What are the new release features in 2020?

Use this article to discover the new features in Cloudmore in 2020

This article combines all the release notes in 2020 and highlights the biggest platform updates. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our customer team if you would like more information or a personal demonstration. Email: platformsupport@cloudmore.com 

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January 2020

February 2020

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020

July 2020

August 2020


Release Notes August 2020

New and updated features  

Custom Services – Set custom billing date

Sellers and Brokers are now able to define on what day of the month billing data should be generated and appear on the billing report for Custom Services. Previously, billing data was generated and appeared on the billing report on the 25th of each month. Select the billing date when configuring the subscription.

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Show manual billing lines in Seller Billing Report

Support for manual billing lines has been extended to include the Seller level Billing Report. Previously, this functionality was available at the Broker level only.

F-secure Integration - 1,2- and 3-year subscriptions

For F-secure, it is now possible to configure the subscription period to be 1,2 and 3 years.

API Changes 

API - List all Brokers (GET)

There is a new API call to list all brokers.

/api/sellers/{sellerId}/resellers

API - List Manual Billing Line (GET)

There is a new API call, to list all manual billing lines

/api/sellers/{sellerId}/resellers/{resellerId}/manualbilling

API - Create Manual Billing Line (POST)

There is a new API call to create a manual billing line from the API. This enables users to connect to an external system and populate billing data in Cloudmore

/api/sellers/{sellerId}/resellers/{resellerId}/manualbilling

API - Delete Manual Billing Line (DELETE)

There is a new API call, to delete an existing manual billing line.

/api/sellers/{sellerId}/resellers/{resellerId}/manualbilling/{id}

API – Async list user call

There is a new async API call, to get all CSP users.

/api/resellers/{resellerId}/organizations/{organizationId}/services/csp/usersAsync


Release Notes July 2020

New and updated features

This video highlights the main platform updates. Don't hesitate to get in touch with our customer team if you would like more information or a personal demonstration. 

Email: platformsupport@cloudmore.com  

Distributor support 

Many distributor services are moving to a subscription model and we have added several features to support Distributors who want to use Cloudmore to offer and sell services to their reseller customers. Distributors have always been able to add, manage, and bill services in Cloudmore, but now they can:

  • Add their resellers to a feature-limited version of Cloudmore
  • Sell/upsell services
  • Connect their ERP system to Cloudmore to fully automate billing

Customizable organization dashboard 

Brokers can now add their images, custom content, and links to the organization dashboard. This allows you to further brand the customer portal experience with your content, whether that is helpful support links, marketing and sales information or links to your other portals.

Billing report – organization groups column

We have added an additional display column on the Broker General Billing Report export that shows the Organization Group that each organization is a member of.  This is useful if you want to sort, process, and group your billing data without having to run separate report exports for each organization group.  This new change has been added to the Excel and CSV exports and also the billing report API call. 

Service Links 

For custom services, there is now an option to add 3 different types of links into the service information. You can now add an External page Link, a Static Link, and an Iframe Link.

The external page link is used when the user needs to access a page on another website or services such as a web page, support page, or external control panel.

The static link page is WYSIWYG or HTML that is shown within the Cloudmore platform. This is a very useful option to be able to provide one or multiple pages of rich information related to the service or your services offer.

The Iframe link is normally used when you want to embed dynamic HTML into another web page. Examples of this could be another mini-application or chart or graphic.

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Improved Broker Dashboard

We have redesigned the Broker Dashboard page and included some helpful links and tips.

From the Dashboard, you can now easily navigate to the online Cloudmore support site to access user guides and find answers to your platform questions.  You can also quickly access the Cloudmore release notes to find out what’s new in our latest release and browse the new Tips section to discover more ways of getting value from Cloudmore you may not have considered yet.

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CSP – O365 CSP subscription start date 

Cloudmore now allows you to create O365 subscriptions and set the activation date to the required date in the future. This is helpful when customers place orders but want the licenses activated at a later date. Now brokers can prevision the licenses right away and no longer have to keep track of when these subscriptions need to be activated.  

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Approval Process – Set as default 

Approval process settings can now be enforced for all organizations in Cloudmore. This removes any risk of an admin creating a new organization and not selecting the approval process settings.

To switch on the approval process for all organizations navigate to your Cloudmore service broker menu, select setting, and click on the Approval Process.

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Organization Group Administrators

We now allow for an admin account to be set to an Organization Group, which allows that admin to create new admin accounts for that group and to assign admins to that group. 

CSP – O365 subscription search the “friendly name” 

The search functionality on the O365 subscriptions page now supports searching by “friendly name”. 

Support for Microsoft property ‘TotalOtherDiscount

To support an additional data field added to the API by Microsoft earlier in the year, Cloudmore has added the TotalOtherDiscount field on the CSP billing report export.

