Assigning AEM Forms workflow task to the submitter's manager.

When using Adaptive Form in AEM workflow, you would want to dynamically assign a task to the form submitter's manager. To accomplish this use case, we will have to configure AEM with Ldap.

The steps needed to configure AEM with LDAP are explained in detail here.

For the purpose of this article, I am attaching configuration files used in configuring AEM with Adobe Ldap. These files are included in the package which can be imported using the package manager.

In the screenshot below, we are fetching all users belonging to a particular cost center. If you want to fetch all the users in your LDAP you may not use the extra filter.

The following are some of the settings you will specify in Apache Jackrabbit Oak LDAP Identity Provider


Apache Jackrabbit Oak LDAP Identity Provider

In the screenshot below, we assign the groups to the users fetched from LDAP into AEM. Notice the forms-users group assigned to the imported users. The user needs to be a member of this group for interaction with AEM Forms. We also store the manager property under the profile/manager node in AEM.



To import the users into AEM, you need to point your browser to JMX console. Search for "External Identity Synchronization Management" and open the appropriate "handler".Execute the syncAllExternalUsers operation to sync the users from LDAP into AEM. If the sync was successful, you will see the list of imported users into AEM

Once you have configured LDAP and imported users into AEM, we can create a workflow which will assign the task to the submitters' manager. For the purpose of this article, we have developed a simple one-step approval workflow. 

The first step in the workflow set the value of initialstep to No. The business rule in the adaptive form will disable the "Submitter Details" panel and show the "Approved By" panel based on the initialstep value.

The second step assigns the task to the submitter's manager. We get the submitter's manager using the custom code.

public String getParticipant(WorkItem workItem, WorkflowSession wfSession, MetaDataMap arg2) throws WorkflowException{
resourceResolver = wfSession.adaptTo(ResourceResolver.class);
UserManager userManager = resourceResolver.adaptTo(UserManager.class);
Authorizable workflowInitiator = userManager.getAuthorizable(workItem.getWorkflow().getInitiator());
String managerPorperty = workflowInitiator.getProperty("profile/manager")[0].getString();


The code snippet is responsible to fetch the managers id and assign the task to the manager.

We get hold of the person who initiated the workflow. We then get the value of the manager property.

Depending on how the manager property is stored in your LDAP, you may have to do some string manipulation to get the manager id. 

Please read this article to implement your own ParticipantChooser.

To test this on your system(For Adobe Employees you can use this sample out of the box)

  • Import the Assets associated with this article int AEM using the package manager. Included as part of this package are LDAP configuration files, workflow, and adaptive form.
  • Import and install the SetValueBundle
  • Configure AEM with your LDAP using appropriate LDAP credentials. 
  • Login to AEM using your LDAP credentials.
  • Open the timeoffrequestform
  • Fill out the form and submit.
  • The submitter's manager should get the form for review.



This custom code for extracting the manager name has been tested against Adobe LDAP. If you are executing this code against a different LDAP, you will have to modify or write your own getParticipant implementation to get the manager's name.


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