During any demo of Slatwall to a new user, one of the first concepts we introduce is the power and utility of Collections. Given that users can apply filters and customize the data columns in their collections and that Collections make up the core of the Slatwall backend system, we’re constantly looking for opportunities to make Collections more useful. As a result, we’ve built out new core functionality which allows users to create, save, sort and share personal data collections.
What It Is:
Any data collection in the Slatwall system can now be customized, personalized to a user and saved to be reused later.
Users can name of their custom saved collection reports and those reports are available for other users.
All custom filters and display objects for that collection are saved with each report. Slatwall users simply need to create reporting once and use it forever.
Each saved custom collection report utilizes the same UI and functionality as standard reporting so tools like data export and printing work regardless of how the collection report was created.
Users can easily switch between out-of-the-box listings and custom reports from the same interface.
Why It’s Great:
Each user within your organization is going to use Slatwall differently and has different data requirements. Using the new saved report functionality, the full breadth of the Slatwall admin can be completely customized in any number of ways - new data points added, custom filtering applied and calculated fields displayed.
Not only can reports be created and customized from scratch, but the new UI makes it easy to switch between reports. Imagine warehouse staff quickly switching between order listings broken down by type of shipment - “Overnight Orders” to “Ground” and back again - in one click.
The enhancements we’ve made to collections are an important first step for the upcoming release of the completely upgraded Reporting module in the Slatwall core. Before you can build out great reporting, you have to have great data, organized logically, to create those reports.