Integrating External Web Service Content into Siebel with Open UI

Historically, when we integrate Siebel with external systems we do so via business services and workflows at the Siebel server layer.  Given the new capabilities of Open UI, Jon and I thought it would be fun to see if we could write a plug in wrapper to call a .NET web service that was hosted on a Linux server and display it in a user friendly format.

How to Host and ASP.NET Application with Mono - Part 3: Hosting on Linux

This is the grand finale of our three part series covering how to run ASP.NET applications utilizing Mono.  We are sure by now you have read Part 1 of our series, but if you haven't keep in mind that Mono doesn't currently support .NET Framework 4.5, so follow the instructions in Part 1 of this series if you need to downgrade to .NET Framework 4.0.  In this post we will be installing the ASP.NET MVC 4.0 WebApi application on Linux.  This process was more complicated than setting up Mono on Mac OSX, so be sure to follow the steps below closely in your implementations.

How to Host an ASP.NET Application with Mono - Part 1: Downgrading from .NET Framework 4.5 to 4.0

This is the first of a 3 part series to detail how to use Mono to host ASP.NET applications on Linux and Mac OSX.  We are using Visual Studio Community 2013 to develop our sample ASP.NET MVC WebApi application.  Visual Studio Community 2013 defaulted to .NET framework 4.5 when we created the new project.   We quickly realized that Mono 3.12.0 does not support .NET framework 4.5.  It does support .NET framework 4.0 and this is where our fun began.

Siebel IP2014: How to Customize the Aurora Theme Positioning of Applet Buttons

In IP2013 and previous versions of Siebel users have gotten accustom to the positioning of buttons on list and form applets.  The Menu, New, Delete, and Query buttons appear at the top left.  After you upgrade to IP2014 you will notice that the buttons have moved to the right side of the list applet.  This is a small change that can become a nuisance and may take you a while to get used to.  Here's how to change it.

How to Override the Applet Method Invoked in IP2014's Presentation Model

Recently, we upgraded an environment from Siebel version 7.8.2 to IP2014.  As we were performing testing we noticed that some applets had ++ images while others had + images to add records to applets.  This was really confusing to the testing team.

We found the underlying cause was that the Aurora styling displays the + image for controls invoking the NewRecord method while it displays the ++ image for controls invoking the CreateRecord method.  We also noticed that the CTRL-N hotkey was not adding a new record to the applet for the controls that invoked CreateRecord.  

Using the Bloomspire Environment Service – A Customer Success Story

Previously posted on the Siebel Hub at

Recently, Bloomspire was engaged to help a customer upgrade from 7.8 to 8.1.  We leveraged our Environment Service to reduce the overall duration of the upgrade and in doing so, provided the customer with other benefits that helped them to reduce risk to their upgrade project. 

Siebel Data Maps Make Integration a Piece of Cake

For the last 10 years I have been working with the widely criticized Siebel CRM.  Sometimes I feel that I am in a small clan of Siebel advocates.  Yes, there are headaches but it is a huge system that has been developed over a long period of time.  If you can overlook some of the annoyances then you can find a tool that has a lot of functionality already in place for you.  Even if there are 3 different ways to accomplish the same thing!

A Better Automation Script for Siebel Development Team Tasks

Previously posted on the Siebel Hub at

Many of you use nightly automation routines on your projects that do things like compile the SRF, export the repository and re-generate browser scripts.  All good things.  We are big fans of automating processes where possible and also leverage a script to automate these common tasks for our project teams.  Here's some info you might find helpful

Siebel Server Won’t Start SBL-SCL-00143 after IP 2014 Migration Installation

Previously posted on the Siebel Hub at

If you’re thinking about moving to IP 2014, here’s some information that you may find helpful if your Siebel server won't start with error SBL-SCL-00143.