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CTI Flows

The CTI Adapter provides a mechanism to customize the behavior of the adapter based on your business needs without needing to edit the underlying Visualforce pages, which could negatively impact overall adapter function. This is accomplished through CTI Flows.

A CTI Flow consist of "actions" that represent an API call to parts of Salesforce or Amazon Connect API. Like a JavaScript function, each action can take inputs and provide outputs, or returns values, that you can use from other actions.

CTI Flow, go to your Adapter page and find a section called "CTI Flows."

This will take you to a form where you can fill in name and adapter of the CTI Flow. There are a couple of fields that you may be unfamiliar with: "Source" and "Event."

You can think of Source as the "origin" of the CTI Flow. There are currently 7 sources: Initialization, an Agent on Connect, Voice Contact on Connect, Queue Callback Contact on Connect, Chat on Connect, Salesforce Agent or Salesforce UI.

Each source comes with a set of events that you can hook into, i.e. your CTI Flow will be executed when one of these events fire. Typically, you will have only one flow for a combination of a source and an event. (You can find out more about sources and events in Appendix A.)

For the purposes of this example, we selected "Amazon Connect Voice Contact" source and "onConnecting" event. Now click Save and on the next page scroll down till you find the "CTI Flow" section.

Let's build a CTI Flow that opens a screenpop in Salesforce when a voice call comes.

You can start using by dragging the item called "CTI Block" from the sidebar in the Main Menu over the stage, which is marked by a grid pattern.

When you drop the block, you will see a modal titled "Explorer." This modal contains a list of actions you can choose from.

In the "Search" field, search for "Phone" and Select the action called "Get Customer Phone Number" from the results on the right.

You should now see a block on the stage for the action you selected, and the sidebar will display some information about this action, including its return value.

Some actions can be configured using input fields to provide arguments to function calls, as well. This action does not have any input fields, and returns two values ---- "phone" and "country."

Now let's drag another CTI Block over the stage and find an action called "Search and Screenpop."

Connect these blocks by clicking the green socket (green means "done") on "Get Customer Phone," which will display a blue line that tracks your mouse cursor around the stage.

Now, click on the pink socket, i.e. the "input" socket, which is to the left of the "Search and Screenpop" block. If the connection is successful, the sockets fill turn into a solid color and the blue line will connect them. (There are some restrictions on which sockets you can connect together. For example, you cannot connect output of an action to its own input socket or connect two inputs.) If you are not happy with this connection, you can hover over it and double click to remove.

Now we'd like to get the phone number of the customer and use it in "Search and Screenpop." Here is a tip: if two actions are connected, you can use the return values of the first action in the input fields of the next action. (You can even use the return values of actions connected to the last action, and the ones connected to that, and so on.)

This action has only two options, and we want to use the one called "phone" for this field.

If you want to enter a custom input value, you can type that, and select "Add New Value" from the dropdown.

And make sure to set "callType" to "inbound." Finally, add the "Start" and "End" nodes and connect everything together.

When you're finished, click "Save" in the sidebar. That's it. You created your first CTI Flow.

To test your flow, go to your Service Console, and make a call from a number that is in the profile of a Contact. As the call is displayed in your CCP dashboard, Salesforce will pop open the contact of the caller in a separate tab.