enjoy a key benefit. As noted in this document, this benefit is being able to more proactively manage cloud costs. In taking this proactive approach, I&O leaders can achieve effective cost optimization from their cloud choices. As an added result, cost optimizing cloud will bring positive results not only to the I&O team, but it will help the overall organization thrive in today’s digital world.
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