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Cracking the cloud-cost puzzle to gain more cloud value

Part of the On Cloud Podcast series

Cloud is a force multiplier, but it can be costly to operate in cloud. However, with disciplined software engineering and a better understanding of cloud costs, companies can optimize spend and drive value.

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Solving the cloud-cost conundrum to drive higher cloud value

Despite cloud’s many benefits, organizations are often shocked at its operational costs. In this episode, David Linthicum talks with Erik Peterson, co-founder and CTO of CloudZero, about how companies can leverage software engineering and focus on costs to optimize cloud spend and drive value. According to Erik, success lies in cooperation between finance and engineering to better understand the financial impact of cloud and close the feedback loop in terms of mapping costs to features.


Finance is an enormously complex discipline; software engineering is an enormously complex discipline…but you can create a common language between these two groups.

Erik Peterson is the co-founder and CTO of CloudZero. He has spent 20-plus years in technology. Erik has experience in app security, cloud, sales, product management, marketing, and engineering.



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Cloud, in context

Cloud is more than technology. It’s about making cloud work for your business. Our hosts, David Linthicum and Mike Kavis, deliver their unique perspectives around the technology, business, and culture of cloud to help you achieve your cloud goals. Topics range from an enterprise-level, strategic look at cloud to practical information on the people, processes, and technology that can make cloud work better for your organization.

David is a top cloud influencer and author of 13 books plus thousands of articles on cloud. Mike is the author of two books, including the recently published Accelerating Cloud Adoption, and won the 2010 AWS Global Startup Challenge. They know cloud. Listen to the Deloitte On Cloud podcast to get the information you need to achieve your possible with cloud.

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