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October 24-26

Why Finance Professionals Should Champion the Right Cloud Data Management Platform

The rapidly changing digital landscape has simultaneously redefined business operations and posed intricate challenges in managing and analyzing financial data. Financial stalwarts such as CFOs, Directors of Finance, and Controllers lead the charge in navigating these complexities. Their pivotal role mandates strategic foresight and an agile approach to harnessing technological advancements. A key solution? Diving deep into the potential of Cloud Data Management Platforms (CDMPs), especially when it comes to cloud cost reporting and analysis.

Amidst the surging data deluge, many companies grapple with balancing CAPEX purchases of on-premises systems and OPEX purchases of cloud-based storage—this is where CDMPs prove invaluable. They seamlessly bridge this divide, ensuring not only the effective management of data but also its prompt availability across various platforms. For finance professionals, this translates to having real-time, actionable data at their fingertips, a crucial asset for informed decision-making.

Transitioning from CAPEX to OPEX can be challenging to manage; traditional CAPEX purchases are relatively easy to budget for, driven by the timing of hardware and support refreshes with new technologies driving costs. With its OPEX and pay-as-you-go model, the cloud may seem logical and easy to manage; however, costs can spiral out of control if not managed properly. Public clouds also provide many storage tiers, ranging from highly available “hot” storage to less available and cheaper “cold” storage. Organizations and those in control of budgets must constantly analyze their data sets to see what savings can be realized on where their data is stored in real-time.

The power of CDMPs isn’t limited to data management alone. A standout feature is their intricate cost analytics capabilities. In the nuanced world of finance, understanding and managing every expenditure, down to the last penny, is paramount. They offer detailed insights into various expenses, encompassing operational costs, IT investments, cloud storage fees, and, notably, specific cloud-related costs like egress charges and more.

Egress costs, often a hidden caveat in cloud pricing models, can sometimes blindside businesses. CDMPs illuminate such costs, providing clear visibility and analytics into data transfer charges and ensuring no unpleasant surprises. This granularity facilitates financial leaders to make holistic and informed decisions.

Moving from cost insights to predictive strategy, CDMPs elevate the process of budgeting and forecasting. No longer is financial planning a murky exercise based on estimates. The precision afforded by CDMP analytics on live data sets across the storage ecosystem ensures budgets are data-driven, realistic, and adaptable. This dynamic approach to financial planning, underpinned by real-time cloud cost reporting, ensures resources are judiciously allocated, and budgets are flexibly aligned with ever-evolving business needs.

Many organizations want to track the cost of their data across multiple departments or different projects. Traditionally, multiple classes of on-premises storage were purchased for different purposes. The cloud has helped unify this into a single platform; however, tracking the cost of data storage can be challenging. CDMPs can help monitor, tag, and track data storage costs no matter where the data is stored or moved, including egress costs, and tie that back to Users/Departments or projects to help balance budgets.

Embracing the cloud is a strategic move, but it comes with its own set of financial intricacies. Egress fees, dormant resource costs, over-provisioning, and other hidden charges can swiftly erode the cloud’s ROI if not monitored and managed effectively. CDMPs step up to this challenge, offering robust tools that report, analyze, and optimize these expenditures, ensuring that businesses extract maximum value from their cloud storage investments.

Beyond cost management, CDMPs equip financial professionals to transition from making reactive decisions to a proactive position. With insights drawn from these platforms, they can anticipate economic trends, recognize potential budgetary pitfalls, and craft preemptive strategies, ensuring businesses remain agile and financially resilient.

Advocating for the adoption of CDMPs also fosters a synergistic collaboration between IT and finance departments. Such a cohesive approach harnesses the combined strengths of both teams, leading to streamlined operations, cost efficiencies, and a sharper competitive edge.

To encapsulate, as the digital age charges ahead, it’s imperative for finance professionals to stay ahead of the curve. Embracing Cloud Data Management Platforms is more than just keeping pace with technology; it’s about strategically leveraging tools that offer unparalleled insights, especially in cloud cost management. Championing CDMPs is a forward-thinking move, positioning businesses for a future marked by financial clarity and optimized cloud investments.