Features of FinOps
The FinOps LifeCycle
The course is part of this learning path
As spending on the public cloud is increasing globally, companies are looking for ways to reduce cost and increase efficiency. Financial Operations, or FinOps, is similar to DevOps, which enables companies to accelerate technology delivery. FinOps is a new operating model that maximizes the value of an organization's cloud investment.
In this course, you are going to learn about FinOps Principles and how to build FinOps Teams, as well as the three phases of the FinOps Lifecycle. Specifically, you will learn how to apply FinOps processes and practices to reduce rates and avoid unnecessary cloud costs.
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- Understand what makes the cloud so powerful and why it is changing how businesses operate
- Understand what makes cloud challenging from a technology, management, and financial perspective
- Learn about the six FinOps Principles and how to build successful FinOps Teams
- Learn about FinOps capabilities and how to build a common language within your organization
- Learn about the anatomy of a cloud bill and how to take advantage of the Basic Cloud Equation
- Learn about the three phases of the FinOps Lifecycle and how to build successful processes and practices to reduce rates and avoid cost
This course is for engineers, operations, and Finance people looking to understand how to improve efficiency and reduce cost in the cloud.
to get the most out of this course, you should have a foundational understanding of cloud concepts, specifically how compute and storage are provisioned and billed in the cloud. Some familiarity with rate reduction and cost avoidance methods in the cloud would also be helpful but are not essential.
The FinOps Lifecycle section of this course references materials from:
The Anatomy of a Cloud Bill lecture references materials from:
- Cloud FinOps: Collaborative, Real-Time Cloud Financial Management, O'Reilly Media; 1st edition (January 7, 2020)
FinOps is closely related to several other methodologies that may be in use at your company. Some examples are: DevOps, Agile, Technology Business Management or TBM, the AWS Well-Architected Framework, continuous integration and continuous delivery or CI/CD pipelines, and the Cloud Center of Excellence or CCoE.
All these methodologies have certain things in common. For example they are cyclical, continuous processes, they use a Crawl, Walk, Run approach, they use collaboration to support speed and agility, they value automation, and they use a common language to align goals.
You can create awareness around FinOps by drawing distinctions or highlighting similarities with the users of these methodologies. The FinOps practice can also find affinity with the practice of other similar methodologies by using each other for support.
To summarize FinOps and Other Methodologies: FinOps improves business outcomes through ubiquitous visibility and collaboration. FinOps leverages other methodologies instead of competing with them.
Dieter Matzion is a member of Intuit’s Technology Finance team supporting the AWS cost optimization program.
Most recently, Dieter was part of Netflix’s AWS capacity team, where he helped develop Netflix’s rhythm and active management of AWS including cluster management and moving workloads to different instance families.
Prior to Netflix, Dieter spent two years at Google working on the Google Cloud offering focused on capacity planning and resource provisioning. At Google he developed demand-planning models and automation tools for capacity management.
Prior to that, Dieter spent seven years at PayPal in different roles ranging from managing databases, network operations, and batch operations, supporting all systems and processes for the corporate functions at a daily volume of $1.2B.
A native of Germany, Dieter has an M.S. in computer science. When not at work, he prioritizes spending time with family and enjoying the outdoors: hiking, camping, horseback riding, and cave exploration.