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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 information Built-in forms are quite basic More advanced solution needed for real life applications

3 InfoPath Forms XML-based form generator and filler Integrates with SharePoint Not a native SharePoint solution SharePoint Enterprise required Retired, no more new versions

4 InfoPath Forms

5 Infowise Ultimate Forms A complete code-free platform for building SharePoint forms and business solutions Extremely feature rich, up to 18 individual components inside Works on free SharePoint Foundation Much more than just forms: reporting, business logic, integration, etc.

6 Design and Integration Design environmentIntegrated into SP, accessible anywhere Stand-alone application, local installation required Integration100% integratedNon-native UI and functionality SP LicenseFoundation (free), Standard, Enterprise Enterprise only

7 Features: Layout Form layoutTabs, tab permissions, sections, groups, multi- column layout Sections, drag-n-drop design Look and feelConfiguration + CSS- based styling Designer-generated styling SP UI integration100% native lookDistinct, foreign look

8 Features: Permissions TabsTabs and groups with subsections Groups. Tabs can be implemented as views Tab permissionsWritable/read-only/hidden through conditions Writable/read-only/hidden using rules Column permissionsWritable/read-only/hidden through conditions Writable/read-only/hidden using rules View permissionsBased on current user, with custom default view None

9 Features: Data Structure StorageList item based, completely integrated XML file based, stored in document library* Repeating sectionsReal items in related lists, visible in forms and views Repeating sections in XML, do not map to SP items, not visible in views Related items summaryAutomatically calculated, subject to filters. Columns do not need to reside on the form Summary functions within the forms

10 Features: Column Types Support for built-in column types All column types are supported Some column types are not supported (Managed Metadata), others: reduced or modified functionality Support for custom column types All custom column types from all vendors supported None Custom column types provided Associated items, cascading lookup, color choice, KPIs, document link, etc. None

11 Features: Validation and Defaults Default valuesUser-specific; passed through URL; content type-specific Common to all users Validation rulesSpecific to users, subject to conditions, regex pattern support Subject to conditions, support for email/URL patterns Validating related itemsRun validation rules based on summary of related items Not supported

12 Features: Actions Types of actions16 types of actions: update/create/delete items, manage permissions, create list/site, print, etc. Set field value ExecutionOn add/update/delete, on timer, manual (ribbon button) On value change

13 Features: Lookups CascadingYes, unlimited levelsYes* Add new valueYesNo Filter valuesYesNo

14 Features: Signatures Signature typeElectronicDigital Signature providersActive Directory credentials, hand-written Digital certificate Displayed inForms, views, printForms only

15 Features: Printing Print templatesUser-defined, multiple templates with automatic/manual selection Print screen Export/emailConvert to PDF and email, with attachments None* UI integrationPrint from forms and views, print multiple items at once Print from forms only

16 Features: External Data Data sourcesAny DB type, web servicesMS SQL only, web services Filter external dataYes Automatic import/exportEmails, web service, any DB None

17 Features: Color-coding TypeBackground color, font color, icons Background color, font color, boldness, underline Displayed inForms, views, calendars*, print-outs Forms only

18 Features: Item IDs TemplatesMultiple, automatically selected Not supported FormatCombination of text, column values, functions, numerator Not supported AppliedNew item, modified itemNot supported

19 And we didn’t even cover Actions* Alerts Color-coded calendars Charts and graphs Color-coded views KPIs List search Voting Much more…

20 Infowise Ultimate Forms www.infowisesolutions.com Freedom to build the forms you need Meet us: SharePoint Fest NYC 2014, WPC 2014


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