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Method and System for Integrating a WebSphere Portal with Forms Experience Builder

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239658D
Publication Date: 2014-Nov-21
Document File: 6 page(s) / 160K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for integrating WebSphere* portal with Forms Experience Builder (FEB).

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Method and System for Integrating a WebSphere Portal with Forms Experience Builder

Disclosed is a method and system for integrating WebSphere* portal with Forms Experience Builder (FEB). In an implementation of the method and system, an operational environment for integrating the WebSphere Portal and the FEB is provided. The implementation includes a custom portlet application and a form application. The custom portlet application runs on a WebSphere Portal server and the form application runs on a FEB server. The WebSphere Portal server is installed with a directory server, and the FEB server is installed with a FEB relational database. Both the WebSphere portal server and the FEB server are configured with an authentication and authorization solution so that a Single Sign-On (SSO) is enabled between a WebSphere portal application and a FEB application. The operational environment for the custom portlet application and the form application is presented in Figure 1.

Figure 1

According to the implementation, the form application is a sample bank information application. The sample Bank Information Form BIF is created using FEB. The form application is used by an employee to provide bank account information of the employee to an accounting department. Figure 2 illustrates the sample BIF.

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Figure 2

Figure 3 illustrates a workflow of the BIF application.

Figure 3

As illustrated, the sample BIF application includes a workflow with four stages, which are start, review, re-submit and end. When an employee opens the BIF application to fill a form with the bank account information, the BIF application is at the start stage.

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After the employee clicks the submit button, the BIF application enters the review stage. In the review stage, an accounting staff opens the BIF application to review the data in the form. If there is wrong data, the accounting staff clicks the reject button. Thereafter, the BIF application enters the re-submit stage. In the re-submit stage, the employee opens the BIF application again to update the form with the correct data and clicks the submit button to re-submit. Thereafter, the BIF application enters the review stage again where the accounting staff reviews the data again. After the accounting staff clicks the confirm button, the BIF application enters the end stage which is the end of the workflow. The workflow and the stages of the workflow are created using the FEB server as illustrated in Figure 4.

Figure 4

As illustrated in the workflow of Figure 4, the employee works on the BIF application when the application is in the start stage and the re-submit stage while the accounting staff works on the same BIF application when the application is in the review stage. When the form application is in the start stage and the re-submit stage, the accounting staff cannot see the form application. Similarly, when the form application is in the review stage, the employee cannot see the form ap...