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Webalo 6.0.x Release

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  • Webalo 6.0.1 brings significant new capabilities to the Webalo end-user experience and simplifies the approach to configuring apps for deployment for use in enterprise connected worker and control tower applications.


    Here is a summary of the main new changes in Webalo 6.0.x

    Form Designer

    Workflow Automation including Workflow Editor and Workflow Engine

    AW Migration - Flash Removal

    HTML Toolkit


    Form Designer

    A new Form Designer tool has been introduced in this release. This feature provides a drag and drop UI based tool to enable users to design a form in terms of visual layout and define each component part of the form to meet the specific business requirements of a task which is to be performed by a Front Line Worker in the context of a specific workflow which is used to initiate, progress or fulfill part of a related business process.



    In the Form Designer, the form configuration options available to users are:

    Form Title.

    Form Description.

    Specify a new or existing Folder to organize the Form and related artifacts.

    Specify whether or not the Form will be subject to an Approval step.

    Specify which individual or group Users the form will be available to.

    Specify which individual or group Users the form report will be available to.

    Allow or disable offline submission of the form.

    View the internal database configuration created by Webalo for the form.

    Incrementally add sections for:

    Barcode scanning

    Checkbox

    Date & Time selector

    Drop down list & specify the list items

    Instructions section & specify the text to be displayed

    Photo Capture

    Signature

    Text Area and specify the text

    Text input section (to be completed with free text by form user)

    The Form Designer brings unprecedented productivity in configuring Forms apps. A built-in database is provided with the Forms Designer to store all the form data including the images added at ‘design’ time. Application administrators no longer have to provide this DB infrastructure and all required tables are configured automatically.


    A portion of an example checklist form deployed to on a mobile device is shown here.




    Workflow Automation


    This release introduces two new features to the Webalo Platform; a Workflow Editor and Workflow Engine. Together these new features enable workflow automation in a new and more accessible way by building on the existing workflow capabilities already designed into the fabric of the Webalo Platform.


    Workflow engine: A software service that provides the run time execution environment and data storage for a workflow instance.

    Workflow editor: Basic visual modeling of the process flow. Drag and drop workflow components.


    The workflow editor allows you to use standard BPMN notation to design your workflow and create a visual representation of the business process. .




    The following features may be used to construct in a workflow.


    User tasks in the workflow definition are linked to Webalo Tasks or notifications.

    Start events are associated with either Webalo task invocations or external notifications.

    Completion events are associated with Webalo task completion.

    Workflow variables are bound to Webalo task inputs and outputs.

    Gateways: Locations within a workflow where the Sequence Flow can take two or more alternative paths. This is basically the “fork in the road” for a workflow.

    Decision box: For each of the outgoing flows, specify a Boolean expression in terms of workflow variables. Also specify whether the decision is an inclusive or exclusive OR.


    Once the Workflow diagram is created to accurately represent the business process to be automated, the administrator can configure each task in the diagram so it can be executed at runtime. The following are the high-level steps involved in configuring a Workflow process.

    Select the corresponding Webalo task (from the same domain)

    Webalo task list (Forms etc.) will be provided to the user when clicks on a workflow task (in most cases “User Task”).

    One workflow task can be linked to only one Webalo task.


    At runtime, the configurations are automatically applied by the system upon successful task invocation and completion, whether the task is invoked from a notification, the home screen, or as a related task.


    Webalo Workflow Automation is deeply integrated with Webalo’s task-based model.

    In Webalo, workflows are a sequence of related steps or logic that is necessary to complete a particular business process and are a simpler and more flexible than building workflows with related tasks.

    Webalo workflows automatically move a task from one stage of a process to the next until the job is complete.

    The unique feature of a Webalo workflow is its ability to link various systems, data and forms to each workflow step.

    Workflows can also be started by external notifications and workers are can be notified for the upcoming task in the workflow.


    Flash Removal 


    In Webalo 6.0, we removed Flash as the underlying technology of the Administrative Website (AW). Previous version has all relied on Flash which poses a number of issues in corporate environments. The removal of Flash improves the ease of use of the AW, simplifies further development on the platform and conforms to evolving corporate standards with regards to Flash applications.



    UA HTML Toolkit


    This update from Webalo 6.0.x is unseen as a user feature but brings new flexibility to the Webalo app deployment process. The new HTML Toolkit will result to better uniformity across clients. We have upgraded our underlying technology to HTML 5. It has enhanced the ability of our technical team to make changes faster and new improvements that customers ask for will be easier to deliver.

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