The Subset Assistant simplifies the process of subset definition on the Gen Host and Client/Server Encyclopaedias, significantly reducing the time and effort normally associated with this task.
There are a variety of powerful scoping tools to make it easy to select the required objects. Examples include a fast object list with full wild card selection, selection based on usage by or associations to other objects and a 'when changed' list.
The 'usage' tool is especially useful for scoping objects because a common difficulty in scoping a subset is finding related objects, for example, all objects that use a common action block could be easily scoped into a subset if you wanted to change the import or export views.
The selection tools are common to GuardIEn and all of the Assistant products.
There are automatic links to enable a download using the Task Assistant on the client/server encyclopaedia or via a batch job on a host encyclopaedia.
There is integration with GuardIEn to enable you to quickly create a subset definition from a GuardIEn Change Request and Development Update.
Often you will want to scope a group of related objects into a subset to accomplish a specific task. Rather than having to pick objects from a simple list, the Subset Assistant's variety of selection tools make it easier to find the right objects for the subset. An example would be selecting all action blocks that are used by an action block when you want to modify called action blocks, or which have a dialog flow to a procedure step when you want to modify the import views to the procedure step.
The current subset protection for an object is displayed alongside the object giving an instant warning if the object is already checked out in another subset, and thus you would get downgraded access. You can also easily find out which subset contains the protected objects.