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Automatically Adding Standard Service Charges for Service Providers Based on Invoices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239189D
Publication Date: 2014-Oct-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that allows Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) providers to generate additional billing/invoice items based on provisioned systems. The system utilizes a Cloud Service company's Application Programming Interface (API) services for implementation.

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Automatically Adding Standard Service Charges for Service Providers Based on Invoices

Customers using Cloud services are able to provision and de-provision servers with no notification to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) providers. To meet security and support compliance requirements, systems that are online must be monitored and regularly updated. The cost of these standard services needs to be recovered based on client/customer system usage.

Currently, service providers send the customer bills based on invoices from the customer portal or Application Programming Interface (API) services (which do not include custom service provider charges) and charges defined in pre-defined contracts based on services used. This can be a tedious and error prone process based on system counts, system runtimes, and billing strategies (pre-billing or billing based on usage).

The novel contribution is a system that allows a service provider to generate additional billing/invoice items based on provisioned systems. These standard services have configurable one-time, hourly, and monthly recurring charges. The system can then be used to produce a standard bill for any client, whether that client has a few systems, a large number of systems, or utilizes static (i.e. steady/regular/predictable provision and de-provision schedule) or a dynamic (i.e. random/irregular/unpredictable) environment.

This system removes the need for the service provider to manually generate bills for clients or have pre-defined contracts in place for each service used by the client. Both the client and service provider can predict costs based on usage through well defined pricing using a menu of individual options; the client can predict costs based on plans for future usage. The service provider can also focus on adding new services and improving existing services without worrying about how to rec...