This results in an interface that might look overwhelming at the beginning. However MEGA has everything in house to actually tackle this. In this article we share you 8 valuable tips to make the tool lighter and more accessible for end-users. The tips are based on our experience at different clients running on the desktop version.
1. Probably the most important one, setup profiles. Setup metamodel filtering on the profile. The filtering will make sure that users of the profile can not see certain concepts,links, characteristics in the tool. Furthermore setup metamodel access so the user can only update those characteristics/links/concepts he is entitled too. In HOPEX this go even further and you can define these settings on functionalities, screens, etc.
2. Activate only those products/solutions the user needs to perform his job. Make proper use of the commandline on profile level. The commandline will activate the products for the end-user. If you don’t setup a commandline all products are activated.
3. Navigation windows. Setup navigation windows specific for your company or for a certain profile of users. Setting up a navigation window where you bring together all the concepts a user should access in the context of his job will greatly reduce his learning curve in the tool.
4. Separate tabs for objects. There are many different tabs on each concept in the tool. It’s not advisable to have users search over different tabs to find or update the required information. Therefore create company or profile specific tabs where all the characteristics of the concept are grouped together.
5. Mandatory characteristics. If you expect a user to fill in certain characteristics, make them mandatory and set it up so the user has to fill them in at creation of the object. The setup for this is done in a few mouse-clicks, so no excuse to not make use of this.
6. Introduce context sensitive menu-items. When you right click on an object in MEGA (eg an application) a context sensitive menu is displayed. You can add extra commands to this menu. Make sure that repetitive or recurrent actions are setup as menu-items. This could be a link the users needs to make frequently, or the possibility to create an child object from the parent object, or even launching a macro to generate a report (export to excel ).
7. Make use of workflows for validation, request for changes with teamwork. The workflow concept is working great in MEGA and really allows you to keep things under control and inform users when a change is requested or a validation is asked.
8. Flexible reporting. When you are just starting to use MEGA or you have a large community or less experienced users, make sure that there are flexible reporting solutions. There is nothing more frustrating than modeling for a week and hit the generate button to receive an empty document because you forgot to setup the required link between the process and the project.
If you have any more tips, feel free to share them.
don’t forget : HAPPY MEGA MODELING!