Tim

Welcome to Tim's documentation

Tim, the Taloflow Instance Manager, is an AI that helps you reduce your AWS costs.

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Overview

This page will help you get started with Tim. We'll show you the basics in about five minutes.

Welcome to Tim! (Also known as the Taloflow Instance Manager)

Tim monitors your AWS resources and suggests automations that effortlessly save you money in real time. We provide you with a really easy way to tag resources and save costs through a variety of direct actions and policies.

Your tag groups and selected policies are the basis for Tim to suggest timely cost saving measures that you can approve right from Slack.

5 minute walkthrough

When you start using Tim, our onboarding will walk you through that major components in the dashboard. We will teach you how to interpret the cost metrics and graph data, as well as how to view, manage and configure your AWS resources from the Resources page.

Here's a short two-minute video demo:

1. Create your account

Start off at https://tim.taloflow.ai/login, and make an account. If you're being forced to go through onboarding, feel free to skip it and refer to this document instead.

2. Review Live Cost Metrics

Once in the dashboard, go to the Overview page (you can select it from the sidebar).

Live cost graph

In the Overview page, the first thing you will see is the "Live cost graph". This is graphing Tim's real-time cost metric in 1, 4, 12, and 24-hour time windows. This is powerful because it lets you know exactly what your infrastructure is costing you (instantaneous cost) without having to wait for AWS' intermittent billing.

Tim's "Live cost graph"

Tim's "Live cost graph"

Most costly tags

The "Most costly tags" table gives you a quick look at high-spending tag groups. Clicking “see all” will take you to the Resources page where the expanded view of the table will be sorted by cost-per-hour.

"Most costly tags" table in the Overview page

"Most costly tags" table in the Overview page

Least engaged resources

The "Least engaged resources" table gives you a quick look at what are usually poorly optimized resources based on Tim's Engagement Score Metrics. Clicking “see all” will take you to the Resources page where the expanded view of the table will be sorted by cost-per-hour.

"Least engaged resources" table in the Overview page

"Least engaged resources" table in the Overview page

3. Filter & Select Resources

Now, from the sidebar, select the Resources tab so we can move onto the Resources page. Here, you'll see a list of resources that are available for cost management with the various cost tags assigned to them. Look under the Status column and check the box next to a single "running" resource that you have personally identified is no longer needed.

4. Perform an Action

Click the Stop button in the top-right to stop the selected resource from running. It will take a few moments (sometimes minutes depending on the kind of resource and your AWS configuration), but the Status will change to "stopped".

Perform an action from the Resources page

Perform an action from the Resources page

5. Trigger a Recommendation (example)

Another powerful feature of Tim is that it can drive cost-saving insights for you. Usually, Tim monitors your AWS account over some time to identify resource candidates that should be Stopped, Terminated or Napped -- a more flexible strategy to schedule your resources. To demonstrate this functionality, you can trigger a Recommendation from the dashboard by clicking on the Demo from the sidebar and then selecting any one of the available flows by clicking on "Trigger Slack notification". Once clicked, switch to your Slack account channel where you've integrated with Tim to see the Recommendation and approve one of the presented options.

Triggered Recommendation received in Slack

Triggered Recommendation received in Slack

And that's it! You're now familiar with the major components of the dashboard that allows us to employ sound AWS cost management strategies and approve automations through a Slack channel. Taloflow also keeps a detailed audit log of everything that happens in your tools. You can check them out by going back to the dashboard and clicking on the Activity tab.