Portrait of me

Portrait of me

Welcome to my personal page! I’m Frank Contrepois, a French/Italian FinOps leader with a passion for cloud technology. With a mix of experience from academia and startups, I have established myself as an expert in both Cloud and FinOps and published several articles. As an AWS ambassador and certified Cloud FinOps professional, I am dedicated to staying at the forefront of my field. I am the Chief Innovation Officer at Strategic Blue.

I have a rich and varied background, having been a part of multiple startups in Italy and the UK, but also having experienced burnout. However, with the help of my supportive wife, Anya, I was able to escape and start fresh on Reunion Island, where I spent a transformative year.

I am a constant learner and share my knowledge through my blog, Zettelkasten, and publications page.

If you want to get in touch or connect, you’ll find all the information you need under the Contact tab.


last update to this page 2024-05-19

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My writing

How to get the plus minus symbol on mac

While writing Expressing forecasts in words I wanted to use the ± symbol and not something like +-; I find it ugly. So if you need the ± on a Mac the combination of keys is Option(alt) + Shift + = Here we go. Read more...

What's new in Cloud FinOps - April 2024

The April 2024 episode of the FinOps News is here. AWS announces general availability of Amazon EC2 G6 instances powered by NVIDIA L4 Tensor Core GPUs. Google introduces Axion chips, their first ARM-based CPU, and HyperDisk storage pools for stateful Kubernetes workloads. Azure launches index advisor for Cosmos DB to optimize index policies for NoSQL queries. Multiple cloud vendors providing a focused view with some implementation of FOCUS Cost anomaly detection with the power of AI Maximizing committed use discounts with hassle-free management Read more...

Validating a domain with Proton and Cloudflare

When setting up a personal domain in Proton mail you need to do quite a bit of DNS configurations: MX records, SPF records, DKIM records and DMARC records. When all is correct it looks like this And since moving my DNS to CloudFlare, mine was not OK, and I was getting email from proton telling me how my DNS config was incorrect! the solution Make sure that all DNS records in CloudFlare are not proxied (i. Read more...

Using stress to get more ideas fast

In her TED talk, Kelly McGonigal presents the case that stress is your friend (not too much). I have experienced how stress can be a valuable friend for ideation, the fancy term to describe having ideas. I found, that to have lots of ideas, a pre-requisite to have good ideas, you need a brainstorming session. I also found, that having a two minutes brainstorming session gets me roughly the same number of ideas than a two hours session. Read more...