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Basile Schaeli, Chief Product Officer at Olympe

 

By Basile Schaeli, Chief Product Officer at Olympe

 

 

Olympe is taking enterprise-grade visual programming to the next level with its latest release!  Release 2.0 makes building and maintaining IT systems simpler for everyone in the team. It gives Heads of IT more visibility on projects across departments. Developers will find better control of the usage of their projects by colleagues, while business analysts can benefit from a whole new set of functional bricks like embedded video players. Plus more attractive components for your UI applications. And that’s not all, read on for much more.

Easier to collaborate between IT and business teams

With Release 2.0 there are now more ways to collaborate with colleagues on a project. Every project you own is by default private to you. You control which projects can be shared with your colleagues, by giving them editing or view only access:

Screenshot of Olympe's new user access settings, showing users with contributor access vs. view-only access.

If the desired colleague does not yet have Olympe credentials:

Screenshot ot of Olympe platform notification where desired colleague does not yet have an Olympe account.

you can invite them to join DRAW and collaborate with you on projects. They will get an email like this:

email that a colleague receives when invited to collaborate in an Olympe project

Permissions with governance

As projects grow, so does the number of reusable components that you can draw from. To maximize reusability you can easily build libraries of bricks which can then be used within other projects. You also have the option to selectively decide which bricks shall be exposed or not. Internal helper functions can thus remain hidden. A bit like traditional code where functions can be set as « public » or « private ».

For example, the Google Text-to-Speech connector below has two publicly available bricks (blue eye), while the « URL Config » brick remains private (red eye) as it should only be used within this particular project.

 

Google Text-to-Speech connector brick containing two publicly available bricks and one private brick

You then have the option to view which other project is using a particular brick. This is very useful to assess the relevance or popularity of a given brick, and estimate potential impacts if a given functionality needs to be improved or replaced.

Device camera and media player

It is now easy to embed video and audio players in your projects and to give them access to the device camera. Great for things like building a business expense reporting app where an employee can take a picture of their meal receipt and submit it directly from the app.

example of media players that can now be embedded into applications

Pictures taken by the device camera can be easily reused in e.g. tracking scenarios. Take pictures of parcels or product serial numbers and feed them into our Google, AWS, Azure or IBM connectors. Use text recognition and other image processing functions to build tracing apps and deploy them to users in minutes.

Scalable data management

With Olympe it is now easier to connect to data in your own on-premise database, so you don’t have to replicate it in Olympe’s environment. Many other platforms require replicating the data as a pre-requisite to building anything. Every replica brings additional liabilities of someone else storing data that you might not want. For example, if you want to guarantee for GDPR compliance purposes that client records have been deleted, then you need to control the one and only copy of it. Olympe lets you do that. Working from a single database also reduces opportunities for data breaches.

All the enhancements in Release 2.0 make Olympe the easiest platform for enterprises to bring scale, structure and reusability to their IT infrastructure. Companies can build bigger apps knowing that it will be easier to manage larger amount of data, to oversee and control what has been reused where, and to pool together the effort of developers and business users.

For a demo of Olympe 2.0, contact us.