Configure Contacts for a Group

A contact is a person who serves as the coordinator or focal point for a group. You have two options for configuring a contact for a group. You can configure a "free form" contact, which requires you to manually enter the contact information, or you can configure a contact from another group, which means that you do not have to manually enter the contact information. Instead, the group information is automatically used for the contact.

You can also configure and edit a contact "on the fly" during the reservation process. See Create a Reservation in the Reservation Wizard for details.

To configure contacts for a group:

  1. Open the Groups window and search for the group for which you are configuring the contact.
  2. Select the group, and then click Open

    A group-specific window opens with the group selected.

  1. In the group-specific window, select Contacts

    A list of all active contacts for the group displays.

    To display all group contacts regardless of status, click Show Inactive. Inactive contacts display in red italics.

  1. Continue to one of the following:

Configure a Contact Manually 

To manually configure a contact:

  1. Click New

    The Contact dialog opens.

  1. Enter the information for the new contact.

Field

Description

Contact

The name of the contact (maximum of 50 characters, including spaces).

Title

The contact's title (Mr., Ms., Dr., and so on).

Group

Populated with the name of the group that you selected. You cannot change this value.

Address

Populated with the address of the group that you selected. If the contact address is not the same as the group address, then clear Use Group Address and enter the appropriate values in the Address fields.

International

Select this option to drop the State and Zip fields for an international group.

Phone

Fax

The phone number and fax number for the contact. By default, they are set to the phone number and fax number for the group, but you can edit these values.

The Phone and Fax fields have a field available on which you can select a different value (Fax, Mobile, Other, or Phone) for the field label, or you can enter a user-defined value. To enter a user-defined value, double-click the current field label to select it, and then enter the user-defined value over the selected label.

Email Address

The contact's email address. If your computer is connected to a network, click the Search icon to open a Global Address Lookup dialog and search for the email address.

External Reference

Links the contact to an outside program.

Notes

Other information for the contact.

Set as Default

Select this option if the contact is to be the default contact for the selected group.

If a default contact has been defined for a group, then when you specify the group information for a reservation, the Contact field is automatically populated with the name of the default contact.

You can always specify a contact as the default contact for a selected group at a later date. To do so, select the contact in the right pane of the group-specific window, click Set Default, and then click Yes at the prompt to set the selected user as the default contact.

Inactive

Leave this option blank to add the contact as an active contact. Select this option to inactivate the contact.

  1. Optionally, do one or both of the following:
    • Click Spelling to spell check the information for the contact before you save it.
    • Make sure that the newly created contact is selected so that you can create a everyday user from the contact.
  2. Click OK

    The contact is added to the group.

Configure a Contact from a Group

To configure a contact from a group:

  1. Click Tools > Click Create Contact from Another Group. A second Groups window opens.
  2. Search for the group that is to be the source of the contact, and then click Select

    The Contact dialog opens. The name of the group (contact source) displays in the Group field and you cannot edit this value. The remaining fields (Contact Name, Address, Phone, and so on) display the information for the group that you selected when you Configured Contacts. See Search for a group and/or contacts.

  1. If needed, edit the contact's information.

Field

Description

Contact

The name of the contact (maximum of 50 characters, including spaces).

Title

The contact's title (Mr., Ms., Dr., and so on).

Group

Populated with the name of the group that you selected first (the group for which you are configuring the contact). You cannot change this value.

Address

Populated with the address of the contact. If the contact address is the same as the group address, then select Use Group Address to populated the address fields with the group address. Otherwise, you can edit these values.

International

Not applicable if Use Group Address is selected. Select this option to drop the State and Zip fields from the address for an international contact.

Phone

Fax

The phone number and fax number for the group.

The Phone and Fax fields have a field available on which you can select a different value (Fax, Mobile, Other, or Phone) for the field label, or you can enter a user-defined value. To enter a user-defined value, double-click the current field label to select it, and then enter the user-defined value over the selected label.

Email Address

The email address for the contact. If your computer is connected to a network, click the Search icon to open a Global Address Lookup dialog and search for the email address.

External Reference

Links the contact to an outside program.

Notes

Other information for the contact.

Set as Default

Select if the contact is to be the default contact for the selected group.

If a default contact has been defined for a group, then when you specify the group information for a reservation, the Contact field is automatically populated with the name of the default contact.

You can always specify a contact as the default contact for a selected group at a later date.

Inactive

Leave blank to add the contact as an active contact. Select to inactivate the contact.

