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Power Search Method

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237658D
Publication Date: 2014-Jul-02
Document File: 8 page(s) / 134K

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Abstract

Although many complex systems (such as ERP, EAM, finance systems) are developed using latest technology, it is difficult to search for quick links with simple entered text since these systems are not simple systems with simple database structure and few screens. This invention is a new powerful search method designed for complex systems (such as EAM, ERP) to provide direct links to the applications/screens which the user is looking for. The complex systems supported for this search methodology are the systems with applications/pages which can be accessed by urls.

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Power Search Method

Although many complex systems (such as ERP, EAM, finance systems) are developed based on html technology and the applications/pages inside the system can be accessed with an url and browser, a user may find it difficult to search for quick links with simple entered text since these systems are not simple systems with simple database structure and few screens. Even with the help tool in most of the complex systems, the help tool always returns much information but not direct links to the screens that are needed.

Most of existing help tools in the complex systems provide the description about the entered text being search, but not the direct links.

Although some systems have help tools to allow entering for search text and returns the places or screens that can help the user, but it probably will take few more clicks/steps before the user can get to the right screen. It is quite inconvenient that those help tools cannot provide direct links.

This invention is a new powerful search method designed for complex systems (such as EAM, ERP) to provide direct links to the applications/screens which the user is looking for. The complex systems supported for this search methodology are the systems with applications/pages which can be accessed by urls.

The core ideas of this invention are as follows:
1. There are 3 main tables which support the searching mechanism in this method: Object, Attribute and Application. The Object table contains the table

name which will be included in the search method, Attribute table contains all the column name of all the tables which will be included in the search scope, the Application table is for all the application name of the system.

2. Allows the user to enter the searching criteria and search values, the search engine will use the above three tables to search the right applications/pages and the resulting records, and also form the resulting urls.


3. The resulting urls are also sorted according to the user access history on the applications/pages.

Claim points:
1. There are 3 main tables designed in this method: Object, Attribute and Application. The Object table contains the table name which will be included in

the search method, Attribute table contains all the column name of all the tables which will be included in the search scope, the Application table is for all the application name of the system. So the user can search with any value for any attribute in any applications or tables.

2. To apply the method on a system, just need to collect the table name, attribute name and application the user want to include in the search scope. Set up the 3 main tables by the collected information.


3. There are addition tables containing the indexes for the tables, attributes, and other indexes to make the searching more flexible. There is also the table to track the user accessing history, so the search result set will be sorted by the latest visited record.

Advantages:
1. It will be very easy...