With the initial fireworks out of the way and Ephor 1.0 well on its way, here’s a short follow-up to what Ephor has in store for all you serious enterprise / inventory / resource asset management enthusiasts out there. The “Electronics” sample data scheme embedded in Ephor 1.0 is a good real-life illustration of the office IT equipment use case scenario.
Without breaking it up into too much detail, this is basically what your exemplary “Electronics” item classes and hierarchical categories could look like once your equipment categories and subcategories are defined and all concerned employees / users identified.
It’s fully customizable, so really the data scheme possibilities are endless. For, let’s say, computers, the fields you may need would probably include title; user; value; serial number; CPU vendor, model & speed; cores count; RAM size and such. Once you define these field types for a specific item / asset type, here’s what uploading a new computer to Ephor could look like (if you choose to do it by hand instead of the built-in automagic hardware scanning PC Collector app):
And here’s how the uploaded item would be visible:
Once you have your new computer uploaded into Ephor and you find yourself in need of, let’s say, screen wipes, you can create a JIRA® issue straight out of the item view in Ephor to facilitate your need:
The created issue will pop up in JIRA®...
… and the link to the issue (and all other created & related issues) will be visible in the item view:
At some point you’ll also probably want to know which users in your organization own / use / maintain which pieces or sets of equipment. This can be recorded in Ephor by inking items with items & items with users.
If a user has a lot of assets assigned to them, a link graph view may come in handy for a clearer perspective:
Last but not least, assets uploaded into Ephor can be browsed by custom queries. The most often ran searches can be saved and used as predefined queries, either only by you or by all Ephor users (hence the “My searches” and Public searches” distinction):
Ok. That’s it for now. Coming up: a series of short Ephor demos to get those still screens moving with some commentary in the background and a new, tailor-made Ephor website.
We’re also working hard on preparing Ephor to meet the real world during two big international events in March. More on this soon. Stay tuned.