Associations in Paragon are used to link different pieces of information, known as references, together with a common piece of information. Usually, this common piece of information is set up as an attribute.
In the example below, this product is usually purchased for $34.00:
However, if you purchase it from vendor Park Suppliers, you will purchase it for $30.00. In this example, this information is found in the associated tab of the product:
In the example below, this sales rep usually receives a 10% commission:
However, if that sales rep is used with Customer Zakis, the commission defaults to 6%. In this instance, this information is found in the associated tab of the customer:
By creating associations, you create 'conditions' in Paragon. Combined with rules, associations become a lot more powerful than when they're used alone. This is because a rule can be used to force the system to behave differently based on the association. For example, if your purchase cost for the same product differs based on the vendor, we can then create a rule that uses the special vendor cost, instead of the standard purchase cost, on a purchase order.