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1 VWF313: Designing and Building Workflow Solutions for SharePoint 2007 Tim Huckaby CEO, InterKnowlogy Microsoft RD & MVP

2 About… InterKnowlogy (www.InterKnowlogy.com)www.InterKnowlogy.com Tim Huckaby, CEO - Custom App Dev / Consulting / Software & Systems Engineering Firm headquartered in Carlsbad, CA Microsoft Gold Partner managed in SoCal and Redmond Design, Architect, Build and Deploy enterprise class applications Industry Experts: 90% of the company is published Microsoft.NET Application development for 7+ years! Microsoft.NET Smart Client pioneers / industry leaders Information Worker Solutions Integration / Messaging, B2B / B2C, Wireless / Mobility Microsoft BizTalk Web Services, Microsoft Active Directory, Security, SSO, Authorization, Authentication Solutions on the emerging Microsoft servers Largest Client: Microsoft

3 Session Objectives And Key Takeaways Session Objective: Office workflow development in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005/2008 Windows SharePoint Services V3 & 2007 Microsoft Office system workflow built on top of Windows Workflow Foundation platform Workflow is a powerful tool for driving customer business processes Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 enables symmetric rich/reach form authoring Key Takeaways: Windows Workflow Foundation is a framework for building workflow into applications A single workflow technology for Windows WF has good integration into 2007 Office system & OSS Solution Architecture is necessary

4 Agenda 5 Options for SharePoint Workflows The business processes we will model Describe the design, develop, debug & deploy steps Demos: 1. Implementing Extensible canned Workflows in SPS 2007 & Office Designing & Implementing Extensible Workflows for SPS 2007 in SharePoint Designer 3. Building, Implementing and deploying workflows for SharePoint & Office 2007 in VS.NET 2005 (and VS2008) 4. Building SharePoint Workflows with K2

5 The Business Process (that will be modeled, designed and built in Visual Studio.NET 2005 and deployed to SharePoint 2007)

6 Tim Huckaby CEO – InterKnowlogy Microsoft Regional Director Microsoft MVP –.NET Using WF in SharePoint 2007 & 2007 Office System

7 Single workflow technology for Windows Base for Microsoft products and ISV/customer solutions One technology for human and system workflow A framework not a server product or application An extensible framework based on Microsoft.NET Ships as Part of.NET 3.0, which ships in Windows Make workflow mainstream for.NET developers Strong workflow partner & solution ecosystem Reach mainstream application developer Windows Workflow Foundation Vision: Deliver best-in-class workflow platform & tools for Microsoft products and partner/customer ecosystem

8 Structured Ad Hoc Microsoft Visual Studio and workflow SDK Office SharePoint Designer workflows Out-of-the-Box Solutions (with customization) Application Task and Issue Tracking Routing & Approval Review Approval Signature collection East Asian workflow Office Server Features List Moderation Publishing Process Document Expiration Document Processes Spec Review Weekly Status Report Custom Tracking Apps Service Requests Asset Tracking Custom Form Actions Notification Exception Handling LOB Integration Purchase Order Processing Product lifecycle management Workflow Scenarios

9 Tim Huckaby CEO – InterKnowlogy Microsoft Regional Director Microsoft MVP –.NET Using SharePoint Designer to Build Custom Workflows

10 VS.NET SPS WF Development Steps 1.Model workflow in Microsoft Visual Studio 2.Create and bind Microsoft Office InfoPath forms 3.Deploy to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 4.Debug the running workflow (if necessary)

11 Model & Building Workflows In Visual Studio 2005 Prerequisites: Office SharePoint Server 2007.NET 3.0 Runtime Components Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 / 2008 Extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation Microsoft Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) Microsoft Windows Vista Create project of type SharePoint Sequential Workflow Library Create the workflow

12 Create and Bind InfoPath Forms Types of InfoPath forms in SPS Workflows Association form User adds workflow to a list For setting options on WF Initiation form For manual workflow start Collects workflow parameters Task completion form A user to edit a task from WF User edits or enters data Modification form Linked off WF status page Can modify in-flight WF

13 Create and Bind InfoPath Forms InfoPath forms are used in these places

14 Hosting Environment Create and Bind InfoPath Forms SharePoint hosts the InfoPath form InfoPath Form Templates

15 Hosting Environment Create and Bind InfoPath Forms Data from SharePoint is passed in InfoPath Form Templates SharePoint object _________

16 Hosting Environment Create and Bind InfoPath Forms Submit the form, saves data to SharePoint InfoPath Form Templates SharePoint object _________

17 Hosting Environment Create and Bind InfoPath Forms SharePoint starts the workflow InfoPath Form Templates SharePoint object _________ SharePoint -> Task/WF Host

