AWS Cost Management: Visualizing Costs
AWS Cost Management: Visualizing Costs — Introduction

This course explores how to visualize your costs in AWS and share them with others. We'll look at some of the tools you can use for this purpose, including the AWS Billing Service, AWS Cost and Usage Reports (CURs), AWS Glue, Amazon Athena, and Amazon QuickSight. You'll follow with guided demonstrations from the AWS platform showing you how to use these services.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to visualize your AWS costs
  • Get a practical understanding of how to use the AWS Billing Service, AWS Cost and Usage Reports (CURs), AWS Glue, Amazon Athena, and Amazon QuickSight

Intended Audience

This course is intended for anyone who wants to understand the tools available for visualizing costs in AWS


This course is beginner-friendly, however, to get the most out of it, it would be useful to have some knowledge of cost optimization theory, cloud & finance-related terminology, and a basic understanding of AWS Athena, AWS Glue, Amazon Quicksight, and SQL commands.


Hello and welcome to this AWS Cost Management course, focusing on visualizing costs. I am Heinrich Marks and I'm a FinOps Consultant at kreuzwerker Frankfurt GmbH. My focus is on cost optimization in the AWS cloud and the practice of FinOps methodology at the enterprise level. In fact, we are the leading FinOps professionals in Germany and cover many other fields related to AWS and cloud development.

In this course, we will learn how to visualize our expenses and how to share them with others. The lectures are aimed to be beginner-friendly and therefore do not require special knowledge. However, it is advisable that you are familiar with the following topics: cost optimization in theory, cloud and finance-related terminology, and a basic understanding of AWS Athena, AWS Glue, Amazon Quicksight, and SQL commands.

Our objective for this course is to understand the best way to use visualization tools in AWS. Costs in cloud environments can get complicated quickly. Therefore, it is essential to provide transparency and responsibility to everyone in a business.

On a side note, I'd like to add that feedback on our courses is valuable to both us as trainers and any students looking to take the same course in the future. So if you have any feedback, positive or negative, it would be greatly appreciated if you could send an email to So, without further ado, let's get started!

About the Author

Heinrich Marks and is a FinOps Consultant at kreuzwerker Frankfurt GmbH, Germany. His expertise lies in AWS cost optimization and FinOps methodology at the enterprise level. 
At kreuzwerker, we focus on AWS, Software Engineering, and Cloud Financial Management. We've faced many cases with our customers where costs in the cloud got out of hand and lost touch with the actual business values. This made us work harder on solutions and find ways to master financial management in the cloud. 
Over time, we have already been able to save our customers many millions of dollars. Moreover, we are also proud partners of the FinOps Foundation and the leading professionals in Germany. Today, we want to share this knowledge with you and spread more awareness on the topic!