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IBM Cloudability
Formerly Apptio Cloudability

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What is IBM Cloudability?

IBM Cloudability is a cloud cost management and optimization tool that enables IT, finance, and business teams to optimize their costs and communicate the business value of the cloud.

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Cost Effective Tool!!

9 out of 10
October 27, 2023
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What is IBM Cloudability?

IBM Cloudability is a cloud cost management and optimization tool that enables IT, finance, and business teams to optimize their costs and communicate the business value of the cloud.

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Product Details

What is IBM Cloudability?

IBM Cloudability is a cloud cost management and optimization tool that enables IT, finance, and business teams to optimize their costs and communicate the business value of the cloud. Cloudability is built to support the organizational adoption of cloud financial management - the process of bringing financial accountability to the scalable, variable, and distributed nature of the cloud.

Cloudability normalizes, and structures cloud billing and usage data from across public cloud ecosystems so that the user can actively manage spend and consumption to continuously improve the unit economics of cloud services, enabling teams to:
  • Fully allocate cloud spend, including containers and support charges, to ensure a full chargeback of cloud costs to the business.
  • Optimize cloud costs, leveraging rightsizing recommendations across major cloud service providers to reduce operating expenses and fund future innovation investments.
  • Make decisions with speed and confidence, enabling team ownership and accountability of cloud spend to better align cloud investments to business objectives.
  • Allocate shared costs, specialized technology and labor along with vendors to extend FinOps and accountability to the total cost of running cloud.

IBM Cloudability Features

  • Supported: Visibility: Translates billing and usage data into a unified view to contextualize costs and govern cloud consumption.
  • Supported: Cost Optimization: Matches spend to needs, displays reservations and commitment based discounts, and identifies candidates for purchase and modification.
  • Supported: Efficiency: Continuously improves the unit economics of cloud with a shared understanding of costs and business value.

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IBM Cloudability Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

IBM Cloudability is a cloud cost management and optimization tool that enables IT, finance, and business teams to optimize their costs and communicate the business value of the cloud.

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Reviewers rate Usability highest, with a score of 8.1.

The most common users of IBM Cloudability are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We run a proof of concept for Apptio Cloudability during 2021. The product helps manage cloud spending with the three main providers (Amazon, Google, Microsoft), thus, it is well suited for organizations with multiple CSPs. Cloudability offers a good built-in reporting engine, as well as an integration to Apptio BI. Cloudability extracts billing and consumption data to provide insights to optimize cloud spending. It also allows mapping consumption to user-defined business objects, e.g. based on tags or other elements. We had a very specific use case that Apptio Cloudability did not support directly.
  • Data ingestion (consumption, billing)
  • Optimization insights
  • Business mappings
  • True cost explorer
  • We were not able to use allocation coefficients in building Business Mappings.
  • Business Mappings are difficult and cumbersome to use.
  • The logic in the reporting engine is not flexible.
Apptio Cloudability is well suited when the mapping between cloud spend and applications or business services is well identified at the account level. This works well. In shared environments with mixed IaaS and PaaS allocations, Apptio Cloudability is not flexible enough. For us this was a K.O. criterion.
Brian Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
CLoudability is used to provide accurate cost reporting of our cloud spend to our stakeholders
  • Provide clearly defined dashboards for Cloud spend
  • Provide detailed spend reports for executive levels
  • Fully Customizable dashboard based on customer need
  • Cloud recommendations provide three scenarios, This can be confusing to novice users
  • Easier movement between environments that a user has been given approval to see
  • Widgets can get tricky for novice and beginner users
Great tool for providing detail monthly , quarterly and yearly cloud spend.
Also great that you can go year over year

I would like to see an ability to generate that includes year over year.

