One of the benefits of New Signature’s Cloud Management Portal (CMP) is the ability to reduce costs and rein in your Azure usage expenditures. Learning the best ways to organize and track your Azure resources is the first step in managing your Azure consumption and spending. What are chargeback and showback, and how does CMP help with these? Chargeback and showback are terms used to describe ways in which technology costs are tracked. Chargebacks are internal charges assigned to various departments. Showback is an analysis of technology usage across the board. In terms of Azure usage, the CMP allows for this level of analysis and the ability to manage and regulate the usage of each department. The Cloud Management Portal delivers the ability for you to setup cost centers, departments, and projects and attribute usage to specific departments and projects. Creating this structure allows for CMP managers to hone in on usage at a granular level. What is the best way to structure CMP governance for my business? The simplest approach is to setup departments for areas that are utilizing Azure resources (eg. Production, Development, and Test). Specific Azure resources can then be assigned to each department by specifying 1 or more subscriptions to a department or by naming convention. Our resource assignment wizard is able to capture these rules and automatically tag new Azure resources to the appropriate department. We support all Azure resources — ASM and ARM. New Signature’s managed services team can help to analyze your business and set up the best CMP structure for you through our Cloud Management Experience (CMX), — https://newsignature.com/managed-services/cloud-management-experience-cmx/. Next week, we will take a close-up look at the CMP RightSizing feature and how its can help you rein in costs for VMs and Azure SQL databases. If you have any questions about the features of CMP, reach out to our team of experts today.