Since we don't do a release in December, the release at the end of January is bigger than usual and contains all the items developed in both months. The most significant new feature in 5.3.2 is Evergreen Dashboards, this is a step change for graphical reporting in Dashworks - flexible, configurable and shareable. 5.3.2 also introduces Rings, a way of broadly grouping your project into waves or phases that run across locations and business units, as recommended by Microsoft. Plus there are several more columns and filters for lists.
Each user can create their own personalised dashboards, and share these with others. Dashboards are made up of individual widgets, each widget is a representation of data based on a saved list. The data can be displayed as a pie chart, bar chart, column chart, line graph, donut chart, half donut chart or in a table. There is a choice of colour schemes and many other configurable options for each widget. Widgets can be displayed in a choice of layouts on your dashboard. Development of Evergreen Dashboards is ongoing with clickthroughs and card widgets coming in future releases.
Rings (or deployment rings) are used to define users, devices, mailboxes and applications that are in different phases of your project. Rings can be defined in Evergreen for onward use across multiple projects, or specified for a particular project. A typical project would define a small number of rings in a project for waves of deployment such as:
There are quite a few more filters and columns in v5.3.2, here I highlight 2 of the most powerful additions. In List/Not in List filters (DAS-14267) on all list types (for example Devices (Saved List) on the Device List) allow you to combine and exclude results from other saved lists. They are particularly useful if there is a requirement to add further filters to a static list. Relative date filters (DAS-14159), again on all list types, provide extra functionality when filtering on dates to specify values that are relative to the current date and time. This can then be used, for example, to create saved lists that show devices scheduled in the next 7 days without having to edit and re-save filters.
Projects created in Dashworks Evergreen manage onboarding relative to a pre-defined scope, rather than items having to be selected individually. Now legacy projects can be converted to the new Evergreen approach by the click of a button (DAS-14819).
You can now change the list you see by default when you first enter either Devices, Applications, Users or Mailboxes. Any saved list can be chosen as the new default, instead of All Devices, All Users, etc (DAS-12871).
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