  1. Optionally, do one or both of the following:
    • Click Spelling to spell check the information for the contact before you save it.
    • Make sure that the newly created contact is selected so that you can create a everyday user from the contact. See To create a everyday user from a contact.
  2. Click OK

    The contact is added to the group.

Create an Everyday User from a Contact

An everyday user is a registered user who can submit requests for reservations or schedule reservations in EMS Web App. When you add a contact to a group in your EMS database, you might also need to create a user from the contact. This user can then create and view reservations on behalf of the contact's group in EMS Web App. You can create only one user from a contact. When you create a user, you can also specify one or more delegates for the user. A delegate is a user who can create and view reservations on behalf of another user.

To create an everyday user from a contact:

  1. If needed, open the group that contains the contact from which you are creating the everyday user in the group-specific window. See Configure Contacts.
  2. In the group-specific window, make sure that Contacts is selected.
  3. In the right pane of the window, select the contact from which you are creating the everyday user.
  4. Click Tools > Create Everyday User from Contact. A contact-specific dialog opens. The everyday user tab is the active tab.

The User Defined Fields tab displays the questions that a everyday user was required to answer when the user requested to create an account through EMS Web App and it is not relevant to the procedure that is described below.

  1. Enter the information for the everyday user.

Field

Description

Name

Automatically populated after you select the contact. You can edit this information.

Password

The password that a everyday user must enter to log in to EMS Web App.

Email address

If this information has been entered for the contact, then this field is automatically populated after you select the contact. If the field is blank, you must enter the full email address for the user. (The user must enter this address to log in to EMS Web App.)

Phone/Fax

Optional fields. If this information has been entered for the contact, then these fields are automatically populated after you select the contact. If the fields are blank, you can enter values if needed.

Notes

Optional field.

External Reference

Optional field. Links the everyday user to an outside program if needed.

Network ID

Optional field. The everyday user's network ID.

Email Opt Out

Select this option if the everyday user is not to receive automatic emails (such as reservation summary emails) from EMS Web App. The user will still receive manually sent emails.

Status

Required field. Select the status for the everyday user:

  • Active – The everyday user can log in to EMS Web App.
  • Inactive – The user cannot log in to EMS Web App and is instructed to contact the EMS administrator.
  • Pending – The everyday user cannot log in to EMS Web App and is informed that he/she must check back at a later time.

Security Template

Required field. This determines the everyday user's access to the system's the menu items that the user can see and the information that the user can view in a tooltip when 'rolling-over' an event in EMS Web App.

Time Zone

Required field. Select the time zone for the user.

  1. Open the Process Templates tab and on the Available list, select the everyday user process template or CTRL-click to select the multiple templates to which this user is to be assigned, and then click the Move button (>) to move the selected templates to the Selected list.

An everyday user process template defines the functions that are available to each type of everyday user in EMS Web App when the user is submitting a request for a reservation.

  1. Open the Groups tab and do one of the following to specify the groups on whose behalf the everyday user can view and make reservations in EMS Web App.
    • The contact's group is selected by default. You can leave this group in the Selected list, or you can select the group and click the Remove button (<).
    • Specify any combination of search criteria for the Find field and Group Type, and then click Display to produce a list of all groups that meets the criteria. In the Available list, select a group, or CTRL-click to select multiple groups, and then click the Move button (>) to move the selected groups to the Selected list.

If you leave the Find field blank, then a list of all currently active groups for the selected group type is displayed. If you enter a search string in the Find field, the string is not case-sensitive, but your search is limited to the exact order of the characters in the string and the string must begin with the information for which you are searching. For example, AAA returns AAA Colorado, but not Colorado AAA.

  1. Open the Delegates tab, and in Search by, do one of the following to specify the delegates for the everyday user:
    • Leave the Find field blank, and then click Display to open a list of all currently available everyday users. Select a everyday user, or Ctrl-click to select multiple everyday users, and then click the Move button (>) to move the selected everyday users to the Selected list.
    • On the Search By field, select the option by which to search (Email Address or User Name), and in the Find field, enter the string by which to filter your search, and then click Display. Select a everyday user, or Ctrl-click to select multiple everyday users, and then click the Move button (>) to move the selected everyday users to the Selected list.

The string is not case-sensitive, but your search is limited to the exact order of the characters in the string and the string must begin with the information for which you are searching. For example, if searching by Email Address, a search string of bob returns bob.worth@emssoftware.com but not dbobbett@emssoftware.com.

  1. Optionally, click Spelling to spell check any information that you manually entered for the user.
  2. Click OK. A success message appears.
  3. Click OK.