Solution Lifecycle Management with Winshuttle Designer

By Kristian Kalsing on June 6, 2012

For workflow-based processes, Winshuttle Designer is the tool that brings it all together. In Winshuttle Designer, you combine SAP upload and download scripts created with Winshuttle Transaction and Winshuttle Query with forms and workflow to build a complete solution that automates an entire business process. This solution constitutes a number of different artifacts:

  • Workflow definition
  • Form view(s)
  • Transaction script(s)
  • Query scripts(s)

Currently, when moving a complete solution from one environment to another (ie. from a development environment to a production environment) you have to manually migrate each of these artifacts. This can be a cumbersome process, particularly if you have a large number of solutions. In line with our promise to reduce the total cost of ownership for our customers, we are making significant investments in improving this experience. In the upcoming 10.4 release, we will introduce Solution Lifecycle Management capabilities which will make this much easier.

Essentially we are introducing the concept of a solution package, which will be a file that contains all of the above. This solution package, created with Winshuttle Designer, allows you to manage a solution as a whole. You will no longer be required to publish each individual component when deploying a solution. Winshuttle Designer will have the capability of publishing a complete solution with one command.

In addition, the solution package will also include deployment profiles. A deployment profile describes all of the variables that are specific to an environment such as server names, web service URLs, etc. So when you publish the complete solution, you simply select which deployment profile you want to use. As such, you can easily publish the same solution to different environments facilitating migration between development, QA and production. Winshuttle Designer will automatically replace URLs that are embedded in the form views, saving you lots of time.

This is a small teaser of what is coming in 10.4, slated for Q3/2012. We are very excited about this functionality as it brings something unique to the market, allowing our customers to effectively manage SAP processes that span across the SAP and SharePoint environments without programming. More details to come as we get closer to the release date.

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