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Faces in FinOps Podcast: Episode 2 with Youssef Ibrahim

Originally Published August, 2023 · Last Updated March, 2024

“Faces in FinOps” is hosted by Jon Myer and powered by ProsperOps.

This week’s guest on the Faces in FinOps podcast is Yousef Ibrahim.

Youssef is an engaging cloud ops practitioner who loves surfing, playing chess, and supporting the Chicago Cubs, and is also the Cloud Economics Lead at Block. In this conversation with Jon he shares various aspects of cloud economics, #FinOps, and cloud financial management practices in the cloud space.

Going on more than five years of experience, (a long time in FinOps years), Youssef discusses his journey and insights learned while managing and optimizing cloud costs — emphasizing the importance of team alignment. Meeting teams at different stages of cloud maturity, tailoring strategies to their needs, and fostering a FinOps culture are all requirements for success.

Hear about his experience with centralized and decentralized approaches to cloud financial management, using a mix of rate optimization and usage optimization initiatives. Youssef also sheds light on implementing AI and automation tools to enhance efficiency, generate scripts, and execute cloud cost optimizations.

Find out why accurate reporting and trustworthy and transparent data are the foundation of healthy cloud financial operations — budgeting and forecasting cloud costs, attributing growth to infrastructure investments, and the many challenges FinOps teams face.

Each episode is a conversation with leading thought leaders in the cloud financial management space.

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