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Chargeback & Finance Integration


Chargeback and Finance Integration is about pushing spend accountability to the edges of the organization that are responsible for creating the expense.

Once chargeback has been implemented and visibility given to teams, mature FinOps practitioners then integrate that data programmatically into their relevant internal reporting systems and financial management tools.

Chargeback is the focus in this capability, but Showback is a foundational part of any FinOps practice. The difference is that Chargeback sends expenses to a product or department P&L and Showback shows the charges by product or department but keeps the expenses in a centralized budget. Neither way should be considered more mature than the other, as which method used is entirely dependent on organizational accounting policy and preference.

Maturity Assessment








FinOps practitioners using some form of automation to integrate with their Finance team to facilitate chargeback reporting for cloud costs were part of cohorts operating at a FinOps Run maturity.




Functional Activity

As someone in a Business/Product role, I will…

As someone in a Finance/FinOps role, I will…

As someone in an Engineering/Operations role, I will…

As someone in an Executive role, I will…

Measure(s) of Success & KPI

Measures of success are represented in the context of cloud costs and may include one or more key performance indicators ( KPI ), describe objectives with key results ( OKR ), and declare thresholds defining outliers or acceptable variance from forecasted trends.

at least one measure of success; should be described in a context of cost; this could be an efficiency KPI or an agreed upon threshold or target.
for example:

  • idle resource costs will not exceed 3% of total monthly cloud spend
  • anomaly costs will not exceed $150/month


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