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Nintex Workflow alternative

Nintex Workflow for Office 365 is a good platform for workflows automation. It provides the set of handy workflow actions as well as friendly workflow designer. But it is not the only option on the market. I want to present you another solution called Plumsail Workflow Actions Pack.

As I’m a member of Workflow Actions Pack team, I’m not pretending to be an independent party. But as a person passionate about SharePoint and workflow automation, I will try to provide you my fair vision of abilities of both products. This article is actual for Office 365 platform, but both products have On-Premises versions.

Lists of workflow actions for both products:

I’m not beginning from the prices as I want to provide information about the products before estimating them from the point of view of the budget. I will cover it at the end.

I have divided the article into the parts. If you are bored by so long post, go to the conclusion and decide what to read. Read more…

Posted in: Workflow Actions Pack, Workflow Scheduler

What is SharePoint Web Front End server (WFE)

A server which handles web page requests from users is called Web Front End (WFE). Thus, each time when user opens a SharePoint page in a browser, it is processed by WFE server. SharePoint farm may have multiple such servers. If there are multiple WFE servers, Network Load Balancer is distributing requests between them. It is the way to scale SharePoint.

Many Plumsail products are licensed per Web Front End server. You may need to calculate number of WFE servers in your SharePoint farm to purchase correct number of licenses.

SharePoint WFE server usually has “Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Web Application” service started. You can check it in SharePoint Central Administration: Central Administration > System Settings > Manage services on server. In the Services on server page, select server and check if the service is started. If it’s started, the selected server is acting as a web front-end server.

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Thus, you can switch between your servers and find all Web Front End servers.

Posted in: Products

How to display Lync presence in SharePoint Org Chart

We received many requests about displaying presence indicators in Org Chart and decided to prepare some snippet to help you with this.

I prepared snippet for tooltip template which allows to display presence inside tooltip. It looks like this for my account:

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You can customize HTML templates for boxes, tooltips and search results. See the documentation for more information.

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Posted in: Org Chart

Using multiple lists in Dashboard Designer

Good day!

Today I’d like to introduce you to a way you can use Dashboard Designer with multiple lists that can be located within the current site or on various sites in the current site collection. To illustrate this feature I will use two similar use cases.

Let’s say, you have multiple projects running in your company, each project has a separate site, all located under one site collection. The root site of the site collection contains a list of Projects with their relative URLs. Each project has a task list that contains all tasks assigned to every employee for that project. What we’ll do is get the project list, iterate over the projects, get the data located in the task lists in each of the projects and do some graphical presentation with this data.

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Posted in: Dashboard Designer

How to work with dictionaries in SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 workflow

SharePoint 2013 workflows introduced the new type of variable ‘Dictionary’. This type of variable significantly extends functionality of SharePoint workflows. Now you can work with complex objects inside workflows. For example you can query multiple list items and iterate through them using loops. I will describe how to use different types of dictionaries below.

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Posted in: Workflow Actions Pack

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