CSP renewal notifications - enable/disable 

To better control customer communications, we have added a checkbox, with the text “Enable notifications for CSP renewals”, to allow users to easily enable/disable CSP renewal notification emails.

Lockdown API access to IP-addresses 

We have added a new layer of security for accessing Cloudmore. You can now specify one or more allowed IP addresses for accessing Cloudmore. You can access this setting under security settings. Please contact support@cloudmore.com for further information.

API Changes

API – Seller billing report 

We have added a new API call which returns the seller monthly billing report, per Cloud Service Broker: /API/sellers/{sellerId}/MonthlyBillingPerReseller 

F-Secure – API – Subscription start date and history 

We have added the subscription start date to be available through the API with these calls: 

  • api/resellers/{resellerId}/organizations/{orgId}/services/fsecure/subscriptions/
  • api/resellers/{resellerId}/organizations/{orgId}/services/fsecure/subscriptions/[subscription

We have added a new call that enables you to list all subscription changes: 

  • api/resellers/{resellerId}/organizations/{orgId}/services/fsecure/subscriptions/[subscriptionid]/history 

CSP Custom Products - API 

We have extended our API to include CSP Custom products to the GET /services/Csp/products API call. 

If you need more information about these new API calls please refer to the cloudmore swagger document https://api.cloudmore.com/swagger/ or contact support@cloudmore.com


Release Notes May 2020

This month we added several beneficial new features:   

  • Custom Office 365 products 
  • Consumption-based usage services  
  • External service integration  

This video highlights the main platform updates. Don't hesitate to get in touch with our customer team if you would like more information or a personal demonstration. 

Email: platformsupport@cloudmore.com  

The ability to add additional billing lines to the billing reports 

For services in Cloudmore, the billing amounts are automatically calculated from the subscription information and pricing logic.  However, a credit or additional charge may need to be added to the billing report. The new manual billing line feature enables brokers to add additional services billing data into the platform via an import or via API. The end-customer can view these billing adjustments in their self-service portal. By leveraging this new functionality, any service can now be billed in Cloudmore, and additional flexibility is added to Cloudmore services billing.

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Custom Office 365 products  

Combining Office 365 with your value-add services is a great way to distinguish your business from Microsoft Direct offers and other resellers.   

You can currently add any service to Cloudmore; however, we wanted to make it much easier to build Office 365 based offers that include products such as managed services, support, or complementary products.  The new functionality enables you to create a bespoke Office 365 product that is 100% synchronized with the base Office 365 subscription. The Custom O365 product follows the same Microsoft renewal and billing rules and costs are fully reconcilable.  Brokers can create as many custom Office 365 products as required, each with its own name, description, cost, and sales price.   addproduct

Find out more about Custom Office 365 products using this LINK 

Consumption-based usage services  

We have extended the service loading functionality to add usage data for services. Before the services billing date, usage consumption is recorded via the user interface by importing a data file or injecting it into Cloudmore using the API. On the billing date, the organizations will be charged for the quantity that has been submitted, and the organization will be able to see these values in the billing report. All the standard features available for services loaded in the platform are still available, including global and per customer price management. global and per customer price management. records-1

Find out more about consumption-based services using this LINK 

External service provisioning automation 

We have completely updated the way that you can automate the provisioning and management of services. With a combination of settings configured in the UI and middleware framework, it is possible to connect any service to Cloudmore for a fully automated provisioning, management, and billing experience with the minimum effort possible. Cloudmore now uses the same solution to create service integrations. 

Find out more about external service provisioning automation using this LINK 

Scheduled Reports  

The scheduled reports functionality has now been extended to all reports in Cloudmore. The recent change was to be able to schedule the Azure billing and usage reports. 

View all Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCA) status  

A new report export has been added to enable Microsoft Direct CSP integration users to obtain a list of organizations that have signed the Microsoft Customer Agreement. 

On the current MCA page, export the report via the bar menu in the top right-hand corner of the page. Select the "Generate a full MCA report" option and enter your email address. The report will be emailed to you once Cloudmore has retrieved the information from the Microsoft Partner Center. 

MS Tenant ID added to Office 365 billing report  

Some customers have imported duplicate customer names into Cloudmore, and to ensure that billing data can be allocated correctly to the right organization using a unique identifier, we have added the "MS Tenant ID" to the O365 Billing report export (CSV and Excel) at the broker level. 

Organization and user custom property dropdown and mandatory items imports 

Adding custom properties to organizations and users is very useful to some Cloudmore customers. We have now added support for these types of fields to import and API methods of creating records. 


Release Notes April 2020

 

Customizable email templates 

To further personalize Cloudmore for end-users, email notifications sent from Cloudmore are now customizable. You can change the text, include hyperlinks and if required, translate the email templates to provide notifications in a different language, you are now in full control of what messaging your customers receive.  

