Microsoft have announced the preview of Enterprise Cost Management for Azure, which is great news for Enterprise Agreement customers.
Until now gaining visibility of spend on an Azure Enterprise Agreement has been difficult to manage even when combined with Tags and Resource Groups.
It should also be noted that an Enterprise Agreement doesn’t provide spending limits (see offer details), quotas or even billing alerts (see prevent unexpected costs) so customers are often wary of migrating services to Microsoft Azure and/or providing access to their Azure Portals due to fear of being stung by large bills.
It is understandable that Microsoft do not want to ‘turn off’ customers workloads, however their could be a case for this in a development environment where a person leaves a ‘monster VM’ up and running of a month by mistake.
This is a step in the right direction, hopefully we will see billing alerts added in the not to distant future.