Posts by Gary Sherman:
A few years ago, I created ClarifyToolbox.com, which was a a repository of apps, code snippets, add-ons, and APIs for the Clarify environment.
It was a little experiment of my own making to try and share some resources with the community, and also a chance for me to play with Drupal.
It just didn’t get the traffic or interest anticipated, and it was costing me money out of my own pocket every month, so it’s now shut down.
I still own the domain. If someone in the community is interested in it, let me know.
Task Manager is an optional Clarify module that allows subcases and action items to be automatically created when a task set is selected from a case.
Within the Clarify Classic Client, this process is started by clicking the Jobs button on a case, and then selecting a Task Set to be executed. The Clarify Client then evaluates the task set and creates the subcases and action items as needed.
Within Dovetail Agent, this process is started by choosing the Workflow – Run Task Set menu item on a case, and then selecting a Task Set to be executed. User’s must have the Task Manager privilege in order to see this menu item. Dovetail Agent itself does not evaluate the task set …
Given that I’ve been working in customer service in some way shape or form for almost all of my career, I tend to be overly sensitive to customer experiences that aren’t great.
I recently had an interaction with a support rep that irked me a bit. Email in a problem and a support case was created. Followed up the next day with an email with an additional screenshot and description with what was thought to be a related issue. The support rep responded, requesting that a new case be created instead. Basically: here’s what you need to do, so that I can have my work organized the way I want it. The support rep had all the info – if they wanted to create a second case out of the additional info, they very well could have created it themselves. …
Unit testing is something every developer agrees should be done, but often doesn’t do. Setting it up isn’t hard after reading and evaluating what feels like a 7 course meal of modules that need to come together hand in hand to allow you to write some tests. It is fairly easy after you’ve learned more than you ever wanted to know about unit testing. Not easy at all, so I’m going to distill a stack down here …
It’s easy to fall into the thinking that we want our customizations within Dovetail Agent to look and behave the same exactly as how they are within the Clarify Client. While there are advantages to this (familiar app, less training, etc.), I think it’s worthwhile to revisit your customizations and take the opportunity to improve them where it makes sense.
Within Clarify, there are some constraints that often cause customizations to have to be done a certain way. Within a web application like Dovetail Agent, we also have some constraints, but they’re not typically the same constraints that we had with the old …
Last year, we released our Dovetail Agent Reporting module. Dovetail Agent Reporting is a full-featured web-based reporting module for Dovetail Agent that allows non-technical end users to create and edit reports and dashboards without IT support.
A set of sample reports and dashboards are included. Because every business is different, it is expected that each customer will create their own reports and dashboards that are specific to their business needs.
Here’s a quick visual walkthrough of the reporting module.
From within Dovetail Agent, click the Reports link to access the reporting module. A user must have the reporting privilege to see this link.
Reporting home page, with links for creating a new report, accessing the admin console, online …
As he says:
There were no clear examples on how to create new plugins or extensions for Remarkable though. So having worked on creating some and having a measure of success it is time to share the knowledge.
Great stuff Barrett!
I received an email today from IT Toolbox:
Based on recent member feedback, the following groups will be deactivated:
You are currently a member of one or more of these groups. You can ask or reply to new threads in CRM – General Discussions.
I’m definitely saddened by this – I’ve shared a lot of information there, and learned a lot as well. We’ll see how the Clarify community takes to the CRM – General Discussions list instead.
I’m guessing that it’s due to the lack of activity on the Clarify list. Looking at the number of messages per month, the decline is pretty obvious.
Quite the decline from its heyday in the early 2000s.
Throughout our application, we use “pickers” for selecting items.
For example, we use a picker for queues when dispatching a case:
a picker for contacts when creating a case:
and a picker for the installed part on a case:
For a small list of items (lets say < 100), such as a list of queues, we’ll just show the user all of the available items straight-away. The user can scroll to see them all, or start typing and the list will be filtered in place.
When there are a large number of items, such …
Over the last few releases, we’ve also made more improvements that we think make it even better.
File attachments that are images are now shown inline. They’re constrained to a maximum size, to maintain readability. Clicking on an image opens it in a lightbox, and in a larger format when necessary.
In my previous post, I mentioned that we displayed the case history in reverse chronological order – with the newest entries at the top, similar to many current social apps (facebook, twitter, etc.).
Based on customer feedback, we added an additional option here. Users can now choose the order – either …