This post is intended to introduce them along with this disclaimer (which applies to any post about Siebel standard business services):
Ensure that you have license coverage before using the business services discussed on this blog in production environments. In addition ensure that you understand the risks and side effects of using these business services.
Having said that, here we go:
SIA BC Utility Service
This business service seems to originate in the Siebel Hospitality application as it is only mentioned in the respective bookshelf guide. As the name suggests, it is only available in Siebel Industry Applications (SIA). Furthermore the business service got attention from fellow bloggers Ankit and Neel a few years ago.
Inspection in Siebel Tools shows that the business service provides two methods (BCNextRecord and BCInvokeMethod).
The BCNextRecord method (as described by Ankit here) can be used to loop through a record set and is used in standard workflow processes like LOY Activate Promotion Process (Siebel Loyalty). With the availability of the NextRecord and PrevRecord operations for the Siebel Operation step in Siebel 8, this particular method feels a bit awkward and personally I do not believe that it is a great alternative.
|LOY Activate Promotion Process|
SIS OM PMT Service
The full name of this service is Siebel Industry Solutions Order Management Product Manipulation Toolkit Service (sorry, I just had to do this ;-). It is one of the most often used standard business services throughout the vast array of workflow processes in the Siebel Order Management realm. It has a stunning list of 52 registered methods visible in Siebel Tools. Most of these methods are beyond any meaningful use outside the highly specialized world of OM workflow processes.
Madhvi has taken the task of pointing out four of these methods which might be useful for those seeking scriptless solutions. These methods are Get Profile Attribute, Set Profile Attribute (which are self explanatory), Refresh Business Component and Invoke BC Method.
TNT SHM Workflow UI Service
In his comment, Shane pointed out this business service which has a single method named GotoView. The business service's name suggests that it originates in the Travel and Transportation (TNT) module. The benefit of using the BS instead of the User Interact step is that we can use it in any business object context.
The TNT SHM Create Order workflow process uses this business service to navigate to the freshly created order.
As seen in this applet user property, the GotoView method also allows the definition of search and sort specifications.
Rahul suggested in his comment to have a look at the Shopping Service which is part of many workflow processes in the eSales, eTraining and Order Management realm. Apart from many specific methods which are documented in the Siebel bookshelf, this business service also sports a GotoView method which seems to provide similar functionality to the one described previously.
FINS Teller UI Navigation
Part of the large family of Financial Services business services, the FINS Teller UI Navigation service - suggested by Shane - allows developers to use the RefreshCurrentApplet method to do exactly that - refresh the current applet - from a workflow process, script, runtime event etc.
The business service has caught some attention in the blogosphere most notably from Nitin and Gaurav who do a great job in explaining the usage of this standard business service and its methods. Oracle engineering also prefers this business service in workflow processes as described here.
SSSE Address Parser (eScript)
Those among you who stumbled across the problem of creating a proper carriage return and line feed (aka CRLF) in Siebel workflow processes, might also have come across this blog post which features the only (visible) method of this BS, namely GetCRLF.
As the name suggests, this BS originates in the SSSE family and is one of the rare vanilla business services with method implementations in plain eScript.
|The eScript code which generates CRLF|
FINS Data Transfer Utilities
This business service has gained some popularity in the past and also goes by the name of "DTU". Rahul has done a great job of describing the service's capabilities in this post. The official description of this service in Siebel bookshelf is "...transfer data from a source business component to a target business component without using script.".
The official documentation of this business service is available here.
Playful developers might find the GetActiveViewProp method intriguing.
SIS OM PC Service
This highly specialized order management business service has a method named Get Next RowId which has caught the attention of fellow bloggers at Exploring Siebel. With a bit of imagination, we can use this method to generate random numbers.
Last but not least, it's time to honor the Workflow Utilities business service and its Echo method (the only non-hidden method in Siebel 8). I really like this method as it allows us to ease calculations in workflow processes. In this example I describe how to use the Echo method.
Web Engine HTTP TXN
(Breaking News) Fellow blogger Rahul recently posted a nice introduction to the Web Engine HTTP TXN business service which he used to fetch the IP address of the current user.
Engineers at Siebel (then) and Oracle (now) faced similar challenges as custom developers and created a rich library of standard business services. Most often, the behavior of these business services is not documented or not easy to grasp. However, there are some methods (which I tried to focus on in this post) which might prove useful in typical development environments.
Have a nice day