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Introduction: What You’ll Learn In This Guide

Picture this. You just received a huge AWS bill. Finance wants to know where your cloud budget is going, and the board has asked you to reduce costs. They also want to know what costs to expect in the coming month. 

In that moment, you realize you need to tell how much each of the different projects you have undertaken cost you, such as each live deployment and testing a new feature, or managing separate DevOps teams. 

There is only one problem. 

It is difficult for you to accurately allocate these costs because you do not have the data. So now what?   

Amazon Web Services (AWS) enables you to allocate cloud costs based on tags. This tagging process is highly manual and time-consuming. It’s often one of the biggest challenges our customers have when trying to organize their cloud spend. 

In this guide, we’ll explore the nuances of allocating costs in AWS using tags. Then, we’ll present you with a more comprehensive but less frustrating way to slice and dice your AWS costs, even with a loosely defined tag strategy.