CA Single Sign-On, a new event type, and multiple table relations among highlights in Sapho 3.8

We have yet another sprint under our belts here at Sapho and with it comes a host of new features and improvements. Here is just a sample of what you can look forward to in Sapho 3.8.

CA Single Sign-On

Many companies take advantage of CA Single Sign-On to provide flexible and secure identity access management to their applications, and we’re happy to announce that it is now supported by Sapho. As with our other supported identity providers, companies can use their existing CA SSO security configurations to authenticate users and authorize access to individual micro apps or the Sapho Builder.

CA Single Sign-On is now available in Sapho

New event type to trigger notifications

Sapho is all about delivering relevant and actionable notifications to the right people at the right time. The underlying triggers for those notification are what we call events. The most common notifications are related to changes (i.e. additions, deletions or modifications in a system of record), but there are also some cases when you need to know that a record hasn’t changed or you simply need a report on the current state of a particular business object.
Our new Matching Records event is designed for exactly this purpose. It’s great for periodically searching backend systems for certain criteria and informing a particular audience. For example, you can set up an event that searches for unapproved PTO requests every morning and notifies the relevant manager that action is required.

Wizard with new Matching Records event type in Sapho

Multiple relationships between the same tables

Relational data structures can often be very complex and include multiple relationships between the same two tables. A classic example of this is several different references to the users table for all the various roles associated with a particular task or incident (e.g. reporter, creator, assignee, approver, etc). Sapho 3.8 not only automatically inherits all relationships, but also includes a customizable alias for each one so that you can easily distinguish between them. So even if your data model looks like a connect-the-dot nightmare, building your micro apps will still be intuitive.

Sapho can show multiple relationships between tables

Enhanced filtering for Salesforce

In our last product blog post, we introduced load filters for several connectors. In this sprint, we decided to take things even further with our Salesforce integration. In addition to the pre-built load filters we implemented, you can now completely customize your filter for each entity.

Customize your Salesforce filters in Sapho

Improvements to Sapho Builder components

SQL statements for text field value customization

Through the use of moustache tags and a set of formatting options, Sapho has supported custom text values for quite some time. But although this feature is quite powerful, it does have its limits. And that’s where the new support for SQL expressions comes into play – you can now use SQL functions to further customize your values, so whatever you can do with a query, you can also do in Sapho.

Customize values with SQL functions in Sapho

Select component values from other integrations

In addition to manually populated key-value pairs for your select components, Sapho also supports taking this information from the source system. In 3.8, we’ve added even more flexibility to this feature by letting users select tables from other systems to populate their select components, providing more possibilities for your system mashups.

Populate Sapho select components with tables from other integrations

And as always, we have much more coming up in our next release so stay tuned!

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David Eckels is a Product Manager at Sapho. He previously worked as a product manager for a large ICT vendor and has also delivered advisory services with several firms, including PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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