Omni Data Platform 1.4 (Dolores) marks a milestone release: a fresh user experience that minimizes context and focuses on being data-first. Named after a person who helped make the world’s busiest person as productive as possible, it’s loaded with little new features to make it easier than ever before to organize your data. Here’s a short note on what’s new.
1. “Where did my entities and domains go?” may be the first thought that comes to your mind when you see 1.4. Well, we’ve rechristened some of the menu options and items in Omni Data Platform to reflect their true purpose. Most of you who built entities looked at creating them with the purpose of managing data as a service, and nearly every domain created out there has a 1:1 mapping with an application. Hence, from 1.4 onwards, Entities are now Data Services, while Domains are now simply Apps. Also, Business Author is simply Author and the post-Nirvana Business Center is now called App Center.
2. “With great productivity comes great results” were not exactly Uncle Ben’s last words, but they might’ve been. ODP 1.4 brings to fruition a lot of hard work our design team put in to make things easier. The all new data designer makes it easier to navigate between attributes, clone them, and work on, while the tabs are re-organized to let you focus on what you care about the most: design. Everything else can come later; yes, we got rid of that annoying mandatory tab-click. There are also some neat little things tucked in for working with prehooks and roles that ensure you only see what’s relevant.
3. “Why fit in when I was born to stand out?” is a question many of your data attributes have asked you. Well, we listened, and in 1.4, making your attributes unique (aka unique index in the ancient Middle Earth days of RDBMS) are a flick of a switch. This works on all text and number data types.
4. A new switch, Create Only, now allows you to design data where some attributes can only be entered once (and never edited). This works great for automated data entry of numbers that never change during the lifetime e.g. PAN cards, Aadhaar numbers, etc.
5. Sheikh-spear famously said “What’s in a name?”, but that thought is clearly outdated. ODP’s identifiers, called ID, were simply way too uninteresting for real business usage, particularly when it came to data capture and exports. In this release, you can label the default identifier of ODP as you wish.
6. Decimal points are now configurable as part of a property called precision that shows up when you select attributes as numbers. “Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life”, in the words of Victor Hugo, is the mantra to work with ODP. Q: ? A: !
7. We’ve ironed out some of the teething problems you faced with role-based access and directory integration. ODP is as stable as it’s ever been.
Right then, that’s all about Mrs. Landingham. It’s time to start building stuff. Ciao!