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Monday, April 8, 2013

Workflows are used for designing business processes, you design workflow based on document -means document centric  or sometimes complex human approval workflow using SharePoint, how people has been using workflows in SharePoint 2010 basically there is a old school of thought exist which is workflow engine starts automatically once you install SharePoint 2010, nothing special you need to do, and SharePoint stores all data in sql server related to workflow as a rule of thumb.

SharePoint 2013 has support of previous workflow -that model exist so using SharePoint 2010 platform you can start your work and that mechanism is available in SharePoint 2013, additionally you can design workflow based on new model this mechanism has a new concept called workflow manager - you need to install it separately this mechanism is not available when you install SharePoint 2013.

So basically there are two different procedure to design workflow, one- you can design workflow based on your previous mechanism as you have been designing using SharePoint 2010 we call it old procedure.

Understanding Workflow Manager:
 And second mechanism is new service you need to install it and you will see option showing you a platform to choose when you create a new workflow in SharePoint 2013 either based on SharePoint 2010 or newly introduced mechanism SharePoint 2013.
Windows workflow manager is new mechanism of authoring and hosting workflow in SharePoint 2013 newly introduced component you need to install it separately.
  • You can manage your activities using this mew concept.
  • You can do tracking and monitoring for workflow
  •  You can do workflow instance management and much more.
Workflow Development environment for SharePoint 2013:
Workflow development using the following for SharePoint 2013 are below:

You also can use Visual Studio 2012 to design workflow based on SharePoint 2013, as you can define here custom actions for workflows ,  another option you have vision 2013 to design workflow and then import them using SPD 2013 and start designing UI.
Infopath 2013 is another option for you people to design UI and then design workflow.

You can use SharePoint designer 2013 to deign end-end workflow you can give it a try after downloading and installing it then create SharePoint site using designer and start working with workflow.
Actions are object placeholder to represent activities and display them using SharePoint designer 2013, please review a  partial list of new actions available in SharePoint designer 2013 Workflow:

  • Assign a Task
  • Start a Task Process
  • Go to This Stage
  • Call HTTP Web Service
  • Start a List Workflow
  • Start a Site Workflow
  • Build DynamicValue
Above are example of available action for your workflow to start  with and design your workflow and use them in it.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Work with MS Office in cloud  "Microsoft announcing office 365 as cloud"

Everything is becoming a cloud nowadays; Microsoft has changed the strategy to rule the software world and now come up with cloud computing technology in Office suite called office 365.

Microsoft will launch Microsoft office 365 in 2011 bundling number of technologies under one roof.
Microsoft empowered office suite with cloud functionality so you can access email anywhere online, outlook calendar on any device including mobile- and Microsoft is going to offer all functionality with subscription model not with the license model as it’s been happening traditionally.

Sharepoint 2010 in cloud with office 365:

Office 365 provides office and server suites online to utilize them as a cloud- including this Microsoft is going to offer lync, exchange and sharepoint online so user can full advantage of these services- using sharepoint user can store documents online, using

If you are running small business and do not want to invest in licensing so office 365 could be best option for you to work with all software online and just pay for as you use these software in the form of subscription not for licenses.

You can create mysite and share documents among your colleagues, you also can share calendars and task list with others online.

Understand office 365 by example
Above illustration is copyrighted to and informational purpose only.

Microsoft Lync:

Using lync you can communicate effectively with users and partners, and have great video and audio communication with your partners.

Exchange online with exchange 2010 using cloud technology.

Microsoft office 2010 Plus:

Microsoft has bundled all functionality using cloud.

Office 365 includes Sharepoint online, Lync Online, exchange online and office professional plus desktop version.

Office 365 with different flavor:
Office 365 for small business
Office 365 for enterprise
Office 365 for Education

What software do I need if I want to work with office 365?
One thing is very important when you want to use office 365 so do not need to install it – you need to access it from your browser – and then all these system requirement comes into picture and see if your browser supports such features etc.
System requirements:
Operating System Requirements
Windows XP (SP3 Version)
Windows Vista SP2 Version
Windows 7
You need office client when working with office 365 and Office Client requirements are:
Office 2007 sp2 or 2010
.net 2.0 framework or later
Lync 2010
Browser requirement:
Outlook for web access
Internet Explorer 7 or above, Firefox 3.x, Safari

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

You may have heard that PerformancePoint Services has been merged with Microsoft Sharepoint 2010  for better BI or for better business decision making.
Although there are many other BI tools available under Microsoft shelves- but it all depends which is the best for your organization’s need, other tools you use for your business entirely depend on your business problems that you are going to solve using these-
You can use Visio services, performance point services, excel services etc for BI Dashboards..

Performance point illustration to understand it by example

We will outline performance point services – although every BI service has different tendency to work with.

Performance point services- this service has been bundled/merged in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 – and its dashboard tool to develop KPI, you can develop KPI from diversified data sources like SQL Server Analysis Services, SQL Server and Excel services and Sharerpoint list.

If someone asks that what is "PerformancePoint Services in Sharepoint 2010"- so basically it enables the organization to create aggregate information for analysis of organization’s data.

