Key Concepts

This chapter introduces the most important concepts in Paigo and uses examples to help understand how those concepts can be used for real-world cases.


Offering: Offering represents a pricing plan of the product, or how the product is charged. As an example, an offering called "Enterprise Plan" is priced $49 per month for subscribed SaaS customers.
Dimension: Dimension represents a valuable product metric that SaaS customers can consume and be charged on. As an example, a dimension for an API SaaS would be API requests and a dimension for a machine learning platform would be the minutes of GPU used.
Customer: Customer represents a SaaS customer of the SaaS business who uses products and make payments for their usage.
Measurement: measurement represents the implementation of how dimension usage is measured, collected and tracked. As an example, a dimension called Processing Time (Minutes) for a machine learning SaaS application needs a measurement to define how Paigo calculates the running time in the SaaS infrastructure (such as GPU running in a Kubernetes Pod) and the frequency for Paigo to sample the running time (such as every 30 seconds).

Use database SaaS as an example

A database SaaS business manages an offering called "Developer Plan" that charges $0.5/hour for compute time and $0.08/GB for data stored. A customer called John Doe subscribes to this plan. These relationship is illustrated in the diagram below.
Each of the dimension in the above diagram may have a measurement assigned so that the usage can be measured, collected and tracked. The full picture is illustrated in the diagram below.