Cloud optimization recommendations seem more like suggestions and not whats always best for the application
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
I help customers use Apptio Cloudability, I do not personally use it to solve issues that I personally have. The things we do are help customers with organizing their cloud costs so that they can do a showback or chargeback model. Other use cases are to clean up errors in the Cloud billing too, and find opportunities to save money using the cloud through optimization.
  • Organizing Cloud Costs
  • Reporting
  • The Tag Explorer
  • Views
  • User Management
  • Scaling the product to be usable across large organizations
Apptio Cloudability is good for large enterprises where they need to bring all their payer accounts, linked accounts, subscriptions, etc into a singular view. It's not great if companies are already well organized and can use cloud native tools to solve their issues. I think Apptio Cloudability costs to much for smaller customers that really could use the help.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use it to manage all of our savings plans and RIs. We also use it for right-sizing opportunities and we use it to graph those optimization efforts to show the cost going down as optimization changes are happening.
  • It shows the visibility into the cost and a single pane of glass for all of our cloud providers, multiple products in those multi-cloud. So it shows us our spending across the cloud by vendor, by product, and by all the tags that we have in the cloud. So it gives us visibility into many different directions in our cost.
  • For me, it is a lot of anomaly detection and I think there's a lot of improvement that can be made to show anomalies that happen over time because if it's just day to day or week to week, you may not see the change. But if you see the trend over a period of time, show me something that has grown 40%, 50% over the past three months and maybe you can do those things and we just haven't figured them out yet. So we are very new to the product, but I think anomaly detection for me is one of the bigger things.
I think if you are maybe small in your cloud spend and you're only in one cloud, I think you can probably get away with just using the cost management tool in that cloud vendor. I don't think it's necessary for everyone and I think you have to have enough optimizations to have your return on investment, but it's certainly suited if you plan to grow and you're still small, get it now and don't wait.
October 27, 2023

Cost Effective Tool!!

