Cloud computing is often giving financial departments a headache. Companies are looking for more flexibility in IT, but services that are based on consumption are hard to clearly present on an invoice. To provide control over costs and consumption and to give customers complete insight into all purchased services and associated expenditure, Solvinity presents customers all services on one single invoice, including pay-per-use cloud services such as Microsoft Azure.
All the information required to generate a complete invoice is brought together in CloudBilling, a billing tool which automatically connects the correct price rules to services purchased. In this way, Solvinity is able to clearly present all the services purchased by a customer from and via Solvinity, from Private Cloud to Public Cloud and project management, in one invoice.
Hans van den Broek, Commercial Director at Solvinity: “Cloud computing is the foundation of digital transformation. The benefits of cloud computing, such as high flexibility and pay-per-use, are best shown to their advantage when they are used efficiently. Organisations should see exactly how these services are implemented and used to actively drive efficiency.”
Many cloud service providers leave it up to their customers to provide this overview themselves. Van den Broek: “Using CloudBilling, Solvinity is one of the few cloud specialists that is able to deliver a complete specification based on actual and up-to-date service consumption according to customer requirements. This allows our customers to optimise the use of services, so they can fully reap the benefits of cloud computing.”
Rob Coppen, Managing Director at CloudBilling: “CloudBilling offers a modern way of service provision, where Solvinity can charge their full portfolio of products and services to customers based on consumption. With the process that we have defined together, Solvinity can provide insight and control to customers.”
Prior to the introduction, a proof-of-concept was conducted with Solvinity customers. These customers have been very positive about the new way of invoicing.
- it generates a simpler and clear invoice on all services per period;
- by presenting consumption data in more detail, customers can carry out their own analyses;
- If the customer wants to pass on the invoice internally, the new invoice can quickly provide insight into the desired application or environment level.
Coppen considers Solvinity an early adopter of this technology. “Of all our customers, Solvinity is the one that takes the lead in a strategic approach. They started early with adding their products and services to this platform and also involved the business side of the organisation.” According to Coppen this is important as this way of billing is not only about an invoice and administration, but also about adding value to customers by giving them more control on the services they use.