The latest 19.07 release of Enterprise Data Management (EDM) contains a boatload, a plethora – no, make that oodles of new features (time to put Merriam-Webster away). The full release notes are documented here: EDM July 2019 Update
In this blog, I’d like to dive into 3 of my favorite features (so far) from this release.
#1: Create Request Items from Compare Results
I’m already using this feature at one of my current clients. I’ve always touted the “Compare” feature of EDM. It’s been one of EDM’s best features from the beginning and provides the ability to compare Missing Nodes, Relationship Differences, and Property Differences. The biggest gap? Previously, when the compare results are returned, there was no way to download or utilize the results in a request to resolve the differences. While you could always fix differences manually with drag-n-drop or direct property updates, when your compare results return dozens or hundreds of differences, that is not a reasonable option.
Well fear no more! You can now create a request load file directly from the compare results. And it works as easily as you might have hoped it would:
- Run a Compare between two viewpoints.
- When the differences are returned, click “New Request.”
- Notice that new icon? Click that bad boy and a request load file will be automatically generated.
4. Now you can see that the request file has been attached to the request and the request items are added to your “shopping cart.” Make any additional changes, submit your request, and your viewpoints are synchronized! Easy peasy.
What is interesting is to analyze the request file that is generated from the compare result. You will notice it contains UPDATE and PROP_UPDATE actions. Why those? Well, PROP_UPDATE is used for property differences returned by the compare. And UPDATE is used for missing node and relationship differences. The UPDATE command is quite sneaky and powerful. Not only will it update node properties, but, depending on if the node exists and if the hierarchy set allows Shared Nodes, it will also UPDATE and perform an ADD, INSERT, or MOVE, too. Pretty cool.
#2: Property Editing
This enhancement not only provides property editing capabilities not available previously, but these edits can also be performed directly on the property without going through the App Registration wizard.
From the Properties card, Inspect the property you wish to edit. You’ll notice the Edit button is now enabled. From here, you can modify property default values, make the property editable or read-only, and modify the “Allowed Values” list if applicable.
No more stepping through the App Registration wizard to apply a simple property update!
#3: Import/Export of Allowed Values
I’m so happy this feature is now available. My fingers, and my keyboard, thank you, Oracle!
From the same property editing Inspector dialog mentioned above, you can now modify the “Allowed Values” in a pick-list property without stepping through the “App Registration” wizard. Click the “+” sign to add new values manually. Not shown, but also available in the Actions menu, is the ability to delete or reorder existing list values.
But notice there is now an Import/Export capability. This utilizes a basic Excel file for mass upload/download of list values.
This will be a lifesaver for me at another project where I have Smart List and Attribute properties to build in EDM that contain dozens of list values.
Below is a screenshot of the Excel file used to populate this property:
Before I close, I’m going to cheat a bit and throw a shout out to one more enhancement in version 19.07…
Honorable Mention: Inspector Dialog Sizing
While custom resizing of the inspector dialog isn’t possible yet, the larger Inspector dialog size certainly makes it easier to view your data chain objects and reduces the amount of scrolling required. This is useful, especially when you’re viewing or reordering a bunch of properties in a viewpoint or node type!
That’s it for now. Be sure to check out EDM version 19.07 if you haven’t already. It contains additional helpful enhancements beyond the few I’ve highlighted here. Stay tuned for more upcoming EDM blog posts. If you need more information or have questions about this topic, email us at email@example.com. Subscribe to receive notifications about new posts. Follow Alithya on social media for the latest information about EPM, ERP, and Analytics solutions to meet your business needs.