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Controlling Product DataControlling the Access and Maturity of Information
Now that you understand where information is stored in Windchill PDMLink, along with the types of information you can store, let's talk about controlling access and maturity of this information.
In Windchill PDMLink, the maturity of an object is indicated by its State. Each type of object in Windchill PDMLink can have a specific set of states to describe its maturity. The ability to view, update, or delete information depends upon the group or role privileges assigned at these specific states for each object.
In the example above, when the part is created in PDMLink, it has a State of In Work. At this state, the Development group may be able to view and update or delete this part, while the Sales team may have no access to this part and cannot browse to view the object or search for it.
Once the part design is complete, it can be submitted for approval using the Change Request process. As part of the change process for this part, its state is automatically set to Released. With this new state, the Development group may be able to view the part, but not update or delete it, while the Sales team may now view the part. A change may be proposed later to cancel this part, and change its state to Cancelled.
In this topic, you learned how the access to a part is controlled based on its maturity, or state. Now let's examine how to control product data.