Connect Platform Documentation

Contents

Introduction

Welcome to the CloudBlue Connect Platform Documentation! Connect is an end-to-end supply automation platform that handles product information management, contract management, ordering and fulfillment, usage/metering reporting and subscriptions management.

Connect supports some of the key Supply Chain flows:

  1. Contract (Agreement) Flow – business process that enables to bring new Vendors for and Providers into the system and manage business relationship with them at scale.
  2. Product (Information) Flow – business process that enables Vendors to onboard products and list them to the Marketplaces of Providers.
  3. Order (Fulfillment, Purchasing) Flow – business process that enables Providers to submit requests to Vendors to handle various operations in the product life-cycle, like purchase, change, cancellation and other types of business scenarios.
  4. Usage (Consumption, Metering) Flow – business process that enables Vendors to submit structured consumption reports to Providers for Products that support pay-as-you-go model.

Connect supports different types of products:

  1. One time – physical goods, software licenses, etc.
  2. Recurring – subscriptions, services, etc.
  3. Pay-as-you-go – telecommunication metering, infrastructure-as-a–service consumption, utilities, etc.

And can be quickly integrated with various business processes and systems of both Vendors and Providers using one of its integration methods:

  1. Manual – integration scenarios utilizing native capabilities of Connect Portals.
  2. Extensions – prebuilt software packages that integrate Connect with other systems.
  3. SDK and Tools – native bindings of REST API to various programming environments.
  4. REST API – set of functions to access features and data of Connect modules.

Scenarios

Connect is a platform that enables efficient business interactions between multiple Vendors and multiple Providers in a many-to-many environment.

And implements the following high-level interactions cases:

  1. Direct 1:1 distribution of products from one Vendor to one Provider
  2. Direct 1:many distribution of products from one Vendor to multiple Providers
  3. Direct many:1 distribution from multiple Vendors to one Provider
  4. Syndication 1:1 (resale) from one Provider to one Provider
  5. Syndication 1:many (resale) from one Provider to multiple Providers

Summarized with the following diagram:

Please refer to the specific portions of this documentation to learn more about different features and scenarios of Connect in more details.

Where to go next

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