Use a Workflow to Publish External Blog Content to a Custom List in SharePoint 2013

This is a second post in our current series of commentary on a new video training course, Pull info from a Blog’s RSS feed using SharePoint Designer 2013 Workflow. The method of building a custom list to display external content in SharePoint 2013 from an RSS feed is to build a workflow with SharePoint Designer 2013. As Asif Rehmani demonstrates in this video, the tool that is to be used to pull the data from an external source equipped with an RSS feed (like a blog) is an action within the workflow, namely a web services call. As we noted…
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Add Valuable SharePoint 2013 Collaboration Features by Including Feeds for Blogs and More

In a video training course titled Pull info from a Blog’s RSS feed using SharePoint Designer 2013 Workflow, Asif Rehmani, SharePoint MVP and MCT demonstrates how to use SharePoint Designer 2013, along with some readily available free-of-charge online resources to add a blog feed to a SharePoint 2013 site. We think this is an important set of techniques for groups of users to learn, especially where SharePoint 2013 has been implemented as a method of enhancing collaboration. Obviously, empowering users with an ability like the one demonstrated in this video, which can be used, successfully, to pull external, but, nevertheless,…
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A Click on View from the SharePoint Designer 2013 Ribbon Serves Up a Graphical Representation of Workflows

As we noted in an earlier post to this blog, SharePoint Designer 2013 Presents Important Changes from SharePoint Designer 2010, Design View and Split View have been removed from SharePoint Designer 2013. All of the workflow development and configuration that we provide in our video, SharePoint Designer 2013 Workflow Enhancements are built with the Code View included with SharePoint Designer 2013. Nevertheless, as Asif Rehmani notes in the last half minute of this video, SharePoint Designer 2013 includes a “Views” button on the ribbon. When a user clicks on this “Views” button a graphical representation of a complete workflow is…
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Configuring Workflows for Automatic Initiation is Easier with SharePoint Designer 2013

Of course one application of workflows with substantial promise for Line of Business (LOB) groups that are limited with regards to development capabilities, but long on need for governance, is the production of workflows which will seamlessly commence based upon conditions. As Asif Rehmani demonstrates in the video that we have explored over the last several posts to this blog,

SharePoint Designer 2013 Includes an Enhanced Copy Feature Accessible from the Ribbon

We demonstrate how to build a follow-on Stage with SharePoint Designer 2013 in our video SharePoint Designer 2013 Workflow Enhancements. Once Asif Rehmani has finished configuring the last step of the Assign a Task go-to action for the “Starting” first stage of the example approval workflow demonstrated in this video, he shows us how to build the next stage of the workflow, which he names “Approving Announcement”. The initial step is simply to copy steps in the workflow for the first Stage, and then simply paste them into this second step. It is important to note a new flexibility that…
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SharePoint Designer 2013 Go-To Actions for Workflows Offer Highly Useful Features

This blog post continues our commentary on a video authored by Asif Rehmani, SharePoint MVP and MCT, SharePoint Designer 2013 Workflow Enhancements. This video demonstrates how to use the “Assign the Task” “go-to action” that is included with SharePoint Designer 2013. Specifically, once this out of the box action has been selected, the user is provided with a form that is used to record: the name of the participant selected via a Look Up procedure a title for the planned task that the participant will perform a Description of the planned task and a date by which the task must…
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Further on SharePoint Designer 2013 Workflow Enhancements

As we quoted from Microsoft’s Technet web site in a post published last week to this blog, SharePoint Designer 2013 is Still the Best Way to Build Workflows for SharePoint 2013, three new “building blocks” have been added to SharePoint 2013’s workflow platform: Stage Loop and App Step In a video titled SharePoint Designer 2013 Workflow Enhancements, Asif Rehmani, SharePoint MVP and MCT demonstrates how the Stage building block can be implemented in an approval workflow example. A subscription to SharePoint-Videos.com is required to view this video. You can use a link on our web site to visit SharePoint-Videos.com where…
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Workflows for Microsoft Project Server 2013 can be Built with SharePoint Designer 2013

As Heather OCull wrote on September 18, 2012 on the Microsoft Project Blog (which is published on the Office Blogs web site), ” . . . You can now create Project workflows [for Microsoft Project Server 2013] in SharePoint Designer [2013] in addition to Visual Studio. . . . these improvements make the whole process significantly easier: with very limited coding knowledge, you can create complex Project workflows to manage the lifecycle of a wide range of proposals.” Certainly, from our perspective at Rehmani Consulting, Inc., this expansion of the range of development options for Microsoft Project 2013 workflows to…
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SharePoint Designer 2013 is Still the Best Way to Build Workflows for SharePoint 2013

Rehmani Consulting, Inc. offers video training content on building workflows with SharePoint Designer 2010. We also offer hourly rate consulting services, usually in the form of one to one coaching, for organizations looking to implement SharePoint features and processes like using SharePoint Designer to build workflows. Given our extensive level of expertise with SharePoint Designer, and, specifically, with regard to using SharePoint Designer to build workflows, one can understand our interest in tracking the changes made to SharePoint Designer 2013. As we noted in yesterday’s post to this blog, “the SharePoint Designer 2010 Workflow Platform has been deprecated in SharePoint…
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SharePoint Designer 2013 Presents Important Changes from SharePoint Designer 2010

Rehmani Consulting, Inc. offers an extensive set of video training resources for SharePoint Designer, including SharePoint Designer 2010 Fundamentals, SharePoint Designer 2010 Workflows, and even a set of video training content on SharePoint Designer 2007. SharePoint Designer 2013 is a redesigned version of a tool that has been used, successfully to provide users with a no-code method of building processes for SharePoint 2007, and, most recently, SharePoint 2010. Some of the capabilities of earlier versions of this tool have been deprecated in SharePoint 2013, while some new capabilities have been added. As a preamble we need to note that all…
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