A scheme is the name for the "rules" that Business Notification uses to decide when and how to send notifications. A scheme is created in the Business Notification Designer, and schemes are managed in the Business Notification Manager.

Information about the following is stored in a scheme:

A scheme can be "under construction," meaning that it is being developed, or changed. When it is ready for use, it is "completed." A completed scheme can be Started, or Stopped. As long as it is started, users can subscribe to it and will receive notifications when appropriate.