Presentation on theme: "Infowise Ultimate Forms vs. InfoPath"— Presentation transcript:
1 Infowise Ultimate Forms vs. InfoPath Feature-by-feature comparison of form solutions for SharePoint
2 Why do we need forms in SharePoint? Lists are a great for informationBuilt-in forms are quite basicMore advanced solution needed for real life applications
3 InfoPath Forms XML-based form generator and filler Integrates with SharePointNot a native SharePoint solutionSharePoint Enterprise requiredRetired, no more new versions
4 InfoPath Forms InfoPath-generated list forms: Replace built-in forms Submits to SharePoint itemsLimited functionalityMainly a layout featureForm libraries:Non-native solutionsSaves data as XML filesExtended functionalityLayout and data structure
5 Infowise Ultimate Forms A complete code-free platform for building SharePoint forms and business solutionsExtremely feature rich, up to 18 individual components insideWorks on free SharePoint FoundationMuch more than just forms: reporting, business logic, integration, etc.
6 Design and Integration Design environmentIntegrated into SP, accessible anywhereStand-alone application, local installation requiredIntegration100% integratedNon-native UI and functionalitySP LicenseFoundation (free), Standard, EnterpriseEnterprise only
8 Features: Permissions TabsTabs and groups with subsectionsGroups. Tabs can be implemented as viewsTab permissionsWritable/read-only/hidden through conditionsWritable/read-only/hidden using rulesColumn permissionsView permissionsBased on current user, with custom default viewNone
9 Features: Data Structure StorageList item based, completely integratedXML file based, stored in document library*Repeating sectionsReal items in related lists, visible in forms and viewsRepeating sections in XML, do not map to SP items, not visible in viewsRelated items summaryAutomatically calculated, subject to filters. Columns do not need to reside on the formSummary functions within the forms
10 Features: Column Types Support for built-in column typesAll column types are supportedSome column types are not supported (Managed Metadata), others: reduced or modified functionalitySupport for custom column typesAll custom column types from all vendors supportedNoneCustom column types providedAssociated items, cascading lookup, color choice, KPIs, document link, etc.
11 Features: Validation and Defaults Default valuesUser-specific; passed through URL; content type-specificCommon to all usersValidation rulesSpecific to users, subject to conditions, regex pattern supportSubject to conditions, support for /URL patternsValidating related itemsRun validation rules based on summary of related itemsNot supported
12 Features: Actions Types of actions 16 types of actions: update/create/delete items, manage permissions, create list/site, print, etc.Set field valueExecutionOn add/update/delete, on timer, manual (ribbon button)On value change
13 Features: Lookups Cascading Yes, unlimited levels Yes* Add new value NoFilter values
14 Features: Signatures Signature type Electronic Digital Signature providersActive Directory credentials, hand-writtenDigital certificateDisplayed inForms, views, printForms only
15 Features: Printing Print templates User-defined, multiple templates with automatic/manual selectionPrint screenExport/Convert to PDF and , with attachmentsNone*UI integrationPrint from forms and views, print multiple items at oncePrint from forms only
16 Features: External Data Data sourcesAny DB type, web servicesMS SQL only, web servicesFilter external dataYesAutomatic import/exports, web service, any DBNone
17 Features: Color-coding TypeBackground color, font color, iconsBackground color, font color, boldness, underlineDisplayed inForms, views, calendars*, print-outsForms only
18 Features: Item IDs Templates Multiple, automatically selected Not supportedFormatCombination of text, column values, functions, numeratorAppliedNew item, modified item
19 And we didn’t even cover Actions*AlertsColor-coded calendarsCharts and graphsColor-coded viewsKPIsList searchVotingMuch more…
20 Infowise Ultimate Forms Freedom to build the forms you needMeet us: SharePoint Fest NYC 2014, WPC 2014
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