Brokers can now create their email templates for the following events: 

  • New Reseller User Password notification 
  • New User Password notification 
  • Password Change notification 
  • Password Reset notification  
  • Admin login notification 
  • Login confirmation notification 
  • Microsoft Office 365 Password notification 

 To edit email templates, in the Cloudmore Service Broker menu click on  Cloud Service Broker > Templates  and select the template you want to edit.   

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Event Log enhancements – Greater CSP services reporting  

 We have greatly improved the CSP services logging in the platform event log to aid reporting, compliance, and governance. This provides users with a detailed audit trail of important events including Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCA) signing and all subscription adds, moves, and changes for O365 and Azure products.  

The following CSP-related events captured and presented in the event log 

  • Microsoft Customer Agreement events 
    • Signed date 
    • User first name 
    • User last name 
    • User email address 
    • User phone number 
    • User IP address 
  • Microsoft O365 CSP Service added to an organization 
  • Microsoft O365 CSP Service removed from an organization 
  • Creation of an O365 Subscription 
  • An Edit to an O365 Subscription 
  • O365 subscription suspension  
  • Addon added to a subscription 
  • An Edit to an addon  
  • Addon removed from a subscription 
  • Microsoft Azure CSP Service added to an organization 
  • Microsoft Azure CSP Service removed from an organization 
  • Creation of an Azure Subscription  
  • Suspension of an Azure Subscription  
  • Activation of an Azure Subscription  
  • Azure User created 
  • Azure Subscription assigned to a user 
  • Azure Subscription removed from a user 

Price List export update 

When exporting the Cloudmore pricelist you are now presented with even more information to allow you to improve the review and processing of price list data.   

 The following values are now included in the export.  

Value

Description

Suggested Price 

The vendor’s recommended sales price

Margin

Sales price – Cost price

Margin %

Margin/Sales price

Active (True/False)

True = Active service |False = inactive service

Changed (True/False)

True = sales price is a custom price set by the broker | False = sales price is the vendor’s recommended sales price

 


Release Notes March 2020

This month we added a number of useful new features:  

  • We connected the F-Secure PSB Service for MSPs, enabling F-Secure Partners to sell and manage F-Secure in Cloudmore.
  • We added a new Office 365 report so brokers and organizations can export and view how licenses are allocated.
  • The development team has also improved the billing reports and overall platform experience.

This video highlights the main platform updates. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our customer team if you would like more information or a demonstration.

Email: platformsupport@cloudmore.com 

F-Secure has been added as a Cloudmore connected service

We have made setting up and managing F-Secure much, much easier for Direct F-Secure resellers with an existing F-Secure partner agreement. Simply visit your Marketplace, select F-Secure, add your F-Secure credentials (represented below), and you’re ready to sell and manage F-Secure PSA services in Cloudmore. If you are not an F-Secure partner, we can introduce you to F-secure to arrange this. 

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Just like our O365 and Azure integrations, F-Secure’s price lists are updated automatically, price list management is very straightforward, provisioning is instant, and your customer’s F-Secure billing reports are calculated in real-time.

You can also buy and sell F-Secure services through Gridheart, our services partner.

Get billing details faster with our new ‘Organization Groups’ filter

Brokers can now use the new ‘Organization Groups’ dropdown on the Total Billing Report page to view and export billing reports based on specific organization groups.

Go to the Cloud Service Broker menu, then Billing, then click on Billing Report:

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One use case for this functionality could be to calculate sales commission amounts if you use groups with your sales teams.

Office 365 users and licenses report

Brokers and Organizations can now view all of their Office 365 users and the licenses they each have in our brand-new report, increasing transparency around purchases and consumption.

We’ve merged AP and DAPA approval processes

We have merged the Approval Process (AP) and Dynamic Approval Process Activation (DAPA), removing the AP option to now only display DAPA. A DAPA approval setting with a monetary value of zero has the same functionality as the previous AP setting. This change will make configuring the approval process easier.

New ‘billing cycle’ column has been added to the renewal report for Office 365

A ‘Monthly/Annual’ column has been added to the Office 365 renewal page and billing report to enable brokers to filter and view subscriptions by billing cycle.

Brokers can now store different payment methods

Brokers can now input the payment method a customer wants to use. This setting can initiate external web calls to capture these payment details in an external system to streamline the payment collection process.

Get easier navigation to Office 365 and Azure Portals

Based on feedback from existing customers, Office 365 Portal and Azure Portal dynamic links have been added to the organization service overview pages to facilitate easier navigation. These links will take you directly to the account in the Office 365 and Azure portal, saving end users time navigating to the correct page. These links streamline multiple processes by combining this with Microsoft Single Sign-On credentials. Cloudmore can now be used as the gateway to access both the 0ffice 365 and Azure portal for both resellers and end customers.

