Building Workflows for No-Code Solutions Using External Data with the BCS in SharePoint 2013

In the eleventh and twelfth units of a set of fifteen units of video training content on building workflows for external data, in either SharePoint 2013, on premises, or SharePoint Online, Office 365, Fabian Williams, a SharePoint Server MVP, presents a set of procedures, and their underlying components, most likely to be useful for an audience of SharePoint, or Office 365 application developers. These video tutorials will not likely be useful to SharePoint power users. An experience set which includes extensive work with JavaScript, modern Open Protocols (including OAuth and OData), and Visual Studio is required to digest the information…
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Project Siena, a New No-Code Solution for Building Apps for Office 365 and SharePoint 2013

Anyone paying a recent visit to the Business and Productivity homepage of Microsoft’s MSDN content site will notice a mention of Project Siena, a mobile app builder for enterprise class organizations. This development tool can be downloaded as an app to any computer running Windows 8.0 or 8.1. Best of all, it appears to be a no-code solution. Back on December 19, 2013, this project appears to have received its first public exposure via post to Technet authored by a Corporate Vice President and Microsoft, S. Somagar. The blog post, titled Project Siena: Enabling Business Users to Create Mobile Apps…
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SharePoint 2013 Workflows Simplify Calls to Web Services for Developers

A familiar challenge facing lots of large organizations is how best to integrate custom software for Line of Business (LoB) requirements with enterprise applications, including SharePoint. With SharePoint 2013 workflow, no code developers can call web services. Better yet, LoB application developers needn’t know anything about SharePoint, they can also just simply call a web service. Chris Beckett, one of the authors of “Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Plain and Simple”, and the author of our video tutorial set, SharePoint 2013: Workflow presents the new web services features in the fifth video in the set, titled “Call HTTP web service action and…
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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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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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