Welcome to the first product release for 2021. This article provides an overview of the product innovations and improvements to be delivered on 20 January 2021. You can see the full 2021 release schedule here: https://help.onemodel.co/en/articles/3134972-one-model-product-release-calendar.
Improved Saving and Navigation for Storyboard Edit Mode
We have made some improvements to saving and navigation within the Storyboard Edit Mode. Previously when you pressed the save icon at the top right of the page it would save and close the Storyboard reverting you to view mode. We have now changed the top menu bar so that the save button will save and you will stay in edit mode. This is handy when you are making lots of changes and want to incrementally save changes up to a specific point. Complementing this is a change to the top left navigation option that used to take you to the Storyboard Library (which wasn't super useful) - now this will exit edit mode and take you back to the storyboard view mode.
As part of these changes the application is now also tracking whether you have made any changes since opening the edit mode, or since last save and if you exit the screen without saving you will receive a prompt to ask if you want to exit or stay on the page, or save changes.
Duplicate a Tile
A much requested feature for Storyboard Edit Mode is the ability to duplicate a tile and we are pleased to announce this now being possible as of this release. To duplicate a tile use the icon on the tile hover menu and you will create a copy of the tile now located at the bottom of your Storyboard page. This copy will include any changes you have been making to the original tile while in Edit mode whether or not those changes were previously saved.
New Data Visualization Design Capability (BETA)
As we mentioned in the last product release notes, we have been working on an update to the underlying platform One Model uses for charting within Storyboards. We are in the final stages of developing the new capability, but if you would like to start playing around with the new charting connect with our Customer Success team and they can help enable this for a test user/role so you can see how it works with your existing Storyboards.
This release delivers more features and improvements to this new capability with the aim of making it generally available as the default for all customers in a coming release.
We have fixed a bunch of small bugs, incl. order of layers of multiple metric/type charts (e.g. combining bards, area and lines).
Added a new feature to let users format the display of data points within a chart, e.g. size, colour, bold.
Forecasting is now included with the new charting capability. One notable change we have made is to the display of the forecast periods. This was previously fairly tricky in that we were trying to match the naming convention of the particular time dimension being used in the chart, so we have simplified this by now showing the number of forecast periods e.g. as +1, +2, +3 etc. This also more clearly shows the forecast timeline in the chart.
Improvements to Data Pipeline Processing
Fixed an issue where copies of the processing script were stored in memory for the end user if they selected multiple versions. This could cause the end user's browser to run out of memory and error. (ref 6068)
Improvements to Data Ingestion
This release we've significantly improved the reporting of statuses for API runs and Data Loads. In the past, if a server that was running a job crashed, the status of the job might appear as still “Running” until there was manual intervention. These jobs will now be marked as “Failed”, so that it is clear to the end user that they need to be retried. (ref 7205)
We will now automatically retry an API run from Oracle using our new Oracle V2 connector if we receive a ServiceUnavailable message from Oracle. These ServiceUnavailable messages are usually temporary in nature, and mean that Oracle is performing maintenance that is affecting their APIs. (ref 6737)
Fixed an issue where the Oracle V2 connector could run indefinitely if there was no new data in Oracle to extract. (ref 6420)
New STFP User Management Capability
With this release, we have released a feature that allows admins to manage their own One Model SFTP Users, instead of having to request these from our Customer Success team. These can be seen in the Data Sources page:
From here, users can be created, passwords reset, and deleted. For security reasons, we don’t display previously saved passwords here, so if any password is lost, it will need to be reset.
Uploading data for these users will automatically load data into any File Data Source (ref 6661)
General Platform Improvements
The One Model team has been working on a site validation capability and started testing this with a handful of customers. It is proving to be really useful and we are continually improving this to help you stay on top of data quality and configuration. In this release the Site Validation page will now show a "Working" icon to the end user until validation is complete. Historically, it may show a "No Data" message while the validation was running, leading the end user to incorrectly believe that there were no validation errors. The validation capability is primarily being used by the One Model team, but if you are interested in getting your hands on this also it is available as a limited roll-out for selected users in customer instances - reach out to the Customer Success team if you would like to check it out. (ref 7299)