Understanding the Sterling Business Center application user interface

Familiarizing yourself with the layout of the Sterling Business Center application and the navigational mechanism used in the application will help you use the application more efficiently.

The following figure illustrates the user interface layout:
The Sterling Business Center user interface

The application user interface allows you to expand and collapse the panels in managing the work area, thus enabling you to manage your work area efficiently.

The user interface comprises the following elements:

  • Header Bar - The header bar displays the following information and hyperlinks:
    • Application Name - The name of the application, in this case, Sterling Business Center.
    • User Name - The name of the user who has logged in to the application.
    • Sign out - Click this hyperlink to log out of the application.
  • Menu Bar - This comprises various menu options or tasks provided in the application. Select the appropriate option that you want to perform. You can click Home to navigate directly to the application's Home page. In order to view the context-sensitive help describing the current screen, and to know about the application, click Help in the Menu bar.
  • Message Bar - This displays any status updates, warning messages, or error messages to provide assistance when performing a task.
  • Related Tasks - This panel displays all the related tasks that you can perform. These related tasks are dynamically populated based on the task you are currently performing.
  • Work Area - This is the area within the application window where you can view and modify details pertaining to the current task.
  • Pagination - The search results are displayed in multiple pages. In order to view the search results across the multiple pages, click the Previous icon to navigate to the previous page and click the Next icon to navigate to the next page.

    You can also determine the number of search results that are displayed on each page. From the Results per page drop-down list, select an option. For example, if you select 10, when you are viewing the search results for the items in a list, ten items will be displayed in ten rows.

  • Sorting - You can sort the search results, as required. From the Order By drop-down list, select the required option. For example, when searching for items, you can sort the search results in either an ascending or a descending order.
    • Though the Web browser toolbar is hidden, you can perform actions such as navigating back to the previous page, refreshing the current page, and so on, using the browser hot keys. However, it is recommended that you do not do so.
    • When you navigate to the list screen from the summary screen or the details screen, through the Back To <name of the list> hyperlink, the changes made in the summary screen or the details screen may not be reflected in the list screen. For example, if you change the name of the Approval Plan in the Approval Plan Summary screen, click Save, and click the Back To Approval Plan Search hyperlink, the modified name of the Approval Plan is not displayed in the Approval Plan Search screen.