December 2014 - New Features

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December 2014 - New Features


Welcome to the Zuora December 2014 Release, R183. This release includes new Zuora features, enhancements, resolved issues, and improvements to the Knowledge Center.

Released Versions

Environment Current Product Version Release Date Current WSDL
Production R183.1 December 22, 2014 63.0
API Sandbox R183.2 January 5, 2015 63.0

See Version Information for more version information.

Highlights by Zuora Keys

Summary of generally available features and enhancements by Zuora Keys:

  • ACQUIRE: New default setting for subscription auto renewals
  • BILL: Supported fonts for New Invoice File Generation Service
  • ACCOUNT: Enabled multithreading on Z-Suite for increased sync performance | UI improvement for Accounting Codes in Zuora Application | Monthly Revenue Recognition rule is GA | Enhanced default configurations when enabling Z-Finance
  • COLLECT: Support for multiple payment methods updaters | You can override Invoice Item Adjustment accounting codes via SOAP API 
  • NURTURE: New REST API to retrieve Payment Pages configurations | New functions added to Payment Pages 2.0 to improve error handling | Usability improvements to Hosted Payments  2.0
  • MEASURE: Performance Improvements when running reports | New Start Time setting for AQuA jobs | New notify URL for stateless AQuA

Z-Suite Integrations Release

Z-Suite Integrations Release Notes

New Zuora Features and Enhancements

Billing & Subscription

Configure Subscriptions Renewal for No Effective Charges

The Default Subscription Setting has a new Enable subscription auto-renew when there's no product in subscription option that allows you to ignore auto-renewal settings when subscriptions do not have active product charges. This setting applies to subscriptions that are set to Auto Renew.

See Define Default Subscription Settings for more information.

Font Support for New Invoice File Generation Service 

We officially have a new set of supported fonts for the new invoice file generation service. See Support Fonts for Invoice File Generation Service for the list.


A New REST Service to Retrieve Payment Pages Configurations

A new REST service retrieves the Payment Pages metadata, Page ID, Page Name, Page Version, Payment Method Type. You no longer have to manually copy and paste the information from the Zuora configuration page.

See Hosted Pages for information about the new REST service.

An Enhanced Error Handling for Payment Pages 2.0

A new function was added to help you to handle the errors caught by Zuora or the Payment Gateway. This function allows you to pass error messages back into your Payment Page and gives you the option to display these custom error messages.

See Customize Error Handling for Payment Pages 2.0 for customizing error handling in Payment Pages 2.0.

Usability Enhancements for Payment Pages 2.0

The following enhancements were made in Payment Pages 2.0 to improve end-user experience:

  • Credit card numbers are automatically spaced according to the card type.
  • Credit card numbers with spaces can be pasted into the credit card field.
  • Card type detection happens immediately, e.g., after typing “4” for Visa.

See Payment Pages 2.0 for more information about Payment Pages 2.0 and to access articles about setting up Payment Pages 2.0.

Finance & Revenue

Streamlined Accounting Code Configuration

We have streamlined how you configure accounting codes in Zuora.

  • You can now configure accounting codes for different transaction types on the Configure Accounting Codes page in Z-Finance Settings. Here you can configure accounting codes for invoice payments, payment refunds, tax, and credit balance transactions.
  • The “Allow blank Accounting Codes” setting has moved to Configure Accounting Rules in Z-Finance Settings. (For Z-Finance users, this page was named Configure Accounting Period Rules.)

See Assign Accounting Codes for more information.

Improved Navigation for Non-Z-Finance Users

We have added Z-Finance to the left navigation bar in the Zuora application for direct access to your Chart of Accounts. We have also added Z-Finance Settings to the Settings drop-down menu for access to Configure Accounting Codes and Configure Accounting Rules.

Previously, you had to go to Settings > Z-Payment Settings > Configure Accounting Codes to configure accounting codes or access your Chart of Accounts.

See Assign Accounting Codes for more information.

