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Building your first report

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Custom reports can be created using up to four dimensions and four metrics. A report must have at least one dimension and one metric. Custom reports can either be created from scratch or existing reports can be modified and saved. 

Dimensions and Metrics

The building blocks of usage reports are Dimensions and Metrics. In a simple sense, Dimensions describe data and Metrics measure data. Although dimensions and metrics and can stand alone, typically the relationship between dimension and metric values are what create the most meaning in your data. In Cloudability reports, one or more dimensions are measured through multiple metrics. Filters can be applied to further narrow results.

Metrics are individual elements of a dimension that can be measured as a sum or a ratio. For example, the dimension Instance ID can be associated with a metric like Estimated Cost, which would display the estimated cost for each instance id.

Creating a New Report

To create a new report click on the Custom + button in the left column. This will display a blank custom report. Click to add Dimensions and Metrics. To save the report type a name and press the Save button.

Modifying Existing Reports

Any report can be modified by clicking on the "Customize Report" button.  Cloudability can display up to four columns of dimensions and four columns of metrics. 

To remove columns from an existing report, click on the x button to remove the column. 

To add a column, click on the + button in the header for either dimensions or metrics. 

Saving Reports

To save a report click on the report name above the chart and type in an updated name and click the Save button. Saved reports will appear in the left column under the Custom heading. The date range is also saved with the report. If a value such as yesterday, last week, or last month is selected then the report will dynamically update when viewed to always show data relative to the current date. If a custom date range with a specific start and end date is defined, then the saved report will preserve the custom date range.


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