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part of the Real World Windows Azure series, we talked to Jeff Yoshimura, Head
of Product Marketing at Zuora, about using the Windows Azure platform to create the Zuora Toolkit
for Windows Azure. Here's what he had to say.
MSDN: Can you please tell us about Zuora and the services
Yoshimura: Zuora is the global leader for on-demand subscription
billing and commerce solutions. Our platform gives companies the ability to
launch, run, and operate their recurring revenue businesses without the need
for custom-built infrastructure or costly billing systems. In June 2010, we
delivered the Zuora Toolkit for Windows Azure, which provides documentation,
APIs, and code samples to enable developers to quickly automate commerce from
within their Windows Azure applications.
MSDN: What are the biggest challenges
that Zuora's recent offerings solve for Windows Azure customers?
Yoshimura: More and more companies are finding that their trading
partners and customers want greater flexibility in the way they purchase
products and make payments-a way that's usage-based and pay-as-you-go. As a
result, businesses are wanting to quickly operationalize their cloud strategy
or more effectively monetize their existing cloud offerings.
MSDN: Can you describe how the Zuora
Toolkit for Windows Azure addresses these challenges?
Yoshimura: The Zuora Toolkit for Windows Azure helps ISVs and
developers rapidly use all of the subscription capabilities described above,
from within their existing Windows Azure services or websites. Any company that
builds a solution on Windows Azure can use the Zuora Toolkit
to plug in functionality for packaging products, configuring pricing plans, and
automating credit card processing with PCI Level 1 security-all within a matter
The Zuora Toolkit for Windows Azure enables developers
to rapidly add PCI Level 1
security-compliant commerce capabilities into their existing Windows Azure
MSDN: What makes the Zuora platform
Yoshimura: The Zuora platform is designed from the ground up,
specifically for subscription businesses and it's the first online billing
solution for Windows Azure. So, as more ISVs and developers build their
applications using Windows Azure and want to launch them into the market for
commercial success, they'll need a billing and payments platform that is
tightly integrated into the Windows Azure fabric.
MSDN: What kinds of benefits are you
realizing with Windows Azure?
Yoshimura: From a development perspective, Windows Azure offers us
several significant advantages. Because our team already had extensive
experience working in Microsoft Visual Studio, we were able to take full
advantage of the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio. This made configuring
and porting our Z-Commerce application to the cloud much simpler, which helped
us complete the project two weeks ahead of schedule.
the full story at: http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000008478
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