Have you used a tool that led to a proven decrease in cloud spend?

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vp information technology in Consumer Goods, 51 - 200 employees
Community Manager (IT and InfoSec) in Travel and Hospitality, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
based on some of your recent activity, I thought this Q on decreased cloud spending might be of interest. Would love to know your insights here!
Executive Architect in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees
Densify has provided excellent results enabling my customer to optimize resource allocation.
CIO in Software, 51 - 200 employees
We used Cloudyn back in the day before MS acquired it, it was a particularly useful tool for Azure Cloud Spending, now it's built into Azure, and provides much more convenience

But since then, things changed and we host cloud resources with multiple cloud providers now, and we depend on each cloud provider cost estimations.

I wouldn't say it's the best experience, but it did help us cut costs, cloud providers offer resource optimizations/advisor portals that can also help cut costs (e.g. Azure Advisor/Recommendations), but I would say that keeping a close eye on your resources/utilization, optimizing based on that, and staying up to date with the latest cloud features/options (Latest VM Series/Generation for IaaS for example) can really help decrease spending.

Lastly, don't depend on "senior technical team members" for cost optimizations, in most cases, tech savvy people tend to choose whatever option that gives them the most features/highest horsepower regardless of what they need, and they try to make a case for it :) - try to understand the real needs, and ensure that you review your resource utilization reports more frequently.
Director of Information Security in Energy and Utilities, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
We currently use Microsoft Cost Management to manage our cloud costs.  It does save us a lot of money with their Azure Advisor recommendations
VP of Engineering in Software, 51 - 200 employees
Before exploring other tools, check first the build in tools such as compute optimizer and reservation utilization. Storage is also a common cost factor especially unused, over provisioned virtual disks. 
Director of Product Engineering in Software, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Almost all platform has a built-in feature to recommend based on your usage. I find it quite useful for AWS and Azure instead of using any 3rd party tool.
Sr. Director of Engineering in Software, 51 - 200 employees
regular audits helped in understanding spend details and then cutting off overuse. Also, next comes performance optimisation of application for helping out..
CTO in Education, 51 - 200 employees
We haven't used any third-party tools but the built-in tools in AWS to aid in understanding where our cloud spending is coming from have proven useful. Moving to more serverless implementations rather than large dedicated instances has proven helpful.
Director of Engineering in Services (non-Government), 2 - 10 employees
I must admit it's been a while since I was involved in this. If you are 'stuck' with your current provider than an audit of the services and products you consumer is a good start. Critically evaluate what is available and what you need; the delta can be quite compelling. If you have the freedom to evaluate your cloud options, then a quick formal 'survey' of the market does wonders in getting a better deal from a provider. So instead of spending a little extra to spend less (a favourite tagline of many cloud tool providers), go straight to the spend less option. And if neither of those appeal you can always play the "let's revoke privileges" card for non-essential services: also known as the if-you-don't-use-it-you-lose-it approach to tools access. 

Finally, now I think of it; the most money we saved recently is when we moved tons of storage from on-line to comparatively easy to retrieve back-up. 

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