Optimising costs starts with visibility.
Keeping spend to a minimum while making wise investments decisions is vital to the success of any SaaS business. Making sure you have complete visibility into what you are spending and where can be really easy, when you know how.
Knowing exactly what is being spent is vital for cost optimisation. You'll need to analyse production and test environments, comparing storage, compute and bandwidth. You must understand your spend by individual customer, product line, and workload.
It's important that you're able to attribute resource consumption to tenants on your SaaS platform, and that means metering. With accurate data you'll be able to calculate the cost and, more importantly, the profitability per tenant.
Intelligent tracking and metering feeds into effective spend forecasting. Collaborating with finance can be a great way to build powerful budgeting models that let you confidently forecast the impact of either an uplift in users or an increase in usage.
Analysing what has already been spent and forecasting potential spend in different scenarios is important. But stopping unintended spend in real time is crucial. To avoid significant overspend, you must have robust controls and practical guardrails in place.
When the question of scaling resources arises, having good cost visibility will allow you to make the best possible decision every time. Maybe, optimising your current configuration to support more users is a more cost-effective solution.
Whether optimisation or scaling is the right answer, a financial investment is likely to be needed. Combining historic spend tracking and future budget modelling provides the comprehensive cost visibility you need to build a solid business case every time.
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