Is it time to extend your SharePoint Workflows?

One thing a lot of clients ask me:  “When should I start looking at a 3rd party product for my SharePoint Workflows?” This can be a tricky question sometimes, as the answer always comes back to: “It depends on what you want to do and what your requirements are.” But I figured I would at…

Flow – Simple Workflow done simply

If ‘X’ equals ‘Y’, do ‘Z’ When I speak with many Business users about what they want from a workflow in SharePoint, often times, it is a simple request: “Can I get notified when someone adds a new item?” “Can you change the status of the document when I approve it?” “Can you notify a…

The Future of SharePoint – What we learned

Microsoft today announced the General Availability of SharePoint 2016, with a live streaming Event from San Francisco.  But what they really announced was their vision for the future of the platform, and some of the new features we can expect to see from SharePoint this year.  What are some things we learned from this announcement? Mobility…

SharePoint 2016 is now RTM, should you be interested?

So, the latest version of SharePoint has now been Released to Manufacturing, and will be generally available in early May.  I have reviewed some of the new features that will be a part of SharePoint 2016, but wanted to discuss something else.  Should you actually be interested in this new version of SharePoint?  So, I’ve…

Microsoft PowerApps – Hands On (Part 2)

Click here to review Part 1 of this series Additional Business Requirements So, we gave our new PowerApp to the Marketing team, and after using it a few times, they have now come back to us and asked for some additional things.  After I post a tweet, how do I know it has been sent…

Microsoft PowerApps – Hands On (Part 1)

I gave an overview of the new PowerApps offering from Microsoft here, and now in order to dive deeper into the product, I think the best way to start is to build a PowerApp! Business Case So, you organization comes to you and asks you to build a mobile app for the Marketing department.  Recently…

Previewing Microsoft PowerApps

I was just approved for the Preview version of Microsoft’s upcoming offering:  PowerApps.  So, I wanted to share some initial thoughts as I try it out. What is PowerApps? PowerApps is a GUI based tool that allows business and IT users create mobile based organization applications without the need to write extensive code.  For example, let’s…

When to avoid SharePoint Online

Sure, I’ve extolled the virtues of SharePoint Online, and how it can make a lot of sense for organizations as opposed to On-Premise SharePoint installations.  But, there are still other reasons why you should consider an On-Premise environment for Share Point.  Let’s examine a few different reasons: Performance Limitations While SharePoint does set some hard…

Build a SharePoint Workflow to Notify on a Periodic Basis

So, here’s the user story:  You have a list that contains some time sensitive material.  In this case you want to make sure your users complete a particular task on time, and if they don’t, make sure they get notified after 1, 3, and 5 days after the due date has passed. How can we…