K2 Appit for SharePoint: Building on the Cloud

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During the K2 User Conference in March, we announced the launch of K2 Appit for SharePoint, an exciting new cloud-based offering that allows you to deliver workflow and forms apps for SharePoint 2013 and Office 365, without code. Available for use moments after you’ve signed up, Appit allows you to focus on building great solutions instead of installing software.

Using intuitive, drag-and-drop designers, you can turn a simple document library or list into an app by rapidly designing forms that combine SharePoint and your line-of-business data. Add workflows that involve the right users, and automate tasks across systems, regardless of whether they’re on premises or in the cloud.

But, why build K2 Appit for SharePoint in the cloud? Simply, for focus and efficiency. Appit for SharePoint is focused, simplified and built for SharePoint 2013 and Office 365. It’s also highly scalable and easy to manage. When we looked at what you, the user, care about, it’s all directed at achieving business goals as quickly as possible. You don’t want to think about what happened to get there — and honestly, at K2, neither do we. If you think about hardware or running a data center, you don’t want to spend time focusing on what the server run successes are or if your hardware is functioning properly. Cloud allows you to avoid all of those distractions and, in the case of Azure, it looks after all those things and more, including SQL Server, storage, firewall, DNS, patching and more.

Of course, this is only the first step on a long roadmap of what we plan to bring out with the Appit brand line. And it’s not a traditional solution from K2 (e.g., K2 blackpearl), nor is it an on-premises solution.

Why did we make it this way? We focused on what’s critical for key users and primary uses. K2 Appit for SharePoint is provides rapid time-to-value.  Building a cloud structure for Appit was all about accessibility — people can use Appit and focus on the business problem they have without focusing on the technical capabilities. 

For more information on how and why we built K2 Appit for SharePoint, watch the webcast above by Grant Dickinson, Technical Architect at K2.