The Compute Software team

Key metrics for optimization

AUTHOR: The Compute Software team

Through our updated Dashboard and Action Items, quickly understand cloud optimization opportunities and know how to make clear business trade-offs across provider and performance costs.

Executive Dashboard Metrics

The new metrics on the Dashboard give you insight into the overall opportunity to improve cloud usage and spend, and the most important action items to work on.

On the Dashboard, you will find the % Optimal and Potential Net Value metrics.

% Optimal is your Current Effective Cloud Cost compared to your the Ideal Effective Cloud Cost. Effective Cloud Costs are all costs attributable to cloud providers and non-perfect performance of the cloud, such as latency, wait time, and job failures. % Optimal indicates how you are running today and provides a tangible goal for what you can achieve.

Potential Net Value is the annualized effective cloud cost savings (Effective Provider Cost Savings plus Performance Cost Savings) from resolving all action items. Potential Net Value provides a tangible dollar-value goal for what you can achieve.

You will also get an overview of the total number of action items, how many are open, how many are in progress, and what action types to complete.

Action Items

At the top of action item, you can quickly understand the Net Value of taking the action and resolving this action item.

Below the resource information, you will find a list of Tasks and the business impact of resolving those tasks. Choose to work on and complete one of the Tasks, or leave all Tasks in Open status to allow this resource to continue to be analyzed for optimization improvements.


The Additional Information in Tasks allows you to compare optimization metrics and details of your current machine to those of the recommended machine.

Net Value

You can find the Net Value for Resolved action items in the activity log to measure the business impact of completing the optimization tasks.

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