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CloudyCon: The Easiest Conference ROI You’ve Ever Had to Prove

By Gavin Cahill on August 6, 2019
Trying to show your boss why it’s worth it to go to CloudyCon? Here’s three ways to prove your ROI that couldn’t be easier.

So you’ve been looking at CloudyCon, and it looks like a good idea. Maybe you’d like to get in on the ground floor of this whole FinOps thing — you know, be there at the beginning to give your career that extra edge. Or maybe you’re already pretty good at managing cloud costs, but looking to up your skills to the next level. You might even be sick of the feeling of dread that comes with your monthly cloud bill, and you hope CloudyCon can teach you how to get ahead of the game.

Whatever the reason, you’re sold. You’re ready to spend two days hearing from FinOps and cloud cost management experts. If you can sell your boss on the idea, you might even go a day early and get your snazzy FinOps Certification.

But how do you convince your manager that your company’s going to see an oh-so-sweet return on the investment of your time and expenses? Well, you picked the right conference, because with CloudyCon, nothing is easier than proving your conference ROI.

Proof #1: You’ll walk away with actions you can do right away to make your cloud spend more efficient

Cloud is complicated, and all those moving parts make it easy for waste to creep in. At CloudyCon, you’ll learn best practices from a variety of experts that you can immediately put into action. In no time, you’ll have lowered your cloud costs more than enough to have covered the trip.

Say you spend a total of $2,900 to attend CloudyCon, including airfare, hotel, meals, etc. While you’re there, you get some hands-on training about EBS Volumes on AWS. These stick around after their attached EC2 instance so they can be used again, but it’s common for them to stick around long after their useful lifespan. Your training shows you how to find orphaned EBS Volumes that are just sitting there unattached and unused, but still generating spend. You go home and put your new skills into practice, and discover that about 1,400 of your 16,500 EBS volumes are idle 100% of the time. It’s only about 8% of your total volumes, but shutting them down would save you around $7,500/mo. Even if you just created snapshots of them (at half the price of provisioning), you’d lower spend by $3,250/mo.

And there you are. You’ve made back the cost in less than a month with one action. And on only one of the many cloud services.

Proof #2: You’ll get the knowledge, training and network to build lasting cloud cost efficiency

But true ROI isn’t a one-time thing. If you really want to impress your manager and convince them it was a good idea, you need to create efficiency that has legs — which is kind of the whole point of FinOps. You’ll learn techniques, process, and cultural best practices to lead the way in creating lasting cloud cost optimization.

Take those EBS volumes again. Sure, you can snapshot or shutdown unused volumes, but they’re just going to get created again as the cloud is used. Unless, of course, you use what you learned at CloudyCon to build an automated labeling and rightsizing process. With just a little code and a shift in your engineering teams’ thinking to implement it, all that snapshotting will be automated. So you won’t just be saving $3,250 one time — you’ll be creating a system that prevents the spend from being created in the first place. And as your cloud grows and scales up, that automation will just increase the amount of costs you’ve avoided.

All that means you’ll be sitting back eight months from now having helped avoid almost $30,000 in cloud charges. By optimizing one single service, you’ve now returned that CloudyCon investment tenfold.

Proof #3: Best of all, you’ll learn what you need to allocate your costs — and prove your worth in the process

The first step of FinOps and proper cloud cost management is getting total visibility into your cloud spend. That means complete allocation of all cloud costs. It’s a better business practice, makes your optimization efforts more effective, and helps everyone make better investments in innovation.

It also has the bonus of showing everyone just how good you are at your job. Think of it this way: Storage is usually only one small cost of cloud, something like 3-5% of compute costs. If you’ve been similarly effective in optimizing compute as you were with EBS volumes, then in the same eight months as above, you could avoid something like $600,000 in cloud spend. Since you have everything tagged, allocated, and tracked, you can confidently point to the exact date when you started making a difference and the exact actions you took. Sure, it’s a team effort to get there, but you can confidently show that you led the way

That means when you sit down with your manager for your performance review, you’ll be able to show off just how awesome you are at cloud cost management and FinOps. And when you do, you’ll be able to track it directly back to that single decision to approve sending you to CloudyCon.


See? Told you it was easy.

Register for CloudyCon today and get the skills you need to take charge of your cloud spend.

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