Rapid “Data Collection” Solutions – Part 4: designing and implementing a security model

I refer to the business problem already described in the post “Rapid “Data Collection” Solutions – Part 1: defining the business problem”. In this series of posts, I am considering the options available for building a quick and – possibly – zero-code solution based on a SharePoint web environment. In my previous post “Rapid “Data…

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Declarative workflow versioning and workflow instances duplication

In this post I will describe how the versioning mechanism for the declarative workflows (created either with SharePoint Designer [SPD] 2007 or 2010), in some circumstances, can cause an undesired duplication of “some” workflow instances already running on specific list items. I refer to a sample scenario, but the concepts here described are generic. Before…

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Dynamic tasks assignment and access denied errors in declarative workflows [SPD 2007 only]

Recently – with SharePoint Designer 2007 – I realized a workflow where a specific task was assigned to a dynamically selected SharePoint group; quite an easy work thanks to the “Collect Data from a User” task action, which allows selecting the assignee with a workflow lookup (to a variable or to a list item field):…

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Rapid “Data Collection” Solutions – Part 3: designing and implementing the business process

I refer to the business problem already described in the post “Rapid “Data Collection” Solutions – Part 1: defining the business problem”. In this series of posts, I am considering the options available for building a quick and – possibly – zero-code solution based on a SharePoint web environment. In my previous post “Rapid “Data…

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Common Challenges with SharePoint and SharePoint Designer Workflows

The SharePoint technology offers a wide spectrum of possibilities for implementing workflows, starting from the option to configure and use some of the workflows available out-of-the-box in the product and arriving to the possibility to code completely custom workflows in Windows Workflow Foundation using Visual Studio. This capability was already available in WSS 3.0/MOSS 2007; it…

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Rapid “Data Collection” Solutions – Part 2: designing and implementing a data model

I refer to the business problem already described in the post “Rapid “Data Collection” Solutions – Part 1: defining the business problem”. In this series of posts, I am considering the options available for building a quick and zero-code solution based on a SharePoint web environment. In this post I will consider the problem of…

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Rapid “Data Collection” Solutions – Part 1: defining the business problem

Often companies need to collect data from their internal users. Many times this need is motivated by an extemporaneous reason, so it is improbable that they have or they can spend money for an application just tailored for helping the process of collecting that specific kind of data. Nevertheless, the process of collecting data from…

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Explaining the "SharePoint Application Platform" to novices…

Since the first betas of SharePoint 2007 I have read a lot about the power and the characteristics of SharePoint as an application platform. More that two years ago, for example, I have found this post by Andrew Connell; for my learning ramp-up on this technology, the concepts described by Andrew helped me a lot in understanding the advantages…

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Starting this blog…

After more than ten years of experience as Microsoft Services consultant, I have finally decided to start posting in this blog my “notes and thoughts” about the software technologies I work with.  Why didn’t I blogged until now? Because I felt that, in my work, I rarely go deep inside in a single aspect, giving priority…

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