Friday, July 8, 2016

Document Approval and Workflow on Google Drive

Cloud file storage is increasingly important in today’s computing environment, be it for personal, small business or enterprise use. Services like Dropbox, Box.com, Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive are leading the way. Google Drive is Google’s popular file storage service, and is seamlessly integrated with Google Apps.


If you are using Google Apps for Work, having files stored and synchronised seamlessly in the cloud makes collaboration and document sharing easy. But if you need document approvals and routing, using Google Apps Script to enable workflow is too complex and not for everyone. There is a better way to manage the sending of documents for approval within the organisation and that’s through Joget Workflow for Google Apps.

Visually design apps with integrated support for Google Drive


Joget Workflow for Google Apps is a cloud platform to build apps and automate processes. Seamlessly integrated with Google Apps for Work, you can visually design your own custom applications. With Google Drive Integration, you can drag-and-drop a file upload that directly uploads and reads files from Google Drive.

To set up, visit Google Apps Marketplace and install Joget Workflow for Google Apps in a few steps.


When it is up and running, try to create an app from scratch using the App Generator following the Overview Tutorial (kudos if you can get it done in 10 minutes or less). In the Form Builder, drag-and-drop the Google Drive File Upload element into your form.


Configure the element with just a few simple properties.



From the front-end, users will be able to upload and store files on Google Drive.


Install apps from the Joget Marketplace

An alternative to creating an app using the App Generator is to download a ready made app from the Joget Marketplace. Just install the desired app, edit an existing form and add in the Google Drive File Upload element.

Mobile Support

Also, if you need for your apps and data to be accessible on the go, the Google Drive File Upload element just added in the form is automatically mobile ready, and can be accessed using a mobile browser, or via the Joget Workflow Mobile App (available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store).


The addition of Google Drive support for apps developed on Joget Workflow for Google Apps,  will hopefully make document approval and routing easy. More information on Joget Workflow can be found at http://www.joget.org.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SharePoint or Joget Workflow? Use Both Together!

Recently, there have been questions from customers, partners and the community asking for comparisons between Joget Workflow and Microsoft SharePointActually, the two products are not competing, but in fact complement each other.


SharePoint is a web application portal platform for team collaboration, intranets and enterprise document and content management. While it is possible to extend the capabilities of SharePoint, developing apps for SharePoint is not easy as it requires traditional programming.

On the other hand, Joget Workflow is a platform to easily build web apps and automate processes. With single sign-on (SSO) integration from SharePoint to Joget Workflow, organizations can easily extend the capability of SharePoint by allowing users to seamlessly access custom apps, visually design their own custom applications, or download ready made apps from the Joget Marketplace.

Use SharePoint for sharing and collaboration, and Joget Workflow for building and maintaining apps. To see how SSO can be achieved between SharePoint and Joget Workflow, check out the Knowledge Base article at https://dev.joget.org/community/display/KBv5/Joget+Workflow+SharePoint+SSO+Integration.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Google Apps, Slack, Joget Workflow Mobile App and More

Joget Workflow v5 has been released, finally!

It was delayed by a couple of months as we had put a lot of focus on security, complying to audits done by some of the biggest names in security such as HP Fortify, Veracode and Rapid7 AppSpider. If you want to see what was remediated, you can check the CHANGES.txt document of the v5 release.

It is exactly a month into v5 release, so what's next? Let us share with you what is happening right now!

Joget Workflow For Google Apps 


We just released Joget Workflow For Google Apps on the Google Apps Marketplace. You can check out the listing here.

Joget Workflow For Google Apps on the
Google Apps Marketplace
Access Joget Workflow via the
Google Apps menu.
If you are a Google Apps user, you can now subscribe to Joget Workflow For Google Apps, where you will be able to access Joget Workflow from your Google Apps menu.

Joget Workflow For Google Apps works with Joget Workflow On-Demand. You will be able to try it out for 14 days before deciding whether to subscribe on a monthly basis.

Installation Guide

Here is an article with details on how to install Joget Workflow for Google Apps. Depending on the feature requests we receive, we plan to integrate with more Google Apps features.


Joget Workflow Mobile App


It's here! Took us a while, but we have finally published an official Joget Workflow Mobile Android app on the Google Play Store. Download it here. An iOS version will be published very soon (under review now) is now published.

The Joget Workflow Mobile App allows for simpler access to Joget Workflow servers while providing mobile features such as push notifications for both Android and iOS devices. By creating multiple profiles, you will be able to access multiple Joget Workflow web apps from different locations.


