REST APIs, Mobile, Cloud, and IoT are all the rage these days. What if you could mash these services up into easily consumable solutions to help your company make the transformation into becoming a digital business overnight?

Citrix’s products and services offer the platform “glue” required for digital business transformation.

I recently wrote about the Future of Biz Apps and the importance of IoT in your company’s strategic plans. Today, I want to demonstrate how to build an IoT-powered Biz App in minutes using Citrix Octoblu and XenMobile Secure Forms.

XenMobile Secure Forms is a cool new WYSIWYG tool for building mobile Biz Apps using a drag and drop designer. No programming skills required!

Here’s an example of how to build a quick mobile enterprise Approval app.

Step 1:

Sign into XenMobile Secure Forms using your Sharefile account.  Click create a New template, name it, and add your company’s logo to your new biz app.

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Step 2:

Design your mobile app by dragging and dropping desired user input fields onto your form.

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Step 3:

Now that you have designed your mobile Biz App, let’s do something with the data that the user submits via the app. Citrix Octoblu is perfect for automating business processes as well as connecting to and controlling IoT devices.

Let’s sign into Octoblu and create a very simple IoT automation that consists of a trigger and a debug node. (Here’s a bluprint that you can import to get started even quicker!) Now copy the HTTP POST URL in the right sidebar of the trigger settings.

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Flip back into your new Secure Forms mobile app and turn on the option to post the user data to a web service (developers call this feature a webhook). Paste the Octoblu HTTP POST URL  from the step above into the Web Service URL field. Save and publish your Secure Forms. Deploy your Octoblu automation by pressing the play button on the top right of the designer page.

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That’s it!  You are ready to open your new mobile biz app and try it out!


When you click on the Submit button in your new mobile app, you will see the Octoblu trigger event pulse and display all of the details from your Secure Forms submission in your debug node!

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Now what? From here, you can do anything that you can imagine! Octoblu supports SMS text messaging, email notifications, push notifications, smart devices, wearable devices, and most Citrix product integrations including: Citrix Storefront, NetScaler, Director, ShareFile, Podio and RightSignature. Octoblu also supports many third-party services including: SalesForce, Microsoft BizTalk, PagerDuty, Slack, Stripe, Xero, Twitter, Facebook, Twilio, etc.

Here’s another great example of how to build a Patient Request form using Secure Forms and Octoblu automations written by Ingmar Verheij.

We hope that you can join us in person at Citrix Synergy, May 24-26 in Las Vegas, to experience Octoblu in person in the demo sandbox!

In the meantime, stay tuned for more posts demonstrating how Citrix Octoblu can automate workflows involving XenApp, XenDesktop, XenMobile, StoreFront, ShareFile, RightSignature, Director and NetScaler! And, please feel free to signup for Octoblu services and start automating your business processes today!

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