The world of FinOps can be pretty complex. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a fantastic way to align IT and finance teams for maximum efficiency in cloud operations. But for newcomers, it may feel a bit overwhelming at first.

That’s why following influential leaders in the FinOps space is a must. The tips, insights, and guidance from these top FinOps performers can give you the confidence and motivation to lead FinOps at your company. 

So, let’s look at the key industry players in FinOps in 2023. (In no particular order. They’re all equally fabulous!)

1. Corey Quinn

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Who says you can’t talk about FinOps with a little flare? Corey Quinn is one of those personalities who tells it like it is without losing his charismatic charm. His “Last Week of AWS” blog offers the trends and news within the cloud ecosystem. Along with his casual demeanor, his writing welcomes readers of all levels of FinOps experience. If you prefer audio learning, check out his podcast “Screaming in the Cloud.”

2. Sam Charrington

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Sam is an avid data scientist advocate. He’s on a mission to help folks grasp the cloud better by getting a good handle on tools like ML and AI. His awesome TWIML AI Podcast brings together brilliant minds in ML, data science, and research. Sam keeps you current in emerging cloud technologies so you never miss a beat!

3. J.R. Storment

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If anyone comes close to being the father of modern FinOps, it’s J.R. Storment. He’s the creator of the FinOps Foundation, one of the leading resources for FinOps practitioners. The foundation aims to bring real stories and practices to cloud management. Instead of making the organization for those who can “only speak the language,” it makes it accessible to anyone wanting to deepen their expertise in cloud cost management.  More impressive? He’s also co-authored one of the most essential books for FinOps practitioners: Cloud FinOps: Collaborative, Real-Time Cloud Value Decision Making.

4. Ben Lorica

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You might not find a more extensive podcast library on data, machine learning, and AI than Ben Lorica’s “The Data Exchange.”  With regular updates, Ben talks with guests about the latest trends and techniques in data science. For super detailed show notes of each episode, we highly recommend visiting This bonus resource has got you covered with all the info you need to dive deeper into any episode.

5. Scott Chancellor

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Scott’s got an impressive resume. He’s spent 7 years as the Director & General Manager of AWS Insights, and now he’s the CEO of Humu, an ML behavioral tech company. With over 20 years of experience in cloud financial services, you know you can rely on this FinOps expert’s input. You can follow his LinkedIn page to get the scoop on the happenings in cloud management regularly.

So, how do you feel now about diving into the world of FinOps? Seems less intimidating now, right? With influential leaders like these to follow, successfully applying FinOps to cloud management seems much more doable. When you’re all set to level up your cloud management game, Anodot can be your go-to platform for transforming your cloud costs.

Written by Anodot

Anodot leads in Autonomous Business Monitoring, offering real-time incident detection and innovative cloud cost management solutions with a primary focus on partnerships and MSP collaboration. Our machine learning platform not only identifies business incidents promptly but also optimizes cloud resources, reducing waste. By reducing alert noise by up to 95 percent and slashing time to detection by as much as 80 percent, Anodot has helped customers recover millions in time and revenue.

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