Installation and Setup

To enable push notifications, you will need to install the Mobile Push Notification plugin in your Joget Workflow server. The plugin sends a push notification whenever a user receives a new pending task assignment.

It is quite similar to the User Notification email plugin, except that it sends mobile push messages instead of emails. Check out this article in our Knowledge Base to get more details.

Mobile Push Notification Audit Trail plugin configuration page.
The Mobile Push Notification plugin is now available for download in the Joget Marketplace. All community and enterprise users can download for free.

In the months to come, depending on the feature requests we receive, we plan to add a lot more features to the mobile app. Stay tuned!

Slack in Joget Marketplace


We have just released 2 new plugins that will allow Slack users to integrate Joget Workflow with Slack messaging. Btw, we are using Slack... so this is really exciting.
Also, if you hadn't noticed, recently we published a lot of free apps and plugins. We hope this will enable our users to accelerate their learning process by using these apps/plugins as reference, app templates or as learning tools (tied-in with tutorial articles published in our Knowledge Base). Go check them out.


New Joget Workflow Video Tutorials


We just published a new batch of short Joget Workflow video tutorials that are targeted at specific learning goals. You can check out the playlist below or on our YouTube Channel.


If you have any tutorial request or specific topic that you would like us to cover, please do not hesitate to let us know by leaving a comment below or you can always post them here on http://answers.joget.org.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Joget Workflow v5 Released

It's here! The Joget team is excited to announce that the stable version of Joget Workflow v5 is now released.

Joget Workflow is an open source platform to easily build enterprise web apps for cloud and mobile.
  • Build full-fledged apps e.g. CRM, HR, Healthcare, etc 
  • Drag and drop forms, lists, UI 
  • Add workflow to automate processes 
  • Extend via plugins 
  • Apps are mobile optimized and cloud ready 
  • Download ready made apps from the Joget Marketplace


Introduction Videos









What’s New in v5?

The following is a summary of what's new:

  • New App Center
  • New Admin Sidebar
  • Seamless App Installation from the Joget Marketplace
  • New Web-Based Process Builder 
  • Improved App Generator
  • Improved App Theme Flexibility
  • New Form Signature
  • New Audit Trail For Forms
  • New and Enhanced App Plugins
  • Performance Analyzer
  • Upgrades Under The Hood
  • Performance and Scalability Enhancements

Find out in more detail here: http://www.joget.org/joget-workflow-v5/


Resources


Check out the following resources:

Friday, December 18, 2015

What is the most exciting thing about Joget Workflow v5?

Joget Workflow v5 comes with many new features and enhancements  You can view the full list of new features from the v5 knowledge base located here.

So what is the most exciting v5 feature? For me it has to be the much enhanced App Generator. Imagine, generate a production ready Joget Workflow app in minutes. It has opened up new possibilities for developers (citizen or otherwise) and business users to greatly speed up their Enterprise app development process. Not just for prototyping but for delivering full functioning production applications.

Well, exactly how is the latest App Generator exciting compared to v4 or to other agile development platform. Here is what I put forward.

Low-Code Platform

First of all, the App Generator made it's first appearance in Joget Workflow v4 beta back in 2013. It was ground breaking in that it allowed users to create a form and from the form, generate a full-fledged functioning web app with or without a workflow approval cycle. And all this without a single line of code written.

The Joget Workflow platform is what Forrester would called a “low-code” platform. According to the articles published by Software Development Times and CIO.com in 2014, the Forrester report titled “New Development Platforms Emerge For Customer-Facing Applications” states that:
“Hand-coding is too slow to develop and deliver many of the applications that companies use to win, serve, and retain customers. Some firms are turning to new, "low-code" application platforms that accelerate app delivery by dramatically reducing the amount of hand-coding required. Faster delivery is the primary benefit of these application platforms; they also help firms respond more quickly to customer feedback after initial software releases and provision mobile and multichannel apps. Usage of low-code platforms is gaining momentum for customer-facing applications.” – Forrester.com
With the App Generator, Joget Workflow brings a new dimension to “low code” platform. It is more than a source code generator and that although an agile platform maybe conventional, the app generator allows the users to extend their agile methodology to experiment and continuously test their application with their end-users.

Developers and business users are now able to very rapidly and easily create working prototypes without any coding. This has allowed the developers to focus on the business layer and iteratively work with their end-users to gather requirements and achieve their final application objectives.

