Custom Reference Data Tables Overview
In Cisco Policy Suite, reference data is considered information that is needed to operate the policy engine, but not used for evaluating policies. For example, under the Reference Data tab in Policy Builder, are the forms used to define systems, clusters, and instances, and to set times and dates used for tariff switching. The policy engine needs to refer to these data only to process policies correctly, but they do not define the policy itself.
Custom reference data is considered reference data that is specific to a service provider, perhaps the names and characteristics of their networks or cell sites.
Such custom reference data is stored in the data structure of a table, with the columns and field attributes defined by the service provider for their specific use. The Policy Builder interface does not provide screens for such customized information because it would be so limiting.
Rather, in Cisco Policy Suite, custom reference data tables provide a way for service providers to create their own data tables and to populate them.
The resulting custom reference data tables can then be used within Policy Builder as criteria to use when escalating policy decisions.
Two interfaces are used to construct and populate custom reference data tables:
Policy Builder 8.0.0 or greater
Data table structures are managed in Policy Builder.
Control Center 3.6 or greater, either the full admin or read only privileges
Data table content is managed in Control Center.
The information in custom reference data tables handles special considerations such as these:
Specialty area codes.
A list of device parameters.
Location data mapping, to map network sites and cell sites into the subscriber’s home network, roaming network, or preferred roaming network.
IMEI data tagging for smart phone, Apple, or Android device, and then use of that in policies.
Custom reference data tables allow the service provider to create their own data structures and populate them with your own proprietary data.
The data in the tables is then used during policy evaluation.
You can construct your reference data tables yourself, or Cisco may build them for you after installation. If you need any help with custom reference data tables, call your Cisco technical representative.