The Related Folders feature on the HPI Desktop allow folders that are somehow “related” to the current folder to be displayed on the Desktop screen (in addition to the documents that the current folder already contains). An example of this could be: I’m viewing an insurance claim folder for Sally. As I’m processing Sally’s claim, I might need to view her employer’s current insurance policy. Using HPI’s Related Folders, I can have a relationship set up from company policy folders to individual claim folders. Using the dual pane viewer, I can now view company policies and individual claims without having to search and navigate away from the screen. To build this functionality into Webtop or Taskspace, it would require a lot of customization!
HPI has supported Related Folders since its inception; however the 1.1.5 release takes Related Folders to the next level.
Prior to 1.1.5, Related Folders logic was implemented within the actual Java implementation classes, and required a recompile of the code to make any changes. And only one Related Folder query was run per trac.
HPI 1.1.5 now supports multiple Related Folder processors on the Desktop. The importance of this update is that HPI is no longer limited to a single Related Folder criteria for each trac. Instead, every trac defines one or more Related Folder criteria separately within an XML configuration. And additional custom processors can still be injected for even greater customizability. This makes Related Folders a significantly more powerful tool, and much easier to configure for administrators.
Though this might sound simple, it can be very powerful. By adding a single Related Folder processor in the example above, I can now also view claim folders for any of Sally’s family members.
HPI has always been able to organize so much information on one streamlined screen, with minimal configuration and no customization. With this enhancement to its Related Folders feature, HPI continues to establish itself as a first-rate Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solution.