Next Generation Workflows - SharePoint Day 2013

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Microsoft MVP Garry Whittaker explains how the next generation of workflows can benefit your organisation.

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Next Generation Workflows - SharePoint Day 2013

  1. 1. Next Generation Workflows Garry Whittaker GarryJW@WhittakerMoore.com @GARRYWMA http://www.ConvenienceComputing.com #spday2013 Whittaker Moore Associates Ltd www.WhittakerMoore.com
  2. 2. What do we mean by Next Generation “Mobile to overtake fixed Internet access by 2014” Mary Meeker, an analyst at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers Google: “Mobile Web Access Speeds Increased 30% Over The Last 12 Months” Major Retailer: “45% of access to internal web sites from mobile”
  3. 3. Workflow Foundation 4.5 Sharepoint 2013 Improvements SharePoint 2013 style workflows Uses Windows Azure Workflows (but you don’t need Azure)
  4. 4.  Runs out of process from SharePoint and does not suffer any constraints that SharePoint might bring.  New product called Workflow Manager actually runs the WorkFlow  The SharePoint web front end has another new product called the Workflow Client built in.  Uses REST API secured by Oauth to communicate between the two. They don’t have to be on the same server.  Finally a Workflow platform that can perform and scale.  A caveat: SharePoint 2010 and older style workflows are completely different and whilst there is an engine to run older style workflows in SharePoint 2013 they will not benefit from the improvements.  The Workflow Interop Bridge allows you to invoke a SP2010 style workflow from an SP2013 style workflow if you really need to run an older style workflow. Sharepoint 2013 Style Workflow
  5. 5.  SharePoint 2013 Workflows are purely declarative You can’t write any C# code inside workflow as you could in previous versions.  A work-round is to put custom code inside a WCF Service and declaratively call the service from workflow.  Do not use SharePoint ‘system account’ to test workflows the workflow will fail to run.  Workflow Manager uses the User Profile Service (UPS). Ensure it is running and the user who is running the workflow has a profile in UPS  Also ensure the App Management Service is created and running. . Sharepoint 2013 Style Workflow Gotchas!
  6. 6. Useful Resource – Sohel Rana’s Blog Windows Azure Workflows http://ranaictiu- technicalblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/ sharepoint-2013-workflow- manager.html
  7. 7. How do we make Workflows Convenient? 43% of households own tablets 75% own Smartphones 46% already use their mobile devices to access work data Source CEA
  8. 8. Raona can help
  9. 9. Visual Intuitive and easy to use for business staff, without any need for programming. Powerful Availability of an extensive library of resources and workflows that provide the basis for a wide range of business processes Straightforward Easy migration/integration of workflows from other platforms such as Lotus Notes
  10. 10. Mobile The possibility to interact with workflows from a smartphone or tablet Integrated Integration with corporate applications, such as CRM, ERP and the corporate intranet, or with cloud services
  11. 11. Thanks ;) raona_uk raona.uk garrywma http://www.conveniencecomputing.com

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