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4.16.3.  Catalog update with ERP integration - Fix mapping problems with the Update manager Catalog update (Tutorial) - Example 1 Preparations Catalog update - Download Assignment / release – Overview on the best approaches PARTadmin - Check | Compare | Install PARTlinkManager - Important notes on procedure Update manager - Project assignment to LinkDB datasets Update manager - Assign projects after mapping automatically processed before Assign project.prj (Standard name adjusted) Assign project2.prj (Adjusted directory) Assign project4.prj (directory relocated and Standard name adjusted) Update manager - Assign projects without preceding mapping Assign project3.prj (project and Standard number renamed) Assign project5.prj (project and Standard number renamed and Standard name adjusted) Assign project6.prj and project7.prj Final check Catalog update (Tutorial) - Example 2 Preparation Status after update installation to Bikecompany V2 and before editing with Update Manager Editing in Update manager Install update version Update without connection to the LinkDB Correct version numbers Update structure table User interface of Update Manager Symbols in the Catalogs section Symbols in the Line mapping section Functions Active State and Requested State Changed standard name Moved dataset No correlation to the old dataset found Conduct assignments across lines Background information Configuration file plinkupdatemgr.cfg Block [WORKFLOW] Key "CUSTOMUPDATESCRIPT"

[Note] Note

Up to now a customer administrator had to perform a mapping for LinkDB datasets at each catalog update with the Update manager, if projects or variables had been changed, which led to lots of effort on the customer side and less upgrades to latest catalogs.

In order to relieve the customer side, as of V10, mapping information is integrated directly into the catalog. That means these tasks are now done by the modeller of the catalog before it is published. Only in exceptional cases the mapping has to be performed on customer side.

On this please see under Section 6.9, “ Add ERP-Mapping... / Edit ERP-Mapping... ” in eCATALOGsolutions Manual.

Why using the Update Manager?

When an ERP integration is used, every dataset in the link database is assigned to a specific project line (project path + LineID) in the characteristic attribute table.

At catalog updates it could happen, that not all LinkDB links are found for each product (just because of changes).

Reasons for catalog changes may be:

  • Product changes

    • Products delisted

    • Products replaced

    • Replacement of product values

    • New products added

  • Maintenance

    • Error in modeling

    • Adjustments in label & name

    • Structural changes

    • Table values corrected

Update manager

Update manager

In the Update manager you can see all projects, project lines, variables and values at a glance.

On the left you can select individual projects and lines in the directory structure. On the right you can see the current mapping. With a click on the respective icon you can confirm or revoke assignments.

The status for ACTIVE_STATE and REQUESTED_STATE is automatically set anew and different functions enable quick editing of the questionable links.

With the help of two examples the editing procedure with the Update manager shall be illustrated.

  • Catalog update - Example 1

    Example 1 is a "Worst case" scenario. It exemplifies only all possible change cases - no "normal, "good" projects.

    [Tip] Tip

    If you like to learn the most important with minimal effort, then have a look on example 1; ideally reproduce it with the help of the enclosed sample catalogs.

  • Catalog update - Example 2

    Example 2 is a little bit more detailed in its explanations, but does not contain all possible change cases.

In the subsequent sections you can find all further details.