It is all about performance monitoring and analyzing business data so on time decision could be taken.
Performance point services now bundled with sharepoint 2010 so you can design fully customize dashboard, scored cards and KPI for your enterprise. Take a look at performance point designed dashboard in sharepoint 2010.

New Facts About PerformancePoint Sevices integration with sharepoint 2010:

        •    Strong filter capabilities given using sharepoint 2010 BI- you also can use dynamic   
           time filter to analyze data.
     •    You can use multiple performance point services web part on single page and its 
      •    Authoring tool “Dashboard designer” help users to build rich Dashboard user 

PerformancePoint in Action Under Sharepoint 2010 Umbrella: (see picture with this)

In the picture below you can see Sharepoint 2010 and PerformancePoint Services and its “Quick launch” -allow you to navigate and click on the item available.

BI Webpart which contains reports and scorecards there -See the picture for detail.

Breadcrumb in Sharepoint BI DashBoard: you could see in the picture has some option there to go and navigate your current site. (See picture’s arrow for details)
This breadcrumb bar had some filter this time to filter data by geography and Year (see picture’s arrow for details).
Picture above displaying PerformancePoint Services Bundled with Sharepoint 2010  and with Quick Launch on your left, BI Webpart and ScoreCards and Filter Nav and Excel services has been used to analyze this report.

You can fully customize your BI Dashboard using this technology.

Use PerformancePoint Services with sharepoint 2010 when you want to create dashboard, scorecards, and KPI to analyze your business performance.
Performance point services for Sharepoint 2010- does not support trend charts, pivot table report, pivot chart report, ODB data sources, analysis services 2000 and 32 bit server architecture- are no longer supported by.
You can read more about PerformancePoint and Sharepoint 2010 at Microsoft site,
Please leave your comments to tell us – we would like to hear anything from you.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

This is all about Sharepoint 2010 Features-Microsoft has provided a lot of new sharepoint 2010 features including the rich ribbon Interface- and much more functionality bundled with it.
We will try to cover many sharepoint 2010 features please stay connected to read more if you do not find your desired topic.
Sharepoint 2010 cross the boundaries of browser and reach at mobile desktop – so you can enhance the employee productivity while they are away from office.
With the enhanced mobile access with sharepoint 2010 employees can access information from different location share and edit the presentation or docs and comments on all instances to make them run faster including word docs and power point presentation etc more than the previous version –sharepoint 2007 that focused on infopath forms on mobile only.

You will be going through with the sharepoint 2010 features and its comparison with sharepoint 2007

 There is a drastic change in user interface of sharepoint 2010 that is- many options are available on ribbon style interface, so user does not spend much time to go further to do single task, it can be related to view web application properties or make any changes on web application level or if user is working on document workspace then the commands are available on Ribbon- make changes on the fly and get going or any task you do using ribbon in sharepoint2010 is fast than sharepoint 2007.

You do not need to create a webaprt zone to add a webpart for your site in sharepoint 2010, in earlier version people needs to add a webpart zone to add a webpart in your site, so finally editing content and adding functionality been more easy in SharePoint 2010.

Inline editing :

another new feature, you can edit list item on the fly like list item can edited instantly. So user does not need to navigate back and fourth to edit item just single click using AJAX Dialog things are done. 

Quick Upload: 

this is another improved feature in sharepoint 2010, if you want to upload content in document library so content upload functionality become too fast - only dialog box is changed and speed of upload is increased and the rest of functionality is same as it was in sharepoint 2007.

Different theme for branding:

 in sharepoint 2010 has been provided and functionality is  improved and made more easy like you need to do a lot of work if you just want to change header color of sharepoint 2007, but in sharepoint 2010 you just tweak with the theme option and you will see the same color and change it from theme setting.

Create new List option:

from all content type will display the screen which is more handy and more rich interface . Where you can create new list, custom list, external list etc.

BCS: Business Connectivity Service(Sharepoint 2010)-:

old BDC Sharepoint2007
You can access data from LoB application and manipulate it using sharepoint 2010, In sharepoint 2007 BDC had some different tendency to work with -where you need to write code a lot to add new item into your LoB application, but with SP2010 you can manipulate data without any difficulty and item can be manipulated using BCS Service- now Microsoft has released it as a service. And you can host this service on different server to make your application much faster.

Document Set:

Another sharepoint improvement is Document Set feature that allows you to manage docs as a set. Documents set versions as a whole and downloaded as zip file and they share same meta data. In sharepoint 2007 it was a major issue you can not have multiple docs attached with a single doc(by design you can only attaché docs as a  links)- Now using Document Set feature you approve single document set where you have stored 5 more related documents. Major difference in Doc Workspace and Document set is that it shares same metadata.

Visio Process Repository:

Microsoft has introduced few new template based on different functionality and that is called Visio process repository template in collaboration section, 

Using this template you can track your visio diagram and find out how many guys had made changes in which versions etc. And all the processes designed in Visio can be stored in process diagram document library in SharePoint 2010.

We have not covered all Sharepoint 2010 Features in this article, stay connected to read more.
If you want to read more on Sharepoint 2007 please visit: Sharepoint Certification the most famous article on this site.

We have not covered all new features in this article, stay connected to read more.

If you want to read more on Sharepoint 2007 please visit: Sharepoint Certification the most famous article on this site.