Aria Announces Platform Standard Edition
On-demand billing and subscription management solutions provider Aria Systems announced Platform Standard Edition, designed to address the recurring billing needs of organizations ranging from pre-revenue startup businesses up to small and midsize businesses. The updated version is designed to provide the product capabilities, services and pricing models to address the needs of the growing ranks of companies trying to create or expand their subscription revenue streams. Aria's products are delivered via a pure SAAS model, the company noted.
Aria said its Platform Standard Edition is designed for
organizations that need flat-rate subscription billing deployed in a matter of
hours to automate customer acquisition and recurring billing. Platform Standard
Edition helps enable small and midsized businesses to avoid the cost and
complexity of traditional billing platforms while avoiding the time, error, and
expense of manual or Excel-based billing processes, the company argues.
Platform Standard Edition includes capabilities and services
including subscription billing and invoicing, user registration and
self-service templates integrated tax calculation, Web services APIs, support
for two simultaneous payment processors, customer support representative tools
for managing customer interactions, a separate test and staging environment, a
library of pre-built reports, Web and e-mail support and10 hours of production
"We've proven that we can deliver great results for clients
of all sizes," said Ed Sullivan, CEO at Aria Systems. "With the Aria Platform
Standard Editions, we're delivering products that are tailored to the billing
and subscription management needs of different market segments based on years
of experience in this space."
Invoicing Engine supports a wide range of billing scenarios and includes the
following components: calculation, usage rating, taxation, and invoice
presentation. The solution allows businesses to calculate charges automatically
via Aria's billing engine and post to the user's account in real time, accept
metered data feeds in nearly any measurable unit (time - seconds, minutes,
hours; data - bit, megabyte, gigabyte; area - inches, feet, miles; etc.) and
match metered data with corresponding charge in a client's product and service
plan for inclusion in an invoice, apply country, state, and federal taxes based
upon the billing address of the account, support worldwide currency and symbols
and offer customers the option to settle in a currency other than that of the
charge itself (this feature is offered by select Payment Processors) and present
invoices featuring a company's branding and style with Aria's customizable
The Aria platform relies on an infrastructure that addresses issues including advanced support for data security, PCI/DSS compliance, SAS 70 certification, automated backup processes, disaster recovery planning/procedures, and a Web services delivery infrastructure. The company argues many businesses overlook the critical nature of billing and consider it a "back office distraction" despite the fact that it is the fundamental means by which cash flows into the business. Billing, as part of the larger financial management function, is a strategic asset and should be managed accordingly, the company maintained.