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Old 04-23-2009, 08:40 PM
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You need to answer each one of these questions because it will affect the design of your event catalog. If training is very decentralized and site specific, you may choose to place countries and sites at the higher business event group levels. For example:
  • USA
    • Texas
      • Houston
  • Brazil
    • Rio de Janeiro
If the training is targeted to a global, mobile audience who travel frequently or are on expatriate assignments and if you have the same type of training across countries or within a business line, you might want to place business lines at a higher level: For example:
  • Chemicals
    • Chemical Engineering
  • IT
    • Desktop Applications
If you have very specific decentralized training organizations who handle their training separately from one another, you might choose to place these training organizations at the higher levels. This design works well if you need to restrict access to a particular node of the catalog per training organization, which will prevent (in the example below), the Paris people from accessing the San Francisco node. For example:
  • Training Site Paris
    • Languages
  • Training Site
    • San Francisco
      • IT courses
Bear in mind that the design should be flexible enough to allow to additional rollouts, robust enough to allow training administrators to have all of their courses organized in one place, logical for employees who will access the catalog via employee self service and coherent so that courses are easy to find by drilling down a particular node within the hierarchy. You will find yourself playing with different designs until you come up with one that makes sense for your organization. It is always a good idea to get input from training organizations and employees as well as business line managers.
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