AWS Cloud Enterprise Strategy Blog

Category: Finance and Investment

The AWS Cost & Usage Report: The Next Step on Your Cost Management Journey

by Erin Carlson, AWS Product Marketing Manager Introduction by Mark Schwartz, AWS Enterprise Strategist One of the advantages of the cloud is that it allows you to right-size your infrastructure continuously—to add infrastructure when you need it and release infrastructure and stop paying for it when you don’t. This gives enterprises new degrees of freedom […]

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FinDev and Serverless Microeconomics: Part 1

by Aleksandar Simovic Introduction by Mark Schwartz, AWS Enterprise Strategist In a post a few months ago titled Micro-Optimization: Activity-Based Costing for Digital Services, I pointed out that serverless computing in the cloud raises the possibility for us to optimize our costs at an extremely granular level, the level of individual functions within an application. Essentially, […]

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AWS Enterprise Strategy Blog 2018 Wrap-Up

Our enterprise strategy blog—like the rest of Amazon and AWS—is oriented around the expressed needs of our customers. We write about the issues and challenges facing the enterprises we meet with, and try our best to give them new ways of framing problems, of anticipating the future of IT, of thinking about the cloud and […]

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Switching Costs and Lock-In

It’s no surprise that organizations are worried about becoming locked in to their cloud provider. After all, the history of IT is full of examples of vendors taking advantage of high switching costs to impose restrictive licensing terms and to increase prices. But I think that the cloud is different—and in fact, is making it […]

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Introducing FinOps—Excuse Me, DevSecFinBizOps

Who is accountable for managing the costs of a digital service? Enterprises are increasingly pushing accountability outward to cross-functional teams. There is an important reason for this: teams can make decisions and put them into action quickly, and speed is important. By putting a cross-functional group of people on the same team, the enterprise makes […]

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Micro-Optimization: Activity-Based Costing for Digital Services?

As I have argued in my other posts, the digital world is bringing a radical change in the role of the CFO. For one thing, the cloud and DevOps are turning fixed costs into variable costs. For another, rapid iteration and delivery make it possible—and essential—for us to make financial decisions based on marginal costs […]

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