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Art of BI: Commenting with BITeamwork
If you’ve been keeping up with us, you know that our BITeamwork system works really well for communicating and collaborating within your enterprise analytics system. When your users don’t feel like they can participate, they start using the product less. This can cost your organization valuable investment dollars. One of the ways our product, BITeamwork, helps to combat this issue and make users really enjoy using OBIEE is by allowing them to comment within the OBIEE environment.
Today I’m going to show you how you can add more rich context on your comments. Below, you’ll see a photo of our collaborative BI dock that has been expanded. This dock will appear on the right side of your dashboard.
At the top, you can input your comments. Below the comment box, you will see the advanced editor icon.
When you click the icon, you are taken to a larger editing panel that gives you a lot of options. Within this editor, you can change the category of the comment to help differentiate the comments. You can also bucket users into specific categories-ex: manufacturing, finance, etc. By doing this, those users can only comment within that specific category, or if you’d like, the category can be an option for the users to view or post comments through. Categories can also have different colors or icons to help you differentiate among them.
To let you see the richness of the tool, you can look at the photo below. There are many different options to allow you to really customize your comments. You can color the text, make it bold, change the size, etc. You can also add bullets and add as much or as little detail as you’d like. You also have the option to add images into the commentary. As you can see, you can put the comment into draft mode, make it editable, or make it sticky so it sits at the top if you have permission to do that.
One great thing about adding a comment is the ability to notify someone by specific user or even by application role or group. Next to the Notify box, you’ll see a lock icon. If you click it, you can secure the comment so that it is only visible to the specific users and groups that it has been shared with. Once submitted, the comment is stored in reference to the context of the dashboard.
Hope this has helped to ignite some new ideas for how BITeamwork can help your company!