ILS ALERT: Enterprise Fine Payment Issue

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Due to a change made by PayPal to their software, fine payments made in Enterprise are not being recorded in Horizon. Pending a fix from SirsiDynix, we have developed a manual workaround to ensure that Horizon correctly reflects the payments made in Enterprise, albeit after a delay of a few hours. 

FULL VERSION
It has come to our attention that PayPal has made some changes to their software that break the link between Enterprise and Horizon. Fine payments in Enterprise are properly recorded and collected by PayPal but Horizon is not updated. This means that fines paid for in Enterprise are still in the Horizon borrower record as blocks despite being paid. 

All payments made in Enterprise and affected by this issue have been manually added to Horizon borrower records. We have a script in place that ensures the payment data is recorded in the database as an electronic payment from Enterprise, rather than as a manual payment entered by staff.   

Until this issue is resolved, SELCO staff will continue manually entering payments that come in via Enterprise. We are doing this four times a day and will keep it up over the weekend. Under the circumstances, there may be a delay of several hours between the time a payment is made in Enterprise and when we get it added to Horizon. We have placed a warning message in Enterprise to let patrons know about this delay. 

The script that changes the recording of the payment from manual staff entry to electronic payment is running once nightly. Therefore, money reports will accurately reflect the mix of payment types the day after payments were made. The script is automated and will run over the weekend. 

The fix for this issue is an upgrade to Enterprise that will accommodate the changes made by PayPal. We have placed a request with SirsiDynix and are attempting to get it prioritized in light of the circumstances. There are several other sites (including some using Symphony) similarly affected, however, and we have not yet gotten a response from SirsiDynix on our request. 

We will post more information as it comes out. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions.

Kudos to LaVonne Beach (LaCrescent PL), who first spotted this issue. Also to Sara Berquam and Tyler Irvin (SELCO) who did most of the work developing our manual workaround.