Densify Talks, How Verisk Uses Data to Drive Optimization in the Cloud

calendar December 19, 2023

On this episode of Densify Talks, we welcome Lori Galella, Director of Cloud Cost Optimization and IT Finance at Verisk, and also Vinnie DeAngelis, Senior Director at Verisk. We dive into the importance of transparency, trust, automation, and optimization.

Lori and Vinnie share their unique career paths and discuss the intersection of finance and technology, emphasizing the growing importance of optimization and transparency through FinOps. They also cover the impact of cloud migration, capacity management, and successful cost optimization strategies.

Data and analytics are essential, and it’s important that those involved know and understand the numbers and costs, as costs need to be factored into every decision.

Andrew, Lori and Vinnie discuss having ongoing collaboration and relationships throughout the process, as well as striving to keep up with the best and new strategies. Finally, we touch on the future of cloud adoption and what technologies are likely to have an impact on cost structure optimization.

About our guests:

Lori Galella, Director of Cloud Cost Optimization and IT Finance at Verisk

Lori Galella is Director of Cloud Cost Optimization and IT Finance at Verisk. Lori built the cloud cost optimization function at Verisk, which leverages her career experience as a systems architect, while supporting her desire for growth in the financial discipline.  Lori has a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and began her career at AT&T, where over a 5 year period, she built and supported their Local Area Network, as well as their General Ledger on a Unix/Sybase platform.

Vinnie DeAngelis, Senior Director, Head if IT Finance/ Cloud FinOps & Optimization/ Software Asset Mgmt at Verisk

Vinnie DeAngelis is a Senior Director at Verisk. Vinnie joined Verisk in 2014 to lead the IT Finance Team. Since then, Vinnie has also assumed the leadership for the Cloud Financial Transformation/Operation across Verisk Analytics and the implementation and management of a centralized Software Asset Management function. He leads the Cloud Financial Transformation of Verisk Analytics. Vinnie earned a BA Degree in Finance from Long Island University in 1985 and an MBA in International Management from Adelphi University in 1989.

About Densify Talks:

Densify Talks is a podcast hosted by Andrew Hillier, Co-Founder and CTO of Densify, a cloud optimization software company. The podcast is focused on interviews with IT and technical leaders and innovators who have experience in delivering cloud and Kubernetes-based infrastructure within large enterprises.

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