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Since our platform is customer-centric, Account as a platform entity is the elemental pillar on which numerous functions of the system rely on in order to accommodate many business scenarios. 

The following analysis explains the aspects of the creation of a new Account inside the BSS platform, as well as clarify the options, the parameters and the features found on each section of the Account form, during its creation.

Creating an Account


There are 2 approaches in which BSS users can create Accounts inside the BSS platform. Please, have a look at both tabs that follow which depict these 2 approaches:


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1st Approach - Main Menu

The first approach is to follow the path that the Main Menu of the platform provides (located at the upper left corner), and it is this: Office (tab) Accounts (tab option) Add (button).


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2nd Approach - Quick Create

The second approach is to utilize the Quick Create Menu (located at the mid rightmost part of the page), and by clicking the list button can select the 'New Account' option. 



Another way of creating a new Account is via the Storefront during the registration process of a new user, as depicted below.

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For more information on how to allow this registration process within your Storefront, please continue to the 'Enable Users Self-Registration' page.


What is an Account in BSS


The Account entity, found within the BSS platform, represents the customer. Each Account is essentially a customer and in most cases a customer has one Account.

Customers, are usually companies or organizations and they will be the ones to consume the services that you will provide to them.

Furthermore, the Account dashboard provides links to all respective entities (contacts, orders, subscriptions, invoices, etc. ) and is the starting point for all customer activities.


Customer Types

In order to differentiate the customers based on their needs, we have created distinct customer types, namely: 

  1. The direct customer
  2. The reseller
  3. The reseller's customer (sub-customer)

Each of the 3 customer types has some significant differentiation factors against the others and depending on the type of the customer, some options within the Account entity can be adapted in order to accommodate the requirements and needs of the aforementioned customers. The following analysis describes, those differences between the 3 types and the way those differences shape the Account dashboard accordingly.


Customer Types - Business Analysis 

Customer Types

Billing Relation

Ordering

Marketplace Access

Brief Analysis

Direct Customer

A Direct Customer is billed from you.YESYESIs treated by the platform as a default customer.

Reseller

A Reseller is billed from you and then he bills his sub customers.YESYESIs treated by the platform as a 'broker' placed between a distributor and the end-customer, and has his customers relating to his Account entity.

Reseller's Customer

Is billed from his Reseller.NONOIs treated by the platform as a customer of a reseller, and has his Account entity related to his reseller's Account.


Account Currency Fields


Analysis of the currency fields found within an Account.  

Currency Types & Account 

An important element of any commercial relationship between a company and a customer is the currency in which the transactions and billing will be handled, since the customer's currency might be different than that of the company's.

Consequently, the BSS platform bears both types of currencies, namely the 'Account Base Currency' and the 'Transaction Currency':

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(Upper right corner of Account form.)

(Lower left corner of 'Ordering' options inside the Account form.)

Explanation:The main currency used for the calculation of customer's balance, is the primary currency for BSS on which all transactions and invoices are handled.The customer's currency which is the secondary currency for BSS, is used in order to illustrate the customer's local currency (inside the invoices) in relation to the primary currency that he is billed on. The conversion from the primary currency to the secondary is performed via the current exchange rate between the two currencies on invoice date. 


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During the creation of a new Account, when you define a transaction currency different than your account base currency, the system keeps all invoices in both currencies. For more information please see the analysis regarding the types of currencies and their use-logic.


Account Entity Fields


Analysis of the basic fields found within an Account.

Basic Account Information

In this section of the Account entity, the user fills in general information about the customer.

  • Account Name*: The name of the customer.
  • Accounting No.: This field can hold any information, such as a customer code from your back-office system. (Non auto-generated Field)
  • Folder: This option allows you to import a customer inside a custom classification group which will help you in the future to detect that customer with ease.
  • Phone*: The phone number of the customer.
  • Fax: The fax number of the customer.
  • Web Site: By clicking it you will be redirected to the web page you have previously filled in.

  • Corporate Email: Main email of the customer. By clicking it you will open an email client.


Ordering & Billing Main Options


Analysis of the options offered when Enable Ordering is checked along with their differences.

Enable Ordering Option

In this section of the Account entity, the user sets up the billing profile of the customer.

The option 'Enable Ordering', when checked, provides the user with the ability to enable billing and set up one of the 3 customer types, analyzed previously. Please, click on each of the 3 tabs to browse through them:

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Direct Customer


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Reseller


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Sub Customer



  • Set account ordering options: This option enables billing for the customer. The system will generate all charges directly on this customer, using the rules defined in the fields that are analyzed on page 'Account Ordering & Billing Options'.
  • Define a 'Bill To' account: This option directs all billing for this customer to another account (usually a reseller account). 


