We have evaluated CVE-2022-22963 and CVE-2022-22965, the "Springshell" vulnerability, and have determined that ConnectALL is not vulnerable. Details are posted on this page.


Value Stream Visualization


Introduction

The Value Stream Visualization feature in ConnectALL provides you the ability to view the applications in your value stream in a visual layout. The visual layout presents all your connections coherently and eases the job of a ConnectALL admin by presenting a visual representation. Also, it's helpful in other ways:

  • Presents a holistic view of the value stream and helps to locate a connection name based on location or phase name.
  • Help demonstrate to management about their value stream management more quickly and simply.
  • Helps with process improvement (particularly with value stream managers and agile coaches) and fosters discussions about the workflow.
  • Helps ConnectALL admins (that work best with spacial/visual aids) by presenting a visual instead of a flat list of app-links that they have to search/filter through.

Viewing the Visual Layout

On the Value Stream Map displayed on the dashboard, you will see various colors for these connecting lines. This is explained in the below table:

IF THE COLOR ISIT MEANS

Green/Red*

App-Link is enabled

Grey

App-Link is disabled

Black

Manually added lines not backed-up by ConnectALL app-link.

If the Activity Monitor is running, an app-link line will be a bolder/thicker green when a record is sync'd (created or updated). In the case of an error, the link will briefly turn red.

Editing the Visual Layout

Your value stream map is visible on the Dashboard/home page and is editable and downloadable in the Value Stream Designer. 

To go to the Value Stream Designer, click the Value Stream option on the top navigation bar. The Value Stream Designer screen is displayed, and it is divided into two parts:

  • The left side pane, that has two tabs:
    • Adapters - Displays the icons of your adapters.
    • Uploaded - Displays the external application icons that you uploaded.
  • The main pane, displaying the main value stream layout. When the layout opens up, it displays all the connections and app-links. The view that loads up contains only the connections and app-links that the logged-in user can see.

Inside the visual layout, the connections are displayed as movable squares, and the lines connecting them are the app-links. The app-link name is displayed on the line, and the entity types on both sides of the connections are displayed as a tool-tip when you hover over the link. Each user can customize the layout as they see fit, and the layout contains only the connections and app-links that a logged-in user can see.

Group Connections

The grouping feature provides a mechanism to logically group the end-points and connections. You might wish to group by departments, locations, categories or process phases so that all the connections are more effectively organized, and easy to monitor. We recommend adding groups that map concepts in your value stream. For example, you can add groups for planning, development, testing, support and operations. Or you might wish to add groups by organizational unit.

You can group the connections using the Add Grouping button. Clicking the Add Grouping button creates a box inside the layout. This box can be moved around, and the size of the box can be changed to include the required connections. Alternatively, you can drag and drop a connection into a group. To modify the size of a grouping box, drag the square resize handle. You can add multiple groups, rename a group, and delete a group, and also move a connection into a newly created group. 

Upload and Delete Icons

You can upload and include any of your external applications, manual process steps, people, and other icons into the design layout; and also delete them.

  • To upload an icon — Click the Upload Icons button in the Value Stream Designer. The uploaded icon appears under the Uploaded tab, and you can drag it from the left pane and drop it into the layout. You can add lines between these icons to represent relationships, and the label on the line can be edited in the layout itself. 
  • To delete an icon — Click to select an icon displayed under the Uploaded tab, and press the delete key. Note that, you cannot delete an icon that is in use.

Create and Add Connections

The Value Stream Designer allows you to create a new connection directly from the Value Stream layout and you can also add an existing connection into the layout.

Create a New Connection

You will be able to create a new connection directly in the Value Stream layout from the version 2.10.8.

To create a new connection from the Value Stream layout,

  1. Click the Value Stream option in the navigation bar. The Value Stream Designer screen is displayed. 
  2. Click and drag an application icon displayed under the Adapters tab into the Value Stream layout.
  3. Click the '+' symbol on the application icon. The Save Connections dialogue box is displayed.
  4. Enter the details such as Connection Name, URL, User Name, Password, and Time Zone.
  5. Click Save to save the connection.

You have created a new connection. This connection created here will also be displayed in the Manage Connections screen.

Add an Existing Connection

You will be able to an add an existing connection directly in the Value Stream layout from the version 2.10.9.

To add an existing connection to the Value Stream layout,

  1. Click the Value Stream option in the navigation bar. The Value Stream Designer screen is displayed. 
  2. Click and drag an application icon displayed under the Adapters tab into the Value Stream layout.
  3. Click the '+' symbol on the application icon. The Available Connections dialogue box displays all your existing connections.

    Tip

    Only connections that are not associated with any app-links will be displayed in the Available Connections screen.

  4. Click against a connection to select and add it. 

You have added an existing connection to the Value Stream layout. 

Create App-Link between two Connections

You will be able to create an app-link between two connections in the Value Stream layout from the version 2.10.8.

You can create an app-link from the Value Stream Designer screen between two existing connections. To create an app-link,

  1. Add a line between the two connections. The line that connects the two connections will have the text ‘Link’ in the middle of the connection line.
  2. Click that displayed text (<Link>) to add a name for the app-link.
  3. Click on the app-link name that you added. The <app-link> dialogue box displays the metadata for both the applications under the Integration Properties heading.
  4. Select the required properties and click Save - Draft.

After you save, the app-link screen will be displayed, and you will be able to modify/enable/delete/clone the application link that you have just created.

Tip

If you are in version 2.10.11 or on later versions, you will be able to directly Enable, View, and Edit and app-link from the Value Stream layout. To do that, click the + symbol displayed on the app-link, and a prompt will be displayed offering you the options to Enable, View, and Edit an app-link.

Other Functions

Along with the above-mentioned features, the Visual Stream Designer also allows you to:

  • Download a View – Downloads an image of the Visual Stream Map.
  • Lock Background – Locks the groupings in the background to prevent accidental selection or movement of items in the background.
  • Reset View – Resets the current view to an automatically generated layout. This will discard any groups or other items manually added to the map.