When it comes to paying for cloud, many IT decision makers struggle to decide between pay-as-you-go or fixed tariff – or even a pay-upfront model. Microsoft, for example, offers discounts to enterprises paying for Azure upfront. However, depending on organization size, an Enterprise Agreement can be a more cost-effective option. This can result in organizations missing the opportunity to make savings, due to a fear of either not having enough or having too much cloud capacity.
Accurately forecasting expenses, based on concrete knowledge of consumption metrics not only helps teams justify cloud costs to the boardroom, but also means cloud use is optimized for the need of the business and works as an advantage rather than a burden.