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An Account can either be a customer who will be billed directly from the platform, or a customer who will be billed through another Account, which will function as a Reseller. On a latter scenario, the Account cannot have more than one designated 'Bill-to-Accounts'.

For an extended analysis on all the ordering fields and options as well as for setting up your customers' ordering and billing options along with working examples, please continue to the 'Account Ordering & Billing Options'page.


Demographic Fields


Analysis of the fields that synthesize the demographics of an Account.

Demographic Information

The demographics section is used to classify the Account using specific information. The fields can be dynamically created at the set up section.

  • Type: The categorization of the customer.
  • Industry: The industry that the customer operates in.
  • Lead Source: The mean that brought the lead which ultimately became the customer.


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If none of the 3 'DEMOGRAPHICS' fields have values in BSS Setup, then the whole section will not appear at all.

The Lead Source field appears ONLY if the user has access to the Leads module.


Primary Address Fields & More


Analysis of the fields that synthesize the main address of the Account. 

Address Information

The primary address section is used to indicate the billing address which the invoice will include upon its generation for the spesific customer. The address is bound to the customer.

  • Name: The name of the customer.
  • Country: The country of the customer. (If this is the account's Billing Address, then it's a read-only field and its value is defined in the Enable Ordering field set.)
  • Address*: The address of the customer.
  • State: The state within the customer's country. (If this is the account's Billing Address, then it's a read-only field and its value is defined in the Enable Ordering field set.)
  • Address 2: The extra field for the address of the customer.
  • Post Code*: The postal code of the customer's address.
  • City*: The city within the state within the country of the customer.


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The Billing Address section appears initially inside the Account form during the creation of a new Account, and after the Account has been saved, it is then displayed as a separate tab in the Account's view page.

Adding Additional Address

From the (second) tab named 'Addresses', the BSS users can set as many addresses as they have for the customer (by clicking the 'New Address' button), but only one can be set as the Billing Address.

  

Upon filling in the new address details, as depicted on the second image and clicking the 'Save' button, the new address will be added and depicted under the first 'Billing Address'.


Additional Information Fields


Analysis of information fields that can refine and expound the depiction of extra information.

Additional Information & Custom Account Fields

The additional information section is used primarily for keeping extra information stored on the customers Account form and might be helpful/useful in various situations where a BSS user is in search for customer information/details that are usually not common or not apparent with a first glance.


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The 'Custom Account Fields', are found in the 'Additional Information' section of the Account form. They are used for keeping readily available information that might not be easily accessible, or might be needed at some point by the BSS user in order to enhance and save time from the daily operations that he has.

Example image of additional custom fields used for one of our customers:

 

Example of custom fields and their usage:

  • Reseller Customer ID: This field provides a quick access information about an ID and in particular a reseller ID that for example you may have under your back-office platform.


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As illustrated from the preceding examples of what an Additional Information section can retain, within the Account form, it is apparent that the types of fields that a user can utilize in order to create 'Custom Account Fields' and keep the information needed readily available, come in the form of: check boxes, text fields, text boxes, and more. 

You can set your own 'Custom Account Fields' by following this path: BSS Setup → Office → Accounts → Custom Fields.


Access Fields


Analysis of two fields concerning the Account's rights of access.

Access Information

In this section of the Account entity, the user chooses the 'Responsible User' for the Account as well as the 'Permission Rules' for all other users.

  • Responsible User*: This option sets the BSS user responsible for the specific customer, which means that a responsible user is the account manager of the Account with full access and permission rights. In business operations terms a responsible user can for example delete a subscription from the Account he manages. (The user can search and select from a list of available BSS users' names.)
  • Permission Rule: This rights and permissions option of the Account entity, sets the level of interactivity BSS users (other than the Responsible User) can have with the Account, depending on the permission rule that they belong to. For example, a default permission rule such as the 'Common All', provides the users (belonging to that rule) with the access level rights to: read, write and delete content from the Account. However, a different more restrictive permission rulesrule, designed for other users, might be chosen in order to allow only read rights to those users. If you don't set up a new permission rule, only the 'Responsible User' will have access to the Account.


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All permission rule groups can be setup and edited via: BSS setup → Administration → Personal Setup → Permission Rules.

For more information please continue to the 'Permission Rules' page.

Description Field


The 'Description' section is used for recording generic notes and information for future reference. 


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