Having watched Carl Kessler demo the new Agile ECM interface the day before, I had to try it out for myself. So, it was off to the Hands On Lab for FileNet BPM 4.5. The room was packed, but luckily a seat opened up and I was in.
Dave Perman was our room host, but other than chatting with a few folks off and on, he just watched patiently as we all worked through the development of an Accounts Payable process. The step-by-step instructions for the lab were clear and easy to follow – even for a first time process designer like me.
As expected, the coolest part of the lab was developing role based interfaces for the process. We developed two – one for the Accounts Payable Clerk and one for the Supervisor. It really was as simple as selecting which role I was designing for, dragging widgets from the toolbox onto the screen, locating and sizing them. Even the wiring step was easy. I did have to go back to FileNet Process Designer to cut-and-paste the URL for the finished UI into my new process – but that’s as difficult as it got.
As I said, this was the first time I have actually sat down and gone through the complete steps for building a process – I definitely needed the instructions. But, when it came to the interface development, that was not only easy, but fun. With the exception of connecting my newly developed interface back to the process in Process Designer, I could have completed this part of the lab without any instructions.
I asked Dave Perman before I left the kinds of reactions he was hearing from the lab participants… “They’re really diggin' it!”