THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2017

Category: UI macros

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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Mandatory Knowledge Search Before Ticket Creation

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reetings from Knowledge12 in New Orleans! I’ll be here all week with CrossFuze Solutions so if you’re here and see me, please introduce yourself. I’m looking forward to putting a face to all of the names of people I’ve worked with remotely.

I’m working with a client currently who wants to encourage the use of their Knowledge Base to reduce their ticket load. This, of course, is a common requirement but it’s one that I don’t think is adequately addressed in ServiceNow currently. In this post I’ll share my implementation of their idea. I don’t think it’s a perfect solution, but it might give you some ideas to improve your own process and design. This post shows how you can force a KB search using the standard search dialog whenever a user creates an incident. I’ve designed the solution to work in a standard incident form and within the service catalog so that it can be applied in whatever way you create tickets in your environment.
Automatic KB Popup

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‘Add Me’ UI macro for User and Group Fields

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his post comes in response to a question I saw this morning on the ServiceNow forum. The request was to be able to create ‘Add me’ icons for user and group fields that would act the same way as the ‘Add me’ field on list fields. This post shows you how!

Add Me UI Macros

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Building a CI Change Calendar Macro – On The Fly

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co-worker asked me for some help yesterday fulfilling an interesting requirement. He needed to set up a configuration item reference field or catalog variable that would display a calendar macro that, when clicked, would open a popup window containing a change calendar report for that configuration item. I figured this idea might be of use to others so I’m posting it here!

CI Change Calendar Report Macro Popup

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Solving the Client Script ‘Before and After’ Problem

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very now and then I come across a question dealing with the order of execution for client-side code (Client Scripts and UI Policies). In my experience, the need to order client-side code is pretty rare and really only applies in a few ‘onLoad’ scenarios and even fewer ‘onChange’ scenarios. Usually, the way that a browser parses and executes client-side code means that the ordering is pretty unpredictable. It’s worth mentioning that this issue doesn’t exist with server-side code precisely because the browser isn’t involved (which is why you can neatly order all of your business rules without issue).

In this post I’ll show you some of the techniques I’ve used in the past to provide some control over the order of execution of client-side code. I’ll also show you a pretty cool trick that you can use to ensure that a piece of client-side code runs before any other client script or UI policy…or after ALL of those scripts finish running.

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