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- December 20th, 2022 - 2 mins read

3 predictions on FinOps for 2023

Do you want to know what is ahead for FinOps in 2023? This is Kostner’s take on what is ahead in the world of those managing  costs of a major cloud platform like Azure, AWS and GCP.  Prefer video over text – scroll to the bottom of this page to

- October 24th, 2022 - 5 mins read

Chargeback – Shortcuts to action for the FinOps Practitioner

Have your company decided to start looking into showback/chargeback for your public cloud costs? And have you been given the responsibility to set it up? This article gives you the 3 elements of showback/chargeback as well as the process of implementing it.

- October 21st, 2022 - 5 mins read

Chargeback of public cloud in a strategic context – how you plan as a decisionmaker

If you are considering showback / chargeback for your cloud costs, this blogpost will give you the necessary perspective on it. We will offer you a strategic context of chargeback, highlight the central decisions you need to make, and offer some thoughts on

- July 21st, 2022 - 6 mins read

The FinOps journey – the why and how of FinOps

Have you started hearing the word FinOps often? Or trying to wrap your head around how to manage your growing cloud costs? Without adding another time-consuming task to your team or removing the flexibility and agility of cloud in your organization? This

- May 24th, 2022 - 5 mins read

Why it is crucial with a FinOps team and the necessary roles when you implement it

The implementation of a FinOps team will ensure that all FinOps efforts are aligned within your organization and drive your FinOps agenda from awareness to action. If your company is using public cloud, you are probably well aware that there is a lot to

- January 12th, 2022 - 4 mins read

Case: Herlev Municipality’s Journey Towards the Cloud

As Head of IT and Digitalization in Herlev Kommune, Kim Ladegaard moved all on-premises servers to the cloud. To assure a smooth start they used Kostner who specializes in cloud cost management. When Kim Ladegaard, Head of IT and Digitalization at Herlev

- December 7th, 2021 - 8 mins read

Three Ways to Get the Most Azure for Your Money – and How to Get it Done!

A frequent reason for cost surprises is not taking full advantage of all the options for savings available in Azure. Here is how to change

- December 3rd, 2021 - 3 mins read

Microsoft 365: Sådan imødegår du de annoncerede prisstigninger og holder dine omkostninger nede

Microsoft har annonceret prisstigninger i 2022 på de fleste 365-produkter i størrelsesordenen 10-15% – men mange virksomheder kan eliminere effekten gennem tættere omkostningsstyring. Microsoft har annonceret prisstigninger på 10-15% på de fleste

- October 29th, 2021 - 4 mins read

No excuse for not using Azure Hybrid Benefit

Azure Hybrid Benefits (AHB) is the second most important way to reduce your costs in Azure (reservations being the most important one). A main challenge when using Azure Hybrid Benefits (AHB) has been to ensure compliance and a time-effective way to manage

- October 20th, 2021 - 5 mins read

One important thing to remember in your next Microsoft EA renegotiations

With Microsoft moving from being a classical perpetual software provider to an “as-a-service” provider with Microsoft 365 subscriptions and Azure as the pivot of their growth strategies you need to adapt to a drastically new reality when negotiating your

- September 28th, 2021 - 6 mins read

Three simple steps to manage your Microsoft 365 costs

Microsoft 365 prices are increasing with 10-15% in 2022. Whether you are preparing next year’s budget, planning the annual true-up for your EA, or even facing a renegotiation of your EA, then you are faced with the challenge of how to maintain your current

- September 9th, 2021 - 4 mins read

4 actionable tips for creating your cloud budget

At Kostner, we have done countless cloud cost management workshops, and it is beyond doubt that those companies who understand and embrace the differences between managing a cloud budget and an on-prem budget are most successful. We have taken all that

- July 6th, 2021 - 6 mins read

The 4 things you want to know as a CIO about cloud costs

Managing Azure and AWS costs do not have a strategic or even tactical flavour to it. At first glance! In this blogpost we will take a closer look at what you should include in a cloud cost dashboard if you as a CIO (or someone reporting on cloud costs to

- July 6th, 2021 - 4 mins read

Three indicators of a cost-efficient cloud

If you are like most leaders, you and your team are busy delivering the digitalization strategy. For you, Cloud Cost management is a necessity but not a priority. So, how do you avoid suddenly having to defend the total spending on your cloud projects? This

- March 30th, 2021 - 6 mins read

Cloud Cost Reporting for the Management Team

Working with the leadership team on cloud cost management is not trivial. Read more about the core elements of cloud cost dashboards, common pitfalls, and tools to consider. And most importantly, about your role and how you set yourself up for

- March 23rd, 2021 - 3 mins read

AWS Savings – FAQs from Google

When I googled "AWS savings" yesterday researching for our free webinar, I got a list of questions many people are asking. In this blog, I will give you my view on the answers so you can stay in control of your cloud costs – without forgetting the strategic

