AWS Cloud Financial Management

Category: Best Practices

A Detailed Overview of the Cost Intelligence Dashboard

Voiced by Amazon Polly As your business grows on AWS, so too does the need for cost and usage visibility and custom cost reporting tailored for your organization. Good Cloud Financial Management (CFM) targets for your AWS usage can include (but are not limited to) Reserved Instance and Savings Plans coverage, average hourly cost of […]

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Sneak Peek of re:Invent 2021 Cloud Financial Management Sessions & Events

Each year, we share a preview of what Cloud Financial Management (CFM) themed sessions you can look for at AWS re:Invent, so you can pre-register and reserve your seats at the sessions you find interesting. This year marks the 10th anniversary of AWS re:Invent and we’re excited to celebrate with our customers back in Las […]

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Cost Control Blog Series #3: How to Handle Cost Shock

Voiced by Amazon Polly One of the biggest benefits of the cloud is the ability to scale dynamically and reduce costs by paying for only what you use, when you need it. However, when development teams aren’t prepared for this newfound flexibility, cost shock and unexpected cost spikes can occur. If you are new to […]

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2021 Year-to-Date AWS Cloud Financial Management Updates Recap

For those of you who don’t want to miss any news from AWS Cloud Financial Management (CFM) space in 2021, this blog post will provide a quick recap of this year’s updates: from category name updates, to CFM training for builders, to all the service and feature enhancement across CFM solution areas.

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Further Thoughts on Unit Metrics

Voiced by Amazon Polly   After the blog series on Unit Metrics, the call was put out for future topics.  There were some excellent suggestions received from the community.  Three in particular struck a chord: Building strong links between technology and other business teams Projecting AWS cost.  The role of traditional FP&A in the FinOps […]

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Trends Dashboard with AWS Cost and Usage Reports, Amazon Athena and Amazon QuickSight

AWS cloud usage data is a critical component in the IT Financial Management process for AWS customers. As organizations grow in cloud maturity, the cloud usage data may become complex as usage incurs from distributed teams and businesses. Financial and Technology leaders need access to trends, signals, insights, and cost deviations to quickly understand and analyze the cloud usage. The AWS Cost and Usage Reports (CUR) provide comprehensive data about your AWS costs, including information related to product, pricing, and usage. By including the Resource IDs and choosing hourly time granularity, CUR allows you to analyze your costs in greater detail and accuracy. You can download the CUR reports from the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) console, query the reports using Amazon Athena or load the reports into Amazon Redshift or visualize in Amazon QuickSight.

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Upgrade Amazon OpenSearch Service (successor to Amazon Elasticsearch Service) Domains to the Latest Instance Types to Optimize Your Costs

In this blog, we will share the benefits to upgrade your Amazon OpenSearch Service instances to the latest generations, how you can identify the instances of older generations and configure your Amazon OpenSearch Service domain changes to upgrade the instance types, and how you can receive recommendations and purchase your Amazon OpenSearch Service Reserved Instances.

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How unit metrics help create alignment between business functions

Voiced by Amazon Polly   As the last blog in the Unit Metric series (intro, what is unit metric, selecting a unit metric to support your business, unit metrics in practice – lesson learned), we’ll share how unit metrics is instrumental in gaining alignment across business functions. High quality unit metrics create an opportunity to […]

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Unit metrics in practice – lessons learned

Voiced by Amazon Polly We hope by now you have a good grasp of what a unit metric is and how you can create your own to evaluate the efficiency of resources usage or project your future spend. Before you jump into action, here are some of the lessons learned along the way we’ve experienced both […]

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Selecting a unit metric to support your business

Voiced by Amazon Polly September 8, 2021: Amazon Elasticsearch Service has been renamed to Amazon OpenSearch Service. See details. Having discussed what unit metrics are, real-life use cases, and the benefits they offer, we’ll share how you can create a good unit metric. So, how do you pick a good denominator for our unit metric formula? […]

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