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Parent-Child Cases Extension in Dovetail Carrier

September 5, 2017 One of the available extensions within Dovetail Carrier is the Parent-Child Cases Extension, which allows for automating workflow processes involving parent and child cases. Quick Refresher on Parent and Child CasesWith parent and child cases, we can relate a group of similar problems with a root cause. The parent case identifies the root cause. A child case is a customer problem that arises due to the root cause and is linked to the parent case.For example, suppose someone knocks out a utility pole, which causes an internet outage for many customers.Each customer may call into the call center and report the outage. We can relate all of these cases to a parent case, which is where the repair is being tracked. Updates on the repair are tracked within the parent case. Only one case needs to be updated, thus removing duplicate…

Introducing the Webhooks Extension in Dovetail Carrier

August 8, 2017 We recently added a new extension to Dovetail Carrier - a Webhooks Extension.  What's a webhook?Webhooks are "user-defined HTTP callbacks". They are usually triggered by some event, such as pushing code to a repository or a comment being posted to a blog. When that event occurs, the source site makes an HTTP request to the URI configured for the webhook. Users can configure them to cause events on one site to invoke behavior on another. The action taken may be anything.This allows for making a web request based on an event within your Clarify/Dovetail system. A business rule can fire based on the event. Dovetail Rulemanager will evaluate the rule, and send a message to Dovetail Carrier. With the webhooks extension, that message can tell Carrier to make an HTTP request.When Carrier receives a message with a type of InvokeUrl, the…

Free Collection of Business Rule Recipes

July 10, 2017 I've often stated that Rulemanager and Business Rules within Clarify/Dovetail are the most powerful (but often underused) components of the system.And when you combine Rulemanager with Dovetail Carrier, it gets even more powerful.To demonstrate some of this power, I've created a collection of business rule recipes that will educate and inspire you to make the most of your business rules.There's over 30 business rule examples, and they stretch across a number of areas, including:User NotificationsWorkflow AutomationCustomer NotificationsIntegrating with third-party services/appsTask ManagerCalling external apps/scriptsSLA Rules (Service Level Agreement)Bonus!There's also a Business Rule Template, which is helpful when defining new business rules.It can be provided to business users, who can fill out the template and submit it to the technical staff.Get It!This Collection of Recipes and the Business Rule Template is completely free.Simply click the button below to get free access.Access the Business…

Understanding Business Calendars and Holidays

January 4, 2017 When talking about calendars, notifications, and SLAs – questions around calendars and holidays often arise.So lets explain how they work within Dovetail apps.     Business CalendarsLets start with Business Calendars. They define the work hours.For example I may have a business calendar named “M-F 9-5” with the following work hours:Monday 9:00 AM – Monday 5:00 PMTuesday 9:00 AM – Tuesday 5:00 PMWednesday 9:00 AM – Wednesday 5:00 PMThursday 9:00 AM – Thursday 5:00 PMFriday 9:00 AM – Friday 5:00 PMPretty simple.Business Calendars can be setup using Dovetail Admin. HolidaysNow lets setup the Holidays.Using Dovetail Agent, navigate to the Admin page, and click on the Holidays icon: This takes us to the Manage Holidays page, where we can create, edit, and delete holidays.  Clicking the green plus icon allows us to create a new holiday We can give the holiday a name, a start…

Introducing Custom Function-based Rule Properties

December 20, 2016   Rule Properties Rule properties are used in a number of places throughout the Dovetail suite, including: Business Rule Conditions Business Rule Action Messages Canned Response Variables Task Manager Properties Email Log Templates Traditionally, a rule property would traverse a path through the schema, starting from the base object, and ending at a column. For example, the Contact First Name property for a case would use the path case_reporter2contact:first_name. However, there are instances where a path cannot be traversed, or where a calculation needs to be made.   Counts For example, you may wish to fire a business rule only if all of the subcases on a case have been closed. So your two business rule conditions would be: Number of Subcases is greater than zero Number of Open Subcases is equal to zero Or, you may wish to fire…

Introducing the SDK Toolkit extension in Dovetail Carrier

August 2, 2016 We recently released an updated version of Dovetail Carrier, and this version includes a new SDK Toolkit Extension. I’m super excited about this new extension – so lets get into the details. But first, a quick refresher on Dovetail Carrier.   What is Dovetail Carrier? Carrier is a flexible and customizable message handling framework for your Dovetail or Clarify CRM application. It allows the automation of virtually any internal CRM processes associated with communicating with external systems. Carrier uses messaging, a method of communication between software components or applications that enables distributed communication that is loosely coupled, to enable organizations to establish efficient dataflow between their systems.   Extensions The Carrier framework is designed to support extensions to its baseline capabilities, for implementing solutions to your organization's business needs. Extensions shipped by Dovetail have been designed to be customizable and…

Task Manager Comparison: Dovetail vs. Clarify

June 20, 2016 I’ve received a few questions asking how Dovetail Task Manager compares to Clarify Task Manager. So let's cover that here.First, a quick refresher on what Task Manager is. Task Manager OverviewTask Manager is an optional module that allows actions to occur automatically when a task set is selected from a case.The most common action is creating a subcase.For example, when the New Employee Task Set is run:Create a General subcase for setting up the employee's network account and dispatch to the Network queue.Create an Administrative subcase for ordering business cards and assign to a specific employee.Create a General subcase for creating the user's account in the CRM system, and dispatch to a queue based on auto-destination rules.Dovetail Agent can work with either Clarify Task Manager or Dovetail Task Manager. High level comparison ClarifyDovetailTask evaluationTasks are evaluated within the Clarify Classic Client itself, or…

Publish a message to Dovetail Carrier to invoke a custom action

June 15, 2016 In this post, I’ll cover calling a custom action within Dovetail Carrier by pushing a message directly onto Carrier’s queue, without using Rulemanager (or Task Manager). To recap how we got here: Dovetail Task Manager Overview – What it is, how it works, etc. Creating custom tasks for Dovetail Task Manager – How to create a custom task action, namely a Get Stock Quote action Invoking custom actions in Dovetail Carrier without using Task Manager – How to call a custom action using Rulemanager to publish a message to Carrier Now, lets look at calling a custom action within Carrier by pushing a message onto Carrier’s queue, without using Rulemanager. We’ll use the same action created in the previous post – namely GetStockQuote.   Custom executable For this example, we’re creating a custom executable – publish.exe This exe will simply…

Invoking custom actions in Dovetail Carrier without using Task Manager

June 13, 2016 In my last post, I demonstrated how to create a custom action for Dovetail Task Manager – namely a GetStockQuote action.Now, let's see how we can invoke a custom action without using Task Manager at all.We’ll invoke the same GetStockQuote code within Carrier, but, this has nothing to do with Task Manager. It’s simply a way to get Carrier to execute some custom code.To invoke it, we’ll create a business rule, and have Rulemanager send this message into Carrier. (Recall that Dovetail Rulemanager version 2.0 added Carrier Message as a business rule action message type) ProcessHere’s the overall process:  A New Carrier Message TypeOut of the box, Dovetail Task Manager fires a business rule with an action of Carrier Message.The business rule action message content looks like:type=RunTaskSet caseId=12345 taskSetName=Do Something Cool Task Set  Rulemanager turns this into an actual message, and sends…