18 SharePoint Task instructions = Please do this. Task data as xml Create and Bind InfoPath Forms Pushing data from WF task into InfoPath InfoPath Task Form

19 Deploy to SharePoint Server Generate Metadata files Feature.XML Workflow.XML Install/activate the feature IISReset Associate workflow to the list/library

20 Debug the Running Workflow Visual Studio running on server machine Open the workflow in Visual Studio Attach to all of the W3WP Processes Start the workflow

21 Tim Huckaby CEO – InterKnowlogy Microsoft Regional Director Microsoft MVP –.NET Workflows built in VS.NET

22 EXTENDING SHAREPOINT WORKFLOW WITH K2 BLACKPEARL SharePoint WorkflowK2 blackpearl Data auditingAvailable via SharePoint metadata and document library/list versioning Workflow designers have the ability to specify data auditing options at design time. All audit information is available in the K2 Reporting environment Process auditingAvailable via the Activity Duration or Cancellation & Error reports found on the list or library where the workflow is deployed Available within the K2 Reporting environment in the out-of-the-box reports provided with K2 blackpearl as well as available as data in ad-hoc, user designed reports VersioningVersions of the workflow can be stored per document library or list. Options can be configured to set the workflow version used for new instances as well as active instances. A new version of the process is automatically stored each time it is deployed. Versions can be managed via the K2 Management Console which allows rollback to any previous version of the workflow. State managementState information will be maintained in the document library or list that the workflow is associated with. State is managed within the K2 blackpearl server and data is available within the K2 Reporting environment. Chaining workflowsVia Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) custom development. K2 blackpearl provides the functionality natively within the Inter-Process Communication event wizard. The IPC wizard provides the ability to call a sub-process synchronously or asynchronously Actions spanning across multiple sites Limited to the current siteSupport for actions across SharePoint sites, site collections, servers and farms Content type association Not supportedFully supported Access to originator information Access to author of the library or list item, but not the user who started the workflow if different Out-of-the-box access to workflow originator information, including the originators manager EscalationsVia Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) custom development. Provided via out-of-the-box escalation wizards, including , redirection, go to another step, custom code Task listIncludes an Assign a Task activity that can be used to assign a task to a user within a MOSS task list. MOSS task lists are shared among all users so users with the correct permissions can act on anyones task Tasks are available via the K2 Task List or K2 Task List web part. Task lists are specific to an individual user so users will only see tasks that they are allowed to action. Host serverProvided via Windows SharePoint Services. The workflow engine runs in process with SharePoint and cannot be separated out onto a dedicated workflow server Provided via the K2 blackpearl Host server. Servers can be dedicated to workflow transactions only and can be set up as a farm of server dedicated specifically to workflow processing Process CapacitySuggested limit of 15 running workflow processes per SharePoint server No set limitations per K2 server.

23 Tim Huckaby CEO – InterKnowlogy Microsoft Regional Director Microsoft MVP –.NET K2 Workflows

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28 Call to Action WF plugs a large hole in the platform that used to be hard because it had to be built by hand WF provides a design time environment that makes it easy to build even the most complex workflows The 2007 Office system and SharePoint 2007 WF integration is fantastic; consequently, integrated solutions are easy to design and build

29 For More Information… WorkFlow on the.NET 3.0 Developer Center: Downloads: Visual Studio 2005 extensions for.NET Framework 3.0 (Windows Workflow Foundation) Visual Studio 2005 extensions for.NET Framework 3.0 (Windows Workflow Foundation) Hands-on Labs for Windows® Workflow Foundation Experience the 2007 Microsoft Office system Microsoft® Windows® Software Development Kit for Windows Vista and.NET Framework 3.0 Runtime Components Microsoft® Windows® Software Development Kit for Windows Vista and.NET Framework 3.0 Runtime Components Windows SharePoint Services Software Development Kit (SDK)

30 Tim Huckaby, InterKnowlogy More info on InterKnowlogy: Contact me: Tim Huckaby or Phone: Blog : About Tim Huckaby CEO, InterKnowlogy Microsoft ® Regional Director – Southern California Microsoft ®.NET Partner Advisory Council Founder / Member Microsoft ® MVP -.NET Microsoft ® Surface Partner Advisory Council INETA Speaker – International.NET Users Group Association Windows and.NET Magazine Advisory Board Member.NET Developers Journal Magazine Advisory Board Member Author / Speaker

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32 Resources Technical Chats and Webcasts Microsoft Learning and Certification MSDN & TechNet Virtual Labs Newsgroups communities/newsgroups/en-us/default.aspx Technical Community Sites User Groups

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