The Unifying
Specification for
Cloud Billing Data

FOCUS™ is a technical specification that normalizes
cost and usage billing data across cloud vendors.

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INTRODUCTION

What is FOCUS™?

The FinOps Cost and Usage Specification (FOCUS™) is an open-source specification that defines clear requirements for cloud vendors to produce consistent cost and usage datasets.

Supported by the FinOps Foundation, FOCUS™ aims to reduce complexity for FinOps Practitioners so they can drive data-driven decision-making and maximize the business value of cloud, while making their skills more transferable across clouds, tools, and organizations.

CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS

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Tracy Woo

Principal Analyst

"FOCUS™ is a BIG DEAL. FOCUS will remove the complexity and overhead involved when trying to normalize various billing taxonomies making it immensely beneficial across all companies and across all industries."

Fred Delombaerde

Corporate Vice President, Commerce Platform & Marketplace

“We are committed to working with the FinOps Foundation to bring together the knowledge and involvement of all major players in cloud billing to benefit all."

Anne Johnston

VP of Engineering Cloud Costs

"The basics of good decision-making and execution require clarity of information. FOCUS™ goes a long way to making that possible and we look forward to even greater innovation in the years ahead."

Tim O'Brien

Senior Director of Engineering

“We’re thrilled to see FOCUS™ gathering momentum. Having a vendor-neutral view of all cloud resources will enable us to better engage with cloud partners and better serve our customers and shareholders.”

Who uses FOCUS™?

FinOps Practitioners

With unified billing data, you spend more time on FinOps and less time on data normalization, and can refocus efforts on iteratively improving high-priority FinOps Capabilities. With FOCUS™, Practitioners also gain transferrable data skills.

Cloud Vendors

FOCUS™ helps Cloud Service Providers, SaaS Vendors, and other Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who generate cloud billing data by easing adoption of their offerings and accelerating usage of cloud infrastructure and software.

FinOps Vendors

With FOCUS™, FinOps vendors do not need to spend development resources building data normalization functionality. Instead, those resources can be spent developing support for other FinOps Capabilities with higher impact.

Steering Committee

Michael Flanakin

Principal Product Management Lead, Microsoft Cost Management

Sarah McMullin

Product Management Lead Google Cloud Billing

Roy Wolman

AWS Sr. Manager, Product Management for CUR and Cost Explorer

Anne Johnston

Capital One Vice President Engineering, Cloud Costs & Engagement

Tim O’Brien

Walmart Senior Director of Engineering, Cloud Cost Management

Mike Fuller

CTO FinOps Foundation

Udam Dewaraja

Working Group Chairperson, FOCUS Project

The FOCUS Initiative

FOCUS™ is developing an open standard for cloud billing data and gaining adoption across all major cloud vendors.

Specification

Version 1.0 introduces common taxonomy, terminology, and metrics for billing datasets produced by Cloud Service Providers (CSPs). The Specification, however, will be extensible to other cloud billing datasets for networking, observability, and security tools. Future updates are expected to add support for SaaS and PaaS providers and on-premises datasets. If you are interested in contributing to the FOCUS Specification, please review the Member Agreement and sign the CLA.

Adoption

Major IaaS providers are adopting the FOCUS™ Specification for their billing format. Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offer billing data exports in the FOCUS format, and the community expects more cloud providers to deploy soon. In the interim, Data Converters and Validators are available for Practitioners to transform billing data from AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft, and Oracle Cloud.

FinOps tooling vendors are supporting FOCUS with data exports and reporting using FOCUS attributes and metrics. As adoption continues, more vendors plan to support FOCUS data ingestion, adopt FOCUS terminology in their platforms, and align their APIs to the requirements in the Specification.

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Next Steps for Vendors

All cloud IaaS, SaaS, ISV, etc. vendors can align their offerings with the FOCUS Specification.

     1. Take FOCUS training. Encourage sales and marketing teams to take Introduction to FOCUS and register product and engineering teams for FinOps Certified FOCUS Analyst.

     2. Talk with product and engineering teams. Begin having conversations with your development teams about requirements.

     3. Build a roadmap. Establish a roadmap to align your offerings with Specification.

Next Steps for FinOps Practitioners

End Users can get their hands on FOCUS data and prepare their environment to ingest, export, and report on FOCUS datasets.

     1. Take FOCUS training. Share Introduction to FOCUS throughout your organization and register yourself for FinOps Certified FOCUS Analyst.

     2. Get familiar with FOCUS. FinOps Practitioners should familiarize themselves with the terminology and metrics in the Specification. Browse the FOCUS Column Library and the Use Case Library with SQL queries.

     3. Talk with vendors about adoption. FinOps Practitioners can introduce the Specification to their preferred vendors and encourage them to adopt FOCUS.

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Learn how FOCUS can ease and accelerate FinOps at your organization.

Free course for anyone who uses cloud billing data or views FinOps reports. Great for those who work with FinOps Practitioners.

Learn the goals, use cases, and impact of this cloud billing specification.

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