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Apex and First Tennessee Bank to present at IBM Interconnect 2017

Apex Process Consultants is proud to present at IBM Interconnect with First Tennessee Bank. Please see below for the session description.

Rapidly Enhancing an Enterprise Services Layer with IBM BPM and ODM at First Tennessee Bank

First Tennessee Bank (FTB) and Apex Process Consultants have implemented a system-guided process to assist the customer service representative in completing the online banking enrollment process. By leveraging IBM BPM and Apex Coach Views, the solution was developed, tested and ready for production in under five weeks. The ability to develop the solution in such a short time provided an extremely quick ROI. FTB is now leveraging both BPM and IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM) to enhance its enterprise service bus by providing both guided process and decision management across the enterprise. In the latest enhancements, business decisions in ODM provide an early warning mechanism for the bank’s deposit system to detect potential fraud.

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Come see the First Tennessee Bank presentation at InterConnect 2017 to learning more.
Session:  HBP-2208
Time: Mon, 20-Mar 01:00 PM – 01:45 PM
Place:  Mandalay Bay South, Level 2 – Mandalay Bay Ballroom I

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Elegant Integration of Coach Views and AngularJS

If you have ever created a Coach View, you understand that it’s more difficult to integrate the data and its visual representation than you’d like, and if you have not created any coach views, perhaps for this reason, now’s your chance!  For example, to create a “Are you sure you wish to assign this task to SOMEUSER?” message view, you require the following (or perhaps a strictly JavaScript implementation):

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Some of you are thinking, “So? Easy peasy lemon squeezy!” while others may be thinking “This is my NIGHTMARE!!”  What if you could get away with the following:

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Boom goes the dynamite!  The text automatically updated! Now we’re talking in the realm of AngularJS and Coach View integration with the Apex Coach Views Toolkit.. 2!

“But Kyle! How do I make it show up nice and pretty?  Whenever I create something,  I always have to worry about configuration options for style, format, and the likes!”

ACV2 (Apex Coach Views 2) solves this issue by allowing you to simply add “columns” as a configuration option and you’re done!  Instantly fits perfectly into a responsive layout with Bootstrap CSS!  No extra time in CSS Hell.  (CSS and DOJO Hell are terms coined by Apex consultants before coach view toolkits existed)

Now that you’ve created a dynamic message for your application the client will be very impressed and you can call it a day; however, if you want to ensure a free dinner and drinks outing at the steakhouse by Wednesday night, you’ll have to take advantage of a few more AngularJS features.

Let’s try our hand at a basic Text control:

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The label for a view is now displayed with conditional visibility, and the input not only reflects updated local variable values but also sets the value with each keystroke.  Neato!

Now that we’ve seen interactions with Coach View bound data as well as options, let’s throw in Angular’s handy dandy ‘ng-change’ directive to show some love for the oft forgotten metadata.

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Above we see two of our views exhibiting Bootstrap CSS automatically with the “columns” configuration option.  Due to ng-change, not only is our bound variable updated as we type, but the label is updated with each keystroke as well.  Coach Views + AngularJS + Apex Coach Views 2 = Less Script + More Power + tan(DELTA(time)/resources) <- I don’t even know what that means… and as Will Ferrell would say: “Nobody knows what it means, but it’s provocative!”

Naturally, using Custom HTML blocks is bested by ACV2 patterns for IBM BPM web file templates and Custom Builds, but those adventures are for upcoming posts.

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The Apex Suite – a package of productivity

The Apex suite of products is a package of productivity software designed to maximize your investment in IBM BPM platform.  The Apex suite helps your team stay agile by delivering a wide range of products that enable you to build rich front-end user interfaces along with the powerful back-end integration services. The following is a list of products included in the Apex suite:

 Apex Coach Views are designed to help you quickly deliver powerful coach screens that provide rich human interface to a large number of end-users.  Apex Coach Views enable non-programmers to easily build and package reusable coach views. Key features include:

  • A rich set of easy to configure controls that support a large range of data types.
  • A set of powerful Layout coach views that provide liquid layout supporting a large number of screens on various devices.
  • High performance grids that can be modeled easily using the drag-and-drop column views. Progressive loading of data via an Ajax service provides excellent performance on massive data sets.
  • Method and Event coach views help define behavior for coach views.

Apex Repository is designed to help you build a back-end database integration layer for your IBM BPM process applications. Key features include:

  • Manage Repository wizard uses pre-defined rules to allow you to create new database tables and views based on your IBM BPM business objects.
  • Configuration wizard maps business objects to tables. When underlying business objects or tables change, the configuration wizard identifies the required corresponding changes and allows you to accept or override each suggested change.
  • Apex Repository uses a full set of ready to use database integration services – no development required.
  • Apex Repository also includes a set of integration coach views that retrieve and manage data directly from the client – no Ajax services to build.

