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It seems the more things change the more they stay the same. One of the things I used to create on the mainframe system when I started years ago was a “charge-back” system. It tracked the time and resources used by the employees so that we could charge their department money for the time they spent on the (very expensive) mainframe.
When LAN systems came out, IT departments were just charged as a general expense. But these days, with shrinking budgets and deeper scrutiny on how resources are used, this idea has come back around. IT and Data Systems managers are keen to show the organization that it isn’t free to operate a database system.
From time to time I get asked if it is possible to do a chargeback system for SQL Server. And it is! In fact, I wrote a couple of articles on how to do that right here: