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  1. Kuali Rice • A basic overview…

  2. Kuali Rice Mission • First and foremost to provide a consistent development framework and common middleware layer for Kuali Foundation based applications to leverage

  3. Thinking Outside of the Wok • Most administrative applications have a common needs for: • Screen Rendering/input • Data Validation & Saving • Workflow based processes • Business Rules • Integration with other systems

  4. What is Rice? • Kuali Rice is the sum of its parts • KSB (Kuali Service Bus) • KNS (Kuali Nervous System) • KEW (Kuali Enterprise Workflow) • KEN (Kuali Enterprise Notification) • KIM (Kuali Identity Management)

  5. What do all these pieces of rice have in common? • By themselves they don’t do much • Leveraged in a context to add value • What kinds of context? • Business Administration Apps • Student Apps • Research Apps • Arbitrary data collection Apps

  6. How do these add value? • Shared consistent solutions: • Allow developers to focus on business functionality rather than how to achieve it technically. • Allow for re-use so that the code base remains as small and maintainable as possible • Example: On the Ford F-150, you have all kinds of options, but all models re-use many of the same parts and all look very similar

  7. KSB Overview - The Goals • Enable applications and services deployed on the bus to interact with other applications and services • Provide (a)synchronous communication • Provide flexible security • Provide Quality of Service (QoS) • Keep it simple (light weight)

  8. KSB • A common registry of services • Lists all services on the bus and how they can be connected • Through simple Spring configuration, Java based services can be “exported” from a rice enabled application, which is then ready to be consumed by another application

  9. KSB • A common resource loading layer that provides access to services (bus or local) • Services can be local to the application, in which case the bus is short circuited • Services can be remote, in which case the bus is leveraged to ascertain the service endpoint • For a closer look - http://ksb.kuali.org

  10. KNS Overview • Provides reusable code, shared services, integration layer, and a development strategy • Provides a common look and feel through screen drawing framework • A document (business process) centric model with workflow as a core concept

  11. KNS Overview Cont. • More Core Concepts / Features • Transactional documents • Maintenance documents • Inquires • Lookups • Rules • Questions • Data dictionary

  12. KEW Overview • Facilitates routing and approval of business processes throughout an organization • Provides re-usable routing rule creation which defines how business processes should be routed • Provides hooks for client applications to handle workflow lifecycle events of business processes • Provides route log functionality for auditing and other purpouses

  13. KEW Overview Cont. • End users interact with central workflow GUIs for all client applications • Document Search: Allows users to search for documents (business process transactions) • Action List: One place to go to find all documents that you must take action on

  14. KEN Overview • Works with the action list to provide a single place for all university related communications • Workflow items come from KEW • Non-workflow items from KEN • Non-workflow example items • Overdue library book • A concert on campus • Graduation checklists for seniors

  15. KEN Overview Cont. • Provides a secure and controlled environment for notifying the masses • Eliminate sifting through email • Communication broker which provides any combination of action list, text messages, email, etc... • Audit trail just as in KEW

  16. KIM Overview • Consistent service interfaces used by all Kuali apps • Leverages KNS and KEW to provide a reference implementation out of the box • Flexibility for dynamic attribute associations with IdM entities (persons, groups, roles, etc) • Pluggable support for Internet2 (Grouper, Signet, etc) products or other IDM tools

  17. KIM Overview Cont. • Basic concepts • Namespace • Person • Group • Permissions • Roles • Qualified Roles

  18. The Rice Interactive Diagram • Available at http://rice.kuali.org • Click anywhere on the diagram to begin • Click on any component for details

  19. About the website • The main Rice web site • http://rice.kuali.org • Sign up for our public mailing list • Access to our wiki: roadmap, project plans, documentation, etc