Defining Business Processand Workflows          Office Business Applications Workshop
Lesson 3 – Windows Workflow Foundation Introducing workflows and the Windows Workflow Foundation The WF Runtime Engine and...
What are workflows? Encapsulated logic for coordinating business processes       Provides abstractions to model real world...
Sample Business Process                                   Request Approval                                                ...
Simplified Business Process                        Request Approval                          Send Task to                 ...
Windows WorkFlow Foundation Single workflow technology for Windows   Extensible framework & toolset   Base for Microsoft p...
WF Runtime Engine And Services                    My custom workflow  WF Base Activity Library     Workflow          State...
Workflow Basics                                                 Custom Workflow consists out                              ...
Workflow TerminologyTemplate                                              • Workflow Task   Feature scoped at the site col...
Workflow in SharePoint and the Office Clients               Office Business Applications Workshop
Lesson 4 – Building Custom Workflows Workflow Life Cycle Your Options for Creating Custom Workflows Custom Workflows with ...
WorkFlow Life CycleDeveloper develops a workflow template.     Server box administrator deploys the template to a site    ...
Workflow Authoring for Office 2007    SharePoint Designer                                        Visual Studio Workflow De...
Scenarios                                                     LOB                                                         ...
The Workflow Designer              Office Business Applications Workshop
Workflows with the Microsoft OfficeSharePoint Designer 2007               Office Business Applications Workshop
Five Steps to Develop a VS.NET Workflow1. Model your workflow in Visual Studio2. Create and bind your forms3. Code your wo...
Custom Workflows with Visual Studio 2005              Office Business Applications Workshop
What you have learned• Workflow definition• Workflows in OBA applications are running with the help  of the Windows Workfl...
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Defining business process and workflows

  1. 1. Defining Business Processand Workflows Office Business Applications Workshop
  2. 2. Lesson 3 – Windows Workflow Foundation Introducing workflows and the Windows Workflow Foundation The WF Runtime Engine and Services Workflow Basics and Terminology Office Business Applications Workshop
  3. 3. What are workflows? Encapsulated logic for coordinating business processes Provides abstractions to model real world processes Valuable for modeling long running and stateful behavior Workflows in WF are decomposed into activities Sequential workflows State machine workflow modeled as flowchart modeled as state diagram Office Business Applications Workshop
  4. 4. Sample Business Process Request Approval Revise proposal Send Task to Approver Approver Delegates Request change Decision Approval Proposal Rejected Completed Office Business Applications Workshop
  5. 5. Simplified Business Process Request Approval Send Task to Approver Decision Approval Completed Office Business Applications Workshop
  6. 6. Windows WorkFlow Foundation Single workflow technology for Windows Extensible framework & toolset Base for Microsoft products and customer solutions Transform workflow from niche to mainstream paradigm Exposed to developers via .NET 3.0 Office Business Applications Workshop
  7. 7. WF Runtime Engine And Services My custom workflow WF Base Activity Library Workflow State Tracking Dynamic Execution Management Infrastructure Update Runtime Engine: provides intrinsic behaviors to activities Persistence Communication Tracking … Runtime Services: pluggable implementations with defaults Windows Workflow Foundation Host Process Office Business Applications Workshop
  8. 8. Workflow Basics Custom Workflow consists out of one or more activities Activity Libraries WF Base Activity Library SharePoint Activity Library Custom Libraries Activity is a class Events/Properties Methods called by WF Runtime engine WF created using Visual Studio.NET Deployed as .NET assembly Office Business Applications Workshop
  9. 9. Workflow TerminologyTemplate • Workflow Task Feature scoped at the site collection – Human-based interventions Defines the forms and association stored as normal task items in a options task listAssociation – Internally linked with the Created when connecting template instance with container or content type – Notify instance when changes Stores parameter info for the occur workflow – Can be associated with custom task formInstance Created at the moment the workflow is started • Workflow History Item Instance of association, not of – Logging of events in history list template – Normal list items with Workflow Workflow instances run as System specific meta-data like instance Account! id, association id, etc… Office Business Applications Workshop
  10. 10. Workflow in SharePoint and the Office Clients Office Business Applications Workshop
  11. 11. Lesson 4 – Building Custom Workflows Workflow Life Cycle Your Options for Creating Custom Workflows Custom Workflows with the Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 Custom Workflows with Visual Studio 2005 Office Business Applications Workshop
  12. 12. WorkFlow Life CycleDeveloper develops a workflow template. Server box administrator deploys the template to a site collection. List administrator associates a workflow template with a list or content type on that site collection to create a new association. User starts an instance of a workflow association on an item (or workflow instance starts automatically on event). Workflow executes, perhaps creating some tasks and history items on the Tasks and Workflow History lists specified in the association. Office Business Applications Workshop
  13. 13. Workflow Authoring for Office 2007 SharePoint Designer Visual Studio Workflow Designer for corporate Web designers for professional developers Development Model Development Model Wizard-based workflow designer Visual workflow designer Activities Activities Re-use OOB/deployed activities Re-use OOB/deployed activities Can author new activities Forms Forms Autogenerated Forms Designed Forms -ASPX -InfoPath -ASPX Deployment Deployment Workflow authored live against server Solutions package generated Runtime compilation Box administrator installable Office Business Applications Workshop
  14. 14. Scenarios LOB Integration Structured (BizTalk) Visual Studio & Workflow SDK Purchase Order Processing Custom Tracking Apps Service Requests Asset Tracking Document Processes SharePoint Designer Spec Review Workflows Weekly Status Report Custom Form Actions Email Notification Exception Handling Document Review Server Features (parallel) List Moderation Publishing Process Ad Hoc Document Expiration Ringi (eApproval) Translation ProcessOut-of-the-Box Solutions Document Approval Task & Issue Tracking (serial) (WSS, Access, & Project)(with customization) Signature Collection Custom Routing Office Business Applications Workshop
  15. 15. The Workflow Designer Office Business Applications Workshop
  16. 16. Workflows with the Microsoft OfficeSharePoint Designer 2007 Office Business Applications Workshop
  17. 17. Five Steps to Develop a VS.NET Workflow1. Model your workflow in Visual Studio2. Create and bind your forms3. Code your workflow4. Deploy your workflow to the server5. DebugBefore you startInstall the VS.NET Extensions for WFInstall the ECM Starter Kit Office Business Applications Workshop
  18. 18. Custom Workflows with Visual Studio 2005 Office Business Applications Workshop
  19. 19. What you have learned• Workflow definition• Workflows in OBA applications are running with the help of the Windows Workflow Foundation• Custom workflows can be build with Microsoft products but don’t forget that there are some very good third- party products that built on top of everything you saw Office Business Applications Workshop
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