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A user of a Siebel application is a record in the User business component. The S_PARTY, S_CONTACT, and S_USER tables in the Siebel Database underlie the User business component. Each user is assigned a responsibility, a user ID, and, depending on the authentication architecture being used, a password.
An employee or a partner user is a user who has a position within a division, either internal or external, in the Siebel Database. Other users, such as those who use customer applications such as Siebel Sales, do not have a position or a division. The S_EMP_PER table underlies the Employee business component, to which employees and partner users belong, in addition to the tables that underlie the User business component.
For more information about the functions of responsibilities, positions, divisions, and organizations, see Configuring Access Control.
CAUTION: You can modify field values for existing employees, partner users, or contact users, such as in the event of a name change. However, changing the user ID for such a user presents special issues, because this ID may be stored in various other types of records, using a field such as CREATOR_LOGIN (where a foreign key to the user record is not used instead). Values for such fields are not automatically updated when the user ID is updated. If you change the user ID, you must also update such values in other records.
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