Monthly Revenue Recognition is Generally Available for Z-Revenue Users

All Z-Revenue users can now recognize revenue evenly over each month in Zuora. To enable this feature, go to Settings > Z-Finance Settings > Manage Revenue Recognition Models and select the check box next to “Monthly recognition over time”. By default, the feature is not enabled.

See Revenue Rule Models for more information.

Enhanced Default Configuration Settings When Z-Finance is Enabled

We have made a few changes to the default Z-Finance settings. These changes affect only tenants newly enabled with Z-Finance in release 183 and later. The following table shows the new default settings.

Setting Location New Default Value

Include negative invoices in Aging Balance

Z-Finance Settings > Configure Aging Balance Settings


Allow Subscription and Amendments to be created in a closed Accounting Period

Z-Finance Settings > Configure Accounting Rules


Allow blank Accounting Codes

Z-Finance Settings > Configure Accounting Rules

Not enabled

Monthly recognition over time

(All tenants with Z-Revenue enabled now have this setting.)

Z-Finance Settings > Manage Revenue Recognition Models

Not enabled


Support for Multiple Payment Method Updaters

There will no longer be a default Payment Method Updater. All active Payment Method Updaters will be scheduled and run. 

If multiple Payment Method Updaters are active, the same credit cards may be submitted multiple times.

See Using Payment Method Updater for more information.

Invoice Item Adjustment Accounting Code can be Overwritten

You can now override InvoiceItemAdjustment  accounting codes, using SOAP API. You must have Z-Finance permission enabled and have the IIA accounting code migration complete.

See Invoice Item Adjustment for more information.


Performance Improvements when Running Reports

You should start to see improved performance when running a report. We addressed intermittent timeouts that makes report initialization 10 times faster. 

See Running Reports for more information on how to run reports.


Increase Performance for the following Syncs

The following syncs were each updated for increased performance: 

This enhancement takes advantage of SuiteCloud Concurrent Session Users to allow the processing of records into NetSuite on a multi-threaded basis. The sync will split into 10 threads when connecting to NetSuite to import records and maximize throughput, thereby increasing overall performance.

See the Z-Suite Integration Release Notes for more information.

Zuora APIs


Support Notify URL for stateless AQuA 

Stateless AQuA now support the ability to receive a notification when a job is complete, by calling the notifyUrl parameter.

See Post Query with Notification for more information.


WSDL Version

For Release 183, the WSDL version is 63.0. See Zuora WSDL for information about downloading the current version.​

New BillRun SOAP API Object

Zuora now provides support for the BillRun object through the SOAP object API. You can use the API object to post, query, cancel, and delete a bill run.

See BillRun SOAP API Object for more information.

This feature is in Limited Availability. If you wish to have access to the feature, submit a request at Zuora Global Support

Mass Upload of Tax Items

You can now create and upload a CSV or zipped CSV file containing mass taxation items. The process will allow you to upload files with up to 1MB of taxation items at a time. Save time and effort with email notification on success or failure of the operation. If the file contains errors, you will be provided with information to quickly find and fix any mistakes.

See Mass Upload of Taxation Items for more information.

This feature is in Limited Availability. If you wish to have access to the feature, submit a request at Zuora Global Support

Resolved Issues

The following issues were resolved in this release.


Previous Transactions Tables Potentially Double Counted Transactions

Previous Transactions tables on invoices now include each transaction only once.

Editing a Product Rate Plan Charge Causes the Last Modified Date field of the Product Updated

When you edit a Product Rate Plan Charge in Zuora Application UI, the Last Modified Date field of the Product was updated. This issue was fixed, and now updating a Product Rate Plan Charge in Zuora UI does not cause the Last Modified Date updated.


Invoice Sync Error Handling

Error logging for the Zuora Invoice to NetSuite sync where one or more errors are encountered by the process, but the process completes without indicating an error from the View Activity page regardless.

Knowledge Center

Customer-requested Improvements to Articles

We have updated the following Knowledge Center articles based on customer-reported feedback:

Maintenance Release 183.1

  • API Sandbox release, December 16, 2014

This maintenance release includes internal fixes.

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