When the first price list arrived from the cloud companies, everyone reacted like a kid in a penny candy shop with a $100 bill. There’s no reason to devote hours to pondering the advantages and disadvantages when you can just grab a shovel and fill a big laundry bag. Many cloud prices are much less than a penny. How can you go wrong if the price rounds off to zero?
Those days are long gone. Many of us have already survived dozens of difficult meetings with the bean counters who received the monthly cloud invoice and hit the DEFCON alarm siren. The prices may be low but they add up. So we sit around the table wondering why. Is there some way around that? Is there something we can do? Is there some secret lever we can pull? Some secret dial to turn?