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August 2016 Release Notes

Welcome to the release notes for the Zuora August 2016 Release, R203. This release includes new Zuora features, enhancements, resolved issues, and improvements to the Knowledge Center.

Current Product Version

The following table shows the product versions currently released on the Zuora Production and API Sandbox environments.

Environment Current Product Version Release Date Current WSDL Version
Production R203.2 September 5, 2016 79.0
API Sandbox R203.2 September 4, 2016 79.0

See Product Versions and Release Dates for more information.

New Zuora User Interface

Welcome to Zuora's updated product navigation system! 

The August 2016 Release, R203, introduces an updated design for navigating the product that we hope will make your Zuora experience a bit easier and faster. See Zuora User Interface for more information.

New Zuora User Interface

Get the most out of the updated navigation system

  • Click the Menu Button Menu Button appearing in the upper-left corner to open and close the navigation menu easily; use it to expand screen real estate for your everyday tasks.
  • Click the expandable and collapsible sections Collapsible Button of the left navigation to focus on the sections of Zuora you use most often; log back in and notice that the navigation menu now remembers where you left off.
  • Click the Pin Button Pin Button to use Zuora as you always have with the navigation menu always open and accessible on the left side of your screen.

Users accustomed to opening left navigation menu links in new browser tabs by right-clicking will notice that does not work in the new navigation menu. This is a known limitation that we are targeting to fix in the September release. In the meantime, as a work-around, a quick way to open a new Zuora tab or window in your browser is to right-click on the home link in the new breadcrumb menu. This will open up a new Zuora homepage from which you can navigate to your desired page.

Important: A few pages have moved

No pages have been removed from the product with the new navigation system, but some have moved out of the left navigation into the Profile & Settings menu in the upper-right corner. If you can't find a page, use the table below to find its new location in the product.

Page  Was located in: Now is located in:
Customer Accounts Left Navigation Menu under Z-Billing or Z-Payments Left Navigation Menu under Customers
Payment Method Updater  Left Navigation Menu, located in Payment Operation under the tab called Payment Method Updater Profile and Settings Menu under Payments, click on the link called Manage Payment Method Updater Batches
360 Sync Left Navigation Menu under Z-Commerce Profile and Settings Menu under Commerce, click on the link called Synchronize Salesforce.com Data
Quote Templates Left Navigation Menu under Z-Commerce Profile and Settings Menu under Commerce, click on the link called Configure Salesforce.com Quote Templates
Checkout Pages Left Navigation Menu under Z-Commerce Profile and Settings Menu under Commerce, click on the link called Manage Checkout Pages
Revenue Recognition Rules Left Navigation Menu under Z-Finance Profile and Settings Menu under Finance, click on the link called Manage Revenue Recognition
Chart of Accounts Left Navigation Menu under Z-Finance Profile and Settings Menu under Finance, click on the link called Manage Chart of Accounts
Manage My Extensions Left Navigation Menu under Z-Platform Profile and Settings Menu under Platform, click on the link called Manage My Extensions
Manage Extension Data Left Navigation Menu under Z-Platform Profile and Settings Menu under Platform, click on the link called Manage Extension Data

Feature Name Changes and Documentation

A key component of the user interface rollout is the removal of the "Z-" prefix to all Zuora feature names. For example, what was previously named Z-Billing is now named Billing. This change is reflected in the user interface. However, removal of the "Z-" prefix and content reflecting the new navigation in the Zuora Knowledge Center is currently in progress and is expected to take several releases to complete.

Zuora Quotes and Zuora 360 will be updated to remove the "Z-" prefix. Among other changes, the "Send to Z-Billing" menu button will be changed to "Send to Zuora". Look for these changes in the upcoming release of Zuora 203, Zuora Quotes 7.3.1, and Zuora 360 3.3.1.

Subscription Management

Weekly Billing is Now Generally Available

Weekly billing is now available to all Zuora users. You can now bill your customers weekly or every few weeks.

