As we mentioned last month, we’ve begun a process of revitalizing and improving the most-used views in Ardoq, and also adding grouping functionality to them.

Since then, we’ve also completely redesigned how Process Flow draws references and places components, resulting in more logical and legible diagrams.

Now, we’re very excited to introduce component grouping into the Process Flow and Relationships views.

How grouping works

By clicking the grouping button (image), you can choose how you’d like to gather components into groups. Your options are to group by…

  • Reference
  • Parent
  • Child
  • Field
  • Tag

Choosing a grouping option will create boxes (or…blobs for Relationships view) around components. If you group by parent or child, the colors of the grouping boxes are determined by the components’ colors (or by conditional formatting, more on that later).

Examples

Grouping sub-processes within parent processes:

Grouping by parent, with component type “Process”.

Grouping servers within network zones:

Grouping by parent, with component type “Network Zone”.

Conditional Formatting + Grouping

By adding the conditional formatting functionality, we can create component groups by parent components, then color both the boxes and child components to create a more visually interesting diagram:

And the same, shown in Relationships view:

Conditional formatting settings used to generate:

Try it out!

Grouping in Process Flow and Relationships view is now live in Ardoq, so log in and give it a try!