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A method for guiding business users when creating new objects from existing elements

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000224862D
Publication Date: 2013-Jan-08
Document File: 6 page(s) / 101K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for guiding business users when creating a new model object using one or many existing elements. They can create a hierarchy using existing elements. Animation is used to show the transformation from the initial elements to the newly created object.

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A method for guiding business users when creating new objects from existing elements

Business users need to model their data without the intervention of IT/modelers. Data modeling is a difficult task for many users. Current solutions either provide minimal modeling capabilities or offer the capabilities but in a way difficult to understand for business users.

The invented solution is a method for guiding business users when creating a new model object using one or many existing elements. They can create a hierarchy using existing elements. Animation is used to show the transformation from the initial elements to the newly created object.

This idea allows users to create objects using menu actions and direct manipulation by:


1. Selecting their constituent elements


2. Specifying which object to create

The system then shows the new object being created and moves it to its target location. This way, the user does not need to figure out what happened as it is explained by showing the transformation using animation.

Example embodiment #1: The user creates a new hierarchy from two (2) existing elements using context menu.


1. Select Year as the first element, using click


2. Select Month as the second element, using ctrl+click

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3. Right-click to invoke the context menu & Select New Hierarchy


4. The new Time hierarchy appears and moves to its target location

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5. The new Time hierarchy is now at its final location

Example embodiment #2: The user...