To bill weekly, define the following options:

  • Billing Period. Bill the charges weekly or every few weeks.
  • Billing Day. A specific day of the week that your billing period starts.
  • List Price Base. List price of a recurring charge based on a week.

Weekly billing options are available from the Zuora UI, SOAP API, REST API, and data sources.

In the SOAP API, REST API, and data sources, the WeeklyBillCycleDay field specifies which day of the week your billing period starts.

Field REST API SOAP API Data Source

WeeklyBillCycleDay 

Create subscription
Preview subscription

ProductRatePlanCharge
RatePlanCharge

Rate Plan Charge
Product Rate Plan Charge

You can set weekly billing options using the following fields in the REST API and SOAP API.

Field REST API SOAP API

BillCycleType

Create subscription
Preview subscription

ProductRatePlanCharge
RatePlanCharge

BillingPeriod

Get Catalog
Get subscriptions by account
Get subscriptions by key
Create subscription
Preview subscription

ProductRatePlanCharge
RatePlanCharge

ListPriceBase

Get Catalog
Get subscriptions by account
Get subscriptions by key
Create subscription
Preview subscription

ProductRatePlanCharge
RatePlanCharge

billingDay

Get Catalog
Get subscriptions by account
Get subscriptions by key

 

To enable weekly billing, from the Profile & Settings menu, select Billing > Define Billing Periods. Weekly billing options are available in the following sections:

You can also prorate recurring or usage charges for partial weeks. From the Profile & Settings menu, select Billing > Billing Rules. The following billing rules are available:

  • Prorate recurring charges for partial week (with weekly based billing periods)? Choose whether to bill recurring charges for any periods less than a week.
  • Prorate usage charges for partial week (with weekly based billing periods)? Choose whether to bill all usage charges that occur within a prorated week.

See Define Billing Rules for more information.

Billing and Payments

Generate Future-Dated Invoices in Scheduled Bill Runs

You can now specify the invoice date for scheduled bill runs. This added flexibility lets you create scheduled bill runs that generate future-dated invoices. Previously, the invoice date in scheduled bill runs was automatically set to the bill run date and could not be changed.

This feature is currently only available when creating scheduled bill runs from the Zuora UI.

See Creating Bill Runs for more information.

More Control When Cancelling Invoice Item Adjustments

Now you have more control when cancelling invoice item adjustments with the new Cancel Invoice Item Adjustment without Validation permission. The permission controls which users can cancel invoice item adjustments, even if doing so causes the invoice balance to:

  • Move from positive to negative, or vice versa
  • Move away from zero

By default this permission is disabled for the Zuora Billing Standard User role.

See Billing Roles for more information.

Resolved Issue: Newline Characters were Replaced with “\n” in the Translation Profile Detail File

If you imported a Translation Profile file that contained newline characters and then exported the file, newline characters were replaced with “\n” in the exported file. Now when you import a Translation Profile, newline characters are removed automatically, so the issue no longer occurs.

APIs

SOAP API

Latest WSDL version: 79.0

See Zuora WSDL for information on how to check your version and download the latest version.

SOAP API Change History

See Zuora SOAP API Version History for a summary of updates made to the SOAP API in recent Zuora releases.

Date Field Changes as of WSDL 69

Please read this important note before using WSDL version 69 or later.

In WSDL 68 and earlier, 56 Zuora SOAP API date fields are treated as dateTime fields. As of WSDL 69, Zuora will treat these fields as date only fields. These fields are no longer compatible with dateTime values. Date and dateTime values in WSDL 69 are now the same as date and dateTime values in the Zuora application.

Before downloading and using WSDL 69, check to see if your SOAP integration passes or receives dateTime values to or from any of these fields.

The AQuA API is also affected by these date field changes. If you use the AQuA API, you must review the date field changes and take the appropriate action.

See Date Field Changes in the WSDL for more information.

Knowledge Center

We have updated the following Knowledge Center articles based on your feedback:

  • update(): Clarified that unrecognized fields in SOAP API update() calls are ignored and no error message is returned for unrecognized fields. 
  • Calculating Contracted MRR: Clarified information about how to calculate contracted MRR.
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