Sitecore Go: Mobile Workflow Management using PhoneGap
Have you ever had trouble publishing content on a website through a Content Management System(CMS)? Ideally you shouldn’t have but we understand that sometimes, a new webpage can have a really long way to go before its published. An example of a long workflow could be like this:
1. Content Submitted -> 2. Sanity check and language review -> 3. Marketing review -> 4. Legal review -> 5. Final Sanity check & language review -> 6. Content Published
Now, lets say that members of a certain user group (Marketing for instance) are constantly on the move – in trains, planes, at the airports, in cars, etc. They can’t or don’t want to use theirs laptops all the time but neither do they wish to be considered the bottleneck. Of course, smartphones aren’t the rage anymore and is more a norm now so most people prefer to latch on to the intranet through their mobile! Unfortunately, using a built-in mobile browser could be a bit problematic – not all users want to navigate to a web page, authenticate and change the web page size several times to be able to perform operations using the Sitecore backend (and don’t forget most users are not allowed to access the backend for obvious reasons).
Users seriously prefer simplicity and that’s why we decided to create something simple – a mobile app that works over iPhone, Android and WP7 mobile devices that could offer exactly what we needed – a list of workflows, ability to preview content and execute workflow commands. There was one major problem – limited experience in developing applications for mobile devices…
PhoneGap to the rescue
How does PhoneGap work?
These are the 3 steps to create a native PhoneGap application:
- Wrap it with PhoneGap using either PhoneGap build service or framework – this gives access to native APIs
- Profit! (Deploy to multiple platforms)
(image courtesy https://phonegap.com/)
Our application is currently being tested and should be available soon at the Apple App Store, Marketplace and the Android Market. If you’d like to know when it’s out, leave a comment and we’ll drop you a note when it’s available for you to have some fun with!
Till then, feast your eyes on some screenshots of the current version.
Inbox / startup screen
Article Preview (top of the page)
Article Preview (bottom of the page)
Action screen (pushing the workflow to the next state)
If you can’t wait for the official release and need to get your hands on it quicker, let us know as we could be quite kind
Going mobile with Sitecore workflows through the Sitecore Go mobile app was our solution to help authors and workflow users save a bit of time by simplifying their task. If you have an idea as to what other aspects of a content management system would benefit from having a mobile app, then don’t hesitate to let us know through a comment!