Planning for multiple sites
You can use a multisite setup to categorize the facilities in your company into sites and
organizations. A multisite setup enables sites to share data from a single database while keeping
their operations separate. Before you create multiple sites, you must determine what types of
operations are performed at each location and what data can be shared by each location.
The multisite capability provides a way to standardize and share certain kinds of data between facilities while keeping other kinds of data, such as work management records, unique to a particular site. The multisite capability also can selectively give users access to data at different sites.
Data storage levels
Application data is stored at the following four levels: enterprise, set, organization, and site. The data that a user can see and use depends on the level at which the data is stored and whether the user is part of an organization or site that can access the data.
Data sharing between organizations
Sets allow for the sharing of data between organizations. An item set allows organizations to share item data, such as inventory. A company set allows organizations to share vendor information.
Selective data sharing
Applications that can store data at the enterprise, organization, and site levels typically store data at the enterprise level by default. Storing data at the organization level means that all sites in the organization can use the data. Storing data at the site level restricts data to just the specified site.
Transactions involving multiple sites in site-level applications
Applications that store data at the site level require that the identifier field for each record is unique within the site. However, an identifier can be used within other sites and organizations. Only users who have security permission for the site and the application can view the records.
Limitations when setting up options in the Organizations application
Except for system settings and autonumber settings, options apply at either the organization or site level, regardless of the level at which the application stores data. Even if an application stores data at the application level, it can have settings that are applied at the organization level.
Examples of using the multisite capability
The multisite capability provides flexibility when you are setting up your implementation. You can create item sets, company sets, organizations, and sites to reflect the structures of your business.