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April 2012 New Features

Overview

We are pleased to provide you with a summary of our April, 2012 release, including new features and resolved issues

New Features

This release includes the following new features and enhancements.

Zuora Billing and Payments

The following features have been added to Z-Billing and Z-Payments.

Optimized Bill Run Performance

In this release, we have optimized bill run performance. You will notice that the billing run details show fewer accounts being processed than before. For example, if there are 100,000 accounts in the batch that is being processed, the number of accounts processed might show only 200, if only those 200 accounts are eligible to be processed on that day. 

Although we can not predict the exact performance gain for every single bill run, we have noticed that processing time may be reduced as much as 90%.

Parent Name Added to the Account Data Source

In this release, we have added a new ParentAccount object that is linked to the Account data source. This allows you to view the name of the  parent account of any given account. All objects that connect to Account can see the name of the parent account (ParentAccount).

For example, you can use export ZOQL to query the ID of a specific account's parent:

select parentAccount.* from Account

Improved AR Summary Report

In this release, we have improved the usability and performance of the AR Summary report. We have updated the AR Summary reporting interface to match the functionality of the Exports report interface. In addition, Zuora now generates the AR Summary report as an asynchronous process to improve performance. See Accounts Receivable Report for more information. 

You can use this new interface to generate comma-separated value reports. However, we no longer support HTML versions of the AR Summary report. 

Resolved Issues

The following issues were resolved in this release.

Billing and Payments

The following issues were fixed in Z-Billing and Z-Payments.

Discount ProductRatePlanCharge Can be Enabled with Taxation

In previous releases, users could change the charge model of a product rate plan charge after enabling taxation on the charge. This could cause errors if the new charge model did not support the use of taxation. 

We have fixed this issue in this release.

ProductName in InvoiceItem Returns Charge Name Instead of Product Name

In previous releases, when querying InvoiceItem in the API the ProductName field returned the Charge Name instead of the name of the product.

We have fixed this issue in this release, and the ProductName now returns the expected value.

PDF Creation Fails Without Error

In previous releases, if an error occurred while generating a PDF invoice, Zuora would not return an error. 

In this release, we have added error-checking which will return a pop-up dialog if an invoice PDF generated correctly. 

Incorrect Values on Change Password and Reset Password Pages

In previous releases, after a user changed the Security Question options on the User Activation page, the options displayed on the Change Password and Reset Password page were not updated correctly. 

We have fixed this issue in this release. 

Z-Commerce API

The following issues were fixed in the Z-Commerce API.

Users Can Delete a ProductRatePlanCharge Associated with a Subscription

In previous releases, users could use delete() to delete a ProductRatePlanCharge that was associated with a subscription. This would later return an error when a user attempted to generate an invoice for the subscription. 

We have fixed this issue in this release.

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