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InfoPath 2010 Forms in SharePoint 2010 - Part 2

A new must-read publication from Wylde Solutions about implementing business forms using InfoPath 2010 in SharePoint 2010.

Process automation and implementation of forms is an important part of any business collaboration. Business process automation will increase efficiency and reduce costs and will also help organise the work of a business unit or a team or a single person within the organisation.

With SharePoint 2010 we have plenty of features that allow us to design and implement business workflows and business forms to take advantage of new technologies. When we use technology properly we benefit from having efficient business processes and thus better leveraging of our resources to achieve better results for the business.

This publication is a walk-through of the business process design and implementation using SharePoint 2010, InfoPath 2010 and Visio 2010.

We will use a hypothetical Incident Management Workflow to showcase the process of:
  • Business form design and implementation using InfoPath 2010
  • Workflow design and implementation using SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint Designer 2010
  • Extra work that will be required due to limitations of SharePoint Designer and InfoPath or complexity of the workflow
We will discuss different available approaches, advantages and disadvantages and also reasoning behind decision making for each choice.

We will not discuss third-party workflow and form design and management software, because the concept of this publication is to demonstrate how we could effectively use the tools we have got already: SharePoint 2010, Office 2010 and Visual Studio 2010 to be able to create business solutions.
  
In this work we use the versions of software as of January 2011. There is a SharePoint 2010 farm with a database server (Windows 2008 Server R2, SQL Server 2008 R2) and a Web server (Windows 2008 Server R2, SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise).

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This is a work in progress and at the moment only the InfoPath 2010 Forms part is finalized. So stay tuned for more chapters to come.

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