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Building Workflows with SharePoint Server 2013

Traditionally, the options offered to SharePoint stakeholders to enable no-code approaches to process development via workflows has been a strong selling point for the platform. The tradition continues with SharePoint Server 2013.

In a series of video tutorials titled SP13-304 SharePoint Designer 2013: Workflow Course, Chris Beckett, a certified SharePoint expert and published author on the topic, instructs SharePoint administrators, developers, designers and other stakeholders on the topic of building processes, with no code methodology, meaning workflows built with SharePoint Designer 2013.

As Chris Beckett points out in the first video of this set, “Introduction to the SharePoint Designer 2013 Course and Author” there are substantial differences between the process of building workflows with SharePoint Designer 2010 and methods to attain the same objectives, albeit with SharePoint Designer 2013 as the primary workflow development tool. So this set of training videos spends some time presenting the differences by comparing and contrasting similar methods between the two.

The video tutorial set also presents how to use Visio 2013 to “actually design workflow models” (quoted from the first tutorial in this set). The strengths of workflows as a method of building task management processes is covered. Finally, this set presents the feature rich, but “technically complex” (ibid) new capability of building workflows to call web services, which is a new feature with SharePoint Designer 2013.

Of course, a set like this one would not be complete without some discussion of how organizations with a substantial commitment to workflows, built with SharePoint Designer 2010, can migrate processes over to the new SharePoint Designer 2013 workflow engine. So, this course discusses the “Interop Bridge”, which is the preferred method to accomplish this objective.

In order to get the most out of this training set, students should have access to a SharePoint 2013 Team Site, and SharePoint Designer 2013. In the next few posts to this blog we will provide some commentary on this set of video tutorials.

Ira Michael Blonder

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