We’re happy to announce one new feature aimed at improving performance for large instances, a consolidated view for filters, groups, and conditional formatting called Perspectives, and two (and a half) new visualizations in Ardoq. Read on.
Filters, formatting, and grouping becomes “Perspectives”
Filtering, applying conditional formatting, and grouping your Ardoq data all serve similar functions, but have been spread around the app. We’re consolidating them all into a single product element called “Perspectives”, available at the top of the Navigator pane:
You will be able to use the Perspectives menu to create, modify, and save these different views of your data. You can also load saved Perspectives from here, and any existing saved filtersets that you have now will also be available and unchanged.
Consolidating these features will make it easier to manage and create Perspectives for your data, and we hope that making it available in the Navigator pane will make it more discoverable and convenient to use.
Partial workspace loading
One of our biggest focuses in product development right now is improving performance for our customers with large datasets. In addition to the fine tuning we’ve done behind the scenes, we’re releasing a feature that allows you to progressively load workspaces rather than all at once. This will allow you to focus on subsets of your data while only loading what you need to.
“Partial loading” will be enabled by default for workspaces with 300 or more references. When you select a component to focus on, the visualization will show you all components connected to it, but they will appear greyed out and inactive, as shown below. Clicking a greyed out component will load that component and all components connected to it, and so on.
Using partial loading, you will be able to view only the parts of your data that you need to, leaving the rest unloaded, and leading to potentially drastic performance improvements. If you change focus, components you’ve previously loaded will remain loaded. You can reset this by refreshing the app.
This feature will not affect any presentations you may have created using Presentation Mode.
Loading in bulk
You can also choose to bulk load components using the new “Scope” menu at the top-right of the Navigator. You can choose to load all components in the current view (all visible greyed out components), or load all components in the workspace. Each menu option displays the number of components that will be loaded.
Two (and a half) new views
We love it when our users build integrations and visualizations for Ardoq and find new ways to use the tool. Today we’re releasing new visualizations that were first built by our customer Aera, a payments and identification platform. We’re grateful for their work, and happy to now make the views available to all users.
1 - Heatmap
The Heatmap view allows you to plot components along two axes of your choosing. Like the Treemap view, this is a great way to get a high-level overview of a workspace’s components, and can be used for risk assessment, prioritization, or whatever else you can dream up.
The axes must be fields of type List. Components are then mapped onto a grid along these two axes. You can optionally specify fields for the size and labels of components, and the field descriptions (if defined) for the axes and component size will be shown below the chart.
2 - Spider Chart
The Spider Chart gives you a way to visualize the differences between components’ field values. Potential uses include displaying a program’s performance metrics to monitor quality improvement, or visualizing planned vs actual scope of projects or budgets.
The view shows the selected numerical fields for all children of the selected components.
2.5 - Vertical Dependency Map
The final change to views is a new option for the existing Dependency Map. You can now switch between horizontal and vertical views, as seen here:
While there’s no functional difference, viewing the visualization vertically can reduce some empty space.
Try the new features
These changes are now live, log in to try them out! Let us know if you have any questions or feedback about the new views.