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Stretching IT dollars in a challenging economy: The power of cloud cost optimization

DURATION: 45 minutes

Today’s economy dictates a more conservative approach to allocating budget for staffing, forecasting for business growth, and retaining or attracting new customers. The pressure to quickly adapt and respond to these challenging market conditions, while driving measurable business outcomes is the uncomfortable reality of many business and technology leaders. This truly is a defining moment for leaders as they position their organizations in becoming a resilient business and lead the navigation against difficult business headwinds.  

Join Brian Becker, Senior Vice President & Global Head of Advisory, NTT Ltd., Chris Paraoan, Senior Director of Global FinOps Advisory, NTT Ltd. and Dan Hedstrom, VP and CIO, Cubic, in a riveting fireside chat on how to effectively manage cloud costs. Hear the secrets to predicting cloud costs and how to leverage cloud cost optimization and cloud FinOps/Economics practices to find dollars for business innovation during challenging economic times.

Key Takeaways
  • How to forecast cloud expenses, minimize costly risk and re-invest in innovation. 
  • Keys to developing an effective cloud cost optimization strategy.
  • Common pitfalls in achieving a cloud cost optimization strategy and how your organization can avoid them. 
  • Hear real world examples of how companies are realizing improved cloud financial operations, minimized cloud sprawl, and are able to re-invest in innovation and core business strategies. 
Register now and learn how to start saving now with a calculated approach to cloud cost optimization.

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Brian Becker

Senior Vice President & Global Head of Advisory

NTT Ltd.

Brian Becker, a stalwart in the IT industry with 28 years of expertise, currently serves as the Senior Vice President & Head of Global Cloud Solutions and Innovation at NTT Data. A visionary leader, Brian has meticulously crafted over 100 high-performing practices throughout his career, contributing to a combined $3 billion in revenue. As a distinguished Governing Board member at the FinOps Foundation, he continues to collaborate with his peers to help shape the future of the FinOps Framework, embodying innovation and excellence.

Chris Paraoan

Senior Director, Global FinOps Advisory

NTT Ltd.

Chris Paraoan, a certified FinOps Professional with a wealth of experience in cloud sustainability and cloud economics. As Senior Director of Global FinOps at NTT Data, he helps organizations navigate the intersection of cloud financial resilience and operational excellence. Chris brings a strategic perspective honed through advising major private equity firms and Fortune 500 companies. A pivotal figure at the FinOps Foundation, he plays a crucial role in shaping the evolution of the FinOps Framework by bridging sustainability into the FinOps domains.

Dan Hedstrom

Vice President and CIO


Dan Hedstrom is Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Cubic Corporation. Dan Hedstrom joined Cubic in 2012. He is responsible for leading the information technology strategy, operations, cyber security, enterprise architecture, infrastructure and service delivery. Hedstrom brings more than 20 years of information technology experience across multiple industries from e-commerce to high tech manufacturing. Before his role as chief information officer at Cubic, Hedstrom was responsible for leading the IT delivery of technology solutions in Cubic’s transportation business unit. Prior to joining Cubic, Hedstrom held IT leadership roles at Newport Corporation, a high tech manufacturer of photonics technology.

Jim Malone

Senior Strategist working with CIO marketing services


Jim Malone is a veteran journalist and communications professional with more than 25 years experience in B2B publishing and public relations. Since 2015, Jim has worked with Foundry’s content strategy team to create relevant, timely and influential white papers, webcasts, and other assets for leading technology organizations. Clients include Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Dell Technologies, Verizon Business, Comcast Business, Red Hat and many others.

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