Gary Sherman
Gary Sherman

Gary Sherman

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Gary Sherman
September 11, 2014

One of our early products in the company was SCI – the Source Code Interface. From the docs:

The Source Code Interface provides tight integration between leading source control systems (Visual Source Safe, PVCS, and ClearCase) and  Clarify.

A simple GUI is provided to perform all of the source control operations from within Clarify.

Gotta love those leading source control systems  – Visual Source Safe, PVCS, and ClearCase! Well, I guess they were leading in 1998.

Couldn’t even think about returning to VSS after using Git.

sci


Gary Sherman
September 10, 2014

I’ve seen a few questions come up recently about our Dovetail Support Center / SelfService portal, so I figured a post was in order.

Our portal vs. the app we sell

We have our Dovetail SelfService portal that we make available to our customers and community. And we sell a SelfService application.

Our Dovetail SelfService portal is basically an older, customized version of the SelfService application that we sell. It’s been customized to provide specific capabilities for our customers.

portal Public Access

If you’re not yet a Dovetail customer, there’s a number of things you can do:

Access the Clarify/Dovetail knowledgebase Search Browse recent articles Browse articles by product Subscribe to the


Gary Sherman
August 21, 2014

Tool Time was a tradition from the old Clarify user groups.
It was a chance to give away some cool tools, with a bit of Tim Allen shtick thrown in.
It started in 1995, vanished in 1999, and then we (as First Choice) resurrected it back in 2001 at our Connections user group for Clarify.

This was our 2001 Tool Time presentation. Notice that one of the presenters was our own Sam Tyson – who is still rockin’ it here at Dovetail today.

ToolTimeSlide

Gotta love those Office 2000 Powerpoint templates!


Gary Sherman
August 18, 2014

With the 5.6 release of Dovetail Agent we’ve really amped up the querying functionality.
This is a quick walkthrough of some of the new functionality.

Queries Page

Click on the Query list icon in the sidebar.
This takes you to your Queries page. From here you can:

View your existing queries Share, Delete, and Favorite queries View queries that you’ve subscribed to View queries that have been shared to you

queries

Create It

Click on the green + icon on the My Queries tab header to start a new query
Now we can add our filters

new
Click on the + (Add Filter) button
Select Created from the Name


Gary Sherman
August 14, 2014

I stumbled across this recently.
It’s a presentation that our own Russ Resslhuber gave at the 1st Annual Clarify User Conference back in 1994.
That’s 20 years ago! Holy throwback!

Getting The Most From Business Rules

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Gary Sherman
August 13, 2014

This week we released Dovetail Agent 5.6. Here’s a summary of what’s new in this version.

Queries

With this release, we’ve really amped up the querying functionality.  I’ll have another post soon that covers querying in more detail, but here’s a quick summary:

A new Queries page, allowing user to easily access My Queries, Subscriptions, and Shared Queries Easily create a new query from the Queries page Queries can now be shared to another user, to a workgroup, or to everyone Shared queries can be subscribed to, which indicates that it’s a query that you’re interested in. These are queries that you may run occasionally, but aren’t quite to the level of a favorite. Queries can now be starred/favorited. Favorite queries are queries that you run frequently, or want easily accessible. These show up in the left sidebar under the


Gary Sherman
August 7, 2014

Literature sheet for our BOLT product from back in 2001.  Thirteen years later, I still use that app daily.

Supports Windows NT 4!
bolt


Gary Sherman
August 4, 2014

A couple of years ago I posted about watching cases in Clarify / Dovetail. The idea is still a good one, and I’ve recently combined the idea of watching a case with the new tagging functionality that’s available in Dovetail Agent 5.

Overview

It’s not uncommon that we want to keep up with what’s going on with certain cases – specifically cases that are being worked by others.

For example, a high priority case for a new customer may have been recently created, and even though its being worked by someone else, I still want to keep abreast of what’s happening with it. Or perhaps the customer I’m going to visit next week has a case open that I want to stay in the loop on. Or I want to follow how one of my guys


Gary Sherman
July 31, 2014

dovetail.com

 

Quite the change from our current website.

I don’t miss that scary witch’s finger.


Gary Sherman
June 12, 2014

Recently I was looking to put a report together that would track the total number of cases that are open on a daily basis, and graph that as a trend.

This is fairly tricky to do with baseline data. It would be easier if I had a query that ran every night and simply recorded the total number of open cases at that point in time. All I need is the count, not the actual data. Then I would have a set of records that I could build a report with.

My first thought was to create a simple script that would run the query, then set this up as a Scheduled Task to run nightly. Then I could store the results somewhere in the database.

Then I realized that this all sounded familiar – this is Trend


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