Managing Products

A product is a collection of one or more licensed features. Each product can be sold independently and is often associated with a part number (P/N or SKU). Products can differ from each other, both in the features that they contain, and in the license terms specified for each feature. Each batch code can contain a common pool of features.

You can control the specific products you define, the features they include, and the license terms assigned to each feature in each product. Products are typically defined by the product manager and implemented by the software engineer. The implementation scenario can be one of the following:

>You create a common product containing a bundle of related features. To maximize flexibility, you can enable the exclusion of one, several, or all features. This lets the order taker include or exclude features while producing an order. You can also control feature access using the various license models.

>You can define multiple products with combination of different features by understanding the market requirements and keep the products ready for orders.

This section includes:

>Products Tab

>Tasks for Managing Products

>Filtering and Searching the Products List

>Viewing the Details of a Product

Products Tab

You manage products on the Products tab.

To open the Products tab:

Select Catalog > Products. The left pane displays a list of all products and provides the following information about each product:

Product Name of the product. Non-Base products are grouped together under the Base product from which they are derived. For a list of product types, see Type.
Product ID

A unique integer value that identifies the product.

NOTE   The Product ID maps to the value in the PRDIdentifier column in the T_PRD database table. To extract product details by providing a Product ID using a web service, fetch the PRDId corresponding to the PRDIdentifier for a specific record in the T_PRD database table.

Ref ID 1 Information that identifies the product in a different system, for example, a product code in your company's ERP system.
Status Indicates the current status of the product:
End of Life button Null icon indicates that the product reached the End of Life state.
Type Indicates the type of product.
  Base product. Used as the basis for creating all other types of products.
Modification product. A modified version of another product.
Unlocked product. A product with an unlocked license.
Cancellation product. A product that is used to cancel the license of another product.

Tasks for Managing Products

Before performing any of the following tasks, you need to specify the Batch Code for the products that you want to view or manage.

In the Products tab, select the required batch code from the Batch Code list. The products for the selected batch code are displayed.

New Product

Define a new Product. For a Base Product, you can specify features and their licensing details, and you can define the layout and contents of memory data. For details, see Creating a Product.

> Cancellation

Define a new Cancellation Product from a Base Product or Modification Product to cancel the selected product. For details, see Defining a Cancellation Product.

> Complete Change the status of the product to Complete so that it can be included in Entitlements. (Available only for products marked as Draft or End of Life.)
> Copy

Define a new product using the properties of an existing product. For details, see Duplicating a Product.

> Delete Delete the selected Product. (Available only for Draft Products.)
Edit Product

View the properties of a selected Product, and change them if the Product is not currently included in an Entitlement. For details, see Updating Product Details.

> End of Life Mark the selected Product as End of Life (EOL). An EOL Product can no longer be included in an Entitlement. (Available only if the status of the Product is Complete.)
> Modification

Define a new Modification Product that is a modified version of a Base Product or another Modification Product. (Not available for Unlocked Products.) For details, see Defining a Modification Product.

> Unlocked

Define a new Unlocked Product, which is built on a Base Product. An Unlocked Product can be distributed as trialware or for use during a grace period. For details, see Defining an Unlocked Product.

Filtering and Searching the Products List

1.In the Products tab, select the required batch code from the Batch Code list. The products for the selected batch code are displayed. If only one Batch Code is available, the Batch Code is displayed instead of the list.

2.Specify a search criterion, such as, Product Name, Ref ID 1, or Ref ID 2.

3. Enter a complete or partial search string in the search box. For details on the types of searches available, see Wild Card Search.

NOTE   Wild card searches are not supported for the E-mail Contains criterion.

4.Click Search. The relevant search results are displayed.

Viewing the Details of a Product

To view the details of a Product, select a Product from the left pane. The details are displayed in the right pane.