Interactive Communications Overview interactive-communications-overview

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This article includes overview, sample use cases, creation workflow, and differences between Interactive Communication and letter.

Interactive Communications centralizes and manages the creation, assembly, and delivery of secure, personalized, and interactive correspondences such as business correspondence, documents, statements, benefit notices, marketing mails, bills, and welcome kits.

Key capabilities key-capabilities

Following are the key capabilities of Interactive Communications:

  • Out-of-the-box integration with form data model to enable easy and streamlined access to back end databases and other CRM systems, such as MSĀ® Dynamics
  • Integrated authoring interface for print and web channels with ability to auto generate web channel from the print channel
  • Charts to present information in easily understandable visual formats in print and web
  • Document fragments support rule editor and form data model
  • Agent user interface displays print and web preview of the Interactive Communication
  • Drag-and-drop components to quickly construct print and web channels

Sample use case sample-use-case

The Welcome kit for a credit card customer sample use case showcases the capabilities of an Interactive Communication.

Interactive Communication creation interactive-communication-creation


Workflow workflow

To create an Interactive Communication, have the building blocks for Interactive Communication ready and then complete the following steps:

  1. Choose to create an Interactive Communication.

  2. Specify the form data model, prefill service, and print and web channel templates. You can choose to generate web channel from the print channel.

  3. Using the drag-and-drop interface, add document fragments, images, components to print and web channel of the Interactive Communication as required.

  4. Configure the properties for the components inserted, such as the following:

    1. Images
    2. Tables (Including Layout Fragments)
    3. Charts
    4. Document fragments
  5. Preview print and web channels and, if required, edit the Interactive Communication.

  6. The agent uses the Agent UI to prepare the Interactive Communication for sending it to the recipient/post process.

Building blocks buildingblocks

Following are the building blocks required for creating an Interactive Communication:

Interactive Communications Vs Correspondence Management interactive-communications-vs-correspondence-management

Interactive Communication is the default and recommended approach to create customer communications. To continue using the letters creating in AEM 6.3 Forms and AEM 6.2 Forms, you need to install a compatibility package. Following is a comparison between capabilities of Interactive Communication and letter.

Interactive Communication
Print and Web
Form data model
Data dictionary
Not supported in form data model
Supported in data dictionary
Rule editor
  • Text and condition support rule editor for creating inline conditions
  • Interactive Communication editor supports application of rules on components of the web channel
No UI for creation of conditional expression
Drag-and-drop interface for constructing print and web channel
No drag-and-drop mechanism
Charts supported in print as well as web channel
Not supported
Uses themes to style web channel
Does not support themes
Auditing and Versioning
Not supported
Drafts and manage instance
Not supported
Batch processing
Agent signature
Not supported
Remote functions
Not supported