Billing and resource usage data in Azure is made available to users in two forms:
- Power BI – Using the ‘Azure Enterprise’ content pack for Power B provides a glimpse into the last 12 months azure consumption.
- Azure Billing REST APIs – The Usage API and Rate Card API provided by the Azure Resource Manager allow users to retrieve resource consumption and billing information for an organization’s Azure subscription.
Accessing the billing data by any of the available means is not straightforward. There are a few things to consider with each option. This blog highlights different methods to access azure billing data with Power BI or via other alternative means when Power BI is not the best solution.
Three possible solutions are illustrated below where the first two use Power BI as the end user reporting interface and the third is a custom UI. In this blog ‘Azure Billing and Usage REST API’ will be referred to as ‘API’; and ‘Azure Billing and Usage Data’ will be referred to as ‘data’ to minimize verbosity.