You are starting the product flow as the vendor. Here, you create and configure a product and then expose it in the provider’s marketplace in accordance with the distribution contract signed in the contract flow.
You come here after the provider signs of the distribution contract with the vendor as described in the Sign the Distribution Contract section of the Provider Tutorial.
Open the Products main page:
Click Create Product.
In the Create Product modal, specify the product general properties:
Click Create. You did not configure any product items and parameters yet, but the product is ready for testing.
While configuring the product, you can launch the product preview at any time to verify how the product ordering looks from the provider’s perspective. In more detail, this process is described in Preview the Product later in this document.
To test the product now, launch the Preview wizard and follow the instructions:
For more details about this process, refer to Ordering the Product.
On top of the Product Information panel, click Edit.
Enter the short product description and upload the product icon.
For an icon, the recommend format is PNG with a transparent background.
On the Overview tab, follow the general instructions and replace them with your own text.
On the Media tab, add one or more files with marketing data:
Typically, these are images or video files with basic marketing information for the providers.
For now, this demo product does not provide any process handlers that we can add to the list of capabilities. On the Capabilities tab, leave all intact.
On the left-hand sidebar, select Items:
On the right-hand panel, delete the default items:
On the bottom of the clean panel, click Create Item.
In the open Create Item wizard, configure the general item properties:
On the Type tab, specify the item billing settings:
The “Apollo Pulse” product uses only one parameter – the volume license key. Since the key is generated by the vendor (Front Street Inc.) after they receive a request for the item (the seat license), you will assign this parameter to the Fulfillment phase.
Remove the “
###Parameters” section where the default parameters are included and click Save.
On the Parameters tab, remove both default parameters.
On the Parameters tab, start creating your parameter:
Click Create Parameter to start the parameter creation wizard.
In the pop-up window, specify the general attributes:
On the Phase tab, select the phase where the parameter will be used:
Select “Fulfillment” and click Next.
For Fulfillment phase parameters, the only available scope if “Asset”, so leave this default value:
On the Constraints tab, find the parameter constraints that help you verify the correctness of assigned parameter value:
Enable the following restrictions:
On the Type tab, specify the way to assign a value to the parameter:
Select “Single line text”, which will allow you to enter a value in a text line.
Since in this tutorial we do not integrate Connect with any real commerce system, leave this section intact.
Since the Apollo Pulse product you use here does not have such middleware integration and the fulfillment is manual, leave this section intact.
In the product details screen, locate the Preview tab:
On the right-hand panel, click Launch Preview to start the Preview wizard.
On the Introduction tab, take a moment to review the process:
Click Next. This will skip the product selection step, because you are working with a selected product.
Though your product is not bound with any marketplaces yet, you can use here the marketplace that your distribution contract is associated with:
Select the available marketplace and click Next.
On the Tiers tab, select the number of tiers:
Select T1 to specify that you work with one tier. Click Next. This skips the T2 Account configuration.
On the T1 Account tab, select the T1 account:
In the preview scenario, you can click request a random account. Click Randomize to generate random fake data.
On the Customer Account tab, select or generate a random customer using the same way as when configuring the T1 account:
On the Asset Items tab, you see the item that you configured earlier:
In the Quantity field, enter “92”. That means you order a volume key for 92 resources.
On the Attributes tab, you see that the product preview process generated random values for the External ID and External UUID attributes:
For the sake of testing, leave the default random values and click Next.
On the Parameters tab, you specify the product parameters associated with the ordering phase:
Since you did not configure any ordering parameters, leave this list intact and click Create.
The final screen presents the links to the associated objects:
Click the Asset link to proceed to the next step.
In the product preview process, you requested a product on behalf of a provider. To complete the started process, you must fulfill this request.
You can use various ways to find the asset requested in the previous step. If you clicked the Asset link in the previous step, you will be directed to the view that displays details of the pending asset:
In the Asset Details screen, navigate to the Requests tab and click the request ID link. The Request Details view displays the following properties:
On the Parameters tab, find the product parameters:
Click the Edit icon next to “Volume License key”.
In the pop-up window, fill in the required field:
Click the asset ID to return to the Asset Details screen:
The asset status is Active now.
You completed the product preview process.
In the asset details screen, click the product name to open the product details and then navigate to the Versions tab:
Click Create Version and confirm the creation of the first version.
After the version is assigned to the product, you can request providers to add the product listing to their marketplace according to the distribution contracts you signed with them.
You passed a long way of creating a product with a service item and parameters. The product preview demonstrated how your partners will order this product and how you will fulfill their requests.
The next step is to expose your product to the provider marketplace. As a vendor, proceed to Creating Product Listing.