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SharePoint 2013 provides built-in workflow capabilities that help automate processes across your organization. But, if you don’t plan properly, your workflows may not function at the level your organization needs.
This is particularly true in a hosted or cloud model. Customization is very limited; the options for “custom code” are just less available within this architecture. Yet customers need custom forms, workflows and access to data to drive business value in SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online.Despite the addition of many new, valuable features, workflow in SharePoint 2013 does not offer this functionality out-of-the-box, forcing organizations to spend time and resources on customization. However, without server side code, the level of customization is limited.
Currently, here are some key challenges we’ve seen with SharePoint 2013’s built-in workflow capabilities:
- Visual design capabilities are limited.
- Workflow design is rigid and drives code.
- Building initiation and task forms beyond standard SharePoint forms is now a development exercise.
- Integrating with SharePoint data from other sites and farms is complicated.
- Manage multiple versions of SharePoint can be challenging due to a lack of parity between systems.
- Error reporting is limited, and recovery in most cases is not possible.
K2 has compiled a short infographic, 5 Tips for Building Better Workflows in SharePoint, that helps showcase how you can avoid these key challenges.
For a more in-depth look at how SharePoint workflow can work for your organization, download our exclusive whitepaper, Filling the SharePoint 2013 Gaps. You’ll learn about the challenges companies face when building SharePoint workflow apps and see alternative offers that will enable you to get the reliable SharePoint workflow applications you want – without the challenges of customization.