The company did have to change the way it manages its IT resources, however. The cloud requires new metrics, Quinn advised.
One important new metric has been the lifespan of a virtual machine, as running virtual machines are billed on an hourly basis with most providers. This was not a metric the company tracked in its own data center. "There was no point," Quinn said.
"Your engineers aren't used to tracking their spending. You have to remember to shut the cloud off," he said. One approach Intuit has used is to let the management and development teams be in charge of their own cloud spending. This gives them the incentive to use the cloud more efficiently.
"The elastic capabilities have made our hosting dollars go further," Quinn said.
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