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BMC Helix ITSM Create Activity

Introduction

A BMC Helix ITSM Create activity, using its BMC Helix ITSM connection, creates a BMC form (including attachments) in BMC Helix ITSM and is intended to be used as a target to consume data in an operation.

Create a BMC Helix ITSM Create Activity

An instance of a BMC Helix ITSM Create activity is created from a BMC Helix ITSM connection using its Create activity type.

To create an instance of an activity, drag the activity type to the design canvas or copy the activity type and paste it on the design canvas. For details, see Create an Activity Instance in Component Reuse.

An existing BMC Helix ITSM Create activity can be edited from these locations:

Configure a BMC Helix ITSM Create Activity

Follow these steps to configure a BMC Helix ITSM Create activity:

Step 1: Enter a Name and Specify Settings

In this step, provide a name for the activity and specify the form. Each user interface element of this step is described below.

The interface used in this step of the configuration of a BMC Helix ITSM Create activity depends on the Forms Options selected:

  • Select From List: This option will populate a list of existing forms to choose from.

  • Input Manually: For this option, you will manually enter the name of the form to be created.

Select From List

If Select From List is selected for Forms Options, this interface is presented:

BMC Helix ITSM Create Activity Configuration Step 1

  • Name: Enter a name to identify the activity. The name must be unique for each BMC Helix ITSM Create activity and must not contain forward slashes / or colons :.

  • Forms Options: Select the method for providing the form to be used, either of Select From List or Input Manually.

    • Select From List: This option will populate a list of existing forms to choose from.

    • Input Manually: For this option, you will manually enter the name of the form to be created.

  • Select a Form: This section displays forms available in the BMC Helix ITSM endpoint.

    • Selected Form: After a form is selected, it is listed here.
  • Search: Enter any part of the form name into the search box to filter the list of forms. The search is not case-sensitive. If forms are already displayed within the table, the table results are filtered in real time with each keystroke. To reload forms from the endpoint when searching, enter search criteria and then refresh, as described below.

  • Refresh: Click the refresh icon Refresh icon or the word Refresh to reload forms from the BMC Helix ITSM endpoint. This may be useful if forms have been added to BMC Helix ITSM. This action refreshes all metadata used to build the table of forms displayed in the configuration.

  • Selecting a Form: Within the table, click anywhere on a row to select a form. Only one form can be selected. The information available for each form is fetched from the BMC Helix ITSM endpoint:

    • Name: The name of the form.

    • Description: The description of the form.

    Tip

    If the table does not populate with available forms, the BMC Helix ITSM connection may not be successful. Ensure you are connected by reopening the connection and retesting the credentials.

  • Save & Exit: If enabled, click to save the configuration for this step and close the activity configuration.

  • Next: Click to temporarily store the configuration for this step and continue to the next step. The configuration will not be saved until you click the Finished button on the last step.

  • Discard Changes: After making changes, click to close the configuration without saving changes made to any step. A message asks you to confirm that you want to discard changes.

Input Manually

If Input Manually is selected for Forms Options, this interface is presented:

BMC Helix ITSM Create Activity Configuration Step 1

Tip

Fields with a variable icon Variable icon support using global variables, project variables, and Jitterbit variables. Begin either by typing an open square bracket [ into the field or by clicking the variable icon to display a list of the existing variables to choose from.

  • Name: Enter a name to identify the activity. The name must be unique for each BMC Helix ITSM Create activity and must not contain forward slashes / or colons :.

  • Forms Options: Select the method for providing the form to be used, either of Select From List or Input Manually.

    • Select From List: This option will populate a list of existing forms to choose from.

    • Input Manually: For this option, you will manually enter the name of the form to be created.

  • Form Name: Enter the name of the form to be created.

  • Save & Exit: If enabled, click to save the configuration for this step and close the activity configuration.

  • Next: Click to temporarily store the configuration for this step and continue to the next step. The configuration will not be saved until you click the Finished button on the last step.

  • Discard Changes: After making changes, click to close the configuration without saving changes made to any step. A message asks you to confirm that you want to discard changes.

Step 2: Review the Data Schemas

Any request or response schemas are displayed. Each user interface element of this step is described below.

BMC Helix ITSM Create Activity Configuration Step 2

  • Data Schemas: These data schemas are inherited by adjacent transformations and are displayed again during transformation mapping.

    The BMC Helix ITSM connector uses the BMC Helix ITSM/Remedy ITSM REST API v20.08. Refer to the API documentation for information on the schema nodes and fields.

    The connector supports these BMC Helix ITSM versions:

    • 9.1.04 (OnPremises)
    • 18.08 P1 (OnPremises)
    • 19.02 (OnPremises)
    • 19.08 (OnPremises)
    • 19.11 and later (OnPremises and SaaS)

    Adding an Attachment to an Activity

    The BMC Helix ITSM Connector provides the functionality of adding an attachment to your activity. To add an attachment to your activity:

    1. When using the activity in an operation, open the request transformation that precedes the activity.

    2. In the target schema, map the following fields for the attachment:

  • Refresh: Click the refresh icon Refresh icon or the word Refresh to regenerate schemas from the BMC Helix ITSM endpoint. This action also regenerates a schema in other locations throughout the project where the same schema is referenced, such as in an adjacent transformation.

  • Back: Click to temporarily store the configuration for this step and return to the previous step.

  • Finished: Click to save the configuration for all steps and close the activity configuration.

  • Discard Changes: After making changes, click to close the configuration without saving changes made to any step. A message asks you to confirm that you want to discard changes.

Next Steps

After configuring a BMC Helix ITSM Create activity, complete the configuration of the operation by adding and configuring other activities, transformations, or scripts as operation steps. You can also configure the operation settings, which include the ability to chain operations together that are in the same or different workflows.

Menu actions for an activity are accessible from the project pane and the design canvas. For details, see Activity Actions Menu in Connector Basics.

BMC Helix ITSM Create activities can be used as a target with these operation patterns:

To use the activity with scripting functions, write the data to a temporary location and then use that temporary location in the scripting function.

When ready, deploy and run the operation and validate behavior by checking the operation logs.