Capabilities

Updated: July 19, 2021
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Overview

Capability represent attributes that define various aspects of the product distribution and product ordering procedures. Note that capabilities are not versioned and not localized attributes.

Access the Capabilities list via the General section of your product profile page. The system allows Vendors to switch on and switch off capabilities as follows:

Click the Edit button next to the Capabilities list to edit this list.

Enable or disable required capabilities by using corresponding switches. Click the Save button to save your edited list.

The following describes all available options within the Capabilities list.

Administrative Hold

Turn on the Administrative Hold capability so that your product will support the Suspend & Resume actions for subscriptions. The CloudBlue Connect platform allows accessing subscription suspend and resume actions via the Subscription Details screen.

Therefore, the system enables to create suspend and resume subscription requests. Once Vendors approve such requests, the required subscription can be assigned to the Suspended status or transferred to the Active status once again.

Consumption reporting for Reservation Items

With this enabled capability your product will support the real-time reporting of the Reservation Items consumption. This capability is required to generate usage files for your reservation items via the Usage module on the CloudBlue Connect platform.

Pay-as-you-go

This capability enables Vendors to implement a pay-as-you-go system and periodically submit usage files to their partners. The pay-as-you-go system based on the consumption or usage of a specified product rather than on a flat rate for a product or on a period of time.

This capability is required to define Pay as You Go items within the Items section on the product profile page. Furthermore, it is required to create usage files via the Usage module on the Connect platform.

Dynamic Items

Enable the Dynamic Items option so that your product will be able to report dynamic items in your usage report files. In other words, items that were not pre-declared during your Product Definition.

Future Charges

Turn the Future Charges option on so that your product will be able to generate usage reports with charges assigned to future dates.

Predictive Estimates

Switch the Predictive Estimates option on to enable the predictive Consumption data reporting. This reporting takes place during the Billing Period and before generating a usage report file.

Reporting Schemas

The Pay-as-you-go capability allows Vendors to work with the following reporting schemas. Note that one product can implement only one reporting schema.

  • TR: Select Multi-Tiers rated schema with this option.
  • CR: Enable Cost Rated schema with this setting.
  • PR: Choose Price Rated schema with this option.
  • QT: Enable Quantity-based schema with this setting.

Renewal Management

This schema indicates the renewal management schema implemented by your Product. Select one of the following schemas:

  • Auto-cancelation: Subscriptions will be automatically cancelled on a renewal date, unless explicitly renewed.
  • Auto-renewal: Subscriptions will be automatically renewed on a renewal date, unless explicitly cancelled.

Subscription – Change Request

The following describes available capabilities of Change subscription requests. Namely, such requests are generated on the platform in case buyers decide to change their subscribed items or their quantity. Refer to the Fulfillment Requests documentation for more information on Change requests.

Editable Ordering Parameters

In case this capability is enabled, the system allows editing ordering-phase parameters for generated subscriptions while creating Change requests.

Draft Validation

With this enabled capability your product will support real-time validation of the fulfillment request structure prior to the provisioning operations in the Pending state. Therefore, all generated change requests will be assigned to the Draft status. This capability is increasingly helpful to address the pre-provisioning validation.

Inquiring Validation

In case this capability is switched on, your product will feature real-time validation of Inquiring Forms for updated subscriptions. Thus, this capability helps Vendors ensure that updated parameter data is correct.

Subscription – Purchase Request

The following describes available capabilities of Purchase subscription requests. Purchase requests, as the name suggests, are generated in case your customers or buyers purchase your specified product. Refer to the Fulfillment Requests documentation for more information on Purchase requests.

Draft Validation

With this enabled capability your product will support real-time validation of the subscription request structure prior to the provisioning operations in the Pending state. Therefore, all generated purchase requests will be assigned to the Draft status. This capability is especially helpful to implement the pre-provisioning validation.

Inquiring Validation

In case this capability is enabled, your product will feature real-time validation of Inquiring Forms for generated subscriptions. Thus, this capability helps Vendors ensure that provided parameter data is valid.

Tier Accounts Synchronization

Once the Tier Accounts Sync capability is switched on, your product will feature the Tier Accounts Synchronization. Therefore, subscription data and product information will be synchronized across your Tier 1 level reseller, Tier 2 level reseller, and your customer.

Tier Configuration

In case the Tier Configuration switch is enabled, your product will require explicit reseller authorization in order to create a subscription. Note that Tier Configuration should be enabled to configure Draft and Inquiring validation of Setup and Update Tier Requests. The following describes provided Tier Configuration capabilities:

Authorization Structure

Specify how many Tiers need to be authorized for a subscription to be created.

  • Tier 1: Only a direct reseller of the customer will be authorized (i.e. only tiers with 1 level of resellers can be used for subscription of such products).
  • Tier 1 and Tier 2: Both a direct reseller of the customer and reseller of the reseller should be authorized (i.e. only tiers with 2 level of resellers can be used for subscriptions of such products).

TC Setup Request – Draft Validation

In case this capability is switched on, your product will support real-time validation of the Tier Config Request structure prior to the provisioning operations in the Pending state. Therefore, your new generated Setup Requests will be assigned to the Draft status.

TC Setup Request – Inquiring Validation

With this enabled capability your product will support real-time validation of Inquiring Forms for your generated Tier Configuration objects. Thus, this capability helps Vendors ensure that provided tier parameter data is valid.

TC Update Request – Draft Validation

Once this capability is switched on, the selected product will support real-time validation of the Tier Config Request structure prior to the provisioning operations in the Pending state. Therefore, your new generated Update Requests will be assigned to the Draft status.

TC Update Request – Inquiring Validation

In case this capability is enabled, your product will support real-time validation of Inquiring Forms for your created Tier Configuration objects. Thus, this capability helps Vendors ensure that provided tier parameter data is correct.

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