If your site's users need access to an application or web site that is not part of TeamForge, you can make it available by linking or integrating from within your TeamForge site.

What is a linked application?

A linked application is an external application or site that users can get to from inside a TeamForge project.

You can use linked applications to incorporate these types of applications into your TeamForge project:

  • Third party applications
  • Internally developed applications
  • Integrations developed using the TeamForge SOAP APIs
  • Company intranet sites
  • External websites

After you create a linked application, a button is added to your project navigation bar. Clicking the button displays the linked application in the main TeamForge project window (or in the case of a site-wide linked application, in a separate window).

TeamForge administrators can also create site-wide linked applications that appear in all TeamForge projects.

Create or Edit Linked Applications

To bring an external tool into your environment quickly and easily, set it up as a linked application. When you create a site-wide linked application, it appears in all projects on your TeamForge site. Site-wide linked applications are especially useful for incorporating corporate standard external applications, such as a company intranet sites, into your TeamForge installation.

Create a Site-wide Linked Application

  1. Go to My Workspace > Admin.
  2. On the site administration navigation bar, click INTEGRATIONS > SITE-WIDE LINKED APPLICATIONS.
  3. Click Create.
  4. On the Create Site-wide Linked Application page, provide a name for the linked application. This name appears on the link in the TeamForge navigation bar.
  5. Enter the server location or URL for the linked application.
  6. Select whether you want to enable single sign-on for the linked application.
    • If you use single sign-on, access to the linked application is managed through the TeamForge authentication system. Users are not required to log into the linked application after they have logged into TeamForge.
    • If you do not use single sign-on, users will be required to log in to the linked application using its native authentication system.
  7. Choose how you want the linked application to appear when a user clicks it.
    • In the same window: The linked application takes over the entire browser window, replacing whatever the user was looking at.
    • In a new window: The linked application launches in a separate browser window.
    • In an iframe: The linked application appears in a box in the same window, framed by the TeamForge site’s header and navigation controls.
  8. Click Save.

    A link for the site-wide linked application is added to your TeamForge navigation bar. Clicking the link displays the application in the main TeamForge window.

Edit a Site-wide Linked Application

When the use patterns of a linked application change, you may need to change the way the application integrates with TeamForge.

  1. Go to My Workspace > Admin.
  2. On the site administration navigation bar, click INTEGRATIONS > SITE-WIDE LINKED APPLICATIONS.
  3. Click the name of the site-wide linked application that you want to edit.
  4. On the Edit Site-wide Linked Application page, make the changes you need. You can edit these elements:
    • The name of the application.
    • The application’s URL.
    • Whether the application uses single sign-on.
    • Whether the application is displayed in a new window, in the same window, or in an IFrame.
  5. Click Save.

What is an integrated application?

An integrated application is a stand-alone application that can seamlessly integrate into any TeamForge project.

You can use integrated applications to incorporate these types of applications into your TeamForge project:

  • Third party applications
  • Internally developed applications
  • Integrations developed using the TeamForge SOAP APIs
  • External websites

When you add an integrated application to your project, an icon is added to your project navigation bar. Clicking the icon displays the integrated application in the main TeamForge project window.

TeamForge site-administrators can register site-wide integrated applications that project administrators can opt to use across projects.

Site administrators or users with site-wide roles with the administration permissions for integrated applications can enable/disable integrated applications.

After your site administrator registers an integrated application on the site level, on adding it to your project, an icon is added to your project navigation bar. Clicking the icon displays the integrated application in the main TeamForge project window.

Create Integrated Applications

To make a tool comprehensively available to your users, set it up as an integrated application.

Before you can make an integrated application available to Project Administrators, your system administrator must integrate the application with your site. This may involve modifying the application. How this is done depends in part on the application.

Integrate an External Application into a TeamForge Site

When you integrate an external application into your TeamForge site, your site’s project administrators can choose to include the integrated application alongside the built-in tools in their projects.

When you have integrated the application, project administrators on your site can add it to their set of collaboration tools. Objects they create will share the core TeamForge features, such as authorization, authentication, go-urls, association, linkification, templating, Project Pages components, search, and source code management support.

  1. Find the XML files that describes your integrated application.
  2. Log into TeamForge as an admin user.
  3. Go to My Workspace > Admin.
  4. Click INTEGRATED APPS from the Projects menu.
  5. Click Create.
  6. Use the Browse window to find the configuration file you created, then click Next.
  7. On the Preview page, review the parameters you set in the configuration file.
  8. Click Save.

The application is now available for all projects on your site. You can direct project administrators to these instructions to add it to their own project toolbars.

Enable or Disable Integrated Applications

Site administrators can enable or disable integrated applications.

In TeamForge, enable an integrated application to make it available for use in the projects.

  1. Go to My Workspace > Admin.
  2. Click INTEGRATED APPS from the Projects menu.
  3. To make the integrated application available for use, select the integrated application and click Enable.
  4. To stop making the integrated application available for use, click Disable. The system asks for confirmation before disabling an integrated application. Click OK to disable the integrated application.

    A disabled integrated application can be re-enabled when there is a need to use that integrated application in a project.

Remove a Tool (Integrated Application) from Project Admin Menu

To stop making an application or site outside of TeamForge available to your users from inside your TeamForge projects seamlessly, disintegrate an application.

  1. Click PROJECT ADMIN from the Project Home menu.
  2. On the Project Admin Menu, click Tools.
  3. To remove an integrated application from the list of tools displayed , clear the Visible check box and click Save. The selected integrated application is removed from the project. The icon of the removed integrated application disappears from your Project Home menu.

Set Site-level Permissions for an Integrated Application

In TeamForge, as the site administrator you can set the site-level permissions for an integrated application.

The default access permissions are usually set using the configuring xml file for each integrated application. However, you may want to provide permission access at site-level for some of the users.

  1. Go to My Workspace > Admin.
  2. Click INTEGRATED APPS from the Projects menu.
  3. Set the permissions for the integrated application and click Submit. The permissions are set for the selected integrated application. It is possible that an integrated application may be added to a project by a restricted user whose project administration permissions come from a global project role. In such a case, you could be left with no one authorized to administrate the integrated application. TeamForge handles that situation in one of two ways:
    • If one or more users with the “Founder project administrator” role is a member of the project, then the restricted user who did the integration gets that role too.
    • If there is no project member with the “Founder project administrator” role, the restricted user who did the integration gets a new administrator role called “<integrated_application_name> Administrator.”

View Integrated Application Information

TeamForge site administrators, and users with site-wide roles and the IAF permission, can view information about an integrated application’s configuration and other details.

  1. Go to My Workspace > Admin.
  2. Click INTEGRATED APPS from the Projects menu.
  3. Click the name of the integrated application that you want to view. The default category tab, GENERIC, displays all the existing integrated applications associated with the site. You can have your integrated application displayed under a separate CATEGORY tab by defining it in the deployment configuration file.

    The configuration details of the integrated application are displayed.

Edit an Integrated Application

TeamForge site administrators can update an integrated application’s URLs (SOAP endpoint URL, administration URL, browser URL) and other parameters by uploading XML files containing the changes.

  1. Go to My Workspace > Admin.
  2. Click INTEGRATED APPS from the Projects menu.
  3. Select the integrated application you want to edit.
  4. Click Edit.
  5. On the Edit Integrated Application page, make the changes you need. You can edit these elements:
    • The Deployment Configuration File.
    • The Application Configuration File.
  6. Click Browse and select the files to attach.
  7. Click Next.

Export an Integrated Application

TeamForge site administrators can export an integrated application’s variables in XML format and have them available for editing.

  1. Go to My Workspace > Admin.
  2. Click INTEGRATED APPS from the Projects menu.
  3. To export the integrated application, select the integrated application name.
  4. From the View Integrated Application page, click Export.

    The integrated application is exported.