SOURCE: Aria Systems

Aria Systems - Billing and Subscription Management

March 04, 2010 08:00 ET

AlikeList Accelerates Time-to-Market With Aria Billing and Subscription Management Platform

Social-Local Firm Adds the Ability to Easily Monetize the Millions of Local Businesses Listed in Its Service

MEDIA, PA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2010) -  Aria Systems, Inc. (http://www.AriaSystems.com), the leading provider of on demand billing and subscription management solutions, today announced that AlikeList (http://www.AlikeList.com), a new social-local marketplace that brings word-of-mouth referrals online, has deployed Aria Platform Enterprise Edition. The Aria Platform provides a combination of subscription and usage-based billing to support AlikeList's platform for local businesses. Now, any of the 14 million businesses listed on AlikeList can sign-up for AlikeList's business services, to help them build trusted relationships with their customers and drive highly qualified new business contacts.

AlikeList's local marketplace provides valuable contacts and leads to local business owners who understand the opportunity in leveraging word-of-mouth referrals to generate new business. People are more likely to select a business based on a referral from a trusted friend. AlikeList brings traditional word-of-mouth referrals online by letting users easily "Like" a business and add it to their "LikeList™" and then share this information with their personal network of friends, family and neighbors. People can also conveniently save businesses they want to "Try" to their "TryList" for future reference. Businesses benefit because their loyal customers are effectively promoting their business to their personal network. For example, when an AlikeList user searches for a plumber, she'll be able to see who in her trusted network has recommended which plumber. AlikeList also offers easy-to-use business services for business owners to post special offers to their customers and manage their online reputation.

AlikeList chose Aria's on-demand billing solution so that they could get to market quickly with their products and services, without spending unnecessary development cycles building a home-grown billing system. AlikeList needed to support multi-tiered transactions and to automatically and instantly activate services on account signup without any delays associated with manual activation or provisioning processes. Aria integrates with PayPal's Payflow Pro online payment gateway as well as AlikeList's QuickBooks general ledger. AlikeList selected Aria over other SaaS billing alternatives because of Aria's end-to-end PCI DSS Level 1 compliance, support for a wide range of billing scenarios, ability to automate service activation, as well as the company's expertise as the pioneer in the SaaS billing market.

"We knew that working with Aria would get us to market faster," said Jim Delli Santi, CEO at AlikeList. "We could keep our own team focused on product development and still get a flexible, secure, robust billing system that supported the flexibility required by our business model."

AlikeList recently announced $5M in Series A venture capital from Syncom Venture Partners and is currently located in the Plug and Play Tech Center (http://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com/) in Sunnyvale, CA, a popular location for rapidly-growing Silicon Valley startup companies.

"AlikeList represents a major shift in how local businesses can help build relationships with their customers," said Ed Sullivan, CEO at Aria Systems. "Aria Platform Enterprise Edition is a great fit for startups like AlikeList that need billing flexibility and fast time-to-market without taking focus away from their own product delivery."

About Aria Systems
Aria Systems is the leader in on-demand billing and subscription management solutions. Since its inception in 2003 as the pioneer in SaaS billing, Aria has grown rapidly to manage millions of accounts in every country in the world and spanning a wide range of industries. The Aria Billing and Subscription Management Platform is the industry's most reliable, flexible and scalable on-demand platform for organizations looking to accelerate revenue capture while significantly reducing operating costs. Aria Systems also leads the market in security and compliance as the only vendor to have achieved both SAS 70 Type II certification as well as PCI DSS Level 1 compliance for the entire billing management process. Aria's team is comprised of industry veterans that have managed multi-billion dollar billing operations supporting millions of end user subscribers. For more information about Aria Systems, visit http://www.AriaSystems.com or call 1-877-755-2370.

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