Among other things, redesign provided better grouping, new naming convention, color coding and unified mechanism for adding additional properties and filters.
Evolving the filters
One of the main pain points was the filtering mechanism. It was the crucial part of the product - users came to Data Browser to find certain files and this was the main step.
The existing interface consisted of nodes that matched certain concepts, like files and cases, and sub-nodes that described properties and values (data format: txt) of parent-nodes.
However, this functionality was built upon an existing interface inherited from another Seven Bridges tool used for orchestrating workflows. This introduced a mismatch between two mental models - a linear one for which users already had some expectation how it should work, and pattern based one whose workings went against the workflow-like foundation.
These problems were addressed with few starting points that redesign was supposed to reflect:
- Data Browser needed to look and behave differently than the workflow tool
- Filtering mechanism should be clear and effortless
- It should provide better grouping
- Everything should be named properly