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21 Manage Product and Service Retirement: Obsolete Products and Services

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This chapter contains the following:

Obsoleting Products and Services: Overview

Group Deletions: Explained

Item Supersession: Explained

Obsoleting Products and Services: Overview

Product managers can obsolete products and services by defining and maintaining delete rroups that identify products and services that are at the end of their lifecycle and should be purged from the system.

Constraints maintain data integrity so that pending transactions are not affected while purging. Along with predefined constraints, custom constraints can be defined to be checked before purging is done.

Caution

You can supersede existing items using item relationships. but in those cases the superseded items must continue to exist in the system. If the superseded item is deleted from the system, then all the cross references, item relationships etc. will be lost.

The following objects can be added to a Delete Group:

  • Items

  • Item organizations

  • Item supplier site organizations

  • Change orders

  • New item requests

  • Item structures and components

Delete groups can be created and maintained through the Mange Delete Groups link under Items on the Task menu.

You can add objects directly to a Delete Group through this link.

You can also add different objects to Delete Groups from their respective Manage pages. Search for an object such as item, item organization, new item request, or change order. Highlight the object and select Delete from the Action menu. You are prompted to add the object to an existing Delete Group or create a new one.

Group Deletions: Explained

Deleting items, structures, new item requests, and change orders is controlled through Delete Groups. Delete Groups can be created and maintained through the Mange Delete Groups link under Items on the Task menu.

Caution

Once an item is deleted, it is removed from the system, all the cross references and item relationships such as item organizations, item supplier site organizations, structures, and components are lost.

On the Manage Delete Groups page, you can search for and access existing Delete Groups. From this page you can also delete those Delete Groups that were successfully submitted and completed.

On the Edit Delete Group page, you can add and remove objects for deletion, check constraints, and submit the Delete Group for processing.

Note

When you delete an object such as items, new item requests, and change orders from the appropriate Manage page, you are prompted to add the object to an existing Delete Group or create a new one.

Checking Constraints

Constraints maintain data integrity so that pending transactions are not affected during purges.

After saving a delete group, choose Check Constraints on the Edit Delete Group page to ensure that it is safe to submit the objects for submission.

Along with predefined constraints, custom constraints can be defined to be checked before purging is done. Constraints are defined using the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Business Process Execution Language (BPEL).

Refer to the Oracle Fusion Middleware Developer's Guide for Oracle SOA Suite for more information.

Items in Delete Groups

On the Items tab of the Edit Delete Group page, you can specify the following objects for deletion by choosing Select and Add from the Action menu, then selecting from the Entity drop-down list on the Select and Add page.

  • Items

  • Item organizations

  • Item supplier site organizations

Tip

When you add an item to the delete group, you can change the organization, supplier and supplier site assignments for the object by highlighting the item row and selecting the appropriate assignments.

This feature can be used in conjunction with Duplicate from the Action menu when you are adding a number of similar objects with different organization, supplier and supplier site assignments.

Item Structures in Delete Groups

On the Item Structures tab of the Edit Delete Group page, you can specify the following objects for deletion by choosing Select and Add from the Action menu, then selecting from the Entity drop-down list on the Select and Add page:

  • Structures

  • Components

Tip

When you add structures and components to the Delete Group, you can change organization, structure and component assignments by highlighting the structure or component row and changing the appropriate assignments.

This feature can be used in conjunction with Duplicate from the Action menu when you are adding a number of similar objects with different organization, structure and component assignments.

Change Orders and Delete Groups

On the Change Orders tab of the Edit Delete Group page, you can specify change orders for deletion by choosing Select and Add from the Action menu.

Tip

When you add change orders to the Delete Group, you can change the organization assignment by highlighting the change order row and changing the organization assignments.

This feature can be used in conjunction with Duplicate from the Action menu when you are adding a number of similar change orders with different organizations.

New Item Requests and Delete Groups

On the New Item Request tab of the Edit Delete Group page, you can specify new item requests for deletion by choosing Select and Add from the Action menu,

Submitting a Delete Group

Click Submit on the Edit Delete Group page to submit the objects for purging from the system.

Item Supersession: Explained

Items can be superseded by defining item relationships between two internal items using predefined relationship types, such as superseded items, substitutes, or complimentary items.

You can also define item relationships between two internal items using user-defined relationships.

When you define the relationship, you can specify attributes to further qualify the relationship as well as a date range when the relationship is effective.


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