BlueFabric is a low-code platform that enables citizen developers to quickly prototype and build applications. BlueFabric runs on top of IBM BPM on cloud and provides a wide range of benefits.
Enables your business to deliver diverse and complex process applications. BlueFabric is a platform for developing multiple process applications in a short period of time.
Adds flexibility to your business process management. It allows the user to develop applications that will cover current requirements and it can smoothly integrate with any other app. This results in users easily performing actions to create apps and set up data transfer integrations.
Eliminates the high costs of implementing and maintaining solutions and devices through Global Process Automation. BlueFabric has been designed with the primary goal of serving an under or unserved part of the marketplace by targeting volume, cross functional business users, who work daily within the normal governance landscape of a company process framework.
...and much more.
Are your considering if BlueFabric is a good fit for your company?
Before you start
Before you read further, there are a few helpful things that every BlueFabric user (or potential citizen developer) needs to know.
BlueFabric doesn’t need to be installed on your computer or device.
You will receive running environments and your administrator will configure the users who will have access to your business flow.
Updates will be made automatically and every new version will be provided by Agys. You will be notified every time a new update is available.
Add-ons can be purchased from the BlueFabric Marketplace by registered users. However, upon acquisition, your admin will have to synchronize add-ons manually.
To expand the menu and access BlueFabric’s main functionalities, you need to click on the menu icon to expose the list. It’s located just underneath the title of the dashboard and represented by .
Log in and account setup
You will receive credentials to log in to your personal environment on the IBM BPM cloud. Users, as well as administrators, will have individual and unique usernames and passwords.
Setting up your account can be done once you log in to your environment and by clicking on Edit Profile, located under your username. The black and grey left pane is where you will find your dashboards, including the button to launch the BlueFabric product.
Main app dashboard
All the applications you have created or purchased from the Marketplace can be found in the main BlueFabric Apps dashboard.
There are four actions that can be performed on an app, depending on your role.
Manage - opens the Live Manager window, allowing the user to edit and customize the app.
Live View - presents the analytics and tracking interface.
Start - self explanatory, starts the work process of the app.
User Interface - represented by a cog icon , it gives the user access to all the UIs associated with the app.
Work and how to claim tasks
Depending on what notification settings the app maker has set up, you can claim your tasks and work them by going to the left pane and selecting the Work dashboard.
In this dashboard, a task will be presented with:
If the task is unclaimed, when you click it, you will be served with a Claim Task window. This means that the task will be assigned to you and will open the app interface.
Create an app with Live Manager
In the Live Manager window, you can:
Select an existing app to edit
Create a new app
Import the schematics for an app from BlueWorks Live (read more here)
The Live Manager is the app creation tool and it’s where you will sketch the flow of your application, assign user roles and permissions for specific tasks and points of approval/denial/escalation, define notifications and import schematics or export your current one.
A User Interface is the means in which a user interacts with a website or, in our case, an application. It’s the interactive design that allows users to read or input data.
User Interfaces are quintessential for app-making and business processes. With this tool, you can add the elements that end users will access in each step of the process.
Data Model & Catalogs
In Data Model you can create and maintain data from all applications. The Data Model offers a unique view of all classes and attributes (data structure) in a single place, so that you can easily re-use some data elements and avoid data duplication.
Look at a Data Model like, let’s say, you would look at your average car. This car has multiple properties including Class, Color and Power. In the Data Model, you can set the car to be the Class and its other properties, individually, can be car Color and car Power. These will be the attributes of the main class named Car. And these attributes have values, such as carColor:blue, carClass:suv, carPower:100.
Integrating your own APIs
Application Programming Interface, or short API , is a software that, basically, channels and allows two apps to talk to each other. Think of it as the mailman that delivers your letter requesting more information to a friend and then delivers the response back to you
In order to work with APIs, you will require a technical background and understanding, as before you can use them in BlueFabric, you first need to set them up.
There are two types of APIs that you can set up:
The business process owner can design and generate documents by making use of data received through apps from the assigned end-users. The criteria for document generation implies adding elements from a Data Model and attaching the document template to a button inside the UI.
Customization can be done in a matter of minutes, as per your company’s requirements and changes that can develop through a project’s life cycle.
Track your results and asses bottlenecks with Live View
Live View offers straightforward analytics that help the business process owner track and asses where the end-user hits a roadblock or if the end-user is taking more time than usual to complete a task.
This is done through a simple to understand user interface which displays process instances in a color coded manner, illustrating date of completion thresholds (which you can also personalize) for bottleneck assessment.
Admin is BlueFabric’s management module. Here you can create/update/delete roles, view and sync users, delete applications and document templates, as well as sync new add-ons that you bought from the Marketplace.
Only admins will have access to this page.
This was just a summary of how you can easily automate your business processes with BlueFabric.
To create efficient business processes, we highly recommend you take your time to understand the tools and components and how you can put them to good use.