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How to create and edit contracts

Release Time
06/15/2020
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Click 'Admin Panel' > 'Finance' > 'Contracts'

Overview

Contract -  An agreement between you and a customer which specifies the charges you will levy for your services over a billing cycle.

You can configure the following in a Service Desk contract:

  • Contract Fee (optional). A fixed charge for a billing cycle (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or annual). The contract fee is always charged on top of any charging plans and/or global asset rates.
     
  • Prepaid Hours (optional). The number of hours your company will provide at no charge under the contract fee. You can set different pre-paid hours for each type of service (telephone, remote, on-site). If the time spent exceeds the pre-paid hours, then only the excess time is subject to charge.
     
  • Charging plan (optional). A template you can add to a contract which lets you define custom hourly rates for your services. Charging plan rates are only applied after prepaid hours have been used. You can add the following to a charging plan:
     
    • Default Hourly Rate (mandatory). The hourly charge applied to work not covered by a variable rate.
       
    • Variable Rates (optional).  Special rates for specific types of work. For example, you might want to charge a different rate for on-site visits, or for work on a specific asset, or for work that exceeds a certain length of time.
       
  • Global Asset Rates ('Admin Panel' > 'Manage' > 'Charging' > 'Default Charging') – While not part of a contract, per se, you should still consider global asset rates . Asset rates specify charges for work on items like workstations, servers, printers, routers etc. Global asset rates are only charged when prepaid hours and charging plans have been processed.

Create a contract

  •  Log into Comodo One / Dragon then click ‘Applications’  > 'Service Desk'
     
  •  Click 'Admin Panel' > 'Finance' > 'Contracts'
     
  •  Click 'Add Contract':



There are three main sections in the new contract form:

1) General Information


 

  •  Contract Name – Label to identify the contract
     
  •  Company – The customer organization to whom the contract applies
     
  •  Contract Details - Brief description of the contract
     
  •  Start Date - The date from which the contract is effective
     
  •  End Date - The date the contract expires

2) Contract Parameters



Fee – A fixed charge billed to the customer for the services you provide. The billing cycle determines how often the fee is charged.

  •  This fee will always be charged, regardless of other charges in charging plans and global asset rates.
     
  •  You may wish to set a fee then use 'Prepaid Hours' to specify the amount of work that will be covered by the fee.
     
  •  If no fee is specified, then charges for service sessions are calculated from other parameters in the contract.

Billing Period – How often the total charges in the contract will be billed to the customer

Unused Hours -  Choose whether or not any remaining pre-paid hours at the end of a billing cycle are carried over to the next cycle. Hours that are carried forward are added to the pre-paid hours of the same service type in the next billing cycle. 

Prepaid hours – Hours worked by staff during the cycle that won’t be charged to the customer.

You have the option to spread prepaid hours over different services types - 'Onsite', 'Remote' and 'Telephone'.

Unlimited -  You will not charge a fee for any hours worked by your staff on this service type.



3) Charging Method

Specify a charging plan for the contract.

Charging plans are templates which let you specify custom hourly rates for your services.

  • Click 'Admin Panel' > 'Manage' > 'Charging' to create a custom charging plan. See this wiki if you need more help with this. 

Charging plan rates are only applied after prepaid hours have been used.

  • Charging - Select the plan you want to add to the contract from the drop-down.
     
  •  Default Charging – A plan which charges the global asset rates.
     
  •  Not Now – disable charging plans on this contract.

Click 'Save' to apply the contract to the customer.

Edit a contract

  • Click 'Admin Panel' > 'Finance' > 'Contracts'
     
  • Select the contract you want to modify then click 'Edit':


 

 

  • Click 'Save' to apply your changes.

The charging flow

The following chart shows the charging flow covered in this wiki: