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1 Kuali Technology Mark Norton – Nolaria Consulting Zachary Naiman – Member Liaison, Kuali Foundation

2 What is Kuali Rice? Kuali: a humble kitchen wok (Malaysian origins) Rice: a food staple Sits on the bottom of a dish Not a very tasty meal by itself Better with some cuisine on top KFS (Kuali Financial System) - Beef KC (Kuali Coeus, Research Administration) - Chicken KS (Kuali Student) - Seafood Rice is the foundation to hearty meals (aka enterprise software products)

3 What is Kuali Rice?

4 Historic Origins Rice was originally a set of foundation services in Kuali Financial System (KFS). These were broken out and made generic. After more than a year of work, the 1.0 release is being made available. Rice is now a full Kuali project with it’s own board and community.

5 Rice Governance Rice Board of Directors in charge Committees formed by Kuali project leaders Application Roadmap Committee high-level application architecture for integration of Kuali application projects Technical Roadmap Committee high-level technical architecture and tools

6 Kuali Rice Vision Support the needs of the Kuali Application Projects Foundational middleware components and services Enhanced software development framework Leverage middleware and development frameworks for building custom applications Achieve sustainability through community source development and adoption Iterate Rice architecture towards a Service Oriented Architecture

7 Kuali Rice Objectives Create standard component API’s Design modular, re-usable components Provide a reference implementation based on industry standards Ensure intellectual property and license compliance is maintained Promote adoption by a wide variety of institutions Build a large, sustainable community of interest

8 Kuali Rice Components – Version 1.0 KNSKuali Nervous System KENKuali Enterprise Notification KSBKuali Service Bus KEWKuali Enterprise Workflow KIM Kuali Identity Management

9 KNS Overview The Kuali Nervous System is a collection of kernel services that support other Rice modules and Kuali applications. Authentication Authorization Batch Management Business Rules Document Management Custom Attributes Data Dictionary Help Framework Inquiries Lookups Notes and Attachments Question and Dialogs Security and Encryption System Parameters

10 KNS Overview These services provide reusable code, shared services, an integration layer, and a development strategy Provides a common look and feel through screen drawing framework Uses a document (business process) centric model with workflow as a core concept

11 KNS Chart Architecture CHART_T Chart (POJO) ORM Map Data Dictionary Lookups and Inquiries Maintenance Documents Transactional Documents Workflow (KEW)

12 Transactional Documents These are data-entry centric documents or “transactions” that model the business processes Examples include: Proposal Development, Journal Entry, Payment Reimbursement Built on a case by case basis using the Kuali Rice tag libraries (encompass snippets of UI behavior): Notes and attachments Workflow route log (audit log) Integrated with workflow

13 Maintenance Documents No GUI programming required, user interface is rendered by framework These are used for maintaining data An easy way to maintain support tables in a database Supports creation of new records and editing of existing records Examples include: Budget rates Project codes

14 KEN Overview A secure notification system that works with an action list to provide a single place for all university related communications Workflow items come from KEW Non-workflow items from KEN Non-workflow example items Notification of an overdue library book Announcing a concert event on campus Sending graduation checklists for seniors

15 KEN Overview - Continued Simplifies using subject tags Provides a communication broker which handles any combination of action list, , or custom notifiers Controlled by user preferences Audit trail for all messages just as in KEW

16 KSB Overview An enterprise service bus that: Lists all services on the bus and how they can be connected Uses a simple Spring configuration, to export Java based services from a Rice enabled application as SOAP or Java Serialization over HTTP services Common service locator paradigm - access services remotely or locally Other “Rice Clients” can consume services published on the KSB

17 KSB Security Bus level : option to digitally sign, WS-Security used for SOAP services Service level security through Acegi Service level, method level User proxying through standard security models (i.e. CAS, Kerberos) Security context passed along (user, authn token, roles) Services can call authn/authz authority to validate context

18 KEW Overview Enterprise workflow using a content-based routing engine. Documents created from process definitions (Document Types) and submitted to the workflow engine for routing Routing decisions made based on the XML content of the Document Traditionally used for business transactions in the form of electronic documents that require approval from multiple parties. For example: Transfer of Funds Hire/Terminate Employee Timesheet Drop Course Includes services, APIs, and GUIs

19 KEW – Core Features Action List (User’s Work List) Document Searching Document Audit Trail (Route Log) Flexible process definition (Document Type) Splits, Joins, Parallel branches, Sub processes Dynamic process generation Rules Engine Notification

20 KEW – Core Features, cont. Notes and attachments Wide array of pluggable components to customize routing and other pieces of the system eDoc Lite Framework for creating simple documents quickly Plug-in Architecture Packaging and deployment of routing components to the Rice Standalone Server at runtime

21 KIM - Overview The Kuali Identity Management module will be included in version 1.0 of Rice Provides identity and access management services to Rice and other applications Includes a service layer as well as a set of maintenance screens Supported Concepts include: Entities and Principals Groups Roles and Permissions Authentication

22 KIM - Why? As more projects began to use the Kuali Rice framework, we identified a need for a common API for Identity and Access Management Wanted to introduce the concept of Roles into Kuali, previously groups were used for authz Ease the implementation overhead for implementers working with multiple Kuali projects Results in one-time institutional customization of identity services for all Kuali projects

23 KIM – Design Goals Shared identity and access management services that all Kuali projects can use Generic enough to be used by non-Kuali projects Provide a rich and customizable permission-based authorization system All services available on the service bus with both SOAP and Java serialization endpoints Provide a set of GUIs that can be used to maintain the data

24 KIM – Design Goals Provide a reference implementation of the services but allow for customization/replacement to facilitate integration with institutional services or other 3 rd party IDM solutions Allow for the core KIM services to be overridden piecemeal For example: override the Identity Service but not the Role Service

25 KIM – Services KIM consists of the following services which encompass it’s API IdentityService GroupService PermissionService RoleService ResponsibilityService AuthenticationService These are read-only, there are also “update” services which allow for write operations

26 KIM – Architecture diagram

27 KIM – Internal Usage Many permissions exist that are used by KNS, examples: Edit Document Look Up Records Use Screen Create / Maintain Records KEW uses KIM permissions as well: Administer Routing for Document Blanket Approve Document Route Document Even KIM uses permissions internally Assign Role Grant Permission

28 What’s Next for Kuali Rice? Release 1.0 coming very soon! Enhanced Documentation Standards JPA for data persistence Easier configuration and turnkey upgrades Better compatibility between different Rice versions KOM – Kuali Organization Management And much more!

29 Further Information about Rice The main Rice web site Sign up for our public mailing list Access to our wiki: roadmap, project plans, documentation, etc

30 Thank You! Any Questions? Contacts: Zach Naiman – Eric Wesfall – Special thanks to Eric Westfall and Bill Yock for contributing slides


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