The Usage Management Module implements the direct flow of the consumption (metering/pay-as-you-go) data communication from Vendors to Distributors and Resellers. This business process is referred to as the Usage Flow on the Connect platform and it is is common for various businesses like Telecommunications, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Internet of Things (IoT), Managed Services and many others.
In general, this flow requires Vendors to submit submit structured product consumption reports to their business partners on Connect. Thereafter, such reports can be used for the subsequent billing operations and reconciliation.
The Usage Flow is presented and highlighted in the following diagram:
This diagram showcases that Vendors can generate and submit usage report files to their partners by using the Connect platform. Thereafter, these usage report files are used by Distributors or Resellers to bill their customers.
Note that the system enables Vendors to generate usage reports for reservation and pay-as-you-go items. Therefore, the Usage Flow may include the following processes:
The following introduces and describes different aspects of the Usage Management module on the CloudBlue Connect platform.
The following video tutorial introduces the Usage module and provides its overview:
Usage data can only be reported by Vendors in case the following requirements are met:
By default, product capabilities that enable Vendors to generate usage reports are turned off. Navigate to the Settings tab from your product profile page and click Edit to access the following usage report options:
Learn more about product settings by accessing the corresponding article within the Products module documentation.
A product that includes pay-as-you-go items allows Vendors to generate a variety of usage report files via the Usage module on the CloudBlue Connect platform. Such usage reports are used by Distributors or Resellers for subsequent billing operations. Therefore, the Connect platform helps your organization and your business partners regulate prices and charge your customers for the provided services.
The following schematically illustrates and describes all usage reporting schemas that are available on the Connect platform:
In case you require more information on completing a usage report file with your selected schema, please refer to the Usage – Vendor Portal subarticle.
The Usage module workflow and interactions between Vendors and Distributors are described and schematically illustrated below:
Note that the Usage module also features standalone workflows for usage files and usage record objects. Refer to the Usage – State Machine documentation to learn more about the workflows and all available statuses of these objects.
Access the following articles to learn more about the Usage module graphical user interface, API, and available operations with usage report files from the Vendor Portal and Distributor/Reseller Portal on the Connect platform: