Feature Announcement: Smart Compare

We’re very excited today, to announce the release of a game-changing new feature for azure costs: Smart Compare.

Smart Compare allows our customers to conveniently compare their monthly cloud costs with the costs of any previous month. By simply choosing the relevant months, azure costs now highlights cost spikes and deflections, so that our customers can focus on the costs they are really interested in – and ignore those they’re not.

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These results can then be sorted and powerful filters allow our customers to limit what they see, to only what they’re interested in.

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We are sure that this great feature will help our costumers to identify the real cost drivers and make informed decisions on cost optimization strategies.

How to get started?
Comparing cloud costs is this simple: The Smart Compare and sorting functionality can be used right now as part of our Preview UI. Just select multiple months as shown above, to identify cost drivers, spikes and deflections.

Interested in the SmartCompare feature?
Try the new feature today by simply logging into your azure costs portal. Smart Compare is part of every paid plan, starting with the Professional subscription.

Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to help@azure-costs.com.

New Export-Functionality

We feel very fortunate to have  engaged users who tell us about their cloud data management challenges and the functionality that they’d like to see added to azure costs. And we listen.

We’re continually deploying additional features that our users have been asking for to azure costs and here’s a great new functionality.

Export-Feature:
With the new export functionality our users are able to export their spending data to a CSV format.

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In addition, they can control the export to show more or less detailed data by applying the azure cost filter- and grouping functionalities.
This enables every user to export just the right granularity of information and to satisfy all stakeholders in the company.

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Interested in the new export feature?
Try the new feature today by simply logging into your azure costs account. The feature is part of any plan, starting from the free Basic plan up to the Enterprise plan.

Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to help@azure-costs.com.

Website Launch Announcement: azure costs launches new site

The azure costs  team is pleased to announce the launch of their newly designed Web site, which goes live today, and is located at the same address: https://azure-costs.com/.

It has been crafted to reflect what our users told us they need and it also builds upon new technology capable of addressing future needs. azure costs now enables our users to optimize and manage their Microsoft Azure Costs even more intuitively:

Improved and re-designed landing page
We know that landing pages are very important, so we have decided to totally re-design and re-organise ours. Our new landing page now displays all important information like features, purchase- and pricing information, screenshots, a contact form and log-in possibilities.

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More modern and user-friendly design
The new site design, aside from being aesthetically pleasing, is more agile, interactive, and is easier to scan, read and navigate.
It is using a responsive design, which means that you’ll see essentially the same design optimized for your smart phone, tablet and Desktop.

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We hope you will visit the new website at https://azure-costs.com/ and acquaint yourself with the new design. And while you’re there, don’t hesitate and let us know what you think by leaving a message. In the coming months, we hope to continue improving the site, so that it best serves all of your Azure cloud cost monitoring needs.

Daily Spending Reports now with extended breakdown options

The azure cost monitor team is pleased to announce the launch of the extended breakdown options in the Daily Spending Reports.

This feature has been built to reflect what our users told us they need – more granular options in the daily spending reports in order to identify the biggest cost drivers and oversee unplanned spikes. The new feature enables users to customize the structure of their spending breakdowns within their reports:

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Besides the extended breakdown options we added additional information to the spending dashboard as well. From now on it’s easy to filter or group cloud costs by Cost Centers, Departments or Resource Groups within the azure cost monitor dashboard:

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How to get started?
The spending breakdown is part of your daily spending reports automatically. So no further actions are required to get a crisp overview about your daily spendings. The settings concerning the daily spending report can be adapted in the settings of the contract in the navigation bar.

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Interested in the extended spending breakdown options?
Try the new feature today by simply logging into your azure cost monitor. The feature is part of any plan, starting from the free Basic plan up to the Enterprise plan.

Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to help@azure-costs.com.

Azure Cost Monitor announces branding feature

The Azure Cost Monitor Team is happy to announce the launch of the new branding feature, starting today.
Now, Azure Cost Monitor users can customize their application with the title, color schemes and images of their choosing, for a more seamless integration into already existing IT processes of an enterprise. This new feature also enables Cloud Service Providers and Resellers to offer the Azure Cost Monitor as a White-Label-Solution.


How to get started?
Adding a customized branding to the Azure Cost Monitor is this simple:

  1. Log in to your Azure Cost Monitor dashboard and if you don’t have a team account migrate to a team account.team-02-migrate-team
  2. Click “Settings” and “Edit Branding”brandings-menu
  3. Define a bucket name to give your customizing a unique launch URL.brandings-bucket
  4. Define your customized header title, color schemes, button colours or even add a custom CSS for advanced styles. Changes will be shown in the dashboard immediately.brandings-colors
  5. Once you have configured the custom branding, the users will see the branded pages after they have entered their bucket URL, which can simply be deployed e.g. as browser favourite.brandings-bucket-2

Interested in the branding feature?
The new branding feature leads to an higher acceptance and identification within an enterprise and makes azure cloud cost management seamless and comfortable.

Try the new branding feature today by simply logging into your azure cost monitor enterprise account. If you don’t have an enterprise subscription, try it for free for a certain time, as we are currently in the technical preview phase.

Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to help@azure-costs.com.

Azure Cost Monitor: Daily Spending Reports – a first résumé

A couple of days ago, on January 17th, the new Daily Spending Report Feature of the Azure Cost Monitor went live.

We are very pleased that the reports were adopted so well. We got some nice feedback from our users appreciating the new functionality.

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This feature has been build to reflect what our users told us they need – a simple way of tracking all Azure cloud costs on a daily basis and transparency for every stakeholder in the company.

The daily spending reports make it easy for the Operations Department to track the cloud spendings and react upon this data immediately.

Controllers of the Finance Department need to understand what the company is spending throughout the month. Azure Cost Monitor reports give them a convenient way to have a good overview on a daily basis.

Managers always need to be aware about the most important KPIs within the company. The new daily spending reports of the Azure Cost Monitor give them the freedom to always have a quick and precise overview on the company’s cloud spendings.

Whenever you’ve got any questions, wishes or further ideas please don’t hesitate and let us know by leaving a message or request them in our feedback portal.

Website Launch Announcement: azure cost monitor launches new site

The azure cost monitor team is pleased to announce the launch of their newly designed Web site, which goes live today, and is located at the same address: https://costs.azurewebsites.net.

It has been crafted to reflect what our users told us they need and it also builds upon new technology capable of addressing future needs. The azure cost monitor now enables our users to analyse and manage their Microsoft Azure Costs even more intuitively:

More modern and user-friendly design
The new site design, aside from being aesthetically pleasing, is more agile, interactive, and is easier to scan, read and navigate.
It is now using a responsive design, which means that you’ll see essentially the same design optimized for your smart phone, tablet and desktop.

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Improved and re-designed landing page
We know that landing pages are very important so we have decided to totally re-design and re-organise ours. Our new landing page now displays all important information like features, screenshots, a contact form and log-in possibilities.

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We hope you will visit the new website at https://costs.azurewebsites.net and acquaint yourself with the new design. And while you’re there, don’t hesitate and let us know what you think by leaving a message. In the coming months, we hope to continue improving the site, so that it best serves all of your Azure cloud cost monitoring needs.