Microsoft Retires InfoPath. The business case for PDF Forms in SharePoint
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PDF Share Forms proudly presents its award winning complete form solution. This webinar recording provides all the required information about perspectives of InfoPath, future and current form options ...

PDF Share Forms proudly presents its award winning complete form solution. This webinar recording provides all the required information about perspectives of InfoPath, future and current form options in SharePoint, and demonstrates how PDF forms and SharePoint are better together.

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Microsoft Retires InfoPath. The business case for PDF Forms in SharePoint Presentation Transcript

  • 1. www.pdfshareforms.com Presenter: Dmitry Ivahno PDF SHARE FORMS PDF forms and SharePoint are better together InfoPath Retirement: A business case for PDF Forms
  • 2. 3/19/2014 2 Agenda • Company • Future of SharePoint forms • PDF Forms for SharePoint overview • Demonstration • Q&A session
  • 3. 3/19/2014 3 PDF Share Forms Company • Since 2010, privately held • Headquarters in Irvine, California, USA • The World’s leading PDF forms integration company • Awarded in 2013 - “Best SharePoint intranet/extranet solution”
  • 4. 3/19/2014 4 Microsoft Announcement • InfoPath Retirement announcement • SharePoint Conference 2014 – forms roadmap • Excel Surveys (FoSS) • SharePoint List Forms (FoSL) • Structured documents • App Forms
  • 5. 3/19/2014 5 Streamlined technical product roadmap © Microsoft 2014. SPC Conference 2014 3/19/2014
  • 6. 3/19/2014 6 Should you panic? • No, but you should learn! • “Small” caveats: • Will Microsoft provide migration tools for InfoPath? Microsoft doesn’t know yet, they are evaluating various options to aid in migration. Third parties may provide tools • “Available today” does not mean fully featured: • Access Apps available today… with limitations: no SharePoint workflow support, weak data synchronization with SP, only live changes (no test mode)
  • 7. 3/19/2014 7 Lessons learned • Good: Microsoft embraces an iterative feature introduction • Bad: It will be a while before fully features forms are avail • Good: Focus on SharePoint Online first, then OnPremise • Bad: No code behind even will no be supported • Good: Radical technology changes? • Bad: Migration is a risk
  • 8. 3/19/2014 8 Why PDF forms • PDF is a standard Widely used by US federal and local governments. The same in Europe & AU • Rich and structured documents that print well • Close integration with SharePoint form attachments automatically uploaded to document library • Cross-platform works virtually on any device, where free Adobe Reader exists • Great for offline and mobile scenarios
  • 9. 3/19/2014 9 Why PDF forms (continued) • Works with anonymous form submissions • Native support for digital signatures • Support for touch actions in Adobe Reader Mobile: ink signatures, annotations • Support of multiple workflow applications SharePoint, Nintex, K2 • Non-modal “contextual” interface • PDF forms can be created and maintained in various tools: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Adobe LiveCycle Designer
  • 10. 3/19/2014 10 Limitations • Works only with SharePoint • Form controls are rich but limited to PDF technology • Dynamics forms have limited support in Adobe Reader Mobile • Complex data mapping may require C# scripting • Customization is limited to JavaScript support in Adobe Reader and C# for server-side scripting
  • 11. 3/19/2014 11 PDF Share Forms for SharePoint Provides easy integration of PDF fillable forms with SharePoint Empowers organizations to reuse existing forms in SharePoint
  • 12. 3/19/2014 12 PDF Forms with SharePoint
  • 13. 3/19/2014 13 There is more than one alternative
  • 14. 3/19/2014 14 PDF forms and SharePoint are better together Demonstration
  • 15. www.pdfshareforms.com info@pdfshareforms.com 3/19/2014 15 PDF forms and SharePoint are better together Questions and answers Join us at European SharePoint Conference 2014 in Barcelona, May 5-8th www.pdfshareforms.com/events