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Entries in Nakisa (8)


File Level Configuration for Nakisa Applications

The majority of configuration in Visualization Solutions by Nakisa (VSN) applications is achieved via the changing of settings in the AdminConsole, Nakisa's standard administration interface. For a typical configuration this is all that you would require. Unfortunately all too often, typical is not what a client wants and so we have to look beyond the current capabilities of AdminConsole. There are other occasions too where perhaps it is a laborious or inefficient task to do a particular piece of configuration in AdminConsole compared to another method. In those situations I turn to configuring the underlying configuration files directly.

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Microsoft Internet Explorer Support and the Impact on Nakisa Systems

On 12 January 2016 Microsoft officially ended support for all remaining versions of its Internet Explorer browser prior to Internet Explorer 11. As a result Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for versions prior to Internet Explorer 11. This can potentially leave users vulnerable to yet to be discovered security vulnerabilities and as history bears out this is a very real risk.

Microsoft recommend that all users of earlier versions of Internet Explorer upgrade to Internet Explorer 11, with this version offering improved security, increased performance, better backwards compatibility and greater support for the set of ever advancing web standards.

Visualization Solutions by Nakisa (VSN) provide visual representations and interactivity with data sourced from HCM systems (e.g. SAP). These solutions deliver the interface via a user's web browser and historically the compatibility with Internet Explorer has always been greatest.

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Visualization Solutions by Nakisa 4.3 Update Overview

In Q1 of 2015, Nakisa released the latest iteration of their visualisation suite (VSN) of applications - version 4.3. With 4.2 being an interim release for Nakisa's Performance and Goals product or perhaps an internal working version, 4.3 can probably be considered an upgrade from the 4.1 SP2 release. As well as rolling in various bug fixes and general performance improvements, version 4.3 includes some great feature enhancements.

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Transitioning Between 3.0 and 4.0 in Visualization Solutions by Nakisa

In November 2012 Nakisa released the latest version (4.0) of their visualization product suite and with it a number of changes to the availability of modules, nomenclature and licensing. In this post I’m going to outline some of the importance of these changes in an attempt to try to help translate between versions for anyone who might be considering upgrading or applying unused existing licenses (shelf-ware).

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Hands on with Nakisa OrgHub for Mobile

Today Nakisa formally launched their new OrgHub for Mobile application onto the Apple App Store. It seems every man and his dog seem to be developing mobile applications to serve up corporate data and services, so how does this new application stack up?

In this post I aim to give you my thoughts and experiences of working hands-on with this application and to give you a view of the usability and features. I’ve included an entire gallery of actual screen shots so you can get a feel for what is available in case you don’t have access to the necessary hardware to test run the application for yourself. In fact there are so many screen shots used that I had to split this into two SCN posts. I guess that's what you get for working with visualization software!

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Filtering Errors in Log Files

When it comes to SAP Visualization Solutions by Nakisa (VSN), the log file is king. It is the source of information about all the transactions and activities carried out. In my first few weeks working with SAP VSN products I was quickly made aware of just how significant the CDS (Corporate Directory Services) log is and it is the foundation to solving at least a good 90% of issues encountered when configuring VSN applications.

The logs I found myself dealing with each day ranged in size from tens of lines to tens of thousands of lines. This to my mind made tracking down errors a rather tedious process and given that some of the errors were “expected”, it made it all the more frustrating.

It was actually when I came across the first log that was tens of thousands of lines long that I decided I would make time to find a better (‘quicker’) way to get the information from the file. In fact the method I describe here can be useful in a number of ways so even if you don’t deal with cds.log files every day you may still find the tools and ideas presented here useful.

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10 Benefits to Implementing SOVN OrgChart

SAP Org Visualization by Nakisa (SOVN) OrgChart allows you to visualise the hierarchical structure of an organisation based on HCM data held in SAP. It is the foundation of the SAP Org Visualization by Nakisa solution extension and can be installed for a variety of reasons.

In this blog post I'm going to take a look at the reasons why organisations decide to implement OrgChart and I'm going try to uncover what the real benefits can be to using OrgChart to visualise organisational structures.

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The Power of Visualisation

Why do we find images so useful in explaining things, and what difference does using a visual representation make? I take a look at some of the reasons behind why visualisations are so useful and why visualising your organisational structure makes sense.

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