Within the Reports tab in CloudForecast, you can adjust your report to your likings or have another email address receive your reports.  Your categories will show different statuses to alert you depending on the threshold percentage you set. To edit your first main report AWS cost report, go under actions column in the table and click the pencil icon to go into the Report Configuration area. 


Note: Before configuring your report, we highly recommend reviewing "How do I read my email report?" to familiarize with the CloudForecast report. 


Report Recipient Email

Edit this field if you have another email handle you would like the report to be sent to. Be sure to press "save" after entering in the email address. 


Here are the status/emoji we utilize within your report:


Sunny / No Issues
☀️☀️☀️
Any number less than the warning percentage you set will be considered "No Issues" or Sunny.
Cloudy
☁️☁️☁️
Any number between the warning percentage and critical percentage will be considered "Warning" or Cloudy.
Stormy
⛈⛈⛈
Any number above the critical percentage threshold you set will be considered "Critical" or Stormy


Daily Configuration 

This area will help monitor your "today" spend in comparison to an alert type you decide to pick. By configuring this, you'll get a second eye on any significant increases or decreases of total AWS spend on any given day. 


You can select only one of the following alert types to help you report and compare "today's" spend: 

  • Day Over Day - This will compare "today’s" spend to yesterday spend.
  • Week Over Week - This will compare "today’s" spend to the week previous (example: if your report is reporting on a Tuesday, this will compare last Tuesday spend). 
  • Seven Day Average - This will compare "today’s" spend to the last 7 day average. 

Example Scenario: Selection of Seven Day Average as the alert type. Warning: 10% and Critical: 20%. 

  • If "today" spend is  9% OR -9% comparing your last seven day average total, you will receive ☀️ .
  • If "today"  spend is 13% OR -13%  comparing your last seven day average total, you will receive a ☁️. 
  • If "today"  spend is 25% OR -25% comparing your last seven day average total, you will receive a . Your spend today is significantly higher than your last seven day average. You should probably review something here!


If any of the % exceeds the percentage set for cloudy or stormy, an alert card will be shown on your Forecast Alert to alert you:



Category Configuration (Product/Region/Tag Usage):


These fields will adjust the thresholds within "Forecast Alerts" of your emailIf any of the % exceeds the percentage set for cloudy or stormy, an alert card will be shown under Forecast Alerts to alert you: 


You can select only one of the following alert types to help you report and compare "today's" spend:

  • Day Over Day - This will compare "today’s" spend to yesterday spend.
  • Week Over Week - This will compare "today’s" spend to the week previous (example: if your report is reporting on a Tuesday, this will compare last Tuesday spend). 
  • Seven Day Average - This will compare "today’s" spend to the last 7 day average. 

There is an additional field called "Required Percentage" that will need to be set in addition to the thresholds you select for the "Alert Types". If spend in a category is less than the percentage set of "today’s" spend then the status will always be Sunny. 


Example Scenario: Seven Day Average Selected. Required Percentage: 10%. Average spend the last seven days in this category is +/- 5% comparing "todays" spend. This category being reported on will be considered ☀️.


If you have any follow up questions or need assistance in configuring your report, feel free to reach out to us at hello@cloudforecast.io. Note: we cannot give advice on the exact percentage you set since every company use case is different. But, we can provide advice on what the purpose of each field and how it relates back to the email report.