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Restricting dashboard-access for different users

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October 20, 2009, 10:24 AM
Stefan
Restricting dashboard-access for different users
Hello,

after searching documentation for some time and still no answer, I'm going to try it here:

In PMF I have designed some dashboards. Now I want a certain user (or a certain group of users) just to see some of these dashboards, and not all of them.

This is for BI Dashboard.

Any ideas how to get this working?

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October 20, 2009, 12:44 PM
Bob Jude Ferrante
In 5.1.2/5.1.3 you'd need a customization to do this. You could embed a filter in FILTERS.FEX to limit the list for individual users, filtering on the &OWNER_ID. Easiest way to do this would be to allow access to GROUPS of content. You can categorize Dashboards into various groups (and in 5.2 there will be an additional 10 groups that are user-defined). Then give access to these groups.

For the future, there would need to be an intrinsic feature to support user-level list filtering for content.

thanks


Bob Jude Ferrante
Director of Business and Development
WebFOCUS Performance Management
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October 21, 2009, 03:52 AM
Stefan
Bob,

thanks for your reply.

When will 5.2. be available?


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October 21, 2009, 10:20 AM
Bob Jude Ferrante
Stefan,

5.2.1 will be generally available at the end of November/early December.

Let's work together to review your needs and discuss the best way to get a good solution for you, whether that involves a customization or a feature.


Bob Jude Ferrante
Director of Business and Development
WebFOCUS Performance Management
Bob_Ferrante@ibi.com
917-339-5105

I'll take any questions about PMF - business or technical - anytime!

October 21, 2009, 02:15 PM
Moogle
Hi Stef,

Are you sure you want to restrict DASHBOARDS to certain users? Why would someone want to do that? Perhaps you actually want to restrict certain MEASURES to certain users, and you have various dashboards that contain different groups of measures on each?

If that is true, there's tonnes of stuff we can do in PMF as-is. If not, I'm very curious what the business rational behind this is?

Cheers,

Joey
October 22, 2009, 02:52 AM
Stefan
Good Morning,

I think that I am sure with restricting dashboards to certain users.

Situation looks like this:

I have one Dashboard containing data from PMF, and another one with gadgets containing live data directly from SAP BW queries (or stuff like that).
Now i want the managers to see all information; the other users aren't supposed to take a look at the PMF Data/Strategy Maps/etc, they may just see the dashboard containing the live data.

Kind regards,

Stefan


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October 22, 2009, 09:50 AM
Moogle
Hi Stef,

Here's an easy solution for you that will give you what you want without customizing PMF at all:

-Setup two PMF Group views (clone the Consumer view)
-Add a new BID tab to View A that shows your gadgets
-View B does not show the gadget tab, just the TODAY tab with PMF data

Assign users that need PMF and your gadgets to View A, all others to View B

Now you have what you need, I think.

Cheers,

Joey
October 22, 2009, 10:01 AM
Bob Jude Ferrante
That's a good point. WebFOCUS already has a user-based report management system called MR. So if you want to display a custom-written report then perhaps that's the way to do it. Whatever any IB product does must attempt integrate well with general WebFOCUS capabilities.

We are looking to directly integrate MR content (and PMF 5.1.3 included an MR Tree gadget that gives you whatever access to MR domains you have in WebFOCUS).

However, if what you're trying to display is a PMF dashboard, then it's true there's no way to hide it just for a single group of users or a single user yet. It's also true PMF doesn't give you discrete access to an MR report as an operational drill without your having to do a little coding magic (but it is possible). The coding magic is mentioned, in brief in this posting:

http://techsupport.information...ttrack/33372523.html

But if there are further suggestions besides ability to hide/show a dashboard by user (we got that one), please let us know.

thanks


Bob Jude Ferrante
Director of Business and Development
WebFOCUS Performance Management
Bob_Ferrante@ibi.com
917-339-5105

I'll take any questions about PMF - business or technical - anytime!

October 26, 2009, 08:57 AM
Rigel7
Sure would be nice to be able to see the same tracking repository that the product gurus can see.

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A current version of case 33372523 is not available. The case is no longer active.

Case 33372523 does not belong to you. If you believe this to be in error, please contact IBI Customer Support.
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October 26, 2009, 09:09 AM
Bob Jude Ferrante
Is this for PMF, or something else?

thanks


Bob Jude Ferrante
Director of Business and Development
WebFOCUS Performance Management
Bob_Ferrante@ibi.com
917-339-5105

I'll take any questions about PMF - business or technical - anytime!

October 26, 2009, 10:01 AM
Stefan
@Rigel7: Couldn't open the case, too.

@Bob: Was your question addressed to me?

Kind regards,

Stefan

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October 27, 2009, 05:07 PM
Bob Jude Ferrante
Sorry... I'm spoiled by being an IBIer so I get to see this stuff.

Turns out the "public" version of this case doesn't include the info you would need, and since it is product harmless and a well-known technique IB has given to customers, I'll paste it here:

Quoted from case 33372523 below.

To run a link in your own application, you can create the link using the parameters and values that are in this form. Example:
<a href="/ibi_apps/WFServlet?IBIMR_domain=untitled/untitled.htm&IBIMR_action=MR_RUN_FEX&IBIMR_sub_action=MR_STD_REPORT&IBIMR_fex=app/fex1.fex&IBIF_ex=app/fex1.fex&IBIMR_flags=&IBIMR_drill=RUNNID&IBIMR_folder=%23casesht5bmnc">Run</a>


NOTE: This url will be on one line in your application.

Notice that I changed the pound sign in IBIMR_folder to %23. Some special characters need to be escaped such as this one.


Another alternative to this would be to create the link in Javascript so that way you can dynamically create a random number for the IBIMR_random parameter.

Example:
  
<html>
<head>
<script language="javascript">
function runMRProcedure(domain,fex,folder)
{
  var url  = "/ibi_apps/WFServlet?";
      url += "IBIMR_domain=" + domain;
      url += "&IBIMR_action=MR_RUN_FEX&IBIMR_sub_action=MR_STD_REPORT";
      url += "&IBIMR_fex=" + fex;
      url += "&IBIF_ex=" + fex;
      url += "&IBIMR_flags=&IBIMR_drill=RUNNID";
      url += "&IBIMR_folder=" + folder;
      url += "&IBIMR_random=" + Math.random();
 
      location.href = url;
}
</script>
</head>
<body>
<a href="javascript:runMRProcedure('untitled/untitled.htm','app/fex1.fex',
'#casesht5bmnc');">Run</a>
</body>
</html> 


Final note from BJF: You would of course need to specify the proper domain file name (in the examples above listed as untitled.htm) and MR FOCEXEC name (in the examples above listed as fex.fex).


Bob Jude Ferrante
Director of Business and Development
WebFOCUS Performance Management
Bob_Ferrante@ibi.com
917-339-5105

I'll take any questions about PMF - business or technical - anytime!

November 10, 2009, 10:20 AM
Stefan
Hi Moogle,

great idea with the two views.

But I think i need a vice versa solution:

"Today Tab" does not show the PMF data, just the "custom" gadgets with non-PMF-Data.

Additionally I have to avoid that Users can select any dashboard they want.

So I'm still looking for a solution.

quote:
Originally posted by Moogle:
...
-Setup two PMF Group views (clone the Consumer view)
-Add a new BID tab to View A that shows your gadgets
-View B does not show the gadget tab, just the TODAY tab with PMF data

Assign users that need PMF and your gadgets to View A, all others to View B
...



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