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Information Architecture Building Blocks for Portals


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An overview of a portal design toolkit.

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Information Architecture Building Blocks for Portals

  1. 1. Executive Dashboards: Simple IA Building Blocks Support a Suite of Sophisticated Portals Page > View & Navigation Tile Group> Combine Tiles View> Combine Tile Groups Tab > Combine Pages Dashboard > Combine Tabs Executive Dashboard Homepage USA Product Briefing Page Country-level Performance Indicators Caribbean Dashboard: Homepage Oncology Director Home Tile Header The tile header contains all title and subtitle information, source attribution, print or export functionality icons, and all controls that determine the data values and parameters displayed. Tile Body The body of a tile may contain child tiles, charts, tables, links to documents and resources, and functionality. Charts and tables may have footers, with additional data values, keys or legends, and links to additional resources. Child tiles may contain charts, tables, or any other type of resource except another child tile. Child tiles may offer printing, pdf, and email functionality independently of their parent tile. Tile Footer The tile footer contains links to related information sources or destinations Common Assets A suite of dashboards, capable of providing customizable views for end users through portal administration, delivered within an agreed upon enterprise information architecture that supports many dashboard types, and multiple views, within a consistent layout. Data Publishing Model Product Commentary Performance Visualization Tile Library EIP™ Confirm Application News SOA Architecture Common components powered by web services are invoked through a metadata layer, supporting extensibility, shared value between business groups, and increasing the speed with which dashboard teams can create new and share existing views of business performance, analysis, and alerts. Define Navigation Components Build Library of Tiles Define Standard Tile Components Define Vision <ul><li>Tile Library Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>A collection of over 50 specific business functions can be customized and shared out to other dashboards. </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminated redundant dashboard development </li></ul><ul><li>Lower development costs </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced project timelines </li></ul><ul><li>Shared costs and functionality </li></ul>Primary Navigation Each Tab links to one of the primary section pages in the Dashboard. When a user clicks a Tab, that Tab becomes active, and the user is taken to the section page for the active Tab. The active Tab always appears highlighted. Secondary Navigation Content is variable, depending on the active Tab. The first entry is always a link to the section page of the active Tab. Each option links to one of the secondary pages in the active Tab. The active Secondary Page is always bold. Functional Navigation Each icon links to one of the functional pages in the dashboard. When a user clicks an icon, that icon becomes active, and the user is taken to the Function page. The active Secondary Page appears in bold to show the user's current location in the navigation system. Geographic Navigation Buttons link to major regions. Selecting a region refreshes page to Region Summary, exposes sub-region options and market choices. Selecting sub-region refreshes page, changes market choices, and all selections remain active. Global Performance Business Unit Reporting Functional Roles Geographic Analysis Country Level Performance Enterprise Applications Expense and Invoice Approval Combine Tiles and Navigation Into Larger Structures: Build Dashboards Tailored to Needs and Context: Contact netNumina netNumina Solutions 625 Mt. Auburn Street Cambridge, MA 02138 617.575.8000 617.575.8100 (fax) www. netnumina .com Who is netNumina? netNumina is an IT strategy consulting firm solving complex business problems that help clients achieve their business goals through applied technology. Since it’s formation in 1997, netNumina has delivered technology strategy, architecture and design services, and custom application development to some of the largest and most respected organizations in the Financial Services and Biopharmaceutical industries. netNumina’s industry-proven service offerings deliver build and strategic capabilities to transform business