How Can AI Help Manage Cloud Sprawl? 

Many companies are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce  cloud-computing expenses, excess data storage, and other inefficiencies across information-technology processes. Corporate technology leaders and industry analysts are tapping software developed to identify overlapping cloud applications. Meanwhile, organizations encounter several problems due to a lack of control and visibility over their cloud resources. One of the significant pitfalls is cloud sprawl, referring to the unchecked expansion of an organization’s cloud services, and service providers, leading to unforeseen costs, security exposures, and management challenges. 

Revenue intelligence is the new AI-based innovation transforming sales teams’ experience. Businesses need to establish rules  to monitor their investments and prevent things from getting out of control. In this article, we will provide some steps to help manage cloud sprawl. 

On the other hand, Andy Sealock, a senior partner at West Monroe, a digital-services consulting firm  states that  “Automation is essential for the myriad and endless number of variables introduced into the cloud-cost equation.” Therefore, tracking cloud usage has exceeded what even the most familiar cloud engineer could with Excel. 

In addition, AI is being used to determine cloud-use patterns on a massive scale across an organization by tracking and tagging additional data and apps,flagging areas of mismatches, waste, and duplication between existing payment plans and actual usage. 

Monitor Cloud Spending 

Monitoring  cloud spending is not limited   to a company’s finance department only. Cloud cost management tools such as Microsoft’s Azure Cost Management + Billing can record cloud spending across the company, even on other platforms. Google and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have cost management tools but they only track costs on their respective platforms. 

Another way to prevent cloud sprawl is to get your developers and principal stakeholders cloud certified. Your developers will obtain a deeper understanding of cloud services, as well as the key stakeholders will become familiar with cloud services beyond the buzzwords. 

Policies should be part of the company’s overall cloud strategy and another mechanism to handle cloud sprawl, as long as business teams and technology work together to enforce them. 

Companies are expected to spend a total of $597.3 billion on cloud services worldwide this year, up 21.7% from $491 billion in 2022, according to the latest forecast by IT research and consulting firm Gartner Inc. 

Final Thought 

Cloud governance and management can’t be the realm of just an IT department or cloud team. Technology stakeholders and businesses need to collaborate transparently to manage cloud sprawl. 

Cloud computing provides computing services, including servers, databases, storage, and networking,to offer faster innovation. 

This will ensure stakeholders are full participants in your cloud initiative and break down silos between technology and business teams so they can all be a part of any major decisions around the strategy. 

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