In a webinar titled Webinar – No-code tools and solutions for SharePoint 2013 on-premise and online, Asif Rehmani and Mark Gillis (a writer at Microsoft) present a number of no-code solutions targeted to SharePoint Power users. This class of SharePoint user is defined by Mark Gillis as entirely consistent with a profile created by Gartner, the Citizen Developer.
What should be of interest to anyone sponsoring a major implementation of SharePoint about this type of user is his or her proximity to Line of Business (LoB) organizations. Anyone working with enterprise IT organizations is aware of the prevalence of LoBs as consumers of IT projects. So, with Citizen Developers included in the development process, enterprise IT (at least in theory) ought to be able to reduce the cost of systems development by looking to “power users” directly involved with the LoB processes any successful IT project will need to address.
SharePoint power users, as defined in this webinar, are compensated for some other type of work than software coding. So the kind of no-code process development techniques demonstrated in this webinar are doubly appealing. If a sales manager also happens to be a SharePoint power user who has skills with no-code development, it might be possible to put together a solution without any recourse to highly technical personnel, who, in contrast, may represent a very high hourly cost to the project.
The first of the no-code solutions presented in the webinar is entirely built with browser controls. Asif Rehmani demonstrates how to very simply add a geolocation column to a contacts list built with SharePoint 2013, on premise. This writer attempted to use the same browser procedures to add geolocation columns to a list, and then to a library, in our SharePoint Online, Office 365 environment. Our plan is to look further into this gap between SharePoint 2013, on premise, and SharePoint Online. We will publish our findings in a follow up to this post.
Readers with an interest in learning more about the geolocation column and how to implement it for SharePoint 2013 should read another article on the topic authored by Asif Rehmani: Display Location Maps within SharePoint Lists using Geolocation Column In SharePoint 2013
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