The catalog provides a self-service portal for requesting services and also enables business users to manage their own provisioned resources.

The following example is of a typical life cycle.

Connie, the consumer of IT services, logs in to the vRealize Automation console. On the Catalog tab, she browses for the service offerings she needs to do her job. The items that are available in the catalog are grouped into service categories, which helps her find what she is looking for. After Connie selects a catalog item, she can view its details to confirm that it is what she wants before submitting a request.

When Connie requests a catalog item, a form appears where she can provide information such as the reason for her request, and any parameters for the request. For example, if she is requesting a virtual machine, she might be able to specify the number of CPUs or amount of storage on the machine. If Connie is not ready to submit her request, she can save it and return to it at a later time.

After Connie submits her request, it might be subject to approval. Connie can look on the Requests tab to track the progress of her request, including whether it is pending approval, in progress, or completed.

If the request results in an item being provisioned, it is added to Connie's list of items on the Items tab. Here she can view the item details or perform additional actions on her items. In the virtual machine example, she might be able to power on or power off the machine, connect to it through Remote Desktop, reconfigure it to add more resources, or dispose of it when she no longer needs it. The actions she can perform are based on entitlements and can also be made subject to approval based on flexible approval policies.