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    Multi-Department Organizations

    Larger organizations may need to hide non-relevant information from employees. This is possible with the Multi-Department Organisation (hereafter referred to as MDO) lists.

    To take Templates as an example, this means that, if MDO is implemented in SuperOffice, a user will see only those Templates, with a record in TemplateGroupLink pointing to the UserGroup the user is a member of.

    The templates will be grouped with headings taken from the Heading table, and under each heading will be the templates that have a TemplateHeadingLink record pointing both to the template and the Heading. This means that a single template may appear several times in the list, under several headings.


    Each primary list table will have two link tables related to MDO functionality; one for filtering and one for grouping.


    The Heading table contains the headings to be used in the MDO list boxes, for all lists.

    The Link table between a list and the Heading table is always named HeadingLink.

    The UserGroup table is treated in a special way. It has no direct Link tables, and is instead used by Link tables as a target to implement the MDO filtering.

    An associate is a member of only one UserGroup, as specified in the associate record. MDO filtering will be implemented by showing records from the other lists if, and only if, they have entries in the GroupLink.


    The following diagram illustrates the structure:

    Table ordering

    The List tables are defined in a specific order so that the Table Id of the Link tables can be calculated from the main table Id. The order is:

    Id = k             Main table, for instance, Template
    Id = k+1          GUI Group link, in this case, TemplateHeadingLink
    Id = k+2          Filter link, in this case, TemplateGroupLink



    Filter without heading

    select l.category_id,
    from Category l, CategoryGroupLink gl, UserGroupLink ugl
    where l.deleted = 0
    and l.category_id = gl.category_id
    and gl.group_id = ugl.usergroup_id
    and ugl.assoc_id =


    The result is a set of list names, filtered via the user's group membership. Items that the user is not allowed to see will not be returned.

    Note that a user may be a member of more than one usergroup, and we therefore have to join against the UserGroupLink table.

    Note that items that are visible to more than one group will be returned twice. Use SELECT DISTINCT to filter the duplicates out.