Standard Interface, PPM Workbench, and Deployment Management

Deployment Management provides two different interfaces for working with packages. In the standard interface, Deployment Management provides the package detail page. In the PPM Workbench, Deployment Management provides the Package Workbench. Although these two interfaces have common functionality, a package detail page does not have all of the functionality of the Package Workbench.

The key difference between the Package Workbench and the detail page for a package is that you can use the Package Workbench to add package lines and submit a package. You cannot add package lines and submit a package from a detail page.

The Package Workbench is designed to allow engineers or developers to create and submit packages. Creating and submitting packages requires specialized knowledge. In some cases, it requires passwords to production servers. Some of this information is not available to the resources making decisions about a package. Additionally, not everyone who makes decisions about a package requires access to the PPM Workbench.

Note: For instructions on how to create and submit packages to deploy software and application changes, see Creating Packages.

From a package detail page, and with the required permissions, you can process a package through its workflow. You can add notes and references to the package and make decisions about package status. However, you cannot change or delete a package from the detail page.

Note: For information about the licenses and access grants required to work with packages in Deployment Management, see the Security Model Guide and Reference. For information on how to move packages through their associated workflows, see Processing Packages. For instructions on how to work with (copy, cancel, merge, and so on) packages, see Managing Packages.