Complete Guide to AWS Organizations

A Complete Guide to AWS Organizations

From computing power to storage solutions, better inventory management, content and customer management, and more, AWS offers a large number of benefits to organizations looking to streamline their processes and use their resources efficiently.

There are a number of benefits and features that AWS has to offer, but that also means that without proper guidance and training, AWS Organizations can get rather confusing for users – especially if you are managing multiple AWS accounts.

Doing so can be time-consuming and error-prone, making it much more difficult to keep track of all the moving parts. In this article, we will offer a complete guide to AWS Organizations, covering everything you need to know to stay organized and manage your business better – be it big or small.

In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about AWS Organizations. We’ll start by explaining what it is and how it works. Then we’ll walk through some common use cases for Organizations. Finally, we’ll give you some tips on getting started with Organizations.

So, let’s get started!

An Introduction – What are AWS Organizations?

AWS Organizations is a tool that lets you centrally manage your AWS accounts. With Organizations, you can create groups of accounts and apply policies to those groups. You can also invite other users to join your organization.

Organizations are designed to help you stay organized and compliant with AWS best practices. It can also help you save time and money by making it easier to manage multiple AWS accounts.

Key features of Organizations include:

  1. The ability to centrally manage multiple AWS accounts
  2. The ability to create groups of accounts and apply policies to those groups
  3. The ability to invite other users to join your organization
  4. Integration with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) for granular control over who can access what
  5. Integration with AWS Service Catalog for automated provisioning of AWS resources
  6. Integration with AWS Config for compliance monitoring
  7. Support for multiple AWS Regions
  8. Consolidated billing solutions for customers and members
  9. Budgetary, security, or compliance resource allocation via BI (business intelligence solutions)
  10. Centralizing control over the AWS services
  11. Standardizing resource usage within the organization
  12. AWS artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) implementation
  13. Better data collection and storage.
  14. Automatic backups
  15. Customer management and content management solutions
  16. Member activity management
  17. Cloud excellence and cybersecurity, and more.

This shows just how effective AWS Organizations can be, but the most prominent feature or the API is its ability to group different members within the organization and apply unique policies on them. The solution offers impeccable utility across advertising and marketing, financial, gaming, governmental, and other industries as a whole.

In 2021, the quarterly revenue of AWS Organizations amounted to over $48 billion, with a 37% year-on-year growth rate. In Q1 of 2022, the same amounted to over $67 billion. The most prominent feature to see said growth was that of the cloud infrastructure services it offers.

Source: Statista

This shows just how useful AWS Organizations has proven itself to be across the globe.

Now, let’s dive into the guide on getting started with AWS Organizations.

AWS Organizations – Complete User Guide

These are the four basic steps you need to follow if you are new to AWS Organizations.

  1. Getting Started with AWS Organizations
  2. Creating an Organization in the AWS Management Console
  3. Adding Accounts to Your Organization
  4. Using Features in Your Organization

First things first, you will need to start by signing up for an AWS account.

1.     Signing Up for an AWS Account/Getting Started

If you don’t have an AWS account, you can create one at http://aws.amazon.com/. Press the button at the top right corner to begin.

When doing so, you will need to provide a credit card and a phone number along with your email and account name so that AWS can verify your identity.

1.     Creating an Organization in the AWS Management Console