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Onboarding Workloads

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This capability is about establishing a cloud front door process to onboard brownfield and greenfield applications through financial viability and technical feasibility assessment criteria.

Maturity Assessment


  • Ad-hoc on-demand budgeting/requisition to onboard workloads to the cloud


  • Budgeting process mandatory but not standardized across the Business Units / Product Teams. It considers all IT requested changes


  • Well-defined process and guidelines including both financial viability and technical feasibility for preparation of deploying new projects/applications or migrating existing workloads to the cloud

Functional Activity

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

  • Optimize my product with new cloud capabilities to drive efficiency and agility
  • Develop new use cases to further innovate on the cloud

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

  • Assess the financial viability of the workloads moving to the cloud
  • Capture and track cloud value benefits realization

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

  • Assess the cloud suitability of the workloads moving to the cloud
  • Review the operational readiness to support the workloads on the cloud

As someone in an Executive role, I will…

  • Make informed decisions to prioritize workloads to move to the cloud
  • Provide strategic directions to reinvest the savings obtained from the workloads migrated to the cloud back to the business initiatives

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.

  • Measurement of cost efficiency through infrastructure savings, migration and support costs
  • Operational resiliency improvement in service quality and security risk posture
  • Increase time to market by accelerating fluidity in product and service delivery
  • Enable a culture of rapid experimentation to drive innovation and cloud transformation
  • Embed true environmental and social sustainability across the organization


Information used that contributes to the measure(s) of success listed above are organized across the following categories:

Category Input
Cost Efficiency - Infrastructure cost
- Support cost
- Migration / implementation cost
Resiliency - Service quality
- Security posture
- Operational stability
Velocity - Developer productivity
- Release frequency
- Business agility
Innovation - Return on innovation
- Employee experience
- Customer satisfaction
Sustainability - Carbon footprint
- Power usage effectiveness
- Circular economy

Real World Resources

a collection of real world examples, stories and “how to” for this Capability; based on FinOps community member experiences; information here may:

  • apply to one or more cloud providers
  • include specific types of cloud services used) (compute, storage, database, etc…)
  • describe a combination of tooling, platform or vendor
  • describe the industry the organization belongs to
  • describe the complexity of the organization (global, enterprise, etc…)
  • include the FinOps personas involved and any other organizational roles

FinOps Platforms & Service Providers

Reference of cloud cost management platforms, tooling and service providers related to this Capability coming soon.

FinOps Training

Reference of courses and training partners related to this Capability coming soon.

Get Involved

Get involved and contribute to the community by sharing your real world experiences related to this Capability in the form of a story or providing a playbook for how you have implemented best practices in your organization. Your real world experiences can be provided in the context of:

  • one or more cloud providers
  • the types of cloud services used (compute, storage, database, etc...)
  • describe a combination of tooling, platform or vendor, and processes including KPIs
  • the industry the organization belongs to
  • the complexity of the organization (global enterprise, start-up, etc…)
  • the [FinOps personas]( involved / organizational roles

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