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Usage Accumulation

Overview

Usage Accumulation provides discounts to your customers on a Master or Supplemental Plan(s) that allow usage to be accumulated and rated over a period of time extending beyond the account holder's usage billing interval, thus benefiting from a reduced rate per unit, at the higher tiers of usage. This time period for accumulating and rating usage is termed Alternate Usage Reset Months. The Alternate Usage Reset Months is configurable at the account level to reset to 0 (default) or automatically renew after the number of Alternate Usage Reset Months has expired. 

Usage accumulation applies to only standard rating tier structures, not volume discount or flat rate per tier rating structures. It will work whether you have Aria configured to rate usage at time of invoicing or when usage records are uploaded into the system (real-time). If you load usage records into Aria with currency amounts assigned to them, your account holders will be billed based on your specified currency amounts, even if you have usage accumulation enabled for those account holders.

Usage Accumulation Client Level Setting

Getting Here: > Configuration > Billing > Invoice Settings

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The Allow Usage Accumulation client level system setting must be set to "True". This parameter governs whether or not usage accumulation can be enabled for an account holder's Master or Supplemental Plan(s) usage-based service(s). 

Standard Pricing Rule

Getting Here > Products > Plan > Services

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The account holder must be subscribed to a Master and/or Supplemental Plan(s) that contain a usage-based service that is configured to be rated using the Standard Pricing Rule. See Add & Configure Plan Services for more information.

Real Time Rating - "True" or "False"

Getting Here: > Configuration > Billing > Invoice Settings

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Accumulating and rating usage is not dependent on rating usage records real time when loaded into Aria. Usage Accumulation will accumulate and rate usage whether Aria is configured to rate usage real time or at time of invoicing.This system setting, whether enabled or disabled, will have no effect on rating accumulated usage over a specified period of time (Alternate Usage Reset Months).

Loading Usage Incrementally or Prior to Invoicing

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Accumulating and rating usage is not dependent upon loading usage incrementally throughout the account holder's usage billing interval. Usage can be loaded incrementally or just once prior to invoicing.

Enabling an Account Holder's Master / Supplemental Plan Instance(s) to Accumulate and Rate Usage Via the Aria UI

Getting Here: Accounts > Search  > Account Overview > Plans & Services > Master Service Plan or Supplemental Plans

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  1. Click on an account Plan's Usage Accumulation Reset Value menu tab.

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  1. Click on the Alternate Usage Reset Options field's drop-down arrow and select your renewal option for this Plan's Alternate Usage Reset Months.
  • One-Time Only - The accumulation of usage will expire at the end of the Alternate Usage Reset Month's value upon completion of it's usage accumulation period.
  • Auto-Renew - usage accumulation for this Plan's usage-based service will automatically reset to the same Alternate Usage Reset Month's value upon completion of it's usage accumulation period.

Note: One-Time Only is the default Alternate Usage Reset Month's renewal option. 

  1. Type in the number of Alternate Usage Reset Months that you want to accumulate usage for rating and invoicing purposes.

Note: The maximum allowed Alternate Usage Reset Months is 99.

  1. Click on the Save button to save your changes.

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A comment is added to the account detailing the Usage Accumulation settings for the specific Plan including the Reset Months, and the Reset Renewal Option.  

Enabling an Account Holder's Master / Supplemental Plan Instance(s) to Accumulate and Rate Usage Via the Aria API

Several APIs support the set up, editing, or retrieval of Usage Accumulation related information for an account holder:

API Updates

create_acct_complete

create_acct_hierarchy

update_acct_complete

 

The <usage_accumulation_reset_months> field value indicates the number of usage accumulation reset months for each plan.

The <usage_accumulation_reset_months_renewal_option> field determines whether the <usage_accumulation_reset_months> field value will automatically reset to the same value at the end of the current usage accumulation period or will expire at the end of the current usage accumulation period.

get_acct_plans_all

get_acct_plans

The <usage_accumulation_reset_months> field value indicates the number of usage accumulation reset months for each plan.

The <usage_accumulation_reset_months_renewal _option> field value denotes whether the <usage_accumulation_reset_months> field value will automatically reset to the same value at the end of the current usage accumulation period or will expire at the end of the current usage accumulation period.

The <usage_accumulation_reset_counter> field value denotes the number of months since last reset. Once this value reaches the usage_accumulation_reset_months value, it will reset to 0 (zero).

Usage Accumulation Example

As an example, if an account holder is subscribed to a plan with a monthly usage billing interval, and that account holder's Alternate Usage Reset Months is set to 5 months, and configured to reset to 0 (default) upon expiration of the Alternate Usage Reset Months, then that customer would be billed for usage for a service in the plan as follows:

Standard Pricing Rule

Tier Rate
1-10 units $0.50
11-20 units $0.40
21-infinity units $0.30
Month Number of Billable Units Accumulated Usage Billable Units Across Tiers Rate Usage Charge for the Service or Tier Usage Charge for the Month
1 - July 5 5 5 $0.50 $2.50 $2.50
2 - August 10 15 5
5
$0.50
$0.40
$0.50
$0.40
$4.50
3 - September 15 30 5
10
$0.40
$0.30
$2.00
$3.00
$5.00
4 - October 7 37 7 $0.30 $2.10 $2.10
5 - November 10 47 10 $0.30 $3.00 $3.00
Alternate Usage Reset Months Expires and Resets to 0 (default)            
6 - December  15 15

10
5

$0.50
$0.40

$5.00
$2.00
$7.00

 

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