Flavors of Arbitration – Setting up access control

asset tracking softwareUsing Arbitration (access control) settings, you can define how staff users interact with the items visible to them; ensuring that the administrator (admin) intervention is required for items’ check-in/out. For example, Alice as an admin, can checkout assets to Emily (staff user), or reserve them for John (staff user). But Emily and John (both staff users) can only take actions for themselves i.e. Emily can only reserve items for herself and not for John.

Arbitration – Setting up the Access Control

Choose your arbitration and access control level from Settings -> Company Settings -> Policy -> Arbitration.

– With arbitration enabled, staff users can only reserve an asset or request a check-in. All such requests will have to be confirmed by an administrator.
– With arbitration disabled, staff users can check-in and check out assets themselves without involving an administrator.
There are a number of flavors to these settings, detailed below:

1. Vanilla Workflow: All checkouts and check-ins require admins’ approval

Checkout: Staff users cannot check out any asset by themselves, they have to reserve them first. When the reservation date arrives, an admin will check out the assets to them.


Checkout process (with arbitration enabled)

Check-in: Staff users cannot check in assets themselves, they would need to request the check ins. An admin then approves the check ins.


Check-in process (with arbitration enabled)

Note: Admins can always stay on top of checkout reservations from the Dashboard (calendar) and check-in requests, using the ‘Check-in Pending’ filter on the asset listing page.

2. Pre-approved checkouts workflow: Admin(s) can pre-approve future reservations

The workflow described above in ‘Vanilla Workflow’ requires an admin to approve a checkout. EZOfficeInventory offers ‘Pre-approved Checkouts’ workflow, where an admin can pre-approve the reservation(s). When the reservation date arrives, the staff users can check out the reserved item(s) themselves.reservationThis is achieved by extending the arbitration to reservations, allowing staff users to ‘request’ a reservation. Such reservations appear under the Reservations tab for administrators to review and take actions on. Enable ‘Arbitration on Reservations’ from Company Settings (see image below).reservation

3. Staff users can only check-in/out specific assets by themselves; but still need an admin’s approval for the remaining assets

Asset level arbitration is an enhanced access control to allow for scenarios where only specific assets/packages need to have arbitration enabled or disabled. This can come in handy when you’d want an admin to step in when something important or expensive is being checked out.iPadtruckTo try this out, enable ‘Asset Level Arbitration’ from Settings -> Add Ons.

To change asset level arbitration for a particular item, click the ‘Edit’ button on the Asset Detail Page (see image below)blackberryThen on the ‘Asset Edit Page’, choose one of the following from the ‘Arbitration’ field drop down (see image below):settingSame as Company setting: No change in Asset level Arbitration. The company level settings for general arbitration (enabled/disabled) will be applied to the asset.
Enabled: This will restrict the staff users to undertake actions on specific assets/packages only (overriding the Company level setting). Say you want the staff users to be able to self checkout older model iPads.
Disabled: You will be able to authorize access to staff users to take actions on specific assets/packages when general arbitration is enabled (overriding the Company level setting). Say, you don’t want to limit access to latest iPads for your staff users.

4. Some staff users require admins’ approval while other don’t

In multi-team organizations, an admin’s intervention might be required for check-in/out to certain users (or class of users) whereas for others it’s not. For example, you may want only the company interns to go through admins’ approval while check-ins/outs but not the full time employees.

Here is how you can set up this workflow (see image below)
a) Have the company level arbitration disabledaccess controlNote: The company arbitration will be ‘disabled’ but the user-listing arbitration needs to be enabled.
b) Have the following Visibility Settings enabled/checked from Company Settings -> Policy. Visibility settings determine what staff users get to see.userc) Now from Members -> User Listings -> Default User listing -> Add or Remove Users, remove all the users who don’t need to be arbitrated. As per our example given above, everyone who is not an intern will be removed.
d) Now everyone added in the Default User Listing will require an admin approval to check out items. But those who aren’t in the Default User Listing can check-in/out items by themselves.

5. Staff users can only check out assets by scanning them

In this workflow, the users can only see (and take actions on) items that are checked out to them. However, they can pull up limited details of other items by scanning the QR Codes. In this limited view, users will see an option to checkout items. In essence, you have forced the staff users to scan an item before checking it out. Here are the steps to enable these settings:
a) Have the arbitration set to disabled.access controlb) Visibility should be set to Currently Checked out to Staff Users.visibilityc) Configure the limited view from Company Settings -> Policy -> Public QR Code scanning settings.QRCode

Related Posts

– Types of Members in EZOfficeInventory

 Managing Access Control For Large Teams

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