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Cloud Excellence Programme

Use actionable insights to unlock spend and performance-based interventions in the cloud.

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Cloud Hero's Journey - Where are you now?

There are 3 types of cloud journeys:

Red line

Green line

Blue line (Cloud Excellence)


Three Types of Cloud Journey

Red Line: Tactical cost reduction efforts have no long-term impact

Represents an organization where cloud costs grow exponentially, exceeding financial forecasts. The CloudOps team is then given a cost reduction target that feels reasonable to the financial team.

The target prompts the team to perform housekeeping activities like renegotiating supplier contracts, purchasing reserved instances (RIs), removing unused instances, and rightsizing.

In the short term, these activities can deliver cost reductions of ~20%.

However, housekeeping activities also remove resources from growth activities and fail to address the root causes of the exponential growth in cloud cost. And once finance teams stop focusing on cloud spend, costs begin to creep up again.

Green line: Executive sponsorship delivers better results – but costs still rise

Represents an organisation with a more formal cost optimisation program, typically with executive sponsorship. Check out this article on where cloud costs sit on your board agenda.

The executive leadership is more serious about tracking the drivers of cloud cost and has established a FinOps function.

Typically, this is a high-growth organisation that wants to address the technical debt preventing it from scaling. Such organisations recognise that there are constraints beyond capacity, such as architectural and code issues. Savings in this scenario can equate to a further 20%. However, as with the red line, these organisations are also prone to cloud cost creep.

Blue line: A ‘cloud excellence’ approach creates maximum value

Represents an organisation with a well-defined cloud strategy, enjoying optimal performance at predictable cost and the flexibility to scale rapidly.

Such organisations have an end-to-end view of their cloud ecosystems with a clear understanding of efficiency. This holistic approach to cloud management is what we at call ‘Cloud Excellence’.

How to confidently scale back your cloud spend

Cloud excellence approach

Here's a case study on how we helped Ancestry reduce their AWS costs

 

We'll help you by managing performance across the 7 pillars of performance

7 Pillars of performance

There’s a common misconception that using cloud services means there’s no need to manage infrastructure capacity, costs and performance. Nothing could be further from the truth. The 7PSP framework ensures your organisation has more control over its cloud platform, rather than ending up with something under-optimised, inefficient and costing more than necessary.

We test and analyse across the seven key areas of performance (above) to achieve a complete understanding of your software.

By doing this we’re able to look at all the available information, not just a fraction of it. With a complete picture of your software, we’re able to create a detailed strategy to manage and enhance performance.

 

Capacitas Cloud Excellence Framework

Top executives would never use cost cuts to reach strategic relevance.

Whether you’re looking to optimise costs, improve agility or drive value creation, our Cloud Excellence framework can help. Ready to start?

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