Superseding a Product with another Product
You can supersede a published Product with another Product by using the API Manager.
Before you begin
The Product to be superseded must be in the Published state. The superseding Product must be in the Staged, Published, or Deprecated state.
To complete the Product management tasks that are described in this topic, you must either be the owner of the API provider organization, or be assigned Manage permission for Products in the Catalog that contains the Product. If you have View permission for Products, you have read-only access to the Product management page. For information on configuring Product management permissions for a Catalog, see Creating and configuring Catalogs.
The syndication feature in IBM® API Connect means that Products can be contained within a Space in a Catalog. In this case, to complete the Product management tasks that are described in this topic, you must either be the owner of the API provider organization, or be assigned Manage permission for Products in the Space that contains the Product. For information on configuring Product management permissions for a Space, see Managing user access in a Space.
About this task
- The superseding Product is published.
- If the visibility and subscribability settings in the superseding Product are such that access is the same as, or less restrictive than, the original Product, the settings in the superseding Product are used. If the settings in the superseding Product are such that access is more restrictive, meaning that fewer consumer organizations can see or subscribe to the Product, the supersede operation fails. For more information on visibility and subscribability settings, see Changing the availability of a Product.
- The original Product is moved to the Deprecated state.
- The application developers that are already subscribed to the now deprecated Product can continue to use it, but no new developers can subscribe to the Product. In the Developer Portal the application developers will see a Migrate this subscription message, which they can click to upgrade their subscription to the migration target.
- The deprecated product can be published again if required.
Although you can publish to a development Catalog, the development Catalog should be used only for testing purposes. Similarly, a Developer Portal created from a development Catalog must be used for testing purposes only, and not for production use. For more information on Catalogs, see Working with Catalogs.
To supersede a Product, complete the following steps:
In the navigation pane of the API Manager UI, click
Manage, then select the Catalog that you want to work with.
The Products page of the Catalog opens, and all of the Products available in that Catalog are displayed.
If the Product that you want to work with is contained within a Space, select the
required Space by
completing the following steps:
The Products page of the Space opens, and all of the Products available in that Space are displayed.
- Click the Spaces tab.
- Select the Space that you want to work with.
- Alongside the Product version that you want to supersede, click the options icon and then click Supersede.
- Select the superseding Product and then click Next.
- From the drop-down list, select which Plans from your new Product correspond to Plans in your old Product.
If approval is required to supersede Products in this Catalog, an approval request is sent, and the Product moves to the Pending state; the Product is superseded when the request is approved. If approval is not required, the Product is superseded immediately. For information on configuring Product lifecycle approvals for a Catalog, see Creating and configuring Catalogs. For information on approving requests, see Approving Product lifecycle and subscription requests.Note:
- Approval for Product lifecycle state changes in a Catalog is disabled by default. You must explicitly enable the Product lifecycle state changes that you want to enforce.
- Product lifecycle approvals can be configured only at the Catalog level. This feature is not available at the Space level.
- You can view the history of Product lifecycle requests and approvals, by clicking the options icon alongside the Product that you want to work with, and selecting View Approval History.
Your superseding Product is in the Published state.
The Product that was superseded is in the Deprecated state.Your superseding Product is published to your preferred organizations or communities. Application developers within the groups you selected can see and use the APIs within the Product. The original Product is deprecated.
Any application developer requests to use your Product are displayed on the Approvals tab in the containing Catalog, where you can decline or accept the request.
Existing customers remain subscribed to the deprecated product, and any billing cycles for subscriptions to paid plans continue uninterrupted. For more information, see Considerations when changing a Product lifecycle with billing integration.