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SharePoint Workflow And BPM Solutions: What's the difference?


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A few quick slides about the differences between SharePoint workflow and BPM solutions.

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SharePoint Workflow And BPM Solutions: What's the difference?

  1. 1. What’s the difference?<br />SharePoint Workflow and BPM Solutions<br />
  2. 2. Workflow technology in short…<br />… can help you design a series of tasks that can be processed by humans or machines.<br />… can help track and disseminate tasks within the predesigned process.<br />… can notify people and systems of the current status of a task.<br />… can help you monitor the state of the process through visualizations like key performance indicators.<br />
  3. 3. Business Process Management technology in short…<br />… should be able to do everything Workflow technology can do and more…<br />… encompasses tools that help you define, measure, analyze, improve & control (DMAIC) end to end processes that span any man or machine.<br />… enables you to gain insight into the performance of your processes over many iterations and extended periods of time.<br />… is constantly evolving.<br /><br />
  4. 4. What kind of workflow technology is available for SharePoint?<br />Out of the box:<br /><ul><li> Approvals
  5. 5. Collect Feedback
  6. 6. Collect Signatures
  7. 7. Disposition Approval
  8. 8. Three-state
  9. 9. ……</li></ul>Extend your own custom workflows based on the Windows Workflow Foundation Engine: <br /><ul><li> Sequential Workflows (Visual Studio)
  10. 10. State Machine Workflows (Visual Studio)
  11. 11. Declarative, No-Code Workflows (SharePoint Designer)</li></ul>Or you can buy a 3rd party solution…<br />
  12. 12. What kind of BPM technology is available for SharePoint?<br />Out of the box:<br /><ul><li>Nada…</li></ul>You’ll probably want to get comfortable with BizTalk…<br />Or you can buy a 3rd party solution…<br />
  13. 13. When you’re shopping for a SharePoint workflow or BPM solution, just remember…<br />SharePoint workflow solutions will help you implement and manage singular processes where the main focus of the activities reside within SharePoint but are not necessarily limited to SharePoint.<br />A SharePoint BPM solution really isn’t focused on just SharePoint. It’s probably just using SharePoint as a platform and vehicle to deliver tools to help you model, implement, monitor and evolve your business processes across all enterprise systems.<br />So in a nutshell…<br />