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October 2011 New Features

Overview

We are pleased to provide you with a summary of our October, 2011 release, including new features and resolved issues.

  • New invoice posted notifications
  • Additional accounting code configuration for discount charges 
  • Support for advanced invoice item adjustments
  • New PaymentGateway field for the Account data source
  • Z-Reporting
  • New aggregation commands for Export ZOQL

New Features

This release includes the following new features and enhancements.

Z-Billing

The following features have been added to Z-Billing.

New Invoice Posted Notifications

In this release, we have added new notifications for the Invoice Posted event:

  • Invoice Posted | Invoice Posted Manually
  • Invoice Posted | Invoice Posted via API

These notifications are triggered when an invoice is posted using the user interface and API, respectively. These notifications are disabled by default.

In addition, we have renamed the Invoice Posted within a Bill Run of Auto-Post and Auto-Email notification to Invoice Posted within a Bill Run of Auto-Post. We have changed the behavior of this event, which now triggers the notification when invoices are posted within a bill run and the bill run has the auto-post option enabled.

See Notifications and Callouts for more information.  

Dedicated Accounting Codes for Discount Charges

In this release, we have added the ability to define an accounting code for discount charges. Previously, Z-Billing used the accounting code from the regular charge that the discount applied to.

When creating a discount product rate plan charge (or ProductRatePlanCharge using the Z-Commerce API), you can select whether to copy the accounting code from another (non-discount) charge, or define a dedicated accounting code on the new discount charge.

In the Zuora interface, select Use Discount Specific Accounting Code, then enter an Accounting Code to use this feature. 

We have added two read-only fields to the Z-Commerce API to support this feature:

See Creating and Changing Discount Charges for more information about using this feature. 

Z-Payments

The following feature has been added to Z-Billing.

Support for Advanced Invoice Item Adjustments

An Invoice Item Adjustment allows you to "credit" an Invoice Item. The Invoice Item Adjustment will have the same service period and Accounting Information as the original Invoice Item.

In this release, we have enhanced the ability to perform multiple Invoice Item Adjustments in the event you incorrectly applied a discount across multiple charges.

The following rules apply for Invoice Item Adjustments:

  • Invoice with 0 Total Amount: Multiple Invoice Item Adjustments can be created as long as the Invoice Total does not change.
  • Invoice with Negative Total Amount: Invoice Item Adjustments can be created as long as you do not change the Invoice from negative to positive OR make the Invoice Balance exceed the Invoice Total (you cannot increase the negative amount of the Invoice Balance).
  • Invoice with Positive Total Amount: Invoice Item Adjustments can be created as long as you do not change the Invoice from positive to negative OR make the Invoice Balance exceed the Invoice Total (you cannot increase the positive amount of the Invoice Balance).

This feature is available in the Zuora user interface only in this release. We do not currently provide API support for creating multiple invoice item adjustments. 

New PaymentGateway Field for the Account Data Source

In this release, we have made the PaymentGateway field available on the Account data source. This field specifies which gateway to use to process electronic payments and refunds. By default, it inherits the value set in Z-Payments Settings > Setup Payment Gateway.

See Data Sources for more information.  

Z-Reporting

In this release, Zuora is happy to release the Z-Reporting product.

Zuora Z-Reporting makes it easy to monitor your subscription business with reports that give you real-time access to critical billing and payments data. No programming or database knowledge is required. You can run standard shared reports that have already been created, modify an existing shared report and save as a private report, or you can create customized reports from scratch and access just the information you need.

See Z-Reporting for more information. 

Z-Commerce API

The following features have been added to the Z-Commerce API.

New Aggregation Commands for Export ZOQL

In this release we have added aggregation commands to Export ZOQL. We have added the following commands:

  • sum()
  • avg()
  • min()
  • max()
  • count()

See Aggregate Functions for more information.  

Resolved Issues

The following issues were resolved in this release.

Z-Commerce API

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

Custom Fields in Data Sources Not Sorted Alphabetically

Previously, custom fields returned in data source queries were not sorted alphabetically.

In this release, the custom fields will now be returned in alphabetical order with the standard fields. 

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09:13, 20 Mar 2015

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