Discovery of initial workflow

This sheet had over 20 tabs and each tab had way too many columns. Just viewing this document is a challenge and required side-scrolling. Some of the information was redundant, some of it was false, and all of it required a deep knowledge of the history and layout of the document.

Reducing width

I began by reviewing the relevant information and creating a concept sketch. I stacked the columns horizontally. At this point it was still bad, but was starting to look more feasible.

A new interactive layout

Instead of endless tabs, we now had an interactive visual diagram of the server rack and its components.

Adding a device

To add a new device, you simply click an empty slot and select a device from the database.

Managing cables

To manage cables, we were able to stack the corresponding rows. We also added visual indicators for colors.

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