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TMF 633 service category hierarchy and service candidate

  • 1.  TMF 633 service category hierarchy and service candidate

    TM Forum Member
    Posted 29 days ago
    ​Hi,
    What is the use of category hierarchy. How does it affect a service candidate of a child category?

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    Shino Jacob
    Infosys
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  • 2.  RE: TMF 633 service category hierarchy and service candidate

    TM Forum Member
    Posted 26 days ago

    Hi Shino
    A category tree in the catalog allows organization of the catalog items by category. This is completely optional and is an implementation decision based on your business use cases. Typically to allow easier navigation of the catalog.

    Let's take the Product Catalog (TMF 620) as an example – you might create a Content catalog, and within this catalog you could have root categories Films, Music, eBooks. Then each category would have subcategories, say for Films you could have Documentaries, Romance, Thriller, SciFi, etc.

    Catalog materials, in particular Product Offerings, would be attached to relevant categories.

    A discovery UI might choose to render the category tree, or search for catalog items by categories. 

    Personally I am less sure that there is a good use case for categories in Service and Resource, but maybe that's because I am not so familiar with those functional areas.

    Anyway I don't think there is a direct impact on ServiceCandidate, you can have candidates without categories.

    Hope it helps.



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    Jonathan Goldberg
    Amdocs Management Limited
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  • 3.  RE: TMF 633 service category hierarchy and service candidate

    TM Forum Member
    Posted 23 days ago
    Thanks Jonathan for clarifying.
    I was working on another product which had capabilities like ,services has an inheritance model and not  just  for category.​
    I thought with TMF 633, I can have  a very flat hierarchy for service candidates.
    and relate service spec to each other any way I wish.

    I was wondering if my this understanding about the TMF633 is wrong or not.

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    Shino Jacob
    Infosys
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