Is the cloud cost effective?

Target Audience:

Seniors, architects, and managers looking to make a strategic assessment about moving to the cloud


Yes, the cloud is cool. Yes, it can be easy. But… will it save or even make the company money? That is the all important question!

Learning to build a financial business case for a technology decision is a smart move. Transform the techy topic that C-suite people don’t feel like they can discuss into something they can discuss by making it a financial topic. Help people make the right decision for the business.

In this talk, we’ll look at how we can determine the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and any potential Return on Investment (ROI) for a variety of scenarios, from starting in the cloud, migrating to the cloud, and staying on premises.

We’ll see if there are any tipping points when one or the other becomes sensible. We’ll take into account basic principles like the future value of money, and even incorporate a measurement of opportunity costs for implementing each solution.

By the end of this talk, you’ll have a grasp of basic accounting and you’ll be able to talk business i.e. money!

Why I Want to Present This Session:

Understanding the financial impact of technical decisions, helps people make better business decisions.

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4 Comments. Leave new

You definitely wanna refine the target audience and takeaways: don’t say it’s for managers, and then have the last sentence takeaway say that “you’ll have a grasp of basic accounting!” 😀

Curtis Gregson
April 25, 2017 9:50 am

I like the idea for this presentation. There is so much misinformation, misunderstanding, false assumptions and miscommunication going on about utilizing the ‘cloud’. Any contemplation of utilizing the ‘cloud’ must be done from a fully validated business perspective (which encompasses technical, financial, strategic, legal, and even legislative factors). I don’t think it’s unreasonable for the ‘IT folks’ to have at least some level of understanding about the financial pillar related to this technology stack.

Markus von GUN10
October 3, 2018 5:59 am

Good Abstract!
My addtional interest would be:
Whatif I’m a Business at size of “Large Enterprise” -by when do I build my own Cloud => looking at the money and/or other advatages!
Regards Markus


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