The topics in this section describe how to use Zuora's Billing and Payments features. These features include Zuora's notifications and reporting functionality.
Z-Billing and Z-Payments
Z-Billing is the first complete billing solution for subscription businesses. With Z-Billing you can launch new products to market quickly, scale operations, and gain full visibility into the metrics that drive your subscription business.
Using Z-Billing, you can manage customer accounts and create and manage your subscriptions. You can launch new products to market quickly, scale operations, and gain full visibility into the metrics that drive your subscription business. Because Z-Billing provides a single source for all customer subscription data, your subscription business can grow in scale with each new customer.
As a billing manager, you have to put the best tools at your fingertips to get the most out of your billing. You need accurate data and a way to generate invoices for your customers. Billing Operations is where you can create all of your invoices prior to payment collection. You have the option of generating a single invoice for your customer, or you can generate invoices either for a group of your customers or for all of your customers at once. Moreover, you can generate ad hoc invoices (that is, invoices on demand), or you can create one or more schedules to generate your invoices automatically.
Z-Payments enables subscription companies to accept traditional payments, like check or wire transfer, or online payments from popular payment gateways like PayPal, Cybersource, or Authorize.Net. You can manage recurring payments, automate exception handling around any payment issues, view customer account balances, and shorten collection cycles, all in one complete solution.
Using Z-Payments, you can work with payments and manage the entire recurring payment life cycle for your subscription business. With Z-Payments, your subscription business can accept any form of payment, automate exception handling, reduce billing and payment disputes, and shorten collection cycles.
Notifications and Callouts
Zuora's Customer Notifications feature allows you to automate communications to your buyers (the end customers), using email and callout notifications.
See Notifications and Callouts for information about configuring and using Zuora's notification features.
You can easily generate reports from Zuora to show up-to-date data and to view your revenue in real time. There are multiple billing methods, including Zuora's Z-Reporting product. Which method you use depends on your needs and preferences.