Some people call them “cloud hacks,” which is perhaps more accurate than “cloud tricks,” but the enterprises I work with don’t like the term “hack.”

Whatever you prefer to call them, here are three shortcuts you can create to achieve specific end states.

Cloud trick No. 1: Customize your console

Both Amazon Web Services and Microsoft have consoles that provide a master control view of resources on their clouds. With them, you can see what’s available and what you have already provisioned.

Most public cloud IaaS consoles let you configure your console via drag and drop, so the more-accessed services are at the top. But this customized view makes you much more productive.