Apex Performance Tools help you monitor performance of your business processes. It collects and analyzes performance metrics at key milestones and identifies bottlenecks or performance improvement opportunities in your process applications. Apex performance tools are native IBM BPM tools that are easy to integrate into new or existing process applications and support:

  • Performance Monitoring and Reporting: True end-user response times are captured in database and monitored using the Monitor Performance administration service.
  • Performance Analysis – When you identify a performance issue, a rich stream of performance information is available for interactive drill-down analysis using the Analyze Performance administrator service.

Apex Firebase Integration toolkit includes a set of coach views and services that easily integrate with Firebase to build real-time applications. Firebase takes a NoSQL database and makes it available as a real-time backend service. Key features include:

  • Multiple users opening connection to same back-end Firebase can easily build real time apps. Updates to Firebase by one user are immediately pushed to all other users in real time and at any point all user data always stays in sync with Firebase.
  • Both client side and server side data binding is supported.
  • Allows aggregation of data sources by allowing you to set up a single view for different types of data items populated via different activities.
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Apex Coach Views Release 2

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Apex was one of the first IBM partners to release a Coach Views toolkit for BPM.  Apex Coach Views leverage client-side data patterns to make powerful, intuitive and great-looking UIs.

Apex Coach Views is a library of 90 ready-to-use layouts and controls designed for business technical users. They enable rich user experience with the latest dynamic client-side technologies under the hood and are ideal for both task completion and ad hoc information management user interfaces.

•Powered by AngularJS
•Styled with Bootstrap CSS
•Powerful and Easy to Use
•Fast and Light
•Mobile and Responsive
•Easy to Style and Extend
•Available on 8.0, 8.5 and 8.5.5

If you want to stay up to date with Apex Coach Views 2 please fill out this form.

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App in 60 Minutes – The Build Out

Seeing it all come together…

In this 7th and final video in the “App in 60 Minutes” series, we’ll demonstrate how to build out the contents of the “Cart” tab so that the user can see the items added to his order. To recap, in Video #6, we implemented the mechanics of adding an Order Item to the Store Order. These order items are stored in an Apex Repository managed table.

In this video, we will create a database view, using the Repository Wizard, so that we can easily populate the list of items to show on the “Cart” tab. We’ll also show you how to use Apex Coach Views to add a Grid of Order Items to the Cart tab and how to use List Objects (a Repository coach view) to connect that grid to the data source. Within minutes, your grid will display the contents of the order!

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App in 60 Minutes – OrderItem Business Object

OrderItem Business Object

In this video, we’ll finish building out the complete functionality of the Order Guide tab.  In our last video, we set up the Store Order object, and now we’ll show how to add items to the order.  Using Apex Coach Views, we will enhance the “Shopping Cart” button so that when clicked, a spinner is shown and the order item is added to the order.  We’ll use another Apex Repository coach view to add the item to the database.  The integration will be done in minutes and we won’t have to write any SQL!

Stay tuned for Video #7 – which will complete our App in 60 Minutes series… We’ll be showing you how to build out Shopping Cart tab so that the user can see the items that he has added to his order.

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App in 60 Minutes – Order Buisness Object

Order Business Object

In our last video, we demonstrated how to use Apex Repository to connect to an existing table in an external database to retrieve the store name.  In this video, we’ll continue to build out the Store Order application by creating the Store Order table in the repository and showing how to use the Add Object integration service from the toolkit to create a new row in that table.  Once we have the Store Order object in the database, we’ll then be able to add Order Items to the Order in Video #6 — stay tuned!!

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App in 60 Minutes – Using Apex Repository

Fine-tuning the details…

In previous videos in the “App in 60 Minutes” series, we set up a tabbed interface, added a list of products to the tab, and connected the list to an Apex Repository table. In this video, we’ll walk through, step-by-step, how to use Apex Repository to connect to an existing database table, external to the Repository’s database. We’ll also look at another Repository Coach View – Read Object – to read and display the store name in the page’s header.

Up next, in Video #5, we’ll add another table to the repository and use a repository service to populate it’s data… stay tuned!

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App in 60 Minutes – Creating a Business Object

Getting into the thick of things…

Previously, in video #2, we created the layout of the Order Guide Tab and populated it with static data. In this video, we’ll address creating a business object, using Apex Repository to create a database table for that object, and bulk load test data to that table. Additionally, we use an Apex Repository coach view to retrieve data from the database and display it in the Dynamic Table (which previously had hard-coded data). This coach view eliminates the need for developing a new integration service, and you’ll be able to display data on your coach with a few simple steps!

In Video #4 we’ll take our process app one step further and connect a business object to an existing external database table using Apex Repository.

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App in 60 Minutes – Order Guide Tab

Layouts don’t get much simpler than this…

In video #1, we added a tabbed layout on our page; now, we’ll look at how to build out the Order Guide Tab. In this video, we’ll add a Dynamic Section to our tab in order to display our list of products. For now, the data displayed will be static, however, in a future video, we’ll show you how to bind the list to a dynamic data source. Additionally, you’ll see how simple it is to style your application specifically to your company’s look and feel.

Coming soon in video #3, we’ll take a first look at Apex Repository and how it is used to easily create a table for a new business object.

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