PowerMetrics: Connecting to Zuora (with data feeds)


Our recent redesign simplifies the data transfer experience by combining raw and modelled data sources into a single object - data feeds. We’re gradually releasing this new feature to our customers.
If you see Data Feeds in the left navigation sidebar, you’ll learn how to connect to your data and create data feeds in this article. If not, go here.


Ready to get the most from your Zuora subscription payment data? Get started by setting up a connection between PowerMetrics and your Zuora data and adding one (or more) data feeds.

When you're finished adding Zuora data feeds, you'll use them to power your custom metrics.

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Connecting to your Zuora data and adding a data feed

A data feed acts as the information channel between your source data and your metrics. Every time your data refreshes, the data feed gets updated accordingly. The resulting data is then added to the existing data for all the metrics that use the feed. Learn more about data feeds.

A Client ID and Client Secret are required to generate OAuth tokens for Zuora. To get your Client ID and Client Secret from Zuora you must first create an API user role and assign it to a user and then create an OAuth Client for that API user.

The first time you connect to your Zuora account and add a data feed, you enter your Zuora Client ID and Client Secret, and select your Zuora Tenant Environment. By doing so, you create a reusable account connection. The next time you connect to Zuora to create custom metrics, you can use the same account connection or add a new account to point to different data.

To connect PowerMetrics to your Zuora data and add a data feed:

  1. In the left navigation sidebar, click the + button beside Data Feeds.
    add data feeds button
  2. Click Select data.
  3. On the Where is your data? page, select Zuora.
  4. If this is your first time connecting to Zuora:
    • Click Add account settings.
      add new account
    • Enter your Client ID and Client Secret and select your Zuora Tenant Environment from the drop-down list. Then click Use account.
      enter account settings
  5. If you’ve connected to Zuora before, we assume you want to use the same account and take you directly to the next step - Choosing the data you want to retrieve in the query builder. If you want to connect to a different account, you can do so there by clicking the account connection at the top of the data preview window (see below). You can either select an alternate, existing account or click “Add account settings” and enter settings that point to a different account.
    Zuora account connection
    You're connected! Next step – choose the data you want to retrieve using the query builder.

Choosing the data you want to retrieve in the query builder

In the query builder, you tell us what data you want to retrieve for your data feed. Later, when you create custom metrics, you’ll choose which pieces of data from the data feed you want to display for each metric.

Using the data view you select, we’ll run a query to get a list of available columns (fields) from within the data view. You’ll then choose from those columns to specify what data to include in your data feed.

Tip: Use filtering to pinpoint the data you want to retrieve and include in your data feed. This reduces the size of the query, improving performance and ensuring you only get the data you actually need. You can apply filters to the data view and to columns in the left sidebar and in the data preview. Learn more about filtering.

To choose the data you want to retrieve:

  1. In the Choose data for your data feed page, under Data view, click the drop-down and choose the subset of data you want to query.
    select a data view
    Tip: Find the data view you’re looking for by entering its name in the search box or by entering the name of a column/field to find the data view that includes it.
  2. Under Data view filters, add required filters (if needed) and optional filters (if desired). Note that this option is not applicable to all data views.
    Tip: APIs for some services include "StartDate" and "EndDate" as optional data view filters. Applying filters here, at the query (source) level, rather than later at the query results level can improve efficiency and simplify data handling.
  3. Under Columns, select the checkboxes beside the columns you want to include in your data feed.
    Tip: Columns represent the fields that are available for the data view you selected above. Each item you choose will display as a column in the data preview table. If there are a lot of columns to choose from and you know what you’re looking for, start typing the column name into the search box. You can add up to 30 columns for each data view.
  4. Optionally, apply filters to applicable columns to narrow down your data before previewing.
    Tip: You may find it easier to apply filters to columns in the next step (in the data preview table) as you can see your data more clearly there. However, if you know your data set well, applying filters in the sidebar can be beneficial because it removes excess data before previewing. It may also be necessary when your data is too large to query all at once.
  5. When you’re done selecting (and filtering) columns, click Preview data. The data preview window is populated with the results of the query for the columns you chose.
    Note: The data preview table can show up to the first 1000 rows of your data. As a result, if you have a large data set, some rows may not display. Using the drop-down, you can select the number of rows to display (50, 100, 500, or 1000). You can also see how long it took for your query to complete. (See below.)
    number of rows in data preview
  6. If this isn’t the data you want for your data feed, choose a different data view and/or columns. To preview your most recent choices, either click Preview data again or click reload data Reload data (located above the data preview table).
    Note: At the top of the data preview window, you can see the Zuora account you’re currently connected to (see below). By clicking it, you can change to a different account. If you change accounts, your recent choices are removed and you start over by choosing a data view and columns.
    Zuora account connection
  7. In the data preview window, you can narrow down the data you want to include in your data feed by applying filters to applicable columns.
  8. When you’re satisfied with your choices, click Use this data.
    You've chosen your data. Next step - refine the data in the data feed editor.

Refining data in the data feed editor (optional)

You’ve arrived in the data feed editor where you can choose to either accept the automatic settings or make changes. Learn more about editing data feeds.

If you’re happy with the automatic settings:

  • Click Save data feed.

If you want to make changes:

  • Some common adjustments include changing the data format or names for columns, updating the data feed name, and combining columns using formulas - there are many customization options available.
  • If you want to adjust your query choices (for example, add or remove columns or filters) click the tile under Data service to return to the query builder. (See below.)
    option to return to the query builder
  • When you’re finished editing the data feed, click Save data feed.

Next steps - Creating Zuora custom metrics

Now that you've created one or more Zuora data feeds, you can return to them and use them to make custom metrics. A single data feed can be used to create a single or multiple custom metrics.

To create custom metrics using a data feed:

  1. In the left navigation sidebar, click Data Feeds to open your list of data feeds.
  2. Select the data feed you want to use for your custom metric.
  3. Click either the +Add metric button in the top right corner of the window or open the Metrics tab and click +Add metric. (See below.)
    options for adding metrics
  4. Choose the settings for your custom metric and click Save metric. If you need help, go here to learn more.
    The metric opens in its homepage and is added to your list of metrics (accessed by clicking Metrics in the left navigation sidebar).

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