Workflow management expanded: New enterprise features and improved usability for GBS AppDesigner

Paderborn / Karlsruhe, Germany

More extensive Active Directory Integration simplifies user administration and rights management

The collaboration experts at GBS Europa GmbH are proud to present the newest versions of their workflow management solution GBS AppDesigner for automating business processes. The GBS AppDesigner versions 2.1 for Cloud and 4.1 for SharePoint focus on expanding features related to enterprise usability.

“We’ve tailored user management with expanded Active Directory Integration so that the GBS AppDesigner now easily accommodates the needs of customers with large infrastructures”, says Bernd Hesse, Senior Product Manager Collaboration at GBS Europa GmbH. Thanks to the introduction of federated identity, the GBS AppDesigner is capable of user authentication with Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). “Simplifying user management in the enterprise environment was a logical step for us, since in most cases Active Directory structures are already in existence”, adds Hesse. A further innovation is the synchronisation of users and groups for authorisation by Azure Active Directory in addition to Active Directory.

In the new versions, emphasis has also been placed on improving the AppDesigner’s usability, including simplified integration of customer-specific JavaScript functions, expanded search and filter features and improvements in shaping of workflows, for example. The innovative preview feature allows users to examine new workflows prior to activation.

Integrating the GBS AppDesigner under Microsoft SharePoint has been simplified: Appreciably fewer steps are needed to install GBS’s solution and the set-up configuration for libraries and lists when creating workflows has been automated. The new versions of AppDesigner also support Microsoft’s “modern” list experience in SharePoint: “As many users are aware, a few months ago, Microsoft began converting core elements in SharePoint to new optics and functionality, the so-called “modern” experience, bringing a faster, more intuitive and more responsive experience to the user. We are pleased that the new version of our AppDesigner can adapt SharePoint lists to the new "modern" lists format”, as Hesse explains.

GBS AppDesigner for Cloud is available immediately, the GBS AppDesigner for SharePoint will be available mid-September.

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