Cloudmore billing report exports now support custom properties

We have introduced the option to display your custom organizational property fields on your billing report exports at both broker and organization level. This includes Total billing, Azure billing, and CSP O365 billing reports. This supports multiple use cases including helping generate commission calculations or assigned costs and charges to different projects or cost centers.  

New quantity field replaces number dropdown for subscriptions

The dropdown list has been replaced by an integer field when selecting the number of licenses/subscriptions when adding a service.  

Usernames can now be updated more easily in Cloudmore

It is now possible to edit and update existing usernames without having to delete the user to recreate their account.

We’ve also added new API calls

The development team has added three new API calls:

  1. We have introduced a new API call to set multi-factor authentication to either email or SMS. This can be done on a per-user basis and validates the user’s phone number against the phone number recorded in the platform.
  2. DELETE and EDIT calls were added for O365 subscription assignment
  3. The POST/api/resellers/{resellerId}/organizations/{organizationId}/services/csp/users call now returns the URL of the created user in the response header “Location”

 

Release Notes February 2020

In the February 2020 releases, we have made the Office 365 service even easier to customize, manage and sell. We've also introduced a new Azure AD synchronization tool to simplify Cloudmore admin account creation and management, plus we’ve improved multi-factor authentication, and more!

Direct CSP: Limit the O365 services you make available to different customers

You can now limit the products that you want to make available to your customers by activating or deactivating them using the new ‘Limit Products’ function for Microsoft O365 CSP Direct services. Products can be filtered and activated for all customers, or on an individual customer basis, enabling you to create bespoke selections for different clients. 

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Sync your Azure active directory with the Cloudmore user directory

Microsoft Azure AD is the most commonly used user directory by our customers, so we have created a synchronization between Cloudmore and Azure AD to automatically import users and set up admin accounts in bulk, rather than one by one. This can streamline the admin account creation process helping you to better manage Cloudmore users when they join and leave the business.

AD sync

Text messages to complement email as a multi-factor authentication option

Brokers and organizations can now use text messages (SMS) as the authentication method for multi-factor authentication (MFA).

MFA now has a 30-day lifetime

We have introduced a ‘lifetime’ for authenticated browsers when using MFA. Users are asked for a new one-time code every 30 days.

Easier navigation to the Partner Center

When navigating to the Partner Center at the Organization level, the new Partner Center link, which appears in the Overview section for Office365 CSP Direct services, will link to the same organization in the Partner Center.

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New and updated APIs

  • A new API call to get the CSP subscription ID has been created: GET

/api/resellers/{resellerID}/organizations/{organizationID}/services/csp/subscriptions/{subscriptionID}

  • A new API call to edit the quantity of Microsoft O365 CSP Direct subscriptions has been created: PUT

/api/resellers/{resellerId}/organizations/{organizationId}/services/csp/subscriptions/{subscriptionId}

  • “vendor_name” has been added to the GET call for brokers:

 /api/resellers/{resellerId}/services.


Release Notes January 2020

Single Sign-On: Boost security by restricting user access

We have added a new Single Sign On (SSO) option enabling brokers and organizations to enforce users to use SSO. This toggle feature prevents users from using their own usernames and passwords to login and is particularly useful when managing access around leavers.

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Export Organization Administrators

Brokers can now export the profile details for organization admins, including  their name, role, e-mail, and cell-phone number. This information can be imported to other business systems to share important Cloudmore related updates, or for marketing, sales, or support purposes.    

You can find the Organizations Admin report in the Broker reports menu:

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Accept the Microsoft Customer Agreement in Cloudmore

From February 1, 2020, CSP partners will not be able to make new purchases or change quantities/renew existing licenses without completing and accepting the Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCA).

Cloudmore now supports the new MCA, enabling brokers to accept it in Cloudmore on behalf of customers, or customers can be given the option to sign the agreement in the platform themselves.

Both the Broker and the Organization will see the box below if they have not accepted the MCS in Cloudmore or the Partner Center when accessing the Office365 or Azure subscription pages.

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We aim to list the details of all of the organizations that have signed the MCA in the Cloudmore log file in an upcoming release. We will also add a report so that brokers can export this information.

Billing: We now support general organization discounts

Brokers can now set an organization-specific percentage discount that can be applied across every service for that organization.

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New API Calls:

We have added/updated two new API calls this month:

  1. Organizations can assign O365 subscriptions (licenses) to their users using the new API. This is useful for Brokers who are using a third-party service management solution.
  2. The monthlyBillingPerOrganization API call was updated to include the ServiceId and ProductId.

Enhanced reporting performance

We launched an update to our reporting engine to improve the performance of the reports available in the platform.

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