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Organized Billing for Service Provider Accounts

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239188D
Publication Date: 2014-Oct-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system for organized Cloud Service company billing for service provider accounts. The system downloads the invoice data for each sub account, categorizes each invoice for each account by the Cloud Service company billing strategy, and then further organizes by item hierarchy.

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Organized Billing for Service Provider Accounts

Cloud Service companies provide individual and recurring invoices for each customer account owned by a person or business. They provides service level accounts, which may contain many customer accounts underneath it. Cloud Service companies do not provide the ability to roll up or aggregate the invoices contained within a service provider account, nor does it provide a built-in feature to break these invoices into manageable billing periods that can be sent to service clients. They provide an Application Programming Interface (API) to download raw invoice data to be used per customer requirements.

With current Cloud Service company billing invoices, service providers with many sub customer accounts, they must log into each individual account, download the invoice data, and manually re-organize the data or send each individual pre-generated invoice provided by the Cloud Service company.

A faster and more efficient system is needed for account organization.

The novel contribution is a system that downloads the numerous and ever-growing invoice data for each sub account that the Development Support Team (DST) supports. Each invoice for each account is categorized by the Cloud Service company's billing strategy (e.g., monthly pre-billing or hourly usage billing) and is further organized by item hierarchy (e.g., server item and sub items, or top-level services). Individual and aggregate client bills are then created for each client/account allowing a single monthly bill instead of many individual charges per month. This data can be further aggregated for business financial reporting to executive management for all accounts or individual accounts, and for each month, quarter, or year.

The system works by utilizing the Cloud Service company's API Services to download all invoice data for every account that exists within the service provider account. It uses API keys for the master/service provider account and sub keys for each individual account to extract additional server details. Each customer account in the Cloud Service company has a primary/master user, which has an API key that can be used for automation. This is the only identifier (ID) that currently has access to link invoice data to existi...