This documentation supports the 19.08 version of BMC Helix Platform. 
To view an earlier version, select 19.05 from the Product version menu.

Navigating BMC Helix Innovation Studio

BMC Helix Innovation Studio is a graphical user interface used to develop and tailor Digital Service applications or libraries. You can use the designer tabs in BMC Helix Innovation Studio to create views, records, and business logic for an application or a library. 

The BMC Helix Innovation Studio UI includes the following tabs:

  • Workspace—Displays all applications and libraries that are deployed in BMC Helix Innovation Studio.
  • Administration—Provides a user interface to manage application or library configurations.
  1. In the activation email that you receive, click the link to BMC Helix Innovation Studio.
    After you log in to BMC Helix Innovation Studio, a welcome window appears as shown in the following image, and the Workspace page is displayed by default: 
  2. To turn off the welcome window, click the Show this screen on startup toggle key .
    In BMC Helix Innovation Studio, the main navigation bar appears at the top of each page as shown in the following image:

    The following table explains the UI elements on the main navigation bar:

    Element nameDescription
    Innovation Studio

    An application menu that displays a list of applications available in BMC Helix Platform. By default, Innovation Studio is displayed.

    To navigate to an application, from the application menu, click the application name.

    Workspace

    Displays applications and libraries deployed in BMC Helix Innovation Studio.

    Administration

    Displays configuration settings to manage BMC Helix Innovation Studio.

    Customization LayerSaves the customizations you have made in an application in your tenancy, during an upgrade.
    Signed In AsDisplays the user name who has logged in to the product. It also provides an option to view the welcome window.

You can use the Workspace page to define the business logic and rules for your application. The following image highlights the UI elements on the Workspace page:

You can use the configuration settings on the Administration page to manage BMC Helix Innovation Studio.
The following image highlights the configuration settings on the Administration page:

From the Workspace page, you can open any application or library. On the application or library details page, you can view and customize the definitions by using different designers, as highlighted in the following image:

The following table explains the designer tabs displayed on an application or a library details page:

Designer tab nameDescription
Records

Enables you to access the record definition designer where you can perform the following activities:

  • Create or modify record definitions
  • Customize the data model of an application

Record definitions contain specific fields that store the data required for building an application for your business process.

For more information, see Defining record definitions to store and manage data.

Views

Enables you to access the view definition designer where you can perform the following activities:

  • Create or modify view definitions
  • Customize the UI of an application

View definitions are a graphical representation of your application UI.

For more information, see Defining the user interface through view definitions.

Processes

Enables you to access the process definition designer where you can perform the following activities:

  • Create, modify, or troubleshoot processes
  • Customize the processes that are related to your application

Process definitions are a graphical representation of your application business logic.

For more information about the process designer, see Process designer interface.

Rules

Enables you to access the rule definition designer where you can perform the following activities:

  • Create or modify rules
  • Customize the business rules that are related to your application

Rules are graphical representations of conditions that validate the data of your application.

For more information, see Rule designer interface.

Associations

Enables you to access the association definition designer where you can create relationships between record definitions.

Associations are different types of relationships between record definitions that enable you to use fields from one record definition to another record definition.

For more information, see Creating record associations.

Named Lists

Enables you to access the named list definition designer where you can customize a list of name-value pairs used in a drop-down menu of your application.

Named lists are drop-down menus that make data entry faster in your application.

For more information about named lists, see Facilitating data entry through named lists.

Documents

Enables you to access the document definition designer where you can create or modify document definitions.

Document definitions are schemas with fields defined in JSON format. A document definition enables you to access individual attributes within a metadata object and use the attributes in a process.

For more information, see Defining a document schema.

Chatbots

Enables you to access the chatbot definition designer where you can create and configure single or multiple chatbots.

Chatbot definitions contain settings such as supported chat channels, skinning and branding, and search provider for each chatbot in your application.

For more information about chatbots, see BMC Helix Chatbot .

Web APIs

Enables you to access the Web API definition designer where you can create or edit Web API definitions.

Web APIs are REST API web requests used to connect to RESTful services in a codeless way.

For more information, see Creating a REST API web service request definition.

Events

Enables you to access the event definition designer where you create or modify events and their attributes.

Event definitions are application events and their attributes that you can track to derive the application usage metrics.

For more information about application events, see Tracking application events to generate usage reports.

Event Statistics

Enables you to access the event statistics definition designer where you can create or modify event statistics definitions.

Event statistics definitions are the frequencies at which you want to track the event data and to group the event data to derive consolidated metrics.

For more information about event statistics, see Tracking application events to generate usage reports.

Configurations

Enables you to access the configuration definition designer where you can specify configuration settings and functions for your application.

Configuration definitions are application settings that you can specify to be displayed on the Administration tab.

Orientation

Product overview

Roles and permissions

Digital Service application architecture

Key concepts

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