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
My company uses Apptio Cloudability to manage and optimize our cloud costs. We are a large enterprise with a significant cloud presence, and Cloudability helps us to gain visibility into our cloud spend. Cloudability provides us with a comprehensive view of our cloud costs, including costs from multiple cloud providers, accounts, and projects. This visibility helps us to identify areas where we can reduce our spending and Allocate costs to business units. The scope of our use case for Cloudability is broad. Cloudability also supports our FinOps practice, which is responsible for optimizing our cloud costs and investments.
  • We use Cloudability to generate monthly cost reports for each business unit. These reports show the business unit's total cloud spend, as well as a breakdown of costs by cloud provider, service, and project.
  • We use Cloudability to rightsize our instances. Cloudability can help us to identify instances that are overprovisioned or underprovisioned. We can then resize these instances to optimize our costs.
  • Cloudability currently supports a wide range of cloud providers and services, but it does not support all of the services offered by Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
Cloudability can help organizations with multi-cloud deployments to manage and optimize their cloud costs across multiple cloud providers, and it also helps organizations that are adopting FinOps to implement and manage their FinOps practice.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Apptio Cloudability has helped American on the FinOps journey by providing the visibility and spend details that app owners and engineers need to make quality business decisions, such as Architecture, Right Sizing, Performance and future investments.
  • Consumption Visibility
  • Financial views
  • Acct and Product teams listen to us as a customer and make recommended enhancements
  • Over time, pulling all the Apptio tools together to provide one powerful view.
Apptio Cloudability is well suited for organizations looking to provide financial/cost data to help drive their FinOps journey.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Apptio Cloudability provides insights into the usage of our cloud assets facilitating the identification of waste and other savings opportunity.
  • identification of waste (utilization) of cloud assets
  • detailed cost visualization by type, environment etc
  • everything can be better.
i am early in usage as applications/interfaces are moving to the cloud with Apptio Cloudability and the Insights are very helpful.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I use Apptio Cloudability for cloud cost management - optimization of cloud spend, resource cleanup during product decommission.
  • Clear view of resources associated with products
  • Overall view of resource costs by type
  • Reporting is clunky
  • Filtering is limited and not pervasive between various Apptio tools
  • Limited number of fields that can be brought in
Great fit for integrating all cost views within Apptio Cloudability
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Apptio Cloudability provides us insights into our cloud spend that we cannot get anywhere else. We don't get the granularity and assurance around our actual spend numbers from our cloud provider, unlike with Apptio Cloudability. After attending TBMC23, I'm extremely excited about new product offerings and the expansion of the platform. It's been very refreshing to know that we're taking the right steps in our TBM journey.
  • Accurate spend numbers
  • Reliable spend anomaly detection
  • Clear usage and rightsizing recommendations
  • Automating updates to Business mappings
  • User management; having separate systems to manage user access and permissions is burdensome
We have not gotten acceptance and usage across the entire organization, thus I cannot shout from the rooftops how great Apptio Cloudability is without better user engagement. However, TBMC has provided valuable strategies for improving our user engagement.
Eve Cook | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
As a centralized source of truth for spending, cost and usage to budget our cloud costs. The business problem is reducing cost and optimizing our current resources. The scope includes all departments and organization within AA that uses the cloud for their applications regardless of cloud provider.
  • Show usage for each product team as we tag them in our system
  • show where each resource can be optimized
  • provide widgets for individual users to filter and sort their data and create their own dashboard
  • Reports need to be readable across devices (mobile and desktop)
  • Kubernetes breakdown on rightsizing at the namespace level (namespace = application for our aks tenant teams)
  • Action integrated or automated (down to the namespace level for aks containers)
Sharing visibility of each individual team's costs and usage so teams can better budget is a great use for Apptio Cloudability. Less appropriate for our environment and resources not attached to our cloud spend.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I advise client on choosing FInOps products for enterprise clients. Apptio Cloudabilty always tops the list when it comes to featurset, product coverage and reach to multiple CSPs.
  • Multi cloud support
  • User friendly
  • Integration with ApptioOne
  • Extensibilty
  • Pricing model
  • Hosting in on-prem.
  • Other CSP hosting through module design (say containers)
  • MSP Platform
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I use Apptio Cloudability for cost transparency and service governance.
  • Cost pools
  • Application TCO
  • Service governance
  • Implementation time
  • Model run time
With my current experience with implementing Apptio Cloudability, I give it a seven out of ten.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I have been using Apptio Cloudability for establishing our FinOps practice.
  • Dashboards
  • Reports
  • KPI management
  • Complex reports
Apptio Cloudability is well suited for normalizing data and reporting for multi-cloud environments.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I use Apptio Cloudability as a partner with IBM.
  • Cost optimization
  • Cloud economics
  • Cloud financial management
  • Integrations with IBM products
