More Ways to Put No Code Development to Work for Your Organization

On January 23, 2014, we will host an online class, Cheap Thrills in SharePoint 2013. This course will be led by Ira Fuchs, a SharePoint Technical Specialist at Microsoft. Ira is also the author of a popular book, with the same name. Asif Rehmani, the President of Rehmani Consulting, Inc, and a SharePoint MVP has commented: “In [his] book, Ira provides a bunch of laser focused scenarios which will take [the reader] from zero to hero in a very short time! Understanding and utilizing the concepts of workflow, InfoPath forms, content types, metadata, external content types and many of the…
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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…
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Implementing Browser Based Process Development for SharePoint 2013 can Produce Considerable Cost Savings for Enterprise Organizations

It is worth taking a blog post to reflect on an unstated, but nevertheless core assumption of Asif Rehmani’s presentation at the SharePoint 2012 Conference, “Building Composite Solutions for SharePoint 2013 with the Browser”. This core assumption is that it makes sense for enterprise organizations to empower SharePoint 2013 site owners and power users with a set of process development methods that make no use of software programming. These so-called “no-code” methods can stimulate higher levels of user adoption of SharePoint 2013, meaning that users will begin to eschew alternative methods, which may require comparably much more expensive software development…
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Using Third Party Workflow Apps with SharePoint 2013 via the Browser to Manage Business Processes

Workflows are the next scenario presented by Asif Rehmani in his presentation, “Building Composite Solutions for SharePoint 2013 with the Browser” which he delivered at the SharePoint Conference, 2012, which was held in Las Vegas, NV in the U.S. We need to note that the workflow tool discussed in this section of Asif’s presentation is offered by Nintex. He made the decision to build this workflow section of his presentation on Nintex’s product, in part, as the result of Microsoft’s recommendation that this presentation include some mention of 3rd party applications, as appropriate. Appropriately, workflow comes up with regard to…
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Building Composite Solutions for SharePoint 2013 with the Browser – Part 2

This is the second installment of our comments on a presentation by Asif Rehmani, SharePoint MVP, MCT and President of Rehmani Consulting, Inc. from the SharePoint Conference, 2012 on Browser Based Process Development for SharePoint 2013. In this post we present a definition of composite solutions along with a first example of this type of solution built with only a browser. As an introduction to our working definition of composite solutions, it is useful, first, to depict a context, within which our definition makes sense. The background for our context is our assumption that ” . . . SharePoint is…
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Building Composite Solutions for SharePoint 2013 with the Browser Part One

Asif Rehmani, SharePoint MVP and President, Rehmani Consulting, Inc presented at the SharePoint Conference 2012. Asif’s topic was “Build SharePoint 2013 composite solutions – all you need is a browser!”. His presentation was delivered on November 15, 2012 to a standing room only audience. As Rehmani noted at the start, this presentation marked ” . . . a big change from what I normally do, which has been a lot of SharePoint Designer, Workflows, InfoPath, BCS . . . ” As Asif noted in the introduction to his actual presentation, the assumed skill level for his attendees was above “SharePoint…
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Eliminate Development Hurdles to Support High Utility SharePoint Implementations for Specific Needs

The folks at Bamboo Solutions want us all to build more customized solutions with Microsoft® SharePoint®, they just don’t want to see us hard coding them. Makes sense when you consider that the best way to get users to adopt a platform solution like SharePoint is to provide them with business specific features that deliver just what they. Makes even more sense when the SharePoint power users for the business can include what Gartner Group calls “Citizen Developers”, highly technical individuals who, nevertheless, do not want to deal with code. A large number of the no code SharePoint web parts…
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