(This posting follows a previous posting on Alerts)
The second item I wanted to highlight is the “Bookmarks” component. As with all the OEID portlets this little gem can be dragged onto any page and automatically integrates with the page through the navigation state. In fact it is uniquely tied with the navigation state and expands on how a user might have explored the dimensions (i.e. breadcrumbs) to arrive at a certain point.
Any OEID user can create a bookmark, just as easily as they bookmark a website. You only define a name and description and it will capture the filters or breadcrumbs you have currently selected. Nothing more complicated than that. In terms of functional use however this is a wonderful convenience.
Firstly you can avoid remembering which filters you were applying to arrive at a certain data set. Your navigation state has been saved and with one click on the bookmark will automatically be reapplied. Even the page you were on will be saved. Speaking for myself the less I have to remember the better!
Secondly you can monitor a data set. With the example I used for the Alert above you could create a bookmark to check back in and see how that store was doing. In a later month the alert conditions may no longer be met, but might still want to see exactly how things have shifted.
Thirdly you can share your bookmarks with. They’ll need access to the OEID portal, but if you do the analysis to find a store that needs attention, just create that bookmark and email it to your boss or colleagues so they can zero directly in on a record. No time wasted, no repetition of steps, no fuss!
There are two overriding value adds that “Alerts” and “Bookmarks” add. Firstly they work seamlessly together. This is a simple and reliable pattern you’ll find repeats throughout OEID. The integration of the components is part and parcel of their design and their implementation. The can exist on their own, but they also complement each other very nicely.
The second value is they are exposed. Writing a query for an Alert isn’t going to be an appealing task for your non-technical users, but your power users, data analysts and Excel guru’s will figure it out. There is no secret IT magic that has to happen behind the scenes. These features are fully functional out of the box and right on the interface.
Alerts and Bookmarks are nice little features that you have to start using. They don’t take away your ability to explore your data. They just let you bring a little focus to it.