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MGI 360 Ratings: Zuora in Billing Management MAY 2 2017

MGI 360 LogoRATING UPDATE: We maintain MGI 360 rating of Zuora at 61 and re-iterate a POSITIVE outlook.
OPINION: Zuora remains the most recognizable brand in the cloud billing space. Over the last 24 months company has gone through a transition as it dealt with sales and marketing focus, customer retention, product and implementation issues. This translated into a rotation into a more sustainable customer base, re-staffing of the sales force with senior resources, focus on sales and implementation discipline and a more manageable topline growth rate of 30%. There is more maturity in Zuora core business processes and a reduced burn rate. Customer count is around 750 (MGI est) and the company crossed an important threshold of $100Mil in revenues (MGI est). Although challenges remain in retention, product and other areas, Zuora is now on a much more solid business footing. 
USE CASE: Monetization projects that need subscription management with medium transaction volumes and complexity across a spectrum of company sizes.
COMPANY DESCRIPTIONZuora was founded in 2007 by former Webex and Salesforce.com execs K.V. Rao, Cheng Zou and Tien Tzuo and has raised over $250Million in VC and institutional funding. Zuora sells its solutions directly via a direct sales force and leveraging partnerships with companies such as Salesforce.com, Accenture, Deloitte and PwC. Zuora has expanded its geographic presence in Europe and began to build a presence in Asia. Zuora brand visibility, funding, pure-cloud architecture, deployment methodology and size of channel separate Zuora from the rest of the next-generation, SaaS-only vendors.
COMPETITORS: SAP Hybris Billing, Oracle BRM, Aria Systems, goTransverse, BillingPlatform, Netsuite (Oracle), Ericsson
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