The Power of the Dataspy
I first heard the term “dataspy” while in a Datastream 7i class, I thought WTF is that? Little did I know at the time it is the single most powerful feature for navigating in Infor EAM that I’d learn.
Infor EAM is made up of screens each with a record view of one specific record. It also has a list view of thousands of records, also called grids. All of the list view screens possess a dataspy. Dataspys are a quick filter, multi-search fields and sort all in one. When diving into a fresh implementation of Infor EAM it’s not noticeable how important dataspys are at first. But as thousands of records begin to accumulate, you will discover the power behind the dataspy.
How does it work?
Each dataspy has filters that the user can use to weed out what isn’t relevant to a particular search. It also has an option for sorting the data. And coolest of all, dataspys have a layout for the user to decide which fields are displayed and where in the list or grid. System administrators can write complex filters with SQL. They can give permissions to specific users with SQL skills to do the same. These dataspys can be saved by the user for his or her specific use. Furthermore, the administrator can make dataspys for public use.
A user can select a dataspy to narrow his or her search for data. They can then use the quick filter in conjunction with multi-search fields to find exactly what they are looking for. It is my experience that the Infor EAM overachievers quickly learn the power of dataspys. As a result, they quickly build an arsenal of saved dataspys to get to the records they want quick, fast and in a hurry.
As you can see, dataspys can be an extremely useful tool that helps you find exactly what you are looking for. They can save you a lot of time when searching for something specific and are frequently used by a lot of EAM users. If you have any further questions about dataspys or how to set them up, please don’t hesitate to ask. We would love to hear from you!