With our new version of our Console, we have completely redesigned the frontend, to align it with our new branding, and also to provide a better, easy to use and more intuitive user experience.
With this new experience in Console 2.0, it brings the following benefits:
- A new look and feel, that is on brand with the new Haventec branding
- Easy to use screens that are designed with improved user experience around intuitiveness and self service
- Documentation is now built in to every screen, providing contextual help for all of the Haventec entities, concepts and methodologies.
- A brand new way of creating and managing Applications, based around identifying the solution you are trying to build
- Usage reports - using our SaaS now gives the benefit of analytics into your usage data on the Haventec platform - for your whole Organisation, or for your individual Applications
Additionally, there are a number of minor changes of note:
- Organisation Users - that is, your staff members who use Console - are now called Team Members. This is to differentiate them from your end Application Users.
- Audits are now called Activity.
And you can rest assured that there is no loss of functionality - all of the functions of the old Console have been ported over to Console 2.0.
New Look and Feel
While we have rebranded, for the most part, the main screens of Console should feel pretty familiar compared to the previous. In the following, we will highlight some of the main screens that have changed, and compare to old Console.
Login and Signup screens
The Login screens have been improved to no longer require you to click enter - now you just need to enter your username and PIN:
|Original Console login screen||Console 2.0 login screen|
We have moved the Add Device function to follow on from Forgot PIN:
Upon logging in, you quickly see how much Console has changed:
|Original Console dashboard|
The Dashboard is now more useful for orienting new users, and provides a link to Help so you can find out exactly what you can do with Haventec!
|Console 2.0 dashboard|
The main menu has also changed considerably, to adopt a more simpler list that is more intuitive, rather than the old, hierarchical, context-sensitive menu:
|Original Console main menu||Console 2.0 main menu|
Note: that Organisation - Users and Audit are now under Team Members, where Audit is Team Member Activity
One of the biggest changes with Console 2.0 is integrated documentation. Integrating an API-based authentication service is a complex endeavour, so we have ensured that you have all the information you need to build the solution that meets your requirements.
Top Menu Links
The main documentation that you will need to access is provided in the place that you would most expect it - in the top-level menu. There are links to the main Haventec documentation, API documentation for developers, and a link to how to contact support on our ZenDesk:
Each page has a top-level link to its own documentation article, which provides you with all the information you need for understanding Haventec and authentication concepts, and explanations of each field on the screen:
The biggest change from what was part of original Console is with Applications.
The Applications screens have been completely redesigned, to provide more intuitive handling of the complexities of all of the ways you may need to manage Applications:
|Original Console Applications|
|Console 2.0 Applications|
Creating your Application in Haventec goes beyond what you need to do to set it up in Haventec - it involves understanding your environment, its requirements, and the solution that you need to build.
The previous version of Console presented the options to you, but it was difficult to understand what it all meant, and which ones were best suited to your requirements.
|Original Console Application Create|
With that in mind, we completely revamped creating Applications in Console, to walk you through the end-to-end process, via a new Wizard flow, that guides you through your selections, ensuring you are fully informed with supporting documentation at each step:
|Console 2.0 New Application Create Wizard|
Note that not all options are selectable - the rest are coming soon!
Once you have created your Application, you will need to customise it further, supplying more fine-grained detail, which you will need to revisit in future.
We have upgraded the UI of Application Settings to make this much more intuitive, with a more scalable architecture for future feature additions.
|Original Console Application Settings|
|Console 2.0 Application Settings|
Note that all of the sections and fields from the original Console have been included, so there is no loss of functionality.
Previously, Console users were called Organisation Users. Your end users were called Application Users. We felt that this was ambiguous in the Console frontend, and it was difficult to know what type of user someone was.
|Original Console Organisation Users|
So we have renamed Organisation Users - they are now called Team Members, so now there is no ambiguity. Note that Team Members have top-level presence in the Main Menu, rather than being a sub-level under Organisation, which we felt was less intuitive
|Console 2.0 Team Members|
With Console 2.0 running on our SaaS, you now have access to Usage reports, which are aggregation counts of your end user's activity.
|Console 2.0 Usage|
Usage reports show the aggregations of specific activity, such as number of logins, PIN resets, across your specific Applications, over time ranges.