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.

CONTRIBUTOR MEMBERS

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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."

Mich Razon

VP & GM, Head of Commerce Platforms

“With FOCUS™, we believe your billing data will be even more accessible and useful so you can get more of your time back and focus on cost management, cost savings, and cost optimization."

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 needn’t spend development resources building data normalization functionality. Instead, those resources can be spent developing support for other FinOps Capabilities that customers need.

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

Specification

The FOCUS™ initiative aims to build and maintain an open standard for cloud billing data and garner adoption across all major cloud vendors.

Version 1.0 introduces common taxonomy, terminology, and metrics for billing datasets produced by large Cloud Service Providers (CSPs). The Specification, however, aims to be extensible to other cloud SaaS billing datasets, including networking, observability, and security tools.

Future updates are expected to add support for SaaS providers and even on-premises datasets.

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