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The New Geolocation Columns Feature of SharePoint 2013 Adds Power to No-Code Solutions

As Asif Rehmani, SharePoint MVP and MCT demonstrates in a free webinar recently published on SharePoint-Videos.com, titled WEBINAR – NO-CODE TOOLS AND SOLUTIONS FOR SHAREPOINT 2013 ON-PREMISE AND ONLINE, the new Geolocation Columns feature of SharePoint 2013 can be exploited by communities of SharePoint users to add power to workflows.

Asif Rehmani defines “Geolocation” as a location mapping feature of SharePoint, which is implemented as a site column, which can be added to any site collection anywhere on a SharePoint farm.

There are many industries with a burning need for location mapping services. Enterprises across a wide range, from freight hauling service providers, to retail consumer businesses with brick and mortar store locations, and even first responders in government agencies, all have a need of this type of service. So adding this feature to SharePoint 2013 certainly promises added value to any of these businesses.

The question is how do we implement Geolocation Columns and use them in no-code solutions? In this webinar, Asif Rehmani demonstrates how this feature can be used to simply append maps to items in a shared document library, or entries to a task list, etc. What’s significant for me, in this webinar, is how much of this geolocation functionality is accessible directly from the browser. The method Asif demonstrates to add maps to a contact list is all done with the browser and the ribbon controls for the contact list. With little need to use SharePoint Designer, at least with regards to this demonstration of how to add location information to contacts, central IT organizations can look forward to a couple of welcome improvements: 1) The potential risk of LoBs breaking SharePoint by incorrectly performing procedures with SharePoint Designer is eliminated, and, these same LoBs can be safely empowered to self manage themselves through these procedures.

So this demonstration about adding a Geolocation Column to a contact list wil, hopefully, stimulate SharePoint stakeholders to consider, further the value added by SharePoint 2013 to their implementation plans.

Ira Michael Blonder

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