Introducing Reports and Notifications

What is Reports and Notifications, and what is the need for this feature?

Developers are the ones who have the skillset and love to build new features for a product from scratch to solve real-world business problems. However, what pains developers is the constant optimization efforts and time they have to devote to manage the operational complexities associated with the cloud and DevOps. In most circumstances, this optimization effort is a weekly or monthly activity. Some priority optimization can take up a whole week, entirely diverting them from the software development task at hand.

However, DevOps engineers now have consistent support from third-party cloud monitoring and visualizing tools, which helps to make the optimization process much more efficient. However, in order to prevent any unscheduled downtimes, unplanned infrastructure adjustments, and other such unanticipated cloud occurrences, DevOps engineers have to dig through reports and various monitoring dashboards of these third party tools to determine the root cause of the problem.

To address this problem, OpsLyft has launched Reports & Notifications to provide you with easy access to all of your infrastructure information directly over your email. The reports include resource cost data, the most accurate cost-saving insights you can implement, and a summary of all the cost-saving activities you’ve done so far. Users have difficulty logging in to Opslyft’s cloud cost monitoring platform each time they want to check for cost leakages, data and alerts, anomalies, and so on. To solve this, reports sent directly to the user’s email would serve as a slice of information delivered directly so that they could redirect back to the dashboards to dig into the details whenever and wherever needed.

Who is it built for, and how does it work?

Reports & Notifications solves the problems of different user personas that vary from user to user & team to team. Engineering Teams receive weekly and monthly Cost Reports to track and analyze cost data on a per-resource basis of your active resources like EC2 instances, EBS volumes, S3 buckets, etc. These reports give you visibility into the resources that are underutilized in your environment and contribute to higher costs. On the contrary, these reports also show the consistently high resources on consumption and the insights to downsize/delete the resource with factual data.

These reports delivered straight to the email save additional time for DevOps engineers to dig deep into the monitoring dashboards and think of solutions to save costs on their cloud infrastructure. This enables the users to take quick actions by acting on the insights that can be implemented right away to fix the leakages. Along with this, significant infrastructure changes are tracked and are sent directly to the person in charge through anomalies reports. Furthermore, Cost Saved Reports with a log of all the cost saved activities performed by you weekly or monthly.

Engineering managers and CTOs are responsible for analyzing, proposing, and managing budgets, technologies, and resources for projects. We provide them with cloud costs reports that include a detailed estimate of all costs incurred per resource that let companies compare their actual spending with what was budgeted to control project costs within the approved budget and deliver the expected project goals.

Furthermore, engineering managers have to prioritize, delegate, and manage all engineers’ activities and deliverables and plan strategies to develop the product on a budget. Reports delivered by us to them show detailed logging of all the DevOps activities in the infrastructure with real-time data coupled with the cost impact of each feature, project, or product. It also covers all such sources of infrastructure events that can have a potential cost impact on the owner of a particular activity, making it easy to pinpoint the exact reason for any cost and usage spike.

Customer wise cost allocation reports along with unit analytics reports are sent to the finance teams. These reports involve per customer cost trends and data showing mean monthly revenue and expense driven by a particular customer. To begin looking into the business’s profit, an organization needs to understand and determine the cost of goods sold (COGS). In these reports, OpsLyft gives you the granular COGS metrics you need. Better visibility into the COGS and revenue data per customer can be attained by redirecting to the cloud cost intelligence dashboards, directly giving you control over the overall company’s profit. The bigger the gross margin, the better the company’s management generates revenue for every dollar spent. These reports cover estimated and actual AWS costs based on all the business units that affect a particular customer’s cost and cost trend based on service-wise breakdown.

Benefits of Reports and Notifications

  • Get customizable reports tailored to your engineering, financial, and business needs based on services, accounts, and regions.
  • Schedule daily, weekly, or monthly reports to be emailed to your inbox or Slack.
  • Major infrastructure changes are captured in anomalies reports and sent directly to the responsible person.
  • Get a log of all your cost-saving activities that you have performed in your infrastructure in a single report over your email.
  • Additionally, you will get quick access to all of your received reports over a single dashboard.

Conclusion

We ensure that our users don’t miss out on any cost-saving opportunities by being a part of their weekly and monthly routine through these reports. If you want to try Reports and Notifications yourself, schedule a demo with us, and we will give you a complete walkthrough of it and tell you more about how it can benefit your organization.

If you like it, it will be up and running in your environment within 48 hours of signing up with us. Feel free to contact us for other DevOps-related queries at contact@opslyft.com.

We will be ready with more DevOps magic in the coming weeks, so do come back when you get the time!

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