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Historically, cloud costs and governance have been the responsibility of a small group of stakeholders; however, as cloud usage has grown it has been necessary to delegate control and governance to a much wider number of individuals. In large enterprises, there are often hundreds of decision makers who need to be provided with updated information and consistent, contextual insights into cloud cost and usage. The data sources may be the same for all decision makers, but each decision maker is likely to require answers to a different set of questions. That means they will need to access to different data or will need to see the same data in a different way.
To meet this need, CloudHealth has developed FlexReports, which have now been made generally available. FlexReports have been designed to present data in a unified manner and give customers greater flexibility and control over reporting, which can help to improve collaboration across different teams in the organization.
Data may need to be accessed by financial analysts, operations administrators, or developers, and each individual will have a different reason for analyzing data and different needs. With FlexReports it is possible to generate custom reports to help decision makers get answers to their specific inquiries to support confident decision making.
Reports can be built to support granular analysis of AWS costs, usage, and asset data for instance. An extensible API can be leveraged to feed data into critical business systems, almost in real-time. Customers can run SQL queries against billing data and output the data in a simple csv. Financial teams are able to generate reports and complete granular analyses to determine different cost drivers at the asset and tag level.
As enterprise businesses develop a Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) to ensure cloud success across the entire organization, the CCoE must have access to data at every level of granularity to understand cost and use changes to ensure the very best ROI. The new CloudHealth FlexReports provide that information and empower the CCoE and all decision makers to unlock the full power of data in the CloudHealth platform.