Last updated on April 6th, 2022 at 3:33pm
Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a variety of native tools to make working in AWS an even better experience. They continually develop new tools based on the needs of their users and customers. Recently, AWS released AWS Billing Conductor aimed at helping AWS solution providers and enterprise customers by supporting showback and chargeback requirements.
Kion has worked closely with the AWS development team and is excited to offer Day 1 support to all our partners and customers leveraging the AWS Billing Conductor.
What is AWS Billing Conductor?
What is AWS Billing Conductor, and what does it aim to solve? AWS published a user guide in conjunction with this new feature: "AWS Billing Conductor is a fully managed service that can support the showback and chargeback workflows of AWS Solution Providers and Enterprise customers. Using AWS Billing Conductor, you can customize your monthly billing data. The console models the billing relationship between you and your customers or business units."
It is important to note that AWS Billing Conductor doesn't change how AWS partners and customers are billed by AWS each month but provides them with a way to "configure, generate, and display rates to certain customers over a given billing period."
How does AWS Billing Conductor Help Kion Customers and Partners?
Kion goes beyond simply setting up a budget for your cloud spend. By leveraging funding sources in Kion, you can align spend back to internal cost centers. Combining Kion's funding sources with AWS Billing Conductor makes that alignment of costs even more accurate, including the addition of custom line items to represent per-account expenses that may need to be accounted for. Now customers can reflect resellers' negotiated rates that match internal cost centers. Resellers also can ensure that any reseller-negotiated rates are not visible to the Kion end-customer. This gives both partners and customers the ability to not only track spending but know where those funds are coming from within their organization and more accurately trigger budget enforcements based on their organizations' real cloud costs.
How to Configure AWS Billing Conductor in Kion
Configuring AWS Billing Conductor is Kion is easy. Customers can review the complete walkthrough in our support documentation. We'll share the abbreviated process here.
When Adding a Billing Source to Kion:
- Log in to Kion.
- Click Accounts on the left menu.
- Click Billing Sources.
- Click the Add New + button at the top of the page.
- For Account Type, select AWS.
- Fill in the form with the following information:
- Billing Source Name. Enter AWS management account.
- AWS Account Number. Enter the account number of the commercial AWS management account.
- Billing Report Type. Selecting Cost & Usage Report and Detailed Billing Report generates data from both reports and is recommended. Selecting Only Cost & Usage Report generates data from the Cost and Usage Report (CUR), which supports the use of the AWS Billing Conductor.
Please reach out to our team if you’d like to learn more about AWS Billing Conductor or how Kion can help you further align AWS financials with your internal cost centers.