Tuesday, July 24th, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST (West Coast)
Early in 2007 Microsoft released to general public the newest version of its Enterprise Portal and Collaboration server called Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (formerly known as SharePoint Portal Server/Technologies 2003). In addition to a lot of really interesting additions to the product, including Content Management integration, Wiki Support, Blog Support and improves Security/Management features, Microsoft has integrated the new Workflow Engine (known as Windows Workflow Foundation) into MOSS 2007.
Today’s talk will focus on one of the most commonly asked questions about SharePoint (MOSS 2007), and that is: “How do I Building Custom Document Workflow Solutions in SharePoint?”. This talk will be completely demonstration-oriented with slides used only to describe the workflow (graphically), well ok, maybe 2 marketing slides ?. The goal of this talk is to demonstrate BY EXAMPLE how non-Developers and Developers alike can build Custom Document Workflow solutions. You will discover by watching how this custom workflow scenario is built, that you could easily build your own custom document workflows to accomplish the goals of your organization.
Today’s talk will mimic a common business scenario “HR Recruiting”, where in our workflow:
Candidates will send their resumes from an email address outside of the (internally-facing) SharePoint HR Portal
· The portal will be configured to automatically receive the resume
· The portal, using Workflow will send an automated response to the candidate
· The workflow will then create and assign a task (linked to Outlook) along with the attached resume, requesting that a Recruiter reviews and provides feedback on the resume
· If the recruiter thinks that the applicant is a fit, the workflow will then automatically send the resume to the appropriate Hiring Manager (using a data-list of Job Openings/Hiring Mangers).
· If the hiring manager wants to interview the candidate, the workflow will automatically send that request to the recruiter
What you will learn:
· How to enable a SharePoint site (SharePoint Lists) to receive email from outside of the portal
· How to attach a workflow to a document library (or any other SharePoint List)
· How to manipulate and save short-term and long-term workflow data
· How to assign tasks (hooked to a users Outlook) and send e-mail via a workflow
· How to log workflow steps into a history file to track and certify activities (e.g., tracking that an email has been sent to someone)
· How to do create workflow process that change based on user interaction and external data
Who should attend:
The demonstrations will be done using the out of the box User Interface of the MOSS Portal (SharePoint Portal) and The SharePoint Designer tool, which is targeted at Developers and Non-Developers alike, with some discussion of how Visual Studio 2005 would fit into the picture. That being said, this is still a technical subject, so some knowledge of Process Management or Software Development will help you understand the process better.