Network map of applications

Network to identify the application communities and help users to find the right application.

Network to identify the application communities and help users to find the right application.

One of the problem I am facing is to define a service catalog in a way which is intuitive for the users to select the software they need, hopefully in a self service mode, that is, a android marketplace experience.

One idea is to segment users according to business needs, this however has been proved not easy; for example the category “engineer” is too generic as we hire steam flow engineers, structural ones, and so on… The other option is to create a network map of applications based on consumption data. Applications represents nodes and the co-installation of two applications for the same computer generates an edge, this logic is sketched below.

Pseudo-algorithm to generate the edge list from consumption data

Pseudo-algorithm to generate the edge list from consumption data

Once the network is created, it is a matter of exploring different visualization options. I finally choose the radial layout, nodes color is  by modularity. The zoomable pdf file is here. Confidentiality issues prevents me to publish all the labels of the graph, however I hope the concept is clear. The main families of applications are:

  • purple: IT
  • cyan: general engineering
  • orange: manufacturing
  • light cyan: turbine engineering
  • yellow: publishing
  • pink: learning
  • blue: personal productivity tools

The next steps will be to implement in the software request tool some suggestions to speed up the process of configuring clients.

Example of personal productivity tools

Example of personal productivity tools (blue nodes)

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