- March 19th, 2021 - 6 mins read

How to take control of your Cloud Costs

Cloud costs easily end up as a blame game in discussions about a budget overrun. In this article we will outline a simple yet powerful foundation for taking control of your cloud costs. Whether you are from IT, Finance, or Procurement this will serve as a

- February 8th, 2021 - 4 mins read

FinOps: Take Control of Your Costs

FinOps, or Cloud Financial Management, is the discipline of managing costs when you buy IT as a service rather than as large hardware and software investments. This post outlines the simple foundational equation for managing costs, and the three steps to cost

- January 25th, 2021 - 6 mins read

FinOps: Keep your costs in control with Cloud Financial Management

FinOps, or Financial Operations is the practice of managing and optimizing cloud costs for your financial

- September 23rd, 2020 - 4 mins read

Who should be responsible for the Quarterly Tune-Up

A quarterly cloud cost tune-up is the way to balance the demand for speed and agility with cost efficiency. Delay or cancel the tune-up and you leave money on the table. But who should be responsible and how to get it done is not so straight

- September 22nd, 2020 - 3 mins read

Who Broke Moore’s Law? And how?

Moore’s law of halving of cost per performance unit every couple of years is grinding to a halt – not because we no longer improve on technology, but because the gains from Moore’s law are no longer passed on to you as a consumer of technology

- September 16th, 2020 - 3 mins read

Quarterly Task: Checking for Updated Services

Cloud services change on a daily basis. Learn the key concepts to use in your quarterly tune-up to ensure you keep your costs down.

- September 8th, 2020 - 4 mins read

Three Ways to make your Tune-Up Easier

You can get help for your quarterly cloud cost Tune-Up from tools, your service provider, or from consultants. Get tips on when to use what - and what to look out

- September 7th, 2020 - 3 mins read

Crucial Elements in Cloud Cost Tune-Up

The Quarterly Cloud Cost Tune-Up is about taking a snapshot of your current environment and finding the optimal price configuration against the service and price catalog of your cloud

- August 28th, 2020 - 3 mins read

Cloud is Dynamic – so should your Cost Management be

Your cloud environment is dynamic, with new workloads and services being migrated or developed every week and the existing services expanding. This calls for a dynamic approach to cloud cost management – a quarterly cloud cost

- August 19th, 2020 - 2 mins read

Who should be in charge of managing Cloud Costs?

Cloud Cost Management is a job in and of itself. It simply takes more time to keep up with ways to save, and analyzing those ways and how it applies to your environment, than someone can set aside on top of other

- June 30th, 2020 - 3 mins read

The best way to save on Cloud is the one you GET DONE

We’re different because everything we do is about ensuring you Get. Savings. Done. In one week. In just a few hours in fact. Our independence allows us to focus on just that one thing – making sure you get savings done.

- June 12th, 2020 - 2 mins read

Help: My Azure Monetary Commit is too Large!

Here are three ways to save even if your commitment is larger than you need. #1: Your Azure Monetary Commit may be “True Down Eligible” #2: Buy Reservations for future use #3: Continue

- May 14th, 2020 - 2 mins read

Four Steps to Cost Savings

"Consume less" is a good piece of advice but it is not exactly actionable. We suggest four simple steps to consume less in a way where you will immediately see an impact on your

- May 7th, 2020 - < 1 mins read

AWS: A New Way to Save Alert

Until now in AWS for storage, it’s either been too big or too small (or too fast or too slow), with fast(ish) EBS and slow S3 being your choices. Now, there is a “just right” option with UltraWarm storage tier for Elasticsearch.

- May 1st, 2020 - 3 mins read

How long should I wait before buying reservations?

The short and in most cases straight forward answer is: start reserving now! In this blog post we will give you some of the reasons why this is the case.

- April 22nd, 2020 - 3 mins read

Try a new Azure reservation? [Get our 3 best tips]

In this blog we will share with you the three categories of reservations where our customers could be saving the most money

- April 17th, 2020 - 2 mins read

Save money on Office 365

With all user-based software, you should do three things: Make sure you only license the users you need to. See if you can use a smaller license package. Consider other

- March 31st, 2020 - 2 mins read

3 Ways to Reduce your Cloud Costs

Cloud can be a cost savings center, but organizations need governance and transparency to truly wrangle cloud consumption and rein in unchecked

- March 24th, 2020 - 2 mins read

Public Cloud Revenue will reach 250+ billion dollars by 2020

Current trends are a gold mine for cloud providers, but what exactly does that mean for you? While cloud providers continue to make record profits every year, their customers are struggling to manage their costs and waste billions of

- March 27th, 2019 - 2 mins read

Imagine if the CIO and CFO Shared a Bed?

A lot of the cloud cost management budget issue can be found in the disconnect between IT and finance departments which will ultimately hurt the business.

- March 11th, 2019 - 2 mins read

IT Roles Are Changing – Are You Ready For The Future?

