Now Under Development in AVIO’s Skunkworks Labs: Customized Workspace for Oracle BPM by Mark Peterson

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Using best in class UI technologies, AVIO is developing a custom workspace that will manage your work the way you want. It starts with a initial layout that is similar to Oracle’s BPM workspace, but it can use a layout that is best for you. It works in most browsers and media types; cell phones, tablets or PCs.

AVIO’s workspace uses open source technologies, Angular JS (angularjs.org) and Bootstrap CSS (getbootstrap.com). Angular JS provides best in class MVC architecture to render the UI fast and rich in features. Bootstrap CSS is used for a "Design for Mobile First" approach. Where Angular is rapidly becoming the technology of choice for the front-end, Bootstrap will give your designs the responsiveness it needs for cell phones, tablets or PCs.  As opposed to Oracle’s workspace, Angular enables your workspace to be customized from its own and AVIO’s pre-built libraries. These libraries leverage AVIO’s REST services for BPM CRUD operations with the server. Bootstrap CSS can layer on top of any open source tools to give your UIs the "wow" factor you want. These cool features will include modal menus, dynamic widgets and pages, and Kanban style task boards for an intuitive user experience.

Before we look at the workspace on a mobile device, take a close look at the top and left menu bar on a full-size display. The top menu bar contains a search box to filter the list or locate a particular work item. It also contains tabs for applications (to start new tasks), dashboards  (for grapical representation of your work) and a settings tab; for configuring your workspace. The menu on the left contains a list of views to group your work by task or case; initiated or administrative; tasks due within some time-frame; or by some metadata like region, department, or status.

The main panel (on the right) contains a work list represented by cards. These cards can be customized to contain important text and date fields,  images, links and other meta-data to identify them. These cards can represent different work items like a task or a case. With cards, there’s no need to switch between task and case view when using Oracle’s Adaptive Case Management (ACM) features. If mixing them together in a single list is not desired, it is easy to create views with only one or the other.

To get a feel for how this works, we will look at the UI rendered in a hand-held device as seen below. Notice that the left menu bar has been hidden and the top menu collapsed to an expandable menu icon. The work item list of cards makes it easier to design responsive layouts over a static table with rows. Different card types may need different meta-data, images and fields. Likewise the details behind the cards can adapt according to the card type. This provides more uniformity for handling tasks and cases for an intuitive and friendly look and feel.

One reason cards are used as opposed to a static table is the way the concept handles different work item types. The other reason is to allow Kanban style drag and drop.  Each card type can contain its own set of text fields, dates, images and links according to the card type. It can be dragged around (in Kanban style), sorted moved from view to view, or whatever the case may be. Cards provide more flexibility over tables. However if a table suits the need better, that is possible too. It’s easier to turn off features than add them back in later on. Read the complete article here.

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About Jürgen Kress
As a middleware expert Jürgen works at Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels, responsible for Oracle’s EMEA Fusion Middleware partner business. He is the founder of the Oracle SOA & BPM and the WebLogic Partner Communities and the global Oracle Partner Advisory Councils. With more than 5000 members from all over the world the Middleware Partner Community is the most successful and active community at Oracle. Jürgen manages the community with monthly newsletters, webcasts and conferences. He hosts his annual Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forums and the Fusion Middleware Summer Camps, where more than 200 partners get product updates, roadmap insights and hands-on trainings. Supplemented by many web 2.0 tools like twitter, discussion forums, online communities, blogs and wikis. For the SOA & Cloud Symposium by Thomas Erl, Jürgen is a member of the steering board. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences like the SOA & BPM Integration Days, JAX, UKOUG, OUGN, or OOP.

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