This is a big release week for Lucity! This week released Lucity 2016 and 2.0 version of every Lucity mobile product on the Apple App Store® and the Google Play™ store. These new mobile releases go hand in hand with the Lucity 2016 release. The older 1.x versions of the mobile apps will remain available on the app stores for use with Lucity 2015r2 and earlier.
With all of these releases we have a lot of news to share, more than we can cover in one blog post. Look for a blog post on Lucity Mobile applications later this week. Here are the highlights for the Lucity 2016 release:
New and Improved Tools in Lucity Web
For this release, the filter interface got a major overhaul along with new interfaces for reports and documents. In addition to these improvements, a new tool called the External Document tool was added. It supports a templated approach for configuring hyperlinks for records in Lucity. This tool is designed to be used for integrations with 3rd party document systems.
Maps on the Dashboard
Dashboard Maps are streamlined maps which interact with data drills, asset trees, and quick lookups. Each dashboard tab can have a map which can potentially interact with any of the other components on the tab to provide spatial context to the data on the dashboard.
Copying Documents to Work Orders
Most modules across the Lucity software suite now support automatically copying documents to a work order when a work order is created from a record. If the work order is created from an inspection module, it can copy the documents from the inspection to the work order. If it is created from a request or PM, it can copy the documents from the request or PM to the work order. If documents are attached to an asset, they can be copied to the work order when an asset is added directly to a work order or when a work order is created from an asset. Documents can be configured to copy to work orders on an individual basis so that only the desired documents are carried over to the work order.
These documents are not copied but are referenced from both locations. Even if a document is copied forward to 5 or 6 work orders, only one document is referenced on the file store and is linked from all 5 or 6 records.
This was a request from ACT 2015 and from earlier ACT conferences and we were very excited to get it in for this Lucity 2016 release.
Improved Application Security
We focused a lot on improving overall application security for this release, particularly in a distributed web and mobile environment. As a part of these improvements, we implemented a technology called Identity Server. Discussing this technology can get really complex really fast, so I will not get into details here. Suffice it to say it is better and more secure and gives Lucity more flexibility moving forward to improve how you authenticate to Lucity components. If you are interested, look for details about Identity Server in a Looking into Lucity newsletter in the next couple months.
In addition, more password management features were added for this release. Lucity users can now get an email if their password was changed and a new option was added that allows Lucity administrators to prevent users from using easily guessed passwords. When a user does change their password, the software can provide them a nice friendly message about what the password requirements are as well.
Lastly, we added support for changing passwords from mobile devices so that users who do not use the Lucity Web software can still change their password. This feature is optional, Lucity administrators can disable this functionality.
There are many other important changes in this release including:
- New licensing structure
- Improved Plant Process model
- Deprecation of Individual Override Permissions
- Project Management Improvements
- Street renaming tool
- Preventative Maintenance Template improvements
- GIS enhancements
Look for details on these coming soon on the blog and from Looking into Lucity emails. All of these enhancements and more are covered in our release notes.
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