This article provides prerequisites, a workflow, and an example scenario to help you get started using summary journal entries with minimal conceptual information.
Before you start using this feature:
Before you start using summary journal entries, you must set up segmentation. You only need to set up segmentation once. To set up segmentation, perform the following steps:
Once you have set up segmentation, you can create and use summary journal entries. To do so, perform the following steps:
The following example shows a typical workflow for creating and using summary journal entries.
In this example, your business sells its products in the United States, the United Kingdom, and China. During the accounting close at the end of each month, you use data from Zuora to create journal entries in your general ledger. To simplify this process, you want Zuora to auto-create summary journal entries for all your transactions. You also want Zuora to segment the summary journal entries by country to reflect how you organize your general ledger.
To achieve this, do the following.
You must set up segmentation before you create summary journal entries. See Segments for more information.
Configure a segment called "Country" and associate it with the Country field on the Bill To Contact object.
Create a GL segmentation rule called "By Country" and add the Country segment to it.
The GL segmentation rule determines how Zuora groups transactions into summary journal entries. See GL Segmentation Rules for more information.
Now that you have set up the GL segmentation rule, you are ready to auto-create summary journal entries.
Create a new journal run for this month's accounting period and include all transaction types.
Zuora will use the GL segmentation rule automatically during the journal run. See Journal Runs for more information.
This example assumes that you have already set up revenue recognition in Zuora.
Transactions are grouped into summary journal entries based on transaction type, currency, debit account, and the GL segmentation rule.
To view the summary journal entries, navigate to the accounting period for which you created the journal run and click on the Summary Journal Entry tab. You can also view the summary journal entries by viewing the completed journal run.
See Manage Summary Journal Entries for more information.
You want to check a particular summary journal entry in more detail.
Download the transaction details of the summary journal entry. See Download Transaction Details for more information.
Verify the transactions.
Once you have verified the transaction details, close this month's accounting period.
Export the journal entry items. See Export Journal Entries for more information.
You can now enter the data into your general ledger.
After entering a summary journal entry into your general ledger, update its Transferred to Accounting field to Yes. This marks that the summary journal entry has been entered into an external financial system and ensures no further changes are made to the transactions in Zuora. For more information, see Manage Summary Journal Entries.