I give Apptio Cloudability an eight out of ten because it is great at cost optimization.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I use Apptio Cloudability for the allocation of cloud costs, and managing engineering teams to budget.
  • Custom Dashboards
  • Cost Allocation
  • Asset Inventory Reporting
  • Policies to identify and notify on wasted resources
  • Slack Integrations for team notifications
Apptio Cloudability has great customization and easy to use dashboards with the ability to filter entire dashboards instead of going into each widget and making adjustments.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
we use Apptio Cloudability help manager our public cloud cost and drive optimization. Our biggest challenge is getting application teams to take action in rightsizing recommendations and turning off when not in use. Our scope is all of enterprise cloud spend
  • ease of set up
  • ease of building reports
  • quick calculation time
  • ability to drive business mappings and views based on tables rather than scripts
  • IBM cloud spend
  • track rightsizing actions take
  • carbon impact of recommendations
well suited for anomaly detection, rightsizing. less suited for planning and sustainability estimates
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are a reseller of AWS, Azure, GCP, Oracle and IBM Cloud. We invoice our customers based on their usage as well as sell solutions deployed on those platforms.
  • multi-cloud usage
  • aggregation and segregation of usage across multi-cloud
  • anomly detection
  • feature parity across govcloud versions of cldy
  • meet higher compliance requirements (FedRAMP High, IL4 IL5)
well suited for individual application owners to see their usage, less so for a brokerage admin that manages multiple brokerages and require segregation. Eagerly await GA of CLDY for MSP
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Apptio Cloudability in our bank to better manage the cost of our IT infrastructure on the cloud across multiple cloud providers. It helps us to choose best options for the deployment of our infrastructure in terms of Speed, cost, and quality. Different teams (Finance, Devops) collaborate together to understand the findings from this and make the decision for future use cases.
  • Budget management
  • Reducing Cloud costs
  • Forecasting
  • Cost allocation
  • Support for Other cloud provides apart from AWS, GCP and Azure
  • More granular insights into spending for each department by tagging
  • Advanced anomaly detection with AI
In my experience, Apptio Cloudability is best suited for a high-level overview of Cost reporting and management. It gives recommendations to optimize your cloud budget. For example, It will give recommendations by analyzing the past trends which types of machines an application should be using for its optimal performance. It also picks machines, and disks that are not used for long and it predicts any cost anomaly detection. It is less appropriate for other small cloud providers and user training.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
This platform is useful to me, and my team regarding financial data to optimise its cost and communicate my business value of the cloud. And also it supports my organisation in adopting the financial account to the cloud. It also enables them to operate together and improve the unit of cloud revealing the business value of cloud investment.
  • Adoption of Cloud Management
  • Process of Finance Account to the Cloud
  • Team Operate Closely
  • Reveal the Business
  • Optimize the Cost
  • More effective strategic decision making
  • Reduce the costing
  • Team Ownership is good
  • Operations of Cloud
Suitable for small businesses with straightforward cloud requirements and predictable workloads, Apptio Cloudability stands out in situations demanding strong capabilities in budget tracking, forecasting, and cloud spending optimization. Its consolidated view proves ideal for businesses utilizing multiple cloud providers, especially in environments with intricate cost structures. It's the specific needs and scale of an organization to determine whether Apptio Cloudability is the right fit.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Optimization of cloud platform and TCO for developers. Costing for containers utilizing Open Shift. Report on cost savings migration of CSP from On Prem
  • Container cost
  • Reporting time picking
  • Report filtering
  • Data tagging
Can give insight into newer container but not older container format in my opinion.
Score 4 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We currently use Apptio Cloudability for the following key functions (not limited to) Rightsizing, Optimization, Cost Transparency. These details are in turn used to bring business value to different personas within the org. From procurement, to engineering to finance to executives to application owners and so forth. We also look at bringing in the cost details to ApptioOne
  • New Apptio BI reporting seems promising
  • Showcasing untagged costs
  • First step towards rightsizing and optimization explorations
  • Anomaly detection
  • Combined reporting views from the data sources
  • Showcasing the dependencies with the recommendations
  • Ability to effective allocate shared costs
Viewing first level information with regards to untagged costs and optimization opportunities. For further deep dives, viewing dependencies and even anomaly detection would look at the CSP functionality
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Apptio Cloudability to identify potential savings opportunities such as RI's and Rightsizings.
  • Rightsizing Suggestions
  • Classifying CUR Report
  • RI suggestions
  • API
  • Reporting
Apptio Cloudability navigates the savings opportunities for our Infascrturcture team
Babak Davani , MBA , MS Finance | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The Apptio Cloudability tool drives efficiencies and provides a granular view to better manage Cloud environments & spend.
  • Customizing dashboards
  • Planning and forecasting
  • Comparing actual data to those of different time periods
  • Export granular data to Excel
  • Forecasting based on anticipated usage, migrations, etc.
  • Comparing Budget to Actuals
  • Faster buffering to push out data
Apptio Cloudability has shaved hours of work by allowing me the ability to dig into financial data at the bottom level. It helps me perform historical analyses of cloud usage and costs, and to validate our company's forward looking financial projections.
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