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.

Subscription based permissions in Azure Cost Monitor

The Azure Cost Monitor Team is excited to announce the launch of the new “subscription based permissions – feature”, starting today.
When it comes to ensuring effective cloud use at your company, nothing will help you make better decisions than the right, relevant data. With this new feature, adressing specific ressources to each department has never been easier.
This great feature also makes it very easy for Service Providers to give their customers transparency about their subscription based spendings.


How to get started?

Starting with the new feature in the Azure Cost Monitor is this simple:

1. Upgrade your account to a team account:

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2. Invite co workers to your team:

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3. Assign subscription based permissions:

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Interested in the “subscription based permission – feature”?

The new feature brings structure to all of your subscriptions in the Azure Cost Monitor and makes cloud cost management easy and comfortable.

Try the new 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 announces Team-Support

The azure cost monitor team is very happy to announce the launch of the team-support feature, starting today. This great feature allows enterprise accounts to be accessed by as many users as needed, simplifying the sharing of spending dashboards and cost data within an enterprise.

Team-Support enables companies to use the azure cost monitor without concerning about departmental boundaries and makes processes like cross-charging possible & easy.


What comes with the new team-support feature?

Limitless amount of users: Create an unlimited number of users for your azure cost monitor enterprise account.

Role based access: Define the role of new users and specify whether each user can add new users, renew EA tokens, add new EA contracts and other important actions.

Mail based invitations: Enter the email addresses of the users you would like to invite to your account. The addressed user gets an invitation and can join your team fast and simple.


How to get started?

Adding new users to your azure cost monitor team account is this simple:

  1. Log in to your azure cost monitor account and go to “Manage Teams”

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  2. If you already have an existing account migrate your account into a team account.

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    This migration only needs to be done once. During this process the system converts your personal account in a team account and assigns all existing enterprise agreements to the team.

  3. Click “Add User to the Team”

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  4. Fill in the new user’s email address and choose the users role. After that click “Add” and “Save” the changes.

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    The new user will get a mail with instructions for activating the login.


Interested in the team support feature?

The new team support feature brings transparency to all stakeholders within an enterprise and makes azure cloud cost management easy and comfortable.

Try the new team support 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 for Service Providers & Resellers

Are you an Azure reseller or a cloud service provider offering Microsoft Azure services? If so, we start offering you a smarter way to have control about the cloud spendings of your customers or to give your customers a great monitoring tool, seamlessly integrated in your service architecture. The Azure Cost Monitor Reseller Portal is a new way for service providers and resellers to monitor, manage & measure costs in the Microsoft Azure cloud:

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Besides the Enterprise Edition features, the portal will come with these additional features:

  • Customer Management Dashboard
    Manage access to the Azure account or a specific subscription for your customers. Invite new users or assign an existing Azure Active Directory group to provide access rights.
  • Custom SSL & Domain support
    Integrate the service seamlessly in your or the customers service architecture, with a service provider or customer specific domain incl. SSL certificates.
  • Custom pricing & currency support
    Especially when you resell just a simple subscription or if you add some reseller service charges to the pricing, a custom pricing table helps you to manage this complexity.
  • Data access via RESTful API
    A strong integration, e.g. into an existing data warehouse or CRM application is easy and simple with the existing RESTful API.
  • Allows to resell enterprise editions
    Having a reseller edition allows every reseller and cloud service provider to resell Azure Cost Monitor enterprise editions with an individual margin.

Interested? Signup for the early adaptor program and get direct access to the current system.

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We hope this feature makes it simple to maintain your customers with the Azure Cost Monitor and makes it much easier for you to manage and control all costs. Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to help@azure-costs.com.

Azure Cost Monitor sends notifications when Azure EA token has expired

Microsoft offers all EA customers the Azure EA portal to manage different accounts and subscriptions. In addition to this portal, every customer can issue up to two security tokens to 3rd party applications. This allows the applications to interact and work with the customers EA data like the Azure Cost Monitor is doing.

Starting this week the Azure Cost Monitor analyses the existing Azure EA security tokens and is able to detect when a token has expired. As soon an expired token is detected the owner of the contract will get an information via mail:

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In addition, the Azure Cost Monitor is now able to warn about tokens that will expire very soon. The owner of the affected contract will get an information via mail as well:

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This new feature should help you as a contract owner to stay in sync every day. It also helps us to have our system stay healthy and performant every day. Please update the tokens directly when you get this kind of notifications. Additional information on how to renew a token can be found in our knowledge base here.

We hope this feature makes it simple to maintain your Azure Cost Monitor account and makes it much easier for you to manage and control all costs. Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to tickets@azurecostmonitor.uservoice.com.

Update expired Azure EA tokens easily

The Microsoft Azure EA portal issues an Azure EA security token for API access to the cost & usage data. This token expires every 6 month and because of that needs to be renewed in the Azure Cost Monitor on a regular basis. The Azure Cost Monitor team started the project about 5 months ago what means that the first Azure EA security tokens will expire soon. Because of that, we are pleased to announce the launch of the token update wizard which makes it as easy as possible to renew expired Azure EA tokens:

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From today, the dashboard of the Azure Cost Monitor warns every user when the token is expired to ensure that every administrator always stays informed:

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If you don’t update an expired token, the system stops syncing data from the Azure EA portal. As soon as the token is valid again the system is able to sync data from the Azure EA portal and is doing that automatically within the next sync cycle over night. We will also get the missed data from the days the token was expired. So no worries when you were in vacation or absent for a couple days.

We hope this feature makes it simple to maintain your Azure Cost Monitor account and makes it much easier for you to manage and control all costs. Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to tickets@azurecostmonitor.uservoice.com.

Manage costs in your local currency – Azure Cost Monitor supports multiple currencies

The azure cost monitor team is pleased to announce the launch of the multi currency support. This  feature has been built to reflect what our users told us they need:

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Currently the Microsoft Azure EA portal does not give any information about the currency of the financial data. Because of that the azure cost monitor displayed all costs in EUR in the past. Now the new multi currency support allows to switch between different currencies.

We hope this feature brings more transparency in your Azure Cloud Spendings and makes it much easier for you to manage and control all costs. Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to tickets@azurecostmonitor.uservoice.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.

Stay up to date – Azure Cost Monitor starts sending daily spending reports via mail

The azure cost monitor team is pleased to announce the launch of the daily spending mail reports starting January 17th. This great feature has been crafted to reflect what our users told us they need and it also builds upon new technology capable of addressing future needs:

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The report will be send once a day, at about 03:00 AM CET. If – for any reason – you do not wish to get the daily reports, it’s of course possible to disable the reports in the new notifications section of the Azure Cost Monitor portal:

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We hope this feature brings more transparency in your Azure Cloud Spendings and makes it much easier for you to manage and control all costs.
Any questions, wishes or ideas? Try our feedback portal or drop a mail to tickets@azurecostmonitor.uservoice.com.

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.