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Activity Diagram (See also Narrative):
Narrative (see also Graphic):
|A.||At start state A, the end customer and distributor have a pre-established relationship. The end customer gathering quotes for items it may want to purchase.|
|1.||The end customer generates and sends a Request for Quote (RFQ) to the Distributor.|
|2.||The distributor processes the RFQ.|
|3.||If the distributor can respond immediately, the distributor generates and sends a Response to the RFQ (RRFQ), with the status set to either "Accept" or "Reject."|
|4.||The end customer processes the RRFQ.|
|B.||At end state B, the end customer has received an RRFQ with a status of "Accept" or "Reject". If the status is "Accept", the end customer can continue with the next step in the business scenario. If the status is "Reject," the process ends.|
|C.||Start state C indicates that a follow-on RRFQ should be generated if the the RRFQ indicated a status of 'pending'.|
|5.||If the distributor cannot respond immediately, and especially, when the distributor needs a a quote from the component supplier before responding to the end customer, the distributor generates and sends an RRFQ with the status set to "Pending."|
|6.||The end customer processes the RRFQ.|
|D.||At end state D, the distributor has sent a response that indicates that the status is "pending". The end customer should not continue on to the next step in the business scenario. The end customer should expect to see a follow-up response from the distributor within an agreed, configurable amount of time. The amount of time may be specified the Trading Partner Agreement. The end customer may launch an exception notice if the distributor's follow-on response is not received within the agreed, configurable period of time.|
|7.||The distributor generates and sends a Request for Quote (RFQ) to the component supplier.|
|8.||The component supplier processes the RFQ.|
The component supplier responds to the
RFQ. The component supplier will send a status of either "Accept,"
"Reject," or "Pending."
If the component supplier approves the authorization request, it may be approved only for a certain time period and specify effective and expiration dates.
Last updated 04 January 2003