Use Advanced Search to find specific components or references using custom fields. You can do simple searches or search for multiple data sets for more specific results.

How to Create an Advanced Search

Create an Advanced Search by creating a report. See our detailed guide on how to create a report here or follow the steps below.

  1. Navigate to the Home page.

  2. Click on "Create new > Report" at the top right corner of the screen.

3. Select "Advanced Search" in the first step of the Report Builder.

4. Choose the workspace(s) you wish to query.

5. Build your query.

6. Click "Next" and see your search results.

When building a query using Advanced Search, you can choose to search for components or references and whether you wish the results to match all or any of the rules you defined.

Moreover, you can search for components or references of a certain type or with specific field values. Examples:

  • Components in workspace “Application services” that don’t have a “Criticality” value

  • References of type “Uses” that have a specific tag

  • Components that are either “Capability” or “Strategic Capability”

  • Components that have the “State” field with the value “AS-IS” and are either an “Application” or a “Service”

  • Workspaces that were created in October

Search for only one thing:

Here we search for all Workspaces created between 30. September 2018 and 01. November 2018.

Search for all components with a specific field value.

Multiple data sets

To search for multiple data sets, add as many rows of search rules as you need. 

See examples below:

Components that have the “State” field with the value “AS-IS” and are either an “Application” or a “Service”.

Components in workspace “Application services” that don’t have a “Criticality” value.

You can also export your results to excel by clicking the 'three-dot menu'.

Troubleshooting

You have added or removed a field that is being used in a saved search or a widget

This may cause one of the following things:

  • Your saved search or widget is showing 0 results

  • Your widget is showing a number instead of a sum or average

  • Your widget is showing different periods of history for different fields

My saved search is not returning any results anymore

You have had a saved search for a long time that usually had returned results, but suddenly it gives 0 results. This may be because you have removed a field on that component or reference, that was specified in the search.

For example, if you have searched for “All components with a criticality of High” and you remove the criticality field and replace it with two fields: “Criticality list” and “Criticality number,” the original search will not return any values because there are no components with the“Criticality” field 

My widget is not showing the full history

When you save a query, we start snapshotting it on a nightly basis. Still, you might have an incomplete history because you have added a field to your component or reference at a later point. 

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