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Send AWS Usage Reports Via Slack And Other New Cost-Saving Features

Tony Chan CEO of CloudForecast

Tony Chan

1 Jan, 2020
5 min read
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We have four new features available today on CloudForecast. Here is a quick
rundown of everything new and shiny.

TL:DR

  1. Slack Integration: Deliver AWS cost reports to a Slack channel of your
    choice.
  2. PagerDuty & Opsgenie Integration: Page stakeholders of any major increase of
    AWS cost via PagerDuty or Opsgenie
  3. Frequency: Only send cost reports if it’s cloudy or stormy.
  4. Historical Reports: View past AWS cost reports starting from Jan 2019.

Slack Integration

Slack is one the best collaboration and communication tools for organizations.
With a friendly developer ecosystem and wide adoption amongst our customers, we
knew it was a no brainer for us to build an integration to deliver CloudForecast’s daily
AWS cost reports to a Slack channel of your choice.

AWS cost reports in Slack

Encourage collaboration and discussion around your AWS cost.

We’re seeing different organizations (tech and non-tech) within companies
collaborate and discuss our reports sent to their Slack channels during our beta
test. It gives a way for your whole organization to have more awareness around
AWS cost management.

“We have the Ops Team as well as the bean-counters subscribed to the Slack
channel where the alerts are published”

Getting our Slack integration takes less than 2 minutes to implement if you are
an existing customer. Click here to learn more.

Example use case: Do you have a financial stakeholder that would like to see
the cost reports? Create a new custom report and a new slack channel to deliver
AWS cost reports directly to them. Our reports are easy enough to understand and
digest for non-tech/eng teams.

PagerDuty and Opsgenie Integration

In addition to our Slack integration, we developed integrations with two most
widely used incident management platforms, PagerDuty and OpsGenie. Within our
integration dashboard, you’ll be able to set the frequency to only page a team
member if it’s “cloudy/stormy only report” or “stormy only report”.

Example use case: If you have someone on your team responsible for a tag or
specific sub-account in AWS and cost has increased a significant amount, you can
build a report around that and page the person of the increase. The page will
have details of where the increase is and the %.

But wait there's more meme

Frequency

Sick of seeing sunny reports and want to only send cloudy/stormy reports? With
all our old and new ways to deliver reports, email, slack, PagerDuty and
Opsgenie, there is now an option called “frequency” that gives you the ability
to only send the report if it’s Cloudy or Stormy!

Past AWS Cost Reports

CloudForecast's historical AWS cost control reports

You can now go back and look at old cost reports

You now have a way to go back and view all your historical reports starting from
Jan 2019 within the report section of the dashboard. You can sift through a list
of reports by month, see quickly if it was a sunny/cloudy/stormy report, get the
total spend for that day and view the full report right in your dashboard. This
makes it super easy if you need to go back and analyze something on a certain
day.

Phew. That was a long list!

Special thanks to all our customers who have given us feedback and suggestion.
We’re already heads down for our next feature sprint to help you save even more
money on AWS.

If you have any feedback or suggestion for us, feel free to reach out directly
to us: hello@cloudforecast.io

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Tony Chan CEO of CloudForecast
Tony Chan CEO of CloudForecast

Tony Chan

Tony is a co-founder of CloudForecast and runs all the business operations: customer success, support, marketing and sales.

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