Cloud Computing: Monetizing the Cloud: 10 Benefits of Agreements-Based Billing

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-06-27 Print this article Print
Customized Deals and Promotions

Customized Deals and Promotions

The simple buyer/seller model does not exist in today's economy. ABB allows businesses to adjust rates, promotions, discounts, accelerators, multi-axis pricing and more. These modifications are easy to incorporate into existing processes and increase opportunities to grow the business.
If you want your company to do business using the Internet or within a cloud system, you must to be able to process billing accurately and securely. Businesses in all industries are now beginning to "get" the cloud. They have begun to understand the value of delivering their services in this new and generally more efficient way. As they move their services to the cloud, companies must adapt their business models in order to reap the benefits. Agreements-based billing provides these organizations with the ability to monetize their cloud applications and appeal to customers in new ways and capture and track their activities in the cloud. This slide show explains 10 ways agreements-based billing (ABB) monetizes the cloud. Our main resource for this article is Scott Swartz, CEO of MetraTech, a cloud service that handles billing, compensation and self-care for customers, suppliers and channels.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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