Planning for the Product Catalog System
You use the Product Catalog System to create catalogs of products and to add and update product data. This system provides both import and export functionality, and allows you to define and modify the schema for catalogs.
The following table lists some of the questions that you need to answer in planning for the Product Catalog System.
|Do you plan to synchronize information in the Product Catalog System with an offline catalog?||If you synchronize information in the Product Catalog System with your offline catalog, you must develop custom software. If you require this functionality, consult with your system administrator.|
|What is the best organizational schema for your catalog?||The Product Catalog System is flexible enough to accommodate a variety of schemas. If you are designing a new catalog, make sure to include plenty of opportunities for expanding the schema.|
|Which languages will your site support?||If you are going to use more than one language on your site, you will need to decide which will be the reporting language, that is, the language in which data is exported to the Data Warehouse and used in analysis reports.|
|Which currencies will your site support?||If your site will display information in multiple currencies, you need to decide how you will manage multicurrency pricing. You can choose to convert currencies using in one of three possible ways:
|Will you provide custom pricing or product selection to different user groups?||Create virtual catalogs to provide special pricing, or to display subsets of products, for specified groups of users.
Create catalog sets to identify one or more catalogs that you want to make available to different users or organizations.
|What catalog data do you want to analyze in reports?||You should export the information required to the Data Warehouse so you can run reports and perform other analysis on the data. You specify which product data to export to the Data Warehouse when you create your property definitions.|
|Will you exchange catalogs with your trading partners?||If you will, then include Microsoft BizTalk Server 2000 or later in your deployment plan. It provides functionality to exchange catalogs automatically with trading partners.|
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