A More Nuanced Approach to Cloud FinOps

The National Institutes of Health recently added Microsoft Azure to their other two cloud providers: AWS and Google Cloud. Some call those providers, “the big three.” NIH calls it a “partnership.”

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As choices are examined and strategies perfected about Cloud Migration in the greater National Capital Region, one of the many federal-government spaces where important decisions are being executed is within the office of the Army CIO.

It is not a surprise that the pandemic sent much of the operations of the Defense Logistics Agency into the virtual realm, just like the majority of private businesses and public agencies that had the capability and type of work to do so.  

It’s time to take a more comprehensive organization approach to cloud by incorporating detailed financial planning for the cloud. Brian Reynolds, principal for the Digital Transformation and Management Practice at Grant Thornton, calls this approach FinOps, a play on the DevOps principle in which technical, program and financial people work together continuously to ensure the agency gets the best return on the dollars it invests in commercial clouds.

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