Azure *must* allow distinct access for billing admins and technical admins. If Azure is trying to be an enterprise solution, they must not expect companies to share logins, or for technical admins to have to download and mail the billing statement to the financial admin. Every company on the planet has distinct technical admins and billing admins. I doubt that Microsoft's CTO and CFO are sharing logins.
Priyabrata Sethi commented
You can always download the billing report. You don't need an EA Admin to do that job for you.
Though I support this idea of adding co-admins to support the billing.
Completely agree too ! I'm waiting since 15 days to access support about billing issue because the subscription creator is out of office and had get the account administrator role by default.
Because Microsoft have failed to give the good information to create the subscription OPEN AZure , the subscription creator's it's not the good person to manage it :-(
I agree too with this idea : The inability to allow a co-administrator to handle billing is ridiculous.
Kenny Chan commented
This issue probably pertains to Pay-as-you-Go credit card Azure Subscriptions. Most of our corporate customers doing just a few thousand a year to over a million a year in Azure are able to provide some level of separation between billing and technical administration of Azure because they are running Azure against an EA or SCE agreement and so they use the Azure EA and Azure portals. Sounds like they need to provide something similar for MS Direct Pay-as-you-Go subscriptions to provide option to separate billing user and technical account admin.
In a follow-up note - I'd like to see MSFT consolidate the Azure EA portal to just the Azure portal and put the Azure EA stuff into a separate tab or section in the Azure portal where that information would be available for Azure EA admins.
This is my ONE complaint about Azure. The person who setup the account is usually not the person responsible for making sure a vendor is paid on time or tracking invoices. The inability to allow a co-administrator to handle billing is ridiculous.
Can you also create an Azure Automated Billing Service would allow Azure developers to automatically bill their users for their share of usage for a Azure?
Bryan Dyck commented
100%! The billing admin and information - especially resource usage (in $ terms) grouped by resource group - is the biggest single thing holding us back from adopting Azure on a larger scale. Without adequate cost controls and billing administration it is too easy to lose track of resources on larger deployments not to mention how difficult it is to assign costs to our internal account codes.
Julian Desert commented
Unfortunately the tech admin who set up Azure has left our company. If you want to get paid at least allow domain admin to download invoices.
Ashley Mitchell commented
Completely agree, this is causing us some serious headaches as only 1 person can download the invoices, which in an enterprise space is completely ridiculous. Please sort this out Microsoft.