IDG Contributor Network: Zuora blazes a new trail to the subscription economy and a post-ERP world

Let me start this by saying I recently became a new dad. As you would expect, my wife and I have been buying a lot of baby supplies: diapers, wipes and formula are the new recurring items on our monthly budget.

Having started out buying them all in the old way — simply walking down the street to the corner drug store — we’ve discovered to our surprise and relief that we can subscribe to all three. Through a plan offered by the Web retail giant Amazon, all three items show up at our door on a predetermined schedule. When size one diapers began to seem a little small on our daughter, size two diapers appeared in a shipment a few days later, as if by magic.

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