Photo: My Fort Point Office

I regularly grab coffee with new & interesting people around the Boston area, and so am always on the look out for a new place to hangout. Here is a recent favorite. You have to bring your own coffee in the morning, but the view makes up for it. While…

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Conviction

Over the years of building software, I’ve acquired a handful of personal sayings that I can’t help but blurt out at relevant moments. One such saying is: “If you’re doing something completely different from everyone else, you’re either solving a completely new problem, or doing something…

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RDS Usage Reporting

Since its release in 2009, Amazon’s Relational Database (RDS) service has grown substantially in both features and reliability. In addition to the much anticipated launch of Postgres last year, AWS added support for critical new instance types (e.g. T2s, R3s) while continuing to expand its existing services (e…

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The Four Phases of Cloud Optimization

Several years ago I joined a company that was in the middle of a frantic architectural transition that prioritized speed over cost. During my first few months I watched our Amazon Web Services bill creep from $100K per month to over $350K. While at first our CEO was accepting of…

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Tag vs Resource-Based Cost Allocation

As cloud cost allocation becomes mainstream, there are two distinct models that have emerged: tag-based and resource-based cost allocation. While both models have the potential to meet the needs of an organization, the differences warrants a deeper understanding in order to select the right solution for you. This article will…

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Choosing the Right Cloud Cost Allocation Solution

Cost allocation is a well understood accounting practice in IT organizations. But finding the right solution to support your business needs presents some significant challenges. In this article we will explain the key differences that make cloud cost allocation reporting complex. We will review the available options, and outline requirements…

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