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User Simplification and Enterprise Widgets for Defense – Part II

h3. Introduction    In my very first blog  (User Simplification and Enterprise Widgets for Defense) I introduced the concept of enterprise widgets in a defense environment. Specifically, I shared my views with the community on how a simple widget could be used to monitor the status of the equipment that are of interest to the user. The objective is to provide greater transparency and to reduce the amount of inquiries to the maintenance organization.     With some (very appreciated) help from the SAP Imagineering team (Regina Sheynblat  (/people/regina.sheynblat/blog) and Eriks Nukis from Exigen in particular), I would like to unveil a working widget that can help monitor the status (either the technical or user) of equipment from an SAP ERP system. Users can search for equipment by either the description or the equipment number, select the equipments to add to the monitoring list as well as remove equipments from the monitoring list. At their leisure, users can also refresh the status display.    h3. From a User’s Perpective   Let me walk you through the widget.  image  The user is monitoring a single helicopter and wants to add “Attack Helicopter W3” to the list. They can either search by the equipment number or the description. A partial number or description can also be used.  image image  Later in the day, the user clicks on the refresh button to see what the current status is:  image  They notice that the status of the “Attack Helicopter W3” has changed to “In Inspection”.   h3. Technical Perspective   The widget configuration is fairly simple. The user can specify the following: ** to display the user or the system statusimage

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