AWS Cost Management

Category: Best Practices

Enforce and Validate AWS Resource Tags

Cost Allocation Blog Series #3: Enforce and Validate AWS Resource Tags

Tagging is one of the most foundational steps that you need to take in order to establish a meaningful cost allocation model. Customers asked us how you can ensure teams consistently create and apply the resources tags based on the tagging strategy. In this blog, we will share recommendations on how your team, especially your AWS administrators, can enforce and validate your resource tags.

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Cost Allocation Blog Series #2: AWS-Generated vs. User-Defined Cost Allocation Tag

Tagging, as a great way to define the ownership and usage purpose of your resources in the format of metadata, allows you to quickly manage and filter your resources and trace costs back to the right entities. In this blog post, we will share his advice on how you use the two types of cost allocation tags: AWS-generated and User-defined.

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Cost Allocation Blog Series #1: Cost Allocation Basics That You Need to Know

If it’s Everyone’s job, it’s No One’s job. On our team, we take this lesson to heart and always make sure there is a clear owner for everything we do.  This helps ensure everyone is responsible for specific tasks or goals, and will not be bystanders, assuming someone else will pick up the work. The […]

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Cost Explorer Forecasting API Improvement

Cost Explorer Forecasting API Improvement

We have further enhanced our forecasting algorithm to allow a same day start date so customers can always access and view their historical and predicted costs in their Cost Management console and via Cost Explorer API without any gaps. Prior to this change, the current date was an invalid start date for calls to GetCostForecast […]

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Getting Started: Tracking AWS Cost Management Metrics

Collecting and analyzing data is critical to gaining valuable insights into your business and evaluating the effectiveness of your processes. Similar to how you measure your organizational activities, it is important to measure your AWS cost and usage efficiency metrics. This blog post introduces 5 key cost management metrics that you can use to help […]

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Leveraging the CFM lever to move your business world

“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world” – Archimedes. 451 Research’s recent whitepaper “Cloud Financial Management, Small Changes Can Make Big Impacts” (April 2020) highlights how organizations who are able to embrace the CFM lever correctly are able to accelerate both top […]

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Customer Obsession: AWS Cost & Usage Report Technical Documentation

AWS is unlike any other place I’ve ever worked. I’m not just saying this just because my 10-month-old Samoyed puppy is snoozing at my feet as I write this from my daily 20th floor downtown Seattle perch or because an engineer just stopped by with a spare General Porpoise donut for me that survived standup […]

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Getting Started with AWS Savings Plans

Some of you have reached out asking to learn more about purchasing and managing Savings Plans. The inimitable Jeff Barr already covered most of the need-to-know content in this post (which you should absolutely read right now if you haven’t), but here’s how the brave new world of Savings Plans fits into the AWS Cost […]

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Back to Basics: Getting Started with AWS Billing Console

Managing your AWS costs and usage doesn’t have to be difficult. The AWS Billing Console is your one-stop-shop for accessing your billing, payments, and cost management information and capabilities. During this post, I will cover how you can use the Billing Console as your hub for managing your billing, payments, and cost management workflows. Getting […]

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