It make sense to incorporate risk management policies into SharePoint and/or SharePoint Online workflow architecture

Workflows designed to automate organizational processes should be designed to support approved risk management procedures. The potential for problems to arise from workflows designed without attention to these procedures is too great to proceed otherwise. Properly attending to this requirement means proposing applications of SharePoint’s out-of-the-box approval workflow not only “horizontally”, but also “vertically” within one’s organization. This step will ensure all of the stakeholders have been informed about the proposed automated process before it is actually implemented. SharePoint, and/or SharePoint Online stakeholders can safeguard against the chance of implementation of workflows before this necessary “reality check” against approved risk…
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When is Visual Studio the Preferred Tool for Building Workflows for SharePoint 2013?

Readers may not be aware of the special cases where Visual Studio 2012, rather than SharePoint Designer, 2013, is the best tool for building workflows for SharePoint 2013. Microsoft® provides some of this information in an entry to the MSDN Library titled Develop SharePoint 2013 workflows using Visual Studio. The version of Visual Studio, which is the subject of this entry, is Visual Studio 2012. The entry states: “what differs from previous versions [of Visual Studio] is that using Visual Studio no longer provides a code-based authoring strategy. Instead, both SharePoint Designer and Visual Studio provide a fully declarative, no-code…
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Reduce SharePoint Development Costs with No Code Reusable Workflows

The biggest return on an investment in developing custom solutions can be found in the combined benefits of enterprise wide accessibility and utility. For SharePoint, reusable workflows are a great example of a method of delivering this high value benefit. In a video tutorial titled Intro to Workflow types, models, stages and app step usage scenarios, Chris Beckett presents the notion of reusable workflows: “Reusable workflows allow us to publish a workflow to a content type, instead of a specific list. Now the advantage of a reusable workflow is that anywhere that we use that content type we can also…
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SharePoint Works Best as a Worflow Platform for Applications

In SharePoint-Videos’ set of video training content on SharePoint 2013 Worflows, SharePoint 2013: Workflows, Chris Beckett distinguishes between two types of workflow requirements: workflows for applications and workflows for Enterprise Systems Integration. Chris recommends using SharePoint as a platform for building workflows for applications. Stakeholders after a substantial return on their investment in SharePoint for building workflows, will need to come up with an answer to this same question. Perhaps it will be helpful to provide some definition to Chris’ use of the term “application workflows”. Any need to automate the steps in the human tasks related to office automation…
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An Appetite for Document Workflow and Business Process Management Drives Enterprise Interest In SharePoint

Merely a minute into the third video tutorial in our SharePoint-Videos.com set on SharePoint 2013: Workflow, our instructor, Chris Beckett refers to a survey, conducted ” . . . a couple of years ago by Global 360 . . .” (quoted from a video tutorial titled “What’s new in 2013 Workflow and types of applications”). The survey question, ” . . . asking organizations what they intended to use SharePoint for within their enterprise. . .” (ibid) produced a set of answers, which clearly demonstrated interest, on the part of respondents, in ” . . . . both document workflow…
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Using SharePoint Workflows to Identify Inefficiencies in Business Processes

Workflows built on SharePoint lists and libraries can be used to identify problem points in business processes. Our newest DVD set of specialized training content for SharePoint 2013, Cheap Thrills in SharePoint presents several workflow examples useful for this purpose. Why would an organization consider implementing workflows for this purpose? Any SharePoint stakeholders monitoring their return on investment will want to be aware of methods, like workflows. Because of SharePoint’s unique “reach”, missing an opportunity to use these no-code solutions to test intra-department procedures (such as the hiring process Ira Fuchs uses as the process behind the automatic document publishing…
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Liberal Use of Content Types and Content Columns Underpin Any Successful Attempts to Implement Workflows in SharePoint

As Ira Fuchs explains in one of the first video tutorials included in his set, Cheap Thrills in SharePoint, any community looking to maximize the value of SharePoint’s workflow feature, will benefit from an understanding of content types and content columns. Fuchs claims SharePoint is actually entirely structured around content types. The value added for stakeholders in all of this amounts to the fact content types are also very important to any effort at implementing SharePoint in an Enterprise Document Management (EDM) or Enterprise Content Management (ECM) scenario. Consider the entire set of policies, procedures, and methodologies included in any…
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SharePoint-Videos Releases a New Video Training DVD on Workflows for SharePoint 2010 and 2013

Workflows are not only a popular feature of SharePoint, but also a very promising method of capturing return on investment for stakeholders. Here are merely a couple of reasons why workflows possess this unique characteristic: Workflows can be put together by anyone capable of following a set of procedures. There is no need, whatsoever, for software programming (hence, the systems produced with workflows are often referred to as “no-code” solutions) Workflows permit a central IT organization to distribute the power of building systems to internal Line of Business (LoB) units. Once LoBs have an opportunity to participate in systems development…
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The New Geolocation Columns Feature of SharePoint 2013 Adds Power to No-Code Solutions

As Asif Rehmani, SharePoint MVP and MCT demonstrates in a free webinar recently published on SharePoint-Videos.com, titled WEBINAR – NO-CODE TOOLS AND SOLUTIONS FOR SHAREPOINT 2013 ON-PREMISE AND ONLINE, the new Geolocation Columns feature of SharePoint 2013 can be exploited by communities of SharePoint users to add power to workflows. Asif Rehmani defines “Geolocation” as a location mapping feature of SharePoint, which is implemented as a site column, which can be added to any site collection anywhere on a SharePoint farm. There are many industries with a burning need for location mapping services. Enterprises across a wide range, from freight…
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No-Code Solutions are an Important, Value-Packed Reason to Implement SharePoint

Bolt-on systems development, otherwise known as “no-code” solutions, are an important reason to implement SharePoint. Perhaps no other method of application development offers as rich an opportunity for Line of Business (LoB) users to participate, directly, in the development of computing solutions to satisfy their unique needs. SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013, and Online can all support the development and the implementation of these solutions. On February 20, 2014, Asif Rehmani and Mark Gillis of Microsoft will offer a free no-code solutions webinar. Let’s take a moment to look further at why it’s important for LoBs to play a role, whenever…
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