New Process Templates

So what is the big deal in v5’s App Generator? In v5, Joget Workflow will spot a much enhanced App Generator that gives the users more options to configure the data listings and CRUD lists for the UI (Userviews). But the most interesting feature of the new app generator is the ability to choose a process template or templates to use in the generated app. 


Compared to the previous v4 app generator, these process templates are much more configurable and customizable. The user is now able to choose between two process templates (Approval Process or Assignment Process) or include both as part of their app. User can also customize the notification messages that are sent out during the process flow. All the labels in the app can be re-labeled and customized allowing the users to internationalize their apps instantly.

App Generator Templates

Under the hood, the app generator has been completely rebuilt. It now has an app templating system that utilizes the Joget Workflow plug-in architecture, which allows developers and system integrators to extend the app generator functions to create and add their own new data lists, userviews and process templates. The collection of these app generator templates will allow them to re-use and apply their domain expertise to their client’s needs. 

For example, a system integrator with accumulated experience and domain knowledge in finance may build app generator templates that caters to the finance industry; when used in varying combinations will generate app prototypes quickly to suit a particular market or business need. So, if you are a programmer, solution provider or a system integrator, and you want to extend the app generator to cater to your multiple needs, you should check out the Joget Workflow Generator Plugins.

Watch the following "Joget Workflow v5 Introduction Tutorial" video to see the new App Generator in action.


Conclusion

With the App Generator and the Joget Workflow platform, the possibility now exist where end-users do not need to completely depend on the developers and programmers to develop what they need for their enterprise apps. They can now very quickly build prototypes or minimal viable products to meet their own immediate needs and through a process of continuous improvement, their software will continuously evolve and improve; just as we will continue to evolve and improve Joget Workflow from a code-less to a codeless platform.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Joget Workflow App Deconstructed

I was kind of surprised to receive an email recently with the question, "What is a Joget Workflow app?" I had thought that we would have published enough information on our website and community knowledge base explaining what it is.

After searching and crawling through our sites, the only reference I could find that explained what a Joget Workflow app is, was in another blog post titled, "Web App Development Methodology for The Citizen Developer (Infographic)". We were so careful in taking care of the tree that we forgot about the forest. Ouch! Our bad!

So here is an explanation with some recycled information.

What is a Joget Workflow App?

A Joget Workflow App is a web application that is built and developed on the Joget Workflow platform to run on the Joget Workflow platform. At its core, the app consist of 2 XML definition files (app and process definition). These definition files are what the platform needs to render the app in an easy-to-use form.



From the user perspective, a deconstructed Joget Workflow App consist of 4 components - forms, data listings, user interface and processes.

Combined together, each of these components plays an integral part that enables the web application to function cohesively on the platform. The platform allows the developers to use the builders tools (refer to above Infographic) to design and build these components in a systematic manner producing the final application.

The following video introduce the Joget Workflow Apps and the App Center.



In v4, the introduction of the App Generator has allow developers to greatly accelerate the development of app prototypes or minimal viable product for user feedback and testing. Watch the following "Joget Workflow v5 Introduction Tutorial" video to see the new App Generator in action.



Next, explore the Joget Workflow knowledge base or Marketplace to download free apps to use as templates or tutorials.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Seamlessly Install Joget Workflow Apps from Joget Marketplace

Recently, we quietly re-launched the Joget Marketplace. The beta marketplace is designed to work with Joget Workflow version 5 (currently available as RC) to enable users to seamlessly download and install Joget Workflow apps.



Log in as an admin user to access the marketplace from the v5 App Center. Click on the "Marketplace" link to load the Marketplace in a pop-up window. Next, create a new marketplace account and log in. To install an app, just browse to the app you want and click on the "Install" button at the top right corner of the pop-up window.



If you are still using Joget Workflow v4, you will need to download the apps from the marketplace and then manually import them into your Joget Workflow server.

The new marketplace will be packed with new apps and plugins. Most of these apps and plugins are free to download and use. You can use these apps or plugins as tutorials or templates to build your own apps and plugins. Some new apps and plugins include:
In the months to come, we will be actively releasing more apps and plugins. Also, our partners will be selling some of their protected apps in the marketplace soon. All protected apps are free to download and use for 30 days. After the trial period, the user can choose to purchase the app license from the marketplace.

If you are interested to contribute to the Joget Marketplace, you can sign up here.