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How Qbeast implemented production-ready usage metering and billing in 1 hour
It took our engineering team less than one hour to set up the metering and billing with Paigo, which is extremely impressive compared to all other billing software. Since then, Paigo has efficiently managed billing operations for our clients across the US and Europe. Paigo is proven to be a reliable billing platform for fast-growing SaaS businesses.
— Pol Santamaria Mateu | Cofounder & CTO, Qbeast
Qbeast, a prominent big data analytics software company based in Barcelona, Spain, has emerged as a trailblazer in the industry. Rooted in years of groundbreaking research at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Qbeast has developed an open-source data lake format that not only boasts unparalleled query performance but also delivers remarkable cost savings to its clients.
Unlocking Revenue Potential Through Usage-based Pricing
With Qbeast’s advanced technology in big data analytics, they aim to onboard a pricing model that can fully unleash the potential of the large volume of data they process for their customers so as to enable a strong upward growth trend. Qbeast was planning to experiment with data volume processed as one of the fundamental value metrics for their products. In order to execute the pricing strategy, they were looking for a solution to meter usage data and bill customers with.
Meeting Challenges Head-On: Qbeast's Journey with Paigo
Metering Massive Usage Data Concurrently
At the core of Qbeast's operation lies its role as the go-to data lake for enterprise data applications. Handling immense volumes of data in short spans is a daily norm. To ensure precise billing, Qbeast needed a billing system capable of effectively managing metered usage data concurrently. After extensive exploration of the usage-based billing landscape, Qbeast identified Paigo as a standout solution, specifically for its exceptional pull-based usage metering framework. Unlike conventional API-based methods that require the business to develop an integration layer by calling metering API, retrying, exponential back-off, and setting up schedulers to be responsible for the delivery of metering usage, Paigo's approach offers seamless integration choices, resulting in 10x higher throughput and much more reliability. After careful consideration, Qbeast implemented the S3-based usage metering approach with Paigo.
Lightning-Fast Integration in Record Time
It was a late Wednesday night in Barcelona, the engineering team of Qbeast together with CTO Pol sat down to look into integrating with Paigo to do usage metering for the first time. Remarkably, within one hour, they were able to finish all the usage metering integration without running into many challenges. Qbeast team was already familiar with AWS S3, and found it very intuitive to use S3 for usage metering.
Global Billing Mastery
Operating from Spain but serving clients across the United States and various parts of Europe, Qbeast faced the challenge of catering to diverse billing requirements. Paigo swiftly emerged as the platform of choice. Its comprehensive suite of billing features, including seamless invoice generation and management of global sales tax, perfectly aligned with Qbeast's global billing needs.
Qbeast's collaboration with Paigo is just the beginning. Qbeast is pioneering with Paigo team to adopt more usage-based billing features in their products, such as no-code billing stacks. This innovation is a testament to Qbeast's commitment to ensuring a consistent and user-friendly billing experience for their valued clients.
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