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Key ROI Drivers for Autonomous Optimization

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July 8, 2024

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Key ROI Drivers for Autonomous Optimization

Autonomous cloud management promises significant benefits across multiple operational and business metrics.

This blog explores the key value drivers of autonomous cloud management, guided by the framework in the diagram below which focuses on four main drivers:

  • Cloud Cost Reduction
  • Performance Gains
  • Availability Gains
  • Operational Time Saved

Cloud Cost Reduction

Cloud Cost Reduction is the foremost benefit of autonomous cloud management. This driver is broken down into several subcomponents:

  • Workload Savings: Autonomous systems can optimize workloads, ensuring that cloud resources are utilized efficiently. This leads to a direct reduction in cloud spend.
  • Infrastructure Savings: By automating infrastructure management, enterprises can achieve substantial savings in both capital and operational expenditures.
  • Purchasing Savings: Autonomous cloud management can optimize purchasing strategies, leveraging spot instances and other cost-effective options to reduce overall expenditure.

These savings are quantified by multiplying the percentage gains in cloud cost reduction by the total cloud spend, showcasing a clear ROI.

Performance Gains

Performance gains are another critical value driver, enhancing application efficiency and user experience:

  • Latency Reduction: By reducing latency, autonomous systems improve the overall user experience. Latency sensitivity, application revenue, and margin are key factors here, highlighting the monetary impact of performance improvements.
  • Margin Gain: Enhanced performance leads to better application responsiveness, which can drive higher revenue and margins.

These performance enhancements are offset by any incremental cloud costs incurred, ensuring a balanced view of net gains.

Availability Gains

Availability is paramount for business continuity and customer satisfaction:

  • Availability Percentage Change: Improvements in availability reduce downtime, enhancing service reliability.
  • FCIs/Errors Change: Reducing failure counts and incidents (FCIs) through autonomous interventions decreases the likelihood of disruptions.

These gains are evaluated by assessing the change in availability percentage, the sensitivity of availability, application revenue, and the associated margin.

Operational Time Saved

Operational efficiency is a significant benefit of automation:

  • Optimization and Incident Hours Saved: Autonomous systems not only optimize cloud environments but also resolve incidents autonomously, saving valuable time for IT teams.
  • Incident Hours Saved: The reduction in incident resolution time directly translates into cost savings, with fewer hours spent managing incidents.

The financial impact of these savings is calculated by multiplying the hours saved by the operational cost per hour, providing a clear picture of the operational efficiencies gained.

Conclusion

The business case for autonomous cloud management is multi-faceted, driven by cloud cost reductions, performance enhancements, availability improvements, and operational efficiencies. By leveraging the value driver framework, enterprises can quantify the benefits and make informed decisions about adopting autonomous cloud management solutions. As cloud environments become increasingly complex, embracing autonomous approaches to cloud management tasks will continue to be a critical strategy for optimizing business and financial outcomes.

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