Our product connexas frontend for SAP Fiori®, which is SAP-certified and built on SAP® Cloud Platform, enables the customer to run workflows of Alfresco Process Services (formerly known as Activiti) within the modern look and feel of the SAP Fiori Launchpad. This also includes responsive design which SAP Fiori was made for. No matter whether on a mobile device, on a tablet or even on a desktop PC, the layout will be adapted without any loss of functionality. With this behavior the most possible user experience can be provided. Furthermore, the user stays in his familiar world of SAP (Fiori Launchpad) where he is able to run his workflows and to execute his tasks without knowing the presence of Alfresco Process Services in the background. Based on customer needs, additional data from the connected SAP system can influence the workflow process.
In general, connexas frontend mirrors the process models and make the forms available in SAP Fiori. All business logic and even the permission management remains in Alfresco Process Services. Once, the product is deployed successfully to the SAP Cloud platform, a few adaptations has to be done. This affects at least the hostname of the Alfresco Process Services server. If all is set, all available and published process models in Alfresco Process Services are already available in SAP Fiori. Editing an existing or creating new process definition has to be done in the native App Designer. After publishing it, it will be immediately available.
By choosing connexas frontend to run workflows of Alfresco Process Services within SAP Cloud Platform comes around with certain advantages:
Certified by SAP Built on Cloud Platform means, that the product matches all criteria and standards that are required to run on SAP Cloud Platform.
connexas frontend is available as App in the SAP Fiori Launchpad of the user.
SAP Fiori was made for responsive design. Because connexas frontend runs in the SAP Fiori context, the UI of our product is full responsive, too.
Because connexas frontend runs in the SAP Cloud Platform, it can exchange data with any SAP system that is connected to the cloud.
The SAP Cloud Platform can even connect to any third-party system that supports CMIS. connexas frontend can therefore also communicate with these systems.
Because connexas frontend communicates via the public Rest API with Alfresco Process Services, nothing will be duplicated. Neither process definitions nor any other business logic. All remains in Alfresco Process Services.
All new process models that are created in the Alfresco Process Services ‘App Designer’ and successfully published, are immediately available in SAP Fiori through connexas frontend.
By choosing connexas frontend as a certified SAP-Alfresco Process Services integration you will benefit from a couple of features. This section explores the capabilities that are offered with the product.
Built on SAP Cloud Platform
Run on SAP Cloud Platform
Strictly usage of Rest API
SAP Fiori App
Business logic remains in APS
The generic interface supports almost each standard control element that is currently available in the Alfresco Process Services App Designer for web-forms. This includes for example elements to display textboxes, dropdown lists, option fields, multiline-text as well as the upload content element and the viewing content element.
If the process model(s) contains any custom outcomes for a task, this will be supported by connexas frontend as well.
Depending on the users locale, the generic interface supports different languages.
connexas frontend does support the well-known filters from the Alfresco Process Services task manager. There will be the following filter available in the SAP Fiori app: My Tasks, Completed Tasks or even Involved Tasks.
It's already foreseen that connexas frontend will be able to exchange data with any SAP system that is even connected to the same SAP Cloud Platform.
Also, it's already foreseen that it's possible to exchange data with any third-party system that is connected via CMIS to the SAP Cloud Platform.
We offer the following additional services related to our product connexas frontend:
Best way to start over!
With our starter package we offer a great option to implement our product(s) in your company environment. We prefer to start with an initialization workshop to understand your requirements, talking on the same level at the same language. We install the product(s) on your system and do the basic configuration on SAP and Alfresco. You will see the simplicity of the installation and even the configuration. Our comprehensive manuals will help you to implement future scenarios by your own.
A note to the Starter Package: Based on my experience with our valued customers, this package offers the best way to start with our products on customer side.
The Starter Package includes:
The goal of the workshop is to get a detailed view of the environment, the needs of the customer, inform the customer about the connexas software details and prepare the implementation.
The connexas software will be installed on the customer development environment and the SAP – Alfresco communication will be validated. As a requirement for the installation, all necessary prerequisites (mentioned in our pre-requisites document) should match before.
Depending on the connexas software used, the following scenarios will be covered:
connexas content: Store finance documents via SAP in Alfresco, replicate default default SAP meta-data to Alfresco and display documents in SAP and Alfresco.
connexas frontend: Run APS workflow in SAP Fiori.
The implemented scenarios are explained and tested. The results and future scenarios will be discussed.