In search of: User administration IxD examples

9 Apr 2007 - 9:55am
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bhekking
2006

Hey all -

I'm looking for worthwhile IxD examples in the realm of user
administration 'enterprise' database applications (think SQL Server). We're
revamping ours and some new(-ish) ideas would be welcome.

Main users would be DBA's or system administrators tasked with setting up
and managing roles, users, & groups and their privileges with respect to
read/write data access, object creation/modification, and the like.

Maybe Vista user administration is worth a look? Are there less-known apps
you may know of that do this particularly well?

Thx,
Bret Hekking

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9 Apr 2007 - 10:11am
Dave Malouf
2005

A common model is the one that Wordpress uses.

It has tabs and sub-tabs.

Another part of this model together or separate from the tabs is one
that just simply creates lists of collections, objects, and references
where the row is the collection, object or referenece, which can be
viewed in detail view and updated. What makes this system work is
where collections, objects and references can all intermingle.

Permission sets is a common type of the above, where you first create
users (objects), groups (collections) and roles (references) and
access them in a new object called a permission set, where each row in
the set is one of the above types with the proper permission
attributes.

Anyway, admin stuff is fun. I don't know if the Admin tools
presentation given at the IA Summit is online some place or not, but
it is worth trying to track down.

-- dave

On 4/9/07, Bret Hekking <bret.hekking at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey all -
>
> I'm looking for worthwhile IxD examples in the realm of user
> administration 'enterprise' database applications (think SQL Server). We're
> revamping ours and some new(-ish) ideas would be welcome.
>
> Main users would be DBA's or system administrators tasked with setting up
> and managing roles, users, & groups and their privileges with respect to
> read/write data access, object creation/modification, and the like.
>
> Maybe Vista user administration is worth a look? Are there less-known apps
> you may know of that do this particularly well?
>
> Thx,
> Bret Hekking
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9 Apr 2007 - 12:52pm
Josh
2006

One question would be, how much UI does the application really need?

If the main users will be DBA's and sysadmins, they might be more
comfortable with something similar to command line accessibility than with
slick UI's. Keyboard-centric technical users may find highly graphic
interfaces or wizards uncomfortable, especially if they have to switch
between input methods (mouse to keyboard and back again). For web
applications, the Basecamp-style tabs w/ Ajaxed contextual forms for
defining users and permissions might work well, but could definitely be
described as clunky or limited by more technical users.

Sharepoint might be a good example of an enterpise app w/ advanced
permissions, but I haven't used it in a couple years.

--
Josh Viney
EastMedia Group
http://www.eastmedia.com

9 Apr 2007 - 2:12pm
.pauric
2006

Josh: "Keyboard-centric technical users may find highly graphic interfaces
or wizards uncomfortable, especially if they have to switch between input
methods (mouse to keyboard and back again)"

I would recommend an option to import/export to csv for advanced admins
rather than trying to make a data entry gui that is both initially usable
and not tedious when performing repetitive tasks. This has an additional
benefit of providing backup functionality if thats a requirement in this
project. Or build a CLI.
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RADIUS>

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