Set up an external vendor catalog [AX 2012]

Updated: March 5, 2014

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

If your vendors host the data for procurement catalogs for you, you can configure access to the vendor’s external catalog site so that users can access the catalog directly. Your vendor provides the settings for remote access to the catalog, and then you set up the required configurations in Microsoft Dynamics AX.

After you set up the configurations for the vendor's external catalog, you must validate the settings and activate the catalog before you can make the catalog available to users. For more information about how to validate and activate the configuration for an external vendor's catalog, see Key tasks: Maintain external vendor catalogs.

Before you can set up access to the vendor’s external catalog site, you must set up the vendor and vendor contacts in Microsoft Dynamics AX. You must also assign the vendor to a procurement category. For more information about how to register vendors in Microsoft Dynamics AX, see Manage vendor requests overview.

NoteNote

The following procedures are completed in the Maintain details for an external catalog form. The first procedure describes how to open the form. Each of the remaining procedures is completed on a separate FastTab in the form.

Open the Maintain details for an external catalog form

  1. Click Procurement and sourcing > Common > Catalogs > External catalogs.

  2. On the External catalogs list page, on the Action Pane, in the New group, click External catalog.

The General FastTab

  1. Enter a name and description for the vendor's external catalog. The name that you enter appears as a link on the procurement site. The link opens the catalog on the vendor's external catalog site.

  2. In the Type field, select the type of catalog that you are configuring.

    • If users must return to Microsoft Dynamics AX to check out and create a purchase requisition, select External with shopping cart.

    • If users can check out on the vendor’s external catalog site, select External without shopping cart.

  3. Under Contacts, select the catalog owner and the external vendor's contact person for the catalog.

  4. Under Vendor, select the vendor for the catalog. Then, in the Legal entities: list, select the check box for each legal entity in which you want the catalog to be available.

    NoteNote

    Only the legal entities in which the vendor is approved to supply products appear in the Legal entities: list.

  5. In the Default expiration (Days) field, enter the number of days that a quotation is valid and can be used to purchase from the external vendor. When a quotation is created and retrieved from the vendor’s external catalog site, the quotation is valid as of the current system date, and remains valid for the number of days that you enter in this field.

    NoteNote

    This option applies only if the Type field is set to External with shopping cart.

  6. If the external vendor allows the quantity on a purchase order to differ from the quantity that was quoted on the vendor's external catalog site, select the Supports quantity changes check box.

    NoteNote

    This option applies only if the Type field is set to External with shopping cart.

  7. If the external vendor allows users to delete a single line item from a purchase order, select the Supports individual item deletion check box. If this check box is cleared, users must delete all line items that were included in the original quotation, and then add back any items that they want to purchase.

    NoteNote

    This option applies only if the Type field is set to External with shopping cart.

The Remote production site settings FastTab

  1. In the Call method field, select the call method that the system uses to access the vendor's external catalog site.

  2. In the Content type field, select the content format that is used on the external vendor's catalog site.

  3. In the Return URL key field, enter the return URL key that is used to return a user from the external vendor's catalog site to the user's procurement site.

    NoteNote

    This field applies only if the Type field on the General FastTab is set to External with shopping cart.

  4. In the Destination URL field, enter the Internet address that the vendor provided for its external catalog site.

  5. In the Order status check URL field, enter the Internet address of the vendor's external catalog site, if the vendor provided a catalog site where users can check the status of their orders.

  6. In the Name of protocol field, select the message format that the system uses to connect to the vendor's external catalog site.

  7. In the Session properties: pane, click Add, and then select any additional data that must be included in the initial session request to connect to the vendor's external catalog site. For example, a password or user name may be required.

Optional: The Remote staging site settings FastTab

  1. In the Call method field, select the call method that the system uses to access the vendor's staging site.

  2. In the Content type field, select the content format that is used on the vendor's external catalog site.

  3. In the Return URL key field, enter the return URL key that is used to return a user from the vendor's external catalog site to the user's procurement site.

    NoteNote

    This field applies only if the Type field on the General FastTab is set to External with shopping cart.

  4. In the Destination URL field, enter the Internet address that the vendor provided for its external catalog site.

  5. In the Order status check URL field, enter the Internet address of the external vendor's catalog site, if the vendor provided a catalog site where users can check the status of their orders.

  6. In the Name of protocol field, select the message format that the system uses to connect to the external vendor's catalog site.

  7. In the Session properties: pane, click Add, and then select any additional data that must be included in the initial session request to connect to the external vendor's catalog site. For example, a password or user name may be required.

The Procurement category mapping FastTab

  1. Click the Add button. Then, in the Category name list, select a category.

  2. In the Search text field, enter any keywords that users may enter to search for the catalog on the procurement site.

  3. To remove a category that is associated with the vendor’s external catalog, select the category, and then click Remove.

Note Note

Before you can add procurement categories to a vendor's external catalog, the procurement category hierarchy must be defined for your organization. Additionally, the vendor's external catalog must be added to the procurement category. For more information about how to set up a procurement category hierarchy, see Key tasks: Set up a category hierarchy.


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