Watch this Level 200 session, ‘Build business apps for Office 365 – InfoPath, PowerApps, Flow and more’ from the 2016 European SharePoint & Office 365 Conference with Chris McNulty, Microsoft, USA and John White, MVP, UnlimitedViz Inc., Canada. Intended for IT-PROs, No-code and low-code applications have been essential tools in Microsoft SharePoint for a long time, but we’ve added… READ MORE
Do you know about Powerful Workflow Solution for SharePoint? There are several reasons to consider using workflow tools in your organisation. For example, they can simplify, standardise, automate, reduce errors and accelerate business processes. Many organisations have business processes that are cumbersome and rely on a mix of tacit knowledge, email and printed forms that… READ MORE
I still remember the first time I started teaching courses involving instruction on InfoPath 2003 (back in early 2005). It was a product way ahead of it’s time – completely built to be based on and handle XML like no other Office application. A great way to create and manage dynamic forms with or without SharePoint. No one knew where it was headed, but it had a special feel about it. Not many companies adopted it at that time due to its lack of support for web forms, but with the release of forms services (to serve web forms using SharePoint Server Enterprise), it took off like wildfire. Companies were formed solely focusing on InfoPath support, products and training (like my good buddies at Qdabra and Texcel systems ) and loads of companies were using it to replace their everyday business forms.
InfoPath forms are a great way to capture information from a user. They can be presented to the user as a web form right within a SharePoint site. User can fill out the form and it gets submitted to the form library in your site. The form library then has the capability to route that form for approval using a workflow. SharePoint Designer can be used to create that workflow. Workflows can also be modeled in Visio and then transferred to SharePoint Designer. All of this and more is demonstrated in this video.
If you have been to this blog before then you will know about how much use I make of InfoPath 2010 and that one of the major uses for where I work is our Academic Review day. Its a program of interviews with students and their parents that happens twice a year.
This year I was asked of it was possible to create a way that the forms could be printed for certain students as the main input form is not really printer friendly, as you can see below.
Did you ever should offer a solution for a customer and first thought of developing everything from scratch? It doesn’t matter if you’re a developer, a consultant or whatever. You should be lazy, you should use what have been already developed and tested, you should be smart! If you’re smart you just try to use standards & standard features as far as it will go and you try to offer a solution which fits the needs of your customer. But many people don’t know how far they can go with SharePoint. SharePoint has huge capabilities to offer solutions based on its out-of-the-box features which are almost in every company available. In such a scenario we surprised a customer who thought he knows that his process is not manageable with the standard features of SharePoint and he was ready to pay for development of his tool based on SharePoint. As you know a custom solution which needs to be deployed on a big SharePoint farm needs