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“It becomes that much more important that platforms that deal with workflow, platforms that deal with electronic forms, are in a form factor that can adjust from a laptop all the way down to a mobile phone platform. That’s where people want to go.” – Paul Stork
This year at SPFest DC, the K2 team interviewed a handful of SharePoint MVPs and thought leaders in the space and wanted to share their thoughts on SharePoint and the future of the industry.
We’re excited to continue the series with Paul Stork, SharePoint MVP and Principal Architect at Blue Chip Consulting.
To recap, here are some of the highlights from the interview with Paul:
“When Microsoft finally admitted that InfoPath was not going to have an extended lifestyle, we started looking around for alternatives, particularly for forms-based processing. And one of the ones that we've come across is Appit. One of the things we really like about Appit is the availability to use it both in an on-premises environment, and in an Office 365 environment.”
“We deal with a lot of clients who are still in an on-premises environment due to security considerations: insurance companies, healthcare providers, etc. And for them, it's really nice to have Appit work in an on-premises environment. But we also have a lot of clients that have made the jump to cloud-based systems, to Office 365. And they also need some kind of a forms package. And the ability to use the exact same package in both cloud and in an on-premises environment is very, very useful.”
“There's lots of data in a lot of organizations that is not stored in SharePoint, not necessarily even stored in Microsoft SQL Server, but are stored in things like Oracle or proprietary database engines. And that's often the data that you actually have to get access to, to be able to do workflows that are useful-- particularly when we get into things like PeopleSoft, SAP or Dynamics CRM. All of those, you need ways to access that data. And the SmartObjects that K2 has makes it very easy to access that data and use it in workflows or in forms-- using Appit.”
“I think that hybrid is going to become the standard mode of operations. Most of our clients are looking at some kind of a hybrid model where maybe highly sensitive information stays in an on-premises environment, or information that