About The FinOps Foundation

The FinOps Foundation is a program of the The Linux Foundation (alongside organizations like Cloud Native Computing Foundation) dedicated to advancing the discipline of cloud financial management through best practices, education and standards. The FinOps Foundation includes 3500+ individual members, representing more than 1500 companies. It provides a variety of training and certificaton programs including the FinOps Certified Practitioner designation. It counts dozens of major service and platform providers as part of our vendor certification programs such as FinOps Certified Platform and FinOps Certified Service Provider programs.

Mission of the FinOps Foundation

We are here to advance the people who do cloud financial management:

Grounded in real world stories, expertise and inspiration for and by FinOps practitioners, the FinOps Foundation is focused on codifying and promoting cloud financial management best practices and standards to help the community members and their teams become better at cloud financial management.

How is the FinOps Foundation structured?

The FinOps Foundation includes a Governing Board and Technical Advisory Board, as well as a variety of committees such as education.

Technical Advisory Council (TAC)

The FinOps TAC is the technical governing body of the FinOps Foundation which oversees open source standards, best practices, curriculum and technical vision of the FinOps Foundation. TAC outputs are committed into an open source ecosystem to become standardized best practices.

10 Seats Initially - Mix of Practitioners, GB Appointed, and Premier Members

  1. Mike Fuller, Principal Systems Engineer for FinOps at Atlassian (TAC Chairperson through 12/31/2020)
  2. Ashley Hromatko, Sr. Mgr FinOps at Pearson
  3. Eugene Khvostov, VP Product & Eng at Apptio Cloudability (former AWS Insights)
  4. John McLoughlin, Director Product Management for CloudHealth by VMware
  5. Amitai Rottem, Billing Product Management for Google Cloud (former Microsoft)
  6. Joseph Daly, Director of Cloud Optimization at Nationwide
  7. Antoine Lagier, Contributing Editor and Maintainer of FinOps.world, and French SIG chair
  8. Rich Hoyer, Director of FinOps, SADA
  9. Open Seat
  10. Open Seat

As defined by the Technical Charter, The Technical Advisory Council (the “TAC”) will have ten members determined as follows:

Governing Board

The FinOps Governing Board and Directed Fund supports the Technical Advisory Council and Practitioner community. It is made up of industry professional practitioners, vendors and cloud providers.

The GB currently consists of these representatives:

  1. Mike Fuller, Principal Systems Engineer at Atlassian (TAC Chair)
  2. Jen Hays, VP FinOps at Fidelity
  3. Deb MacCallum, VP Engineering at VMware Cloudhealth
  4. Amitai Rottem, Billing Product Management at Google Cloud
  5. Miles Ward, CTO at SADA
  6. Rakinder Sembhi, Principal at Deloitte
  7. J.R. Storment, Executive Director of FinOps Foundation
  8. Open General Member Seat
  9. Open General Member Seat

As defined by the FinOps Foundation Participation Agreement, the Governing Board voting members will consist of:

Those on the Governing Board have no vote on the TAC and vice versa, with the exception of the TAC Chairperson who sits on both boards.

FinOps Foundation Staff

FAQs

Why are we a part of the Linux Foundation?

As part of the LF, FinOps has access to a large scale open source non-profit engine. The LF has over 200 employees and large scale training, marketing and events teams. Its work today extends far beyond Linux, fostering innovation in every layer of the software stack. The Linux Foundation hosts projects spanning enterprise IT, embedded systems, consumer electronics, cloud, networking, and more. A few of these high-velocity projects that are helping redefine what’s possible include Hyperledger for cross-industry blockchain technologies; Automotive Grade Linux, the open software platform for automotive applications; the Open Network Automation Platform project (ONAP) for real-time, policy-driven software automation of virtual network functions; and Kubernetes, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation project for production-grade container orchestration.

What does this mean for the cloud financial management space?

By increasing awareness and education of FinOps, the Foundation’s efforts will help to grow this space and the opportunities for everyone. The focus of our work is on the practitioner, educating and empowering them to make a difference in their organizations and in their own careers. Similar to previously nascent but burgeoning disciplines like DevOps, when you empower the individual, the entire ecosystem benefits. We are solving the challenges of cloud financial management together, as a community, and there are opportunities for all contributors to this space to participate and grow.

What was the former structure of the FinOps Foundation before joining Linux Foundation?

Prior to becoming a part of the Linux Foundation in June 2020, the FinOps Foundation (F2) was a standalone non-profit trade association seeking 501 C (6) designation from the IRS as a tax-exempt trade association. It had a board of directors and classes of members: practitioner members, charter members, consulting partners, and cloud service provider members.

What is the hsitory of the FinOps Foundation?

The FinOps Foundation was born out of Cloudability’s quarterly Customer Advisory Board meetings where many cloud practitioners expressed the need for a community of practitioners to discuss best practices beyond vendor tooling. Very few people know how to implement FinOps in an organization, and there’s not yet a commonly agreed set of published principals. So, in February 2019, it helped to found the FinOps Foundation (F2) with assistance in assisting initial underwriting legal and administrative support. FinOps is now made up of thousands of independent industry experts from companies as diverse as Nationwide, Spotify, Nike, MIT, Atlassian, HERE Technologies, Australia Post, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Just Eat, Pearson, Sainsbury’s, Middle East Broadcasting Company, Tabcorp, Autodesk, Neustar, with dozens more joining each week. In June 2020, the FinOps Foundation merged with the Linux Foundation and closed its previous non-profit entity at the end of 2020.