The Power of Objects

The Power of Objects

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About Objects

Objects lie at the core of a data model. They define the primary information structure, with rows and columns of data (like a spreadsheet), but they also contain many additional capacities that support nimble applications:

Presentation

  • Display custom forms for manual data entry
  • Present data as charts, graphs, tables for display or print
  • Display dashboards: high-level status updates in real-time

Processing

  • Interface to external systems (import/export)
  • Model business policies/rules/processes that match the needs of your organization
  • Validate data for improved accuracy
  • Improve staff time management with email notifications and task-based activities via an integrated calendaring system
  • Build data relationships

Administration

  • Define security permissions and access control for users/teams/roles
  • Manage mass data operations
  • Monitor activity and change logs
  • Design data entry forms, views and reports that are personalized to the needs of the users/teams/roles

Development

  • Use the web browser-based IDE to design objects and applications
  • Design fully customized objects and applications with the APIs and Web Services tools
  • Design a UI to coordinate with organizational style guides

Customizing Objects

An object has many aspects, each of which can be extensively modified.

To customize an object:

  1. Designer > Objects > {object}
    The Customize {object} page appears.
  2. Use the buttons and tabs in that page (listed below) to access the various aspects of the object.
Buttons
Each button opens a page that has a single set of values for the object. There is one set of values for properties, for example, and one for record locators, so each page contains a set of fields that contain those values.
Tabs
The tabs open pages that allow multiple items to be specified for the object: Multiple fields, multiple form layouts, and so on. So each tab displays a grid view of the items in that category.

Automating Objects

You can define automated Data Policies that take actions you desire under conditions you specify, and you can specify Workflows to move a record from person to person, across departments--using Roles to define job responsibilities, so anyone with that role can do the processing needed in the next step.

Objects and Object Relationships

Objects are powerful in an of themselves, but they derive even greater power from the Object Relationships you can create to tie them together.

When you combine that capability with the capacity for automated data policies and workflows, the result is a high degree of automation with a minimal amount of work.

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