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How to identify the right Business Process Automation (BPA) tools for your organization

The previous blog provided a framework for business to evaluate tools for business process automation. This blog explores some of the popular business process automation (BPA) tools that are popular when working with Microsoft SharePoint technologies and how they fare against the criteria that we defined in our previous blog. Ratings are provided on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being least favorable and 10 being most favorable. SharePoint Designer Workflows According to Microsoft, SharePoint Designer (SPD) is a tool for rapid development of SharePoint applications. SPD includes the ability to create workflows native to the SharePoint platform. These are no-code workflow solutions that manage simple to medium complexity business processes in an organization. Forms created for SPD workflows often use HTML and/or InfoPath as their underlying technologies. Please note that since SharePoint 2013, Microsoft has introduced Workflow Manager, where workflows can be designed visually using Visio. For this blog, we ref ...

Framework For Business to Evaluate Tools For Business Process Automation

Business process automation (BPA) is the automation of manual paper-based processes using tools and technology. BPA can help an organization reduce cost and increase efficiency. Once a decision to implement business process automation has been taken, choosing the right tool is the next significant consideration. While there are many tools available for BPA, and a discussion around these is imminent; the criteria for evaluating these tools must first be identified. Each organization may weigh these criteria differently and a framework has been provided to adjust the relative weight of the criteria against each other later in this series. 1] In-House Skillset Organizations often have dedicated IT teams for improving and enhancing their internal systems. Selection of a tool should consider the level of the skillset of the in-house team and Power Users. Often, BPA vendors claim their tool make it easy for business users to create or modify processes that require some understanding of logic and being aware of b ...

How to Setup SharePoint Communication Site Template for a company-wide Intranet

Organisations think SharePoint portal as a centralized place to get various information such as documents, news, team members, departments, etc. At its core, an Intranet Portal is used to displaying information to business users and formal contents. For the majority of the organizations, SharePoint is just a common platform to come together to share information and communicate but the real motto is not only collaborating but being productive. The only thing that makes any organization a successful one, only by choosing the right tools to achieve their goals. The productivity tools make business users lives well-organized, exciting, easier and more productive.    Let’s ask one question The SharePoint Modern workplace may consist of the home page, Procedures, and manuals, corporate news or announcement but does it provide the relevant information as per the business users need or interest.   Next step The motto of an organization is to provide push information through publishing, ...

How to Setup Communication Site in SharePoint Online

Microsoft recently announced the rollout of modern Communication sites in Office 356. This new template is available only for those who enrolled for "First Release user in your tenant". You will now have a new site template "Communication site" along with the Team site. The good news is that in coming months it would be released full worldwide for all Office 365 customers. In the past, SharePoint publishing sites were “Classic” SharePoint Online (SPO) sites where publishing feature providing you with features as publishing pages in your intranet site, richer navigation configuration experience, etc. Classic SPO sites lacked few key features such as responsiveness, dynamic content and provided a limited user experience. Communication sites are intended to showcase your product or service, inform and engage others with the enhanced user experience. You can share news, stories, statistical reports and other information in a visually compelling format.   It’s a site collection that i ...

SharePoint Hassle free Migration with Sharegate & Metalogix

The migration of existing business content to SharePoint 2016 or SharePoint Online (including Office 365) is not a small task. Ideally, organizations should spend time discovering and auditing the content, then creating an ideal information architecture to improve upon existing models. Finally, whenever possible, comprehensive testing before and after the migration should be performed to minimize risk. Major factors such as SharePoint customizations and external system integration need to be fully fleshed out before the migration work can begin.   Move your business to Office 365 or SharePoint Migration and upgrade projects are an opportunity to free SharePoint content so that end-users, developers, and administrators can all benefit from improved information architecture and functionality. To complete the migration activity successfully to SharePoint 2016 on-premises or SharePoint Online (Cloud Provider under Office 365), need good planning and analysis. Many types of migration approaches exist, it ...

SharePoint Connect Newsletter - June 2017

SharePoint Connect covers updates, tips & tricks and other relevant information for your SharePoint services. Write to us if you wish us to cover anything in our future publications. Tips and Tricks: We’d like to talk about a simple trick that can enable you to restrict users to only modify their own entries on a Discussion Board List in SharePoint for users to submit their questions/feedback. This is addressed by a feature known as “Item Level Permissions.” Here’s how you can configure it:   In the Discussion Board List, go to List Settings > Advanced Settings Scroll down to Item Level Permissions section Inside the section, you will see two categories Read Access Read all items - Everyone who has access to the list will be able to read any items, whether they were created by the user logged in or someone else. Read items that were created by the user - Users will only get to see entries they ...