THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2017

Category: UI actions

Open Google Map from a Location Record

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his week I’m blogging from Knowledge13 in Las Vegas! So far it’s been a fantastic conference with lots of great content and it’s been fun to meet with so many people interested in improving their ServiceNow implementation. I’m really looking forward to the Fred Luddy keynote this morning. Jacob Andersen and I are here representing our ServiceNow consulting company, Crossfuze Solutions and would love to talk with any of you who could benefit from working with the most experienced ServiceNow implementation and integration consultants in the industry. Stop by the BDNA booth (Booth 1216) during any of the expo times to visit with us and see some of our world-class Incident, Problem, Knowledge, Change, Catalog, CMS, and Asset Management solutions! I’ll also be participating in a sold out panel presentation at 1:40 today where we’ll discuss the importance of data quality in a ServiceNow implementation.

Okay, enough of the high-pressure sales pitch :). This morning I saw a post on the ServiceNow community asking how to display a google map based on a ServiceNow location record. I think this is a fantastic idea and I decided to see if I could come up with a couple of solutions for it this morning. In this post I’ll show you how you can set up a UI Action or UI Macro link to pop open a Google Map window based on any location record in your ServiceNow instance!

Location Google Map UI Macro

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Show a Task Workflow Timeline

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aving a blast from Knowledge 12 this week! It’s been fun this year being able to relax a little bit more and take some more time to talk with people. I look forward to meeting more of you over the next couple of days.

Today, I’m writing in response to a user on the ServiceNow community, and a few users in the advanced admin course I was observing earlier in the week. In the advanced admin class, they show how you can click a UI action on the change form to show a workflow in progress. They also show you how you can view a timeline for a workflow context. These UI actions (and corresponding popups) can provide valuable information to both administrators and technicians to determine the status and process of a particular workflow. The only problem (in the case of the timeline) is that it can’t be accessed from the change directly. You have to navigate to the workflow context record first.

In this post I’ll show you how to create a UI action script to display a workflow timeline popup directly from any task form in the system.

Change Request Timeline

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Edit a Workflow Directly from a Task

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couple of weeks ago, I saw a great idea from Alex Yupanqui, who works for ServiceNow, to create UI actions to allow users to directly edit a graphical workflow from the associated record. I’ve taken this idea and cleaned things up a bit to make it usable and secure throughout the system.

You’re probably already familiar with the ‘Show Workflow’ and ‘Workflow Context’ UI action links that show up on task records when a workflow gets associated to it. These UI actions are extremely useful for identifying the state of the workflow as it relates to the task. As an administrator or consultant, you’re often trying to troubleshoot or fix an issue with the workflow, which requires the workflow editor. Unfortunately, this means you have to navigate to the module in the left nav and try to find the correct workflow to edit. The purpose of this solution is to cut out all of those extra steps to allow you to edit the workflow directly from the record it is bound to.

Edit Workflow

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Show a Table Schema Map from any Form

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able schema maps are a very useful tool to aid in visualizing the setup of a table and its relationships to other tables and fields in ServiceNow. This functionality is something that every ServiceNow implementor or admin should be familiar with. Schema maps are documented here in the ServiceNow wiki.

While the schema map is useful, it can also be difficult to navigate to unless you know exactly where to look. The only place in the system to access the schema map is from the ‘Tables and Columns’ module and this is only available to users with the admin role. In this post I’ll show you how you can make the schema map for a given table more accessible by creating a global UI action link that allows you to display the table schema map from any form in the system – for any role you want.

Show Schema Map

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CI UI Macro Actions for the Affected CIs List

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he ability to associate Affected Configuration Items against a task is one of the most basic pieces of the various task forms in ServiceNow. ServiceNow gives you the ‘Configuration Item’ field to associate a single CI and the ‘Affected CIs’ related list in the event that your task needs to be associated to multiple CIs. I’ve written before about the benefits of tracking all of this information in one place to simplify reporting and usage requirements. During an onsite visit with a customer this week I noticed another opportunity to improve the functionality of the ‘Affected CIs’ related list. It would be very useful to be able to right-click items in the ‘Affected CIs’ related list and show a BSM Map or associated tasks just like you can do for the ‘Configuration Item’ field UI Macro icons. This post will show you how you can set these list context UI Actions up in your instances.

Configuration Item Reference Icons

Configuration Item Context Actions

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