Best-of-breed UX for managing users & permissions?

30 Aug 2012 - 4:56pm
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I was wondering if anyone could point me to examples of great UI for user management. It needs to be able to deal well with large numbers of users, batch-wise adding/editing, and provide sufficient flexibility and granularity in roles & permissions without becoming unmanageable.

Any suggestions much appreciated!


31 Aug 2012 - 10:11am

Actually, I always thoughts the Lotus Domino admin console was a pretty good model.

You can create roles and then give or remove roles via the two fields where you can move a value from the "pool" side to the "role" side by selecting one or more values and then move them by clicking on an arrow.

Once you have named roles with sets of permissions you can assign users a role.

Or you can create groups and assign a group a role so that you can easily mass change the permission of hte group as easily as a single user.

Typically then adding (or removing) a user is done by placing them in or removing them from a group.

Lotus allows you to manage the permissions of domains and services exactly like users.

Lotus also allows you to assign groups to ACLs for specific apps and modify the group's rights at the app level without effecting the defaul group permissions.

The ideal UI would be drag and drop (permisions <> roles, users <> groups, group <> roles, users/groups <> apps)

31 Aug 2012 - 12:00pm

Thanks Jon! Never thought I'd see the day when Lotus is praised for their UI ;)

31 Aug 2012 - 3:48pm

Yeah I know o verall Lotus will never win any UI or beauty awards, but their admin processes were actually quite good. It was the user side that wasn't so great. In full disclosure I will admit I was a Lotus Notes/Domino 4.5 Admin. But never certified for 4.6 as I no longer needed Notes for my small consulting group, joining a larger practicethat actually had guys that were just Admins and DBAs (what a concept that was!)

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