If you're new to Cloud Reports and/or haven't created a Cloud Report yet, we recommend reading our post on Creating Cloud Reports before reading further.
An example cloud analytics report:
A screenshot showing and example report
There are several types of edits you can make to a report like this:
Adding additional dimensions
Changing the metric by which your dimensions are being measured
Changing the visualization
Modifying the time interval and/or range
Most of these are self-explanatory, as you would simply make your changes the same way you made your original selection.
Cost: Analyze your reports on a basis of how much your selected dimensions cost you.
Usage: Analyze your reports and selected dimensions on a usage basis. Make sure to pair this with the Unit chip as a Breakdown Dimension.
Savings: Analyze your reports and selected dimensions on a savings basis. These savings come as a result of your commercial agreement with Google Cloud and the agreed-upon discount between your company and DoiT International.
The discount is not available for: Google Maps APIs, Google Support, Looker, Preemptible VMs (compute engine), third-party GCP Marketplace services, or Premium OS Images.
Specify the frequency in which data is aggregated. For the time interval, you have the following options: Hour, Day, Week, Month, Quarter, and Year.
For the time range, the options are the following:
A screenshot showing you the options for Time Range
Exclude partial Intervals
When looking at at a report the most current interval is always incomplete. If the report is Daily then the current day will always be collecting billing data throughout the day. By checking this checkbox, cloud analytics will remove any incomplete time interval from the data of the report.
A screenshot of the Time Range drop-down menu
This means that we will hide data for the current day for daily intervals, current week for monthly intervals, etc.
This can be very useful when performing comparative reports like Month over Month analysis, or Week over Week analysis. This feature can also be used to remove outliers to help the accuracy of our heatmap views since partial intervals tend to skew trends by representing incomplete periods.
Timezone used to aggregate the time interval in your report.
Google invoices are shown in PST
Amazon invoices are shown in UTC
If you modify your timezone to reflect your local or company time, the totals will not reflect the invoices.
Currency that the billing data is reported in (Metric must be "Cost").
The Compare Data dropdown will automatically add either % change or actual difference between 2 time intervals in a report.
To enable Comparison mode select either Show actuals or Show percentage from the Comparative data drop-down in Edit mode of Cloud Analytics Reports
A screenshot of the Comparative data drop-down menu
Comparison mode is
Only supported on Table based views.
Only supported with Total Aggregation
Must be used on Time series data
When selected we will automatically adjust your report, you will be warned of the changes and asked to confirm.
A screenshot of the Show Comparative Report modal dialog
Once enabled, you will see new columns in your table based view showing the ∆ between time intervals. This difference (∆) appears after the intervals compared.
For example below: Months 07 (July) and 08 (August) show the % change after in the column ∆08 (Change to August)
Report with highlighted comparison columns
Note: Column headings will contain a % symbol when showing % change
You can filter the metric included in the report by using an Metric Filter
To view a subset of your dimension's values, click on the chip you'd like to filter. Then check the boxes next to the subsets you'd like to view in the report.
You may also exclude a selection of values, or limit results to a specific number of values arranged in descending order according to the Metric (Cost, Usage, or Savings) selected.
Next, click "Save" in the lower-right corner of the popup modal.
A screenshot showing you the location of the Save button
Your filters are displayed along with any other visible configurations on the right-hand collapsible sidebar. To expand it, click on the >| icon in the lower-right corner of your screen.
Finally, click the "Run" button to generate an updated report that reflects the filters you've selected.
Depending on the edits you're making to your Cloud Report, you may have to re-run your report for the changes to reflect while other edits will show up in real-time.
Any edits which don't alter the results themselves will update the report in real-time. This includes changes made to: