As a business analyst, you can create an application by using a mashup environment, such as Business Space powered by WebSphere® or IBM® Lotus® Mashups. An application can include widgets that are included with IBM ECM Widgets and widgets that are provided by other vendors.
After you create and share the spaces and pages in the mashup environment, end users can see the spaces that they have access to when they log in to Business Space powered by WebSphere or IBM Lotus Mashups to process work.
A space represents the application and is selected by end users when they log in to the mashup environment. The application can consist of multiple spaces, which represent the application and, optionally, user roles. For example, you could name a space Account Processing to represent the application or Account Processing Supervisor to represent the role. You can set up a separate space for each application, such as New Accounts, Home Loans, or Business Accounts, or you can add pages to a single space to represent the different applications.
A space for collecting and managing step processor pages provides a way to reuse step processor pages across any number of application spaces. The step processor page is associated with a step in a workflow and is used to process a work item. The step processor page is displayed when you open a work item from the in-basket or when launching a work item by clicking Toolbar
-> Launch Process
Limitations for IBM Mashup Center
The following limitations apply when using IBM ECM Widgets with IBM Mashup Center.
- Using the Main page and Step page in the same space is not supported.
- Global page support is as follows:
For non-global pages, such as a space that contains the IBM WEBi widget and Content List widget, you can use and mix any theme within the space. For example, one space can have an IBM WEBi page with a breadcrumb layout and a Content List page with a different layout.
- When a space is created using an ECM template, only the Tab Menu - Free Layout theme is supported. Both spaces must be created using this theme. Make sure the correct theme is selected when creating the space. Any new pages added to the space must use the Tab Menu - Free Layout style.
- When creating a space without using a template (creating a space manually), only the Tab Menu - Free Layout and Tab Menu - Column Layout themes are supported. The Main space and Step space must use the same theme. You cannot mix and match styles. All pages in a space must use the same style.
Application design roadmap : ECM Widgets 220.127.116.11
An IBM ECM Widgets application is developed by using several applications. This roadmap describes the recommended sequence of tasks to develop an application with business process management capabilities.
Creating spaces : ECM Widgets 18.104.22.168
As a business analyst, you can create spaces in a mashup environment, such as Business Space powered by WebSphere or IBM Lotus Mashups, after you configure and edit workflows, roles and in-baskets in Process Designer.
Creating pages : ECM Widgets 22.214.171.124
After you create a space, you can add pages to it. Each page can contain one or more widgets that are configured to perform business tasks.
Creating step processor pages : ECM Widgets 126.96.36.199
A step processor page is used to process a work item and is started when the user selects a work item from an in-basket or a page, launches a work item from an e-mail notification message, or launches a new work item. Most IBM ECM widgets are automatically wired to each other on this page. The Content List widget is not automatically configured.
Sharing pages : ECM Widgets 188.8.131.52
If you own a page, you can share it so that other people can see its information. You can also give people permission to edit the page. To make a space or step processor page available to end users, you must share it by using Business Space powered by WebSphere. Before sharing pages, ensure that the administrator created a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) group with all of the FileNet® Business Process Manager application users.
Testing the application : ECM Widgets 184.108.40.206
After you create your spaces and step processor pages in Business Space powered by WebSphere, you must return to Process Designer to register the space pages, and to define roles, in-baskets, and application spaces. Then, you can return to Business Space to test the FileNet Business Process Manager application in Business Space.
Deploying pages : ECM Widgets 220.127.116.11
If you use separate Business Space powered by WebSphere servers for your production and development environments, then you must move your spaces and step processor pages into the production environment.