The adoption of cloud services is at its peak and organizations are continuing to leverage and invest in clouds to derive business growth by embracing its advantages such as scalability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness to name a few. But to get the best value from cloud investments, businesses need to track their cloud spending as the need is real. 

Let’s check it with an instance-  

One of the common cloud expenses that companies encounter is the over-provisioning of resources. This means that companies are paying for resources that they don’t need, just to receive adequate resources that they do need which is not cost-effective. In such a scenario, they require a robust solution that can help in offering insights into cloud spending patterns, help in identifying inefficiencies and thus take corrective actions.   

Enter FinOps!  

Cloud financial operations or Cloud finOps is a collaboration between finance, operations, and IT teams to track costs related to cloud and its management. It’s adopted to manage cloud costs effectively and includes integration of practices and tools to help businesses control their spending in the cloud. Isn’t it amazing? By identifying over-provisioned resources, companies can reduce their cloud costs and related unnecessary expenses.   

Let’s discover the best finOps practices to stay on budget for your cloud-related costs- 

Adopt Cost Control Tools

To gain visibility into your cloud spending and to save cost, there are cost management tools generally referred to as cloud finOps tools, third-party solutions to track usage, analyze cost-incurring activities, and thus enable in implementation of cost-controlling measures effectively. Consider tools like AWS Cost Explorer, Azure Cost Management, or Google Cloud‘s Cost Management to analyze your cloud spending. These tools offer insights into usage patterns, recommend cost-saving tricks, and help stay on budget.

Cost-Optimization through Automation

Automation can scan your cloud environment and your cloud requirements and help identify cost-saving opportunities in case resource usage exceeds predictable benchmarks. Further, companies can implement auto-scaling to automatically adjust capacity based on the demand of workload. It means scaling up resources during peak demand usage and scaling down during low demand. How does this help in saving costs? It ensures that you are paying only for the resources you need. It will facilitate cost reduction by neglecting over-provisioning.

Improve Cloud Visibility by Analyzing Spending Patterns

To understand where your costs are coming from, the FinOps program helps in identifying wasteful spending by considering all your cloud spending. Cost visibility helps in forecasting and implementing budgeting strategies by predicting future costs based on usage patterns. It helps companies in allocating budgets more accurately and plan for future growth without spending more. In a nutshell, accessing visibility into the cloud costs is paramount for effective cost management.

Accessible and Timely Reporting  

Data is the lifeblood of any business, the faster the access of data, the more are the chances for proactive decisions. In the finOps world, quick data access can lead to cost-effective cloud operations. But how do companies can achieve this? It can be done by having real-time visibility into the data with dashboards displaying current cloud expenditures. Another way can include receiving automatic alerts in case of a rise in expenditure.

Tagging and labeling

Tagging and labeling is a great tactic to categorize your cloud resources and get minute insights regarding how resources are being used and by whom, making it easier to track costs. This makes it easier to identify which project and department are driving costs. With such information, companies can take proactive actions such as rightsizing resources and implementing cost-saving measures. It can also work vice versa, by helping in identifying which resources are underutilized and leading to wasted costs. Thus, it helps in optimizing costs based on actual usage.

Final Words  

With the above-mentioned practice, it’s clear that adopting finOps practices helps in reducing cloud costs. By identifying waste and inefficiencies, organizations can save significant amounts of money and can improve financial performance.  

At Canopus Infosystems, we ensure to leverage finOps practices during cloud implementation. We implement a cloud strategy in a cost-optimized manner to ensure client’s business is cost-efficient over the years.


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Mustafa Murabbi

He is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder at Canopus Infosystems Pvt Ltd. He started his journey in the industry as an intern rising through the ranks to be a part of leadership groups for 8 years and experiencing the corporate cultures of the West. He started his entrepreneurial journey as a 1st gen entrepreneur and kept achieving all his milestones by following the simple mantra of 'Customer First'.

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