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The Linux Foundation has announced the formation of the FinOps Foundation to advance the discipline of cloud financial management through best practices, education and standards.

The Linux Foundation announced an intent to form the FinOps Foundation at Open Source Summit North America in late June. Today it’s announcing formation and support from founding members Apptio, Cloudeasier, Cloudsoft, CloudWize, Contino, Kubecost, Neos, Opsani, ProsperOps, Timspirit and VMware.

The newly formed Technical Advisory Council welcomes representatives from Apptio, Google and VMware alongside existing practitioner member seats held by individuals from Atlassian, Nationwide and Pearson. The TAC’s charter requires a combination of appointed and elected members and end-user practitioners who will be added in the coming months.

The initial TAC members include: Eugene Khvostov, VP of Product & Engineering at Apptio; Matt Leonard, Product Management lead for Google Compute Cloud billing; John McLoughlin, Director of Product Management for CloudHealth by VMware; Mike Fuller, Principal Systems Engineer for FinOps at Atlassian; Joseph Daly, Director of Cloud Optimization at Nationwide and Ashley Hromatko, Sr. Mgr FinOps at Pearson.

“With demand for new collaboration to support cloud procurement between IT and finance teams, the FinOps community is growing fast,” said J.R. Storment, executive director of the FinOps Foundation.

“We have the infrastructure and governance in place to support this acceleration and provide best-in-class training and education opportunities to grow this discipline. Our founding members are making this possible with today’s commitments, and we look forward to working with them in the years to come,” Storment added.

The Foundation also announced the launch of the formalization of the FinOps Certified Platform, FinOps Service Certified Service Provider and Training Partner programs.

FinOps Certified Platform (FCP) is a pre-qualified tier of vetted technology providers who offer software solutions to successfully adopt cloud financial management practices. Launch partners include Apptio Cloudability, CloudHealth by VMware, CloudWize, Kubecost, Opsani and ProsperOps.

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