SharePoint reminders: Don't forget, always remember!

Tomasz Głogosz
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Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! - Please no… just ten more minutes! Lots of us talk like that every morning with their alarm clocks. Usually we press the sleep button and after several minutes the clock rings again. But what happen if it does not? In most cases the result is oversleep and being late to work. Now let’s think about a situation when a  friend calls you in a day and asks for help. You say “Call me in the evening, I will help you” and usually forget about it. Unless he or she calls you later you will not remember to help them.

Where else people act like that? In a professional environment of course. It is quite likely that in your workplace you receive automated emails with information about some task to do. But, as you work on other tasks already, you would like to save it for later. Sometimes you will remember about a new task, but in lots of cases you will simply forget about that so it would be the best if someone reminded you later. Especially if you are a boss – you are probably tired of reminding others about their work and would like your IT system to do it.

In this post I will describe several ways of achieving that using Microsoft SharePoint and its extensions. I will cover differences between them as well as their advantages and disadvantages. I hope that after reading it you will know which method fits your needs.

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What are Datapolis applications?

Datapolis applicationsDatapolis applications are stand-alone objects which perform a series of sub-processes or activities that can reach beyond standard workflow functions. Every workflow can be packaged as a Datapolis application and used inside other workflows and by external solutions. It is enough to modify only one application in the central repository to implement changes everywhere it was used, keeping processes coherent and up-to-date. Applications can be grouped into solutions to unify a complex process or pull data from disparate sources. 
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Deploying SharePoint workflows. How to cut workload and minimize risks

Tomasz Głogosz

altSharePoint workflows are great at streamlining and tracking processes, ensuring their compliance, and automating tasks. Workflow automation is a must for all companies wishing to have their internal methods functioning smoothly and effectively. It makes sure that a process runs in the correct way, allows to track its current state, and speeds it up by delegating many tasks from people to computers. Things that used to be done in days now take hours. SharePoint workflows is a popular tool to help you achieve this goal. However, there are some limitations that can cause deployment challenges. Fortunately, prospective planning and good communication with business users offer a nearly 100% chance of success.

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What is SharePoint Business Value?

Michal Pisarek

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There are many definitions when talking about business value. But far too often consultants talk about SharePoint business value in complex, abstract forms such as: Providing leading collaboration and social tools in order to synergize your existing informational assets. I have to admit that I used to sprout this kind of crap as well, because I though that it made me sound smart. But honestly when speaking to CEO’s, CIO’s and End Users they don’t want to hear this nonsensical garbage. What they want to hear as stories and examples of where SharePoint made a measurable and tangible difference in an organization.

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Advantages and disadvantages of creating workflows in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Server Visio Services

Michał Bojko

imageMicrosoft SharePoint 2010 Server Visio Services enable users to view and interact with diagrams. Interaction means ability to refresh data linked with diagram elements, analysis of the data using dynamic data graphic indicators and viewing shape metadata taken from various data sources. Visio Services also allows visualizing workflow progress. Diagrams designed with Microsoft Visio are exported to Visio web drawings and rendered with Silverlight with a web browser.  This means, end user does not have to have Microsoft Visio installed – the diagram can be explored on a web page.

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Future of business processes – state workflows

Paweł Misiurewicz

imageThe concept of workflows comes from the time when work was rather mechanical. People (and later machines) were supposed to repeat precisely defined steps in a fixed order (or sequence). Any deviation from prescribed path, any thinking and improvising was not welcome. Assembly lines or microprocessors – they were all realizing rigid sequences.

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Workflow battle: Datapolis, Nintex and K2 to face off during the European SharePoint Conference

imageMicrosoft Berlin Shootout, European SharePoint Conference – unique presentation of Datapolis.com, Nintex and K2.

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