Picklist or lookup

When creating new attributes for an entity the obvious data type is a picklist – especially when there are only a few valid choices such as Title (Mr, Mrs etc).

However, picklists are not without some problems and in some situations it may be better to create a new entity and a 1:n relationship between the main entity and the new entity.

The table compares picklists and using entities.

PicklistLookup Entity
Easy for user to select valueMore clicks than picklist to select the value
Can’t be reused between entitiesCan be used on more than entity (create additional relationships)
Can’t be set using a dynamic value in WorkflowEasier for users to maintain (just add/update/delete records)

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