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Kuali Enterprise Notification. Aaron Godert (Sr. Software Architect, Cornell University) John Fereira (Programmer/Analyst, Cornell University). Introducing KEN. Kuali Enterprise Notification (KEN) provides a single list for all university related communications Workflow items (KEW)

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Kuali enterprise notification

Kuali Enterprise Notification

Aaron Godert (Sr. Software Architect, Cornell University)

John Fereira (Programmer/Analyst, Cornell University)


Introducing ken
Introducing KEN

  • Kuali Enterprise Notification (KEN) provides a single list for all university related communications

    • Workflow items (KEW)

    • Non-workflow items (KEN)

  • Examples of non-workflow items:

    • Your book is overdue

    • A concert is coming up on campus

    • Graduation check list to all Seniors



A kuali rice component
A Kuali Rice Component

  • There are several middleware components that make up Rice

  • KEN is one of them

  • Each component works with the others to provide complementary technical functionality



Functional goals
Functional Goals

  • Eliminate sifting through email

  • Quickly find what you need, to go about your university related business

  • Provide a controlled environment

    • Eliminate unwanted messages, prevent duplication

    • Integrated user and group management

  • Audit trail

  • Centralized communication broker

  • More robust preference and searching capabilities


Functional requirements
Functional Requirements

  • Three types of notifications:

    • 1.) Things I have to do

      • Electronically (online) - KEW

      • Manually (physically) - KEN

    • 2.) Things I need to know about

      • “School is closed - Snow Day!!!”

    • 3.) Things I want to know about

      • “Dr. Nobel Laureate is coming to speak to the Computer Science club on…”


Functional requirements1
Functional Requirements

  • Target groups of people and specific people

  • Control delivery dates

  • Notifications automated by systems - s2s

  • Manual entry of notifications - generic message form

  • Event notification

    • Integration with personal calendars

  • Multiple delivery end-points

    • Email

    • Text message to mobile phones


Potential consumer applications
Potential Consumer Applications

  • Bursar Applications

  • Registrar Applications

  • Library Applications

    • Overdue checkout item notices

    • Item recall notices

    • Event announcements


Technical goals
Technical Goals

  • Adhere to SOA principles

  • Develop collaboratively using the Community Source model

  • Build using standard Open Source Java technologies

  • Re-use technical products in Kuali



The tools
The Tools

  • Java SDK 1.5+

  • Spring Framework

    • Service interface and implementations

    • Spring MVC

  • Apache OJB

    • Object relational mapper

  • Oracle 10g


The tools1
The Tools

  • OpenSymphony Quartz

    • Spring integration

  • Jetty

  • JSP/JSTL

  • XML/XSD

    • DOM/Xpath

    • XStream

  • XSLT

  • Apache Axis


Sending a notification s2s
Sending a Notification: s2s

  • Java API - Java services

    • POJO in and POJO out

      Notification n = new Notification();

      n.addRecipient(“TestUser1”);

      NotificationResponse response = notificationService.sendNotification(n);

    • String in and String out (XML)

      String notificationXml = <construct me some XML>;

      String response = notificationService.sendNotification(notificationXml);

  • Web service invocation

    • String in and String out (XML)



Content types
Content Types

  • Two content types provided out-of-the-box:

    • Simple

  • Event


Flexible content types
Flexible Content Types

  • To add a new content type:

    • Write the sample XML for inside of the <content> tag

    • Write the XSD to validate your content type

    • Write the XSL to transform your content type during rendering

    • Register the new content type in the system administrator’s UI


Flexible delivery endpoints
Flexible Delivery Endpoints

  • Java interface to implement

    • Specify properties that would get set by a user in their preferences

    • Property values would be used to actually deliver the message

      • Mobile phone #

      • Email address

    • Implement the “deliver()” method

      • Call out to an SMS API

      • Call out to an Email API


Project status
Project Status

  • KEN 0.9 delivered - May 2007

  • Production ready; initial version

  • Available at http://ken.kuali.org (click documentation link)

  • KEN 0.9.1 - late Summer

  • KEN 1.0 - late Fall 2007


Features in 0 9
Features in 0.9

  • Send notifications via s2s API/WS call

  • Send simple/event notifications via simple web form (workflow enabled)

  • Users see notifications alongside of workflow items in a more general action list

    • Search for by channel, type, producer, sender, and priority - save for later use

    • Take action on notifications - clearing/acknowledging

    • Click on notification to see more details about the notification

      • View a log for the notification (who, what, where, when, why)


Features in 0 9 continued
Features in 0.9, continued

  • Users able to set up multiple delivery types

    • OOTB with an email tickler

  • Flexible content types (XML/XSD/XSL)

  • Basic authorization - Notification Channel to Notification Producer mappings

  • CAS end user authentication

  • Basic user and group management

  • Notification message reviewers

  • Some administrative UIs


Roadmap
Roadmap

  • 0.9.1

    • Better deployment of delivery types

    • Bug fixes

    • Small enhancements

    • SMS delivery end point

  • 1.0

    • Better Rice integration

    • UIs built using KNS

    • sendNotification() exposed on KSB

      • Acegi security

      • Web Service exposure (XFire)

    • Consistent configuration (Spring based)


Roadmap continued
Roadmap, continued

  • Out there

    • Portlets - action list and preference management

    • Attachments

    • s2s revocation of notification messages

    • Ability to schedule recurring messages

  • Full roadmap available at: https://test.kuali.org/confluence/display/KEN/Roadmap

  • Full feature list available at: https://test.kuali.org/confluence/display/KEN/Features


Demo

  • https://test.kuali.org/confluence/display/KEN/Demo


Interested
Interested?

  • Looking for contributors on the Kuali Rice effort and KEN

  • Looking for developers to write test clients in various technologies

  • Always open to new requirements

  • More information: http://ken.kuali.org

  • Contact information: http://rice.kuali.org/contact.html


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