Building a custom input map in a workflow
When you design a workflow, you can create custom parameters to send to an activity that can receive these parameters.
A single Build Input Set activity provides fields to create ten key=value pairs. You can chain multiple Build Input Set elements to create required number of key=value pairs.
Population of custom fields into a Remedy work order
You can configure several Build Input Set elements and merge them together to populate up to 34 custom fields.
In this example, the workflow populates the following fields in a work order Details tab:
|Work order field||Field label||Data type|
|WO Type Field 1||Department||Text|
|WO Type Field 2||Equipment request||Text|
|WO Type Field 6||Date desired||Date/Time|
The Create Remedy Work Order activity indexes fields in a linear order as they are declared by a unique field label. For the workflow to populate fields indexed 1, 2, and then 6, the workflow must insert unused parameters into the fields indexed 3, 4, and 5.
Before you begin
Open an existing workflow or create a new workflow, as described in Exploring the workflow designer.
To configure Build Input Set to map variables to index fields
This example shows only how to configure input variables and populate a Build Input Set to send the values to a Remedy work order. You can complete the steps to create the work order on your own.
Click the canvas, and then click Add/Remove Variables.
Click Add Variable and create the following Input Variables.
Name Data type DEPARTMENT Text EQUIPMENT Text DATE DESIRED Date/Time
The variable names are similar to the field labels, but do not need to be.
- Click Build Input Set to view the Input Map.
For each of the Key parameters, add the field label, and for each of the Value parameters, add either the text or input variable that you created.
Text values must be enclosed in double quotes, as shown in the following table:
Input map parameter Value Key 1 "Department" Value 1 DEPARTMENT Key 2 "Equipment request" Value 2 EQUIPMENT Key 3 "Unused 3" Value 3 Blank Key 4 "Unused 4" Value 4 Blank Key 5 "Unused 5" Value 5 Blank Key 6 "Date desired" Value 6 DATE DESIRED
When populating the Build Input Set parameters, the field label values for Key 3, Key 4, and Key 5 must be unique to generate the correct field index. For example, if the label for Key 4 duplicated the label of Key 3, then the field index would be short by one field.
- Click Create Remedy Work Order to view its input parameters.
- For the Detail field, click to open the expression builder.
- In the expression builder, under Activities, expand the Build Input Set to select the Inputs parameter.
The field labels and values are sent to the work order as a list object. If you view the text, it renders as a JSON text string.
Where to go from here
Complete the remaining aspects of the workflow, as described in Workflows for service fulfillment.