Data Service
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  • Getting started
    • Introduction
    • The User Interface
    • Data Service Configuration Checklist
    • Installing Automation Suite
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    • Managing Access
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Data Service User Guide
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Last updated Apr 19, 2024

Managing Access

Overview

The Manage Access module enables you to manage user roles for an entity in your Data Service tenant. This extensive and granular permission model allows you to integrate all your business users using the service based on their level of expertise and your business requirements. Furthermore, you can select users or groups from your organization and assign roles to them.

Note:

Data Service is configured such that organization users can read data by default.

To limit data access, remove the Everyone group, add users or groups that need access, and assign them the desired roles.

The following steps enable you to manage your users and groups:

  1. On the Data Service tab, click the More options menu in the upper right corner.
  2. Select Manage Access. The Manage Access page is displayed.

The following tabs are available:

Tab

Description

Assign Roles

Contains a list of all the users and groups that are defined for your current tenant and their associated Roles.

Roles

A list of all the Roles defined for the Data Service. For each role you can see the number of user or group assignments.

Standard Roles

Standard Roles have a predefined set of permissions. The following standard roles can be assigned to Data Service users:

  • Administrator
  • Data Reader
  • Data Writer
  • Designer

Note: You cannot remove standard roles.

Standard Role Permissions

Each standard role has a different set of permissions, including at least one administrative permission and a data access permission.

Administrative Permissions

Below is a description of the Administrative Permissions for a standard role.

Permission

Roles with this permission...

Manage Permissions

... can create new roles, edit and delete existing roles, and assign one or more roles to users or groups.

View All Schema

... can view the schema of all entities and choice set definitions, but cannot modify them.

Customize All Schema

... can view, create, edit, or delete the schema of all entities and choice set definition.

Data Access Permissions

Below is a description of the Data Access Permissions of a standard role.

Permission

Roles with this permission...

No access

... do not have access to any entity data. Users or groups with this permission are not allowed to create, read, edit, or delete data records of an entity.

Read access for all Entities

... can view the data records of an entity.

Complete read and write access for all Entities

... can create, view, edit, and delete data records of an entity.

Overview of Standard Role Permissions

The following table summarizes the default permissions of each standard role:

Standard role

Administrative Permissions

Data Access Permissions

Administrator

Manage Permissions

No access

Data Reader

View All Schema

Read access for all Entities

Data Writer

View All Schema

Complete read and write access for all Entities

Designer

View All Schema

Customize Schema

No access

Custom Roles

Custom roles enable you to create custom sets of permissions that can be assigned to users or groups.

To create new custom roles, you need to have the Manage Permissions permission assigned.

Custom Role Permissions

For custom roles you can decide which permissions you want to assign to the role.

At creation, assign at least one Administrative Permissions to the new role. Consequently, you may assign Data Access Permissions to the role, which grants Create,Read,Edit, or Deletepermissions on the specified entities.

Administrative Permissions

Below is a description of the Administrative Permissions that can be assigned to a custom role.

Permission

Roles with this permission...

Manage Roles

... can create new roles, edit and delete existing roles, and assign one or more roles to Users/Groups.

View Schema

... can view the schema of all entities and choice set definitions, but cannot modify them.

Customize Schema

... can view, create, edit, or delete the schema of all entities and choice set definition.

Data Access Permissions

When defining a custom role, you can assign different data access permissions for the selected entities in the tenant.

You can select whether the custom role can create, read, edit, or delete the entity records. Moreover, if an entity has Role base field access enabled fields, you can assign data access permissions to each entity field.

Below is a description of the Data Access Permissions for an entity that can be assigned to a Custom Role.

Permission

Roles with this permission...

Create

... can create entity records.

Read

... can view entity records.

Edit

... can view and modify entity records.

Delete

... can view and delete entity records.

Creating Custom Roles

To create a new role:

  1. On the Roles tab click on Create new role.
  2. In the Create Role panel enter a name for the new role in the Role Name field.
  3. Select the Administrative Permissions that you want assign to the role.
  4. To add Data Access Permissions to the role, select the targeted entity:
    • Click Add Entity to display the available entities.
    • Select the entity for which you want to define the permissions.
    • Select the desired permissions. By default, the Read permissions is enabled.
  5. Click Save to create the new custom role. The role is displayed in the Roles tab, of TypeCustom.

Setting permissions for specific fields

When creating entities it is possible to enable Role base field access for user-created fields. When defining a custom role, you may assign data access permissions to these fields.

Note: Only custom roles can be updated to grant permissions to access the data in the fields.

Follow the steps below to set role based field permissions.

  1. Create a new role, or edit an existing custom role.
  2. If the entity has Role base field access enabled fields, a message indicating to add data access permissions is displayed: Certain fields require data access permissions. Click Add them.
  3. From the drop-down list, select the fields for which you want to set data access permissions.
  4. Set the desired permissions: Create, Read, Edit, or Delete.
  5. Click Save.

Editing Custom Roles

You may change your mind about specific permissions for a custom role. You can edit custom roles by clicking the corresponding Edit button.

Removing Custom Roles

If you decide you no longer need a custom role, you can remove it by clicking the corresponding Delete button.

Note: You cannot remove standard roles.

Adding Users or Groups

All calls in the Data Service are based on user authorization. The decision to grant or deny an operation is always based on the effective permissions for the user based on their individual or group membership permission grants. Studio,Assistant, and Robot also inherit permissions based on their configured users.

Data Service supports all users and groups defined in the organization and doesn’t maintain a separate user list.

To add users that are part of your organization, follow the below steps:

  1. In the Manage Access page, click Assign Roles. The Assign Roles panel opens.
  2. In the Assign Roles field, type in the name of the users or groups you want to add.
  3. Select the Roles you want to assign to the users or groups.
  4. Click Save.
    Note: If you cannot find a user it means they do not have an account within the organization.

The newly added users and the assigned roles are displayed in the User/Group list of the Assign Roles tab.

Defining Roles for a User or Group

A group is a collection of user accounts. Data Service supports all groups defined in the account and does not maintain a separate list of groups. A permission granted to a group propagates to all users and groups.

To define the roles for a user or group follow the below steps:

  1. In the Assign Roles tab hover over the user or group you want to assign roles to.
  2. Click the Edit icon available on the right-hand side. The Edit Roles panel opens.
  3. Select the desired Roles for the user or group.
  4. Click Save.
    Note: You can assign multiple roles to a user or group. In this case, union of the permissions applies.

Default Group Mapping

Groups are user containers with specific permission sets. Permissions for groups can be configured inside each service by selecting the group and associating the desired permissions. Users get the union of all permissions assigned to the groups they are members in.

When you assign users to a group, you grant them access to all the services which have permissions configured for that specific user group. The level of access to the service is determined by the roles assigned to that group at the service level.

Group Membership

Organization Level Role

Data Service Roles

Administrators

Organization Administrator

Automation Developers

User

Automation Users

User

Everyone

User

Removing Users or Groups

Removing users or groups from the Assign Roles tab implies the inability to access Data Service. That is, every deleted user and users part of the deleted group cannot access Data Service anymore.

To allow access once again, add organization users or groups individually, and assign them Data Service roles.

To remove a user or a group from Data Service, click the corresponding Remove user/group button.

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