Cloud Optimisation

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Chris Northrop


At Finyx, the conversation that we seem to be having with our client’s time and time again is about how to optimise their use of the Cloud.  

It also seems like everyone is talking about ChatGPT, so I thought I’d give it a go.  

I tasked ChatGPT to: 

“Write a 150-word thought leadership article on the benefits of optimising your cloud usage.”  

I was sceptical, but to be fair it did a pretty good job.  

Cloud computing has become an indispensable part of many businesses today. It offers a wide range of benefits, from cost savings to improved efficiency. However, to maximise these benefits, it’s important to optimise your cloud usage.  

Optimising cloud usage involves taking a strategic approach to cloud services, making sure they are meeting your business needs in the most effective manner. This includes analysing your current cloud usage to identify areas of opportunity, such as cost savings, increased efficiency, and improved security.  

Once you’ve identified areas of opportunity, you can then use cloud optimisation techniques to make the most of your cloud usage. This could include automating processes, optimising resource usage, and taking advantage of cloud-native services. By doing this, you can reduce costs and ensure that your cloud services are always running efficiently. Cloud optimisation can also improve security by ensuring that only the resources that are necessary for your business are being used. This can help to reduce the risk of malicious attacks and data breaches.  

Overall, optimising your cloud usage can help you to get the most out of your cloud services, while reducing costs and increasing efficiency. With the right strategies in place, your business can benefit from the power of the cloud without sacrificing security or performance. 

All the salient points on the Cloud Optimisation checklist are included.  

  • Cost savings – check 
  • Increased efficiency – check 
  • Improved security – check 
  • Cloud-native – check 
  • Automated processes – check 

That’s massively impressive, saved me some time and was incredibly easy. But can a natural language processing platform really help with cloud optimisation? Personally, I’m not sure, not yet. 

Getting the most out of your cloud investment is hard. If it wasn’t everyone would be fully optimised by now.  

So, how do you actually deliver these improvements as generic as they may appear, as simple as ChatGPT makes it look?  

Cloud based technologies can deliver cost savings, scalability, agility, and security if used well. However, 58% of companies are not achieving the expected benefits of the Cloud*. 

There are lots of organisations who can help you migrate to the cloud and optimise your cloud spend, but few who really focus on the people and process side of cloud adoption.  

We believe that you need to know where you are and where you want to get to before you set off on your cloud optimisation journey. It’s a simple thought but every organisation is different, and every team works in different ways. At Finyx, we use our extensive experience, our Finyx Cloud Clarity, Finyx Cloud Insight and FinOps accelerators to help our clients rapidly understand the maturity of their cloud usage, the ways in which teams work, and the cost of their Cloud based operation. 

We do this in a very human way, lots of cloud optimisation projects approach the task like ChatGPT by collating and analysing the data, which is great as far as it goes, but it misses the human angle. Our cloud optimisation process starts with detailed interviews with key stakeholders across the business to understand the challenges. We then use our tools and experience to create a people, process, and technology plan to deliver the real benefits of using the cloud.  

Finyx is a strategy and transformation consultancy devoted to changing the way digital services are delivered. We operate client-side, offering wholly independent advice and support to our clients.  

* Accenture – The race to cloud: Reaching the inflection point to long sought value