In the pre-cloud world, decisions on infrastructure were made one or two times a year with the direct oversight of finance. The longer lead time for capital expenditures allowed for thoughtful analysis prior making purchases that impacted the Cost of Goods Sold and the profitability of business services. In the post-cloud world, decisions that impact costs and profitability can be made daily or hourly. Consumption-based pricing has delegated cost decisions to operations or engineering, where they can be executed without the oversight of finance. A single engineer can now make and execute a decision that adversely impacts the COGS of your business service in a matter of seconds.
CloudHealth™ allows finance to reassert control over infrastructure costs. Using the service, you can see your infrastructure and its costs, and analyze it by business service, customer, application and project. You can track changes, identify optimum pricing, and assert policies to apply oversight over financial decisions in the cloud.