I've been heads down for a while now working on the new ServicePortal, but today I wanted to give you guys just a quick review of what we're working on. Here is some quick bullet points on Service Portal: Service Portal is an alternative to CMS but not a replacement Portals are built using Twitter Bootstrap and Angular.js Features a customizable knowledge base and service catalog without the use of iframes Supports "record watching" for near realtime widget updates Live ticket chat Fully responsive for mobile and tablet Portals built using a powerful drag-n-drop designer I'm very excited about the Service Portal and the opportunities it will create for both partners and customers to develop feature rich beautiful interfaces on ServiceNow. Below are some quick snap shots of the sample portal we have built. It's still a work in progress and will most definitely look different by Geneva, but for now... here are some sample screen shots:
For those of you who didn't see Fred Luddy's keynote at Knowledge 15, you missed the demo of the new Service Portal. Although it is not necessarily a direct replacement for CMS, it does address a lot of the major issues of the current CMS and introduces several new features, such as: responsive service catalog & knowledge no iframes no prototype.js built with Bootstrap & Angular.js simple drag-n-drop interface customizable widgets realtime chat For a sneak peak of what's to come, watch Fred's keynote on the community: https://community.servicenow.com/community/knowledge-user-conference/knowledge15/highlights/keynote-day-2
For those of you here at Knowledge, make sure to come find me in the expo hall. I'll be walking around throughout the week talking CMS, Service Portal, and custom apps. I would love to see you.
If you have upgraded to Fuji you might have discovered that it caused some issues with your CMS portal. The main issues being: A modified version of Twitter Bootstrap is already included Not all UI scripts execute The version of bootstrap that is included has some changes to it (such as modified media queries) that can cause some negative side effects to your site. The good news is that it can be disabled by creating a system property called "glide.ui.heisenberg.exclude" and setting it to "view_content". Once set, you will need to include your own version of Bootstrap if needed. The issue with UI scripts will be fixed in Fuji Patch 2, however the work around is to include empty script tags (<script></script>) in front of all your existing <script> tags. The issue is that it is skipping every odd numbered script tag. Example: [crayon-5ecbc2f24403d960824993/] Only alert 2 and 4 would be executed. So until you are able to upgrade to Fuji Patch 2, the solution is to include the extra script tags.
This is one of those secrets I wish I would have discovered years ago because it really opens a world of possibilities within the CMS. This method was revealed to me by Brian Alson. There's a few other ways of creating custom blocks types like this, but this one is by far the easiest. If you're creating a block that will contain "child" records, such as a slideshow, then I would suggest extending the child table from "content_link" table and either create a M2M table or a parent reference field back to the content block. I would love to hear your comments or feedback if you guys find this useful.
I have accepted an offer to come back to ServiceNow and join the UI team, focusing specifically on CMS. I'm very excited and humbled by this incredible opportunity. Now this is where I could really use your help. Below are 3 questions regarding your experience with CMS, if you could take a moment to provide some feedback I would really appreciate it. You will help in shaping the future of the ServiceNow content management system. With the existing CMS, what are some of the biggest pain points and frustrations? If ServiceNow were to build a new CMS, what would that look like and what features would you like to see? How important would a mobile portal be for your organization and users?
Jumping between the page preview and the page editor is always a pain. Even with multiple tabs I always seem to loose the edit page screen, so I've created this UI Macro which puts a "Edit Page" button on every page. When editing a page it changes to "View Page". Hope you enjoy and let me know if you find this useful. Create a UI Macro with: Name: "render_cms_edit_button" XML: [crayon-5ecbc2f245353278502757/] Insert the content block in to your site layouts at very bottom using [crayon-5ecbc2f245361994422720/]