SharePoint 2013 Workflows Resemble State Machine Workflows — to the Benefit of Stakeholders

Computer software, regardless of whether it’s hard coded, or produced with no code methods, must be useful if it is to deliver on a value proposition. Workflows in SharePoint 2013 are better equipped to be truly useful as the result of a closer resemblance to state machine workflows. “Useful”, of course, is an abstraction requiring further definition. Perhaps it will be helpful if I provide an illustration of a process, I believe most readers will judge to be something less than “useful”. Chris Beckett includes this illustration in one of the video tutorials in SharePoint-Videos.com’s set, SharePoint 2013: Workflows: “Let’s…
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An Overview of No Code Solutions for SharePoint 2013

On Thursday, February 20, 2014, SharePoint-Videos.com hosted a free-of-charge webinar on no-code solution options. As I’ve written recently in this blog, large communities of SharePoint 2013 users can avail of these approaches to attempt to capture substantial return on their investment in SharePoint. The no-code development tools included with SharePoint 2013 (SharePoint Designer 2013, browser tools, and InfoPath 2013) and, perhaps, Visio on the desktop, can actually empower these users to build a very wide range of processes on top of SharePoint, including, but not limited to: An audit trail for document/loan/distribution/purchase/(you name it) approvals An automatic method of alerting…
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