Posted On: Nov 12, 2015

Today, we updated Cost Explorer—AWS’s interactive visual cost reporting tool—to allow users to better manage their custom cost reports. As Cost Explorer’s reporting capabilities have expanded to include many options on which to filter and group costs (e.g., by Account, Service, Tag, Availability Zone, Purchase Option, and API Operation) and the ability to display budgeted and forecasted costs, the number and utility of Cost Explorer reports created by users has increased significantly. In order to help users better manage those reports, this new feature allows users to easily save, access, modify, and share those reports in Cost Explorer. To illustrate, a user could create a report displaying monthly costs grouped by service for all costs tagged with the key “Department” and value “Marketing” incurred during the 3rd quarter of this year, apply the title “Q3 2016 AWS Spend – Marketing Dept.,” and click the save button. All approved users within the organization could then easily access that report via Cost Explorer’s report title drop-down. If the user later needs to modify this report, they can do so with as few as two clicks in the “View/Manage All Reports” screen.

To get started, simply navigate to the Cost Explorer link under the Billing and Cost Management dashboard. To learn more about this new feature and how to use Cost Explorer to view and manage your AWS costs, please refer to the Cost Explorer User Guide.