Search performance on Mobile App with large Dropdown lists

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    Sara Kaplow, Community Manager

    Hi Richard, 

    Understand what you're saying here. I'm wondering if, as a work-around, there's a way to split your data so you aren't having to load the complete list every time, probably using some Dependent Reference Data. Could you classify your customers list in some way (by state maybe, or city?) so that you'd select that first, then narrow down the customer list, and from there get the list of products? Something like this: 

    If it's not set up by customer, you could also do it by brand or category of part, but using Dependent Reference Data to narrow the list should help speed things up. 

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    Richard Gate

    Hi thanks for the suggestions. However, the data in the App has already been optimised. Each record in the reference data that populates the drop down, only contains a customer name and their location. I should point out that the term "customer" is really an individual Patient at a customer's location. The products are personal ear protection that has to be tracked to an individual Patient. We do have another App that holds data in separate dropdowns for location and Patient, which can be used sometimes but Patients may be deployed to different locations over the lifetime (5 years) of an ear protection product so the only certain way of finding their data is via the big dropdown.

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