Level 300: Automated Athena CUR Query and E-mail Delivery



This hands-on lab will guide you through deploying an automatic CUR query & E-mail delivery solution using Athena, Lambda, SES and CloudWatch. The Lambda function is triggered by a CloudWatch event, it then runs saved queries in Athena against your CUR file. The queries are grouped into a single report file (xlsx format), and sends report via SES. This solution provides automated reporting to your organization, to both consumers of cloud and financial teams.



  • Provide automated financial reports across your organization


  • CUR is enabled and delivered into S3, with Athena integration. Recommend to complete 200_4_Cost_and_Usage_Analysis
  • If your account is in the SES sandbox(default), verify your email addresses in SES to assure you can send or receive emails via verified mail addresses: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/ses/latest/DeveloperGuide/verify-email-addresses.html

Permissions required

  • Create IAM policies and roles
  • Write and read to/from S3 Buckets
  • Create and modify Lambda functions
  • Create, save and execute Athena queries
  • Verify e-mail address, send mail in SES


  • Variable, dependent on the amount of data scanned and report frequency
  • Approximately <$5 a month for small to medium accounts

Time to complete

  • The lab should take approximately 15 minutes to complete

Start the lab


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