Much of this change and creation of new roles is down to the emergence of cloud. The trend is something all enterprises will be challenged with in the coming

- February 28th, 2019 - 2 mins read

No Reason to Overpay for Cloud. Do Something About It

Monthly bills keep getting higher and spending on cloud services is not going to slow down any time soon. That is why ‘Cloud Cost Optimization’ is once again the top priority for most

- February 21st, 2019 - 2 mins read

Cloud Shift Driving the Rise in Global IT Spend

Businesses are moving to cloud, shifting away from traditional systems and this trend is already having an impact on IT budgets and markets in the coming years.

- February 7th, 2019 - 3 mins read

The Emergence of Cloud Cost Management

Cloud services do have their advantages, costs have reached higher levels than ever

- January 23rd, 2019 - 2 mins read

AI one of the top trends in 2019

KOSTNER uses AI to create optimization and cost management in IT infrastructure, providing unique insight while cutting

- January 14th, 2019 - 2 mins read

Top Challenges Facing CIO’s Today

Having spent the last couple of years optimizing IT infrastructure with firms in all shapes and sizes, we have compiled the biggest challenges facing the industry today for specific roles.

- December 6th, 2018 - 2 mins read

Building a business on the backbone of AI

Artificial intelligence helps us with everyday tasks like getting from A to B and clearing unwanted spam emails from our mailbox. AI can assist us in many ways and make decisions beyond human capability.

- November 12th, 2018 - 2 mins read

IT spending in EMEA is projected to rise in 2019

AI technology can find solutions for you, ensuring your IT infrastructure is run optimally with cost optimizing solutions. No matter where you run IT, there is money to be saved in the way you do

- October 29th, 2018 - < 1 mins read

Municipalities could save 380 million optimizing their IT

While consultancies can pitch big savings, AI can show you actual solutions to optimize costs by analyzing every possible scenario for an IT

- October 24th, 2018 - 2 mins read

How AI can keep costs low as IT spending rises worldwide

The easiest way to increase profitability is to reduce costs. Cost optimization is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve with IT operation costs soaring like never

- October 18th, 2018 - 2 mins read

AI can provide clarity for your IT future

With so many different solutions available, the decision of where and how to run IT goes deeper than deciding between cloud, outsourcing or running IT in-house.

- October 17th, 2018 - < 1 mins read

Treasure worth millions found in data center

Rumors of hidden treasure had been circulating in the industry for years. The treasure was discovered thanks new innovative AI

- October 15th, 2018 - < 1 mins read

Making good cost optimization decisions within IT

At Kostner, we believe it’s important to understand what you need. Have a look at this video with Mikkel Naesager to find out how we work with this question at Kostner Interested to learn more? Subscribe to our blog or follow us on LinkedIn Did you

- September 26th, 2018 - < 1 mins read

Monthly webinar – learn more about cloud costs and benefits

More and more companies are switching to cloud storage, is your company following the trend? Did you know cloud storage prices are stagnant and not declining like other storage alternatives? Learn more about cloud costs and benefits in our co-founder Mikkel

- September 26th, 2018 - 3 mins read

FL Smidth saved 12 million DKK on a software check

FLSmidth’s director of IT and IT security Mads Madsbjerg Hansen invested half a million kr. and now stands to save 12 million kr. on software.

- September 19th, 2018 - 2 mins read

Who makes the decisions around here?

When we think about decision making in enterprises, we tend to think that decisions driving millions of dollars of costs are made at a high level by executives weighing long-term effectiveness and cost efficiency.

- October 31st, 2017 - < 1 mins read

Kostner Group: ready for international expansion

Helle and Mikkel Næsager founded Kostner, a company who use artificial intelligence and big data to analyse their clients’ it-infrastructure. With the company turning profits they have set their sights on expanding their business to the international

- September 15th, 2017 - < 1 mins read

How to convince your boss new hardware is a good idea

This video talks about how to convince your boss that new hardware is a good idea. Watch Mikkel Naesager answer this question and learn what we do at Kostner. Interested to learn more? Subscribe to our blog or follow us on LinkedIn Did you like this blog?

- September 13th, 2017 - < 1 mins read

On Premises vs Cloud – What is true and what is false

Listen to Kostners own evangelist Mikkel Naesager talking at VMWorld Barcelona, revealing what is true and what is false. At Kostner we use facts and data, NOT hype and speculation. Interested to learn more? Subscribe to our blog or follow us on LinkedIn

- June 23rd, 2017 - < 1 mins read

New Servers = Lower Software Costs = Better Bottom Line

With all the hardware manufacturers launching new server lines with Intel’s latest CPUs, they are all forgetting the best reason of all to buy new HW. Today the cost of hardware is no longer the most significant portion of the costs of running a server

- March 15th, 2017 - 2 mins read

3 licensing questions you should ask your SQL Server DBAs

We want to share a few insights into some of the things that drive unnecessary Software License Use. Sometimes all that is missing, is a

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You really should not have to worry about getting the benefits of Moore's Law.

The public cloud providers are – intentionally or not – making it impossible to benefit from falling prices without deep knowledge and advanced tools.

Do you have this uneasy feeling that you are overpaying? If so, I strongly recommend that you book a free meeting and understand how you might save money and time.