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Process of Defining Compound Products for a Network
A network is a compound product or a loose group of products that a common key ties together. The following component types make up the compound product structure:
- Network. The root network product in which you define values that apply across the entire network.
- Network Node. A point or a location in a network.
- Network Connection. A circuit connecting two points in a network.
Each of these network product components is a self-contained product that can be a customizable product, so users can configure each component of the network separately using Oracle's Siebel Configurator. The compound product structure facilitates validation across all the individual products (cross-element validation).
To define a network as products, perform the following tasks:
- Defining Products for the Network. Define the network root product, the network node product, and the network connection product.
- Defining Business Services for Rule Checkers. Define the business services to call to validate the compound product.
- Defining Maximum and Minimum Quantities for Network Components. Optionally, define maximum and minimum quantities that components require.
- Defining Error Messages for Compound Product Rules. Create error messages that the simple expression rules use. You create simple expression rules in the next step.
- Defining Simple Expression Rules for Compound Products. Create simple expression rules that validate the entire network and display messages if errors occur.