John just finished the first wave on cloud workload migrations for his company. With a solid 500 applications and related data sets migrated to a public cloud, he now has a good understanding of what the costs are after these applications have moved into production.

However, where John had budgeted $1 million a month for ops costs, all in, the company is now getting dinged for $1.25 million. Where does that $250,000 go each month? And more concerning, how were those costs missed with the original cost estimates? Most important, where will John work now once the CFO and CEO get wind of the overruns?

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In my consulting work, I’m seeing the same four missed costs over and over.

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