Adding a Column in BreadCrumbs – BreadCrumbs Instructions

Target Audience: Advanced User IT Manager
Article #: 13525


When using BreadCrumbs, the user may need to add a new column to the database in so that it properly arranges the information. Follow these instructions for adding a column in BreadCrumbs.


You will need:

  • Access to the database and tables that need to be changed with read and write privileges
  • SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) installed


Part 1: Adding the Column

  1. In the commons database, execute the stored procedure exec Utl_Set_DB_Identifiers. This resets the addition of column identifiers regarding site specificity – whether they belong in the commons or assets database.
  1. Locate the table where the column is to be added.
  2. Right-click on the table and select Design to allow editing of the table. This will open a new tab.
  3. On the left side of the tab, name the new column.
  4. On the right side, assign it a Data Type using the pulldown.
    • If the column will only use numbers, then assign an int datatype.
    • Otherwise, use the nvarchar dataype and assign a specified length.
    • Nvarchar(XX) allows for a number of characters up to the number in parenthesis. Examples are nvarchar(32) for 32 characters or less and nvarchar(50) for 50 characters or less.
    • Int datatypes allow for numbers ranging from 0 to 4.2 billion
    • A tiny int datatype allows for numbers ranging from 0 to 255
    • Bits can only be 0 or 1 as they are used for true or false
  1. Click the Save icon (floppy disk) to save your changes.

Part 2: Enabling Tracking

Once the column has been added to the table, it must be added to the DB_Table_Columns so it can be tracked.

  1. Execute the stored procedure exec Utl_Db_Table_Columns_Insert ‘<Desired Table>’, <site specificity>
    • Desired Table is the name of the table that was just modified.
    • Site Specificity indicates whether the table belongs in the commons database or in a specific sites database.
      • EXAMPLE 1: The volume needs to be a standard item property that needs to be tracked for every customer within the BreadCrumbs database going forward. Use 0 for site specificity.
      • EXAMPLE 2: Color needs to be a standard item property for a single company. Use 1 for site specificity.
  1. To confirm the addition of this column, navigate to the Common database.
  2. Go to the DB_Table_Columns table.
  3. Locate the database column that was added by running the following command:
    SELECT * FROM DB_Table_Columns WHERE Column_Name = ‘[<Name of Field>]’
  1. To confirm if that the correct specificity has been applied, check Table_Column_Id. If the value is less than 10,000 it is non-site specific. If it is above that value, then it will only apply to selected customers.

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