Idea ID: 2871308

Add links to Dimensions CM items and requests

Status : New Idea

Emails currently can include links to Dimensions CM items and requests, but if I want to have a colleague look at a specific item or request record, I do not have a way of copying a link and sending it to them unless I happened to have an email in my inbox for that item or request sent from dimensions.

The Micro Focus Dimensions RM product has this record link feature implemented already.
In Dimensions RM, each record has a link I can copy and send to someone.
Whoever opens that link still needs to have permissions to see the item, so it is not as if this feature request would open a back-door for unauthorized access.

If we want to make Dimensions CM easier for folks to use, I believe having the Dimensions CM product include links to items and requests available to copy when opening them should be implemented.

Micro Focus can decide if the links are to be stored in a database table or generated on-the-fly, based on a pre-determined naming-convention/algorithm.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Labels:

UI
Usability
  • A link for the latest revision would be good, but a link for every revision would be even better.
    Dimensions RM uses a "PUID" identifier for a record and an "OBJECT_ID" identifier for every single revision of that global "PUID" identifier. 
    For Dimensions CM, i would believe the algorithm pseudocode for the URLs would have some of these elements of these involved:
    https:// + site_fqdn + /dimensions + /CM_BASE_DATABSE + /PRODUCT + /CR | /ITEM | /BASELINE + /(a 'global' id such as PUID) + /(then either an OBJECT_ID-like value such or simply the version sequence number)

    With generated links, i suppose refactoring will need to be kept in mind if the name of a change request type or item type were renamed elsewhere.
    The decision to have the links stored in a dimensions data table or generated on the fly would be up to the CM dev team for what they believe will be most optimal. Personally I think that since opening records do a database call anyway that it wouldn't be too expensive to query in real time though.

    Dimensions CM already has links sent out in emails, so part of the work seems to already have been done.
    Having a link able to be copied from an open item or change request would be what this request is asking about.

    I figure items and requests could be a start, but I suppose other record types such as baselines could also be included to have links. Anything that we would want users to be able to collaborate easier on is what I would think we want to be linkable.

    I do know that Dimensions RM warns a user with a dialog that they are not on the latest version and asks if they want to be brought to the latest revision, when a link brings them to an older version than the latest. that may be a feature to consider here as well. The options could be "Yes, open latest version" or "No, open older revision".

  • A great idea Joshua. One question, would you expect the link to an item to always go the latest revision in a project/stream or would it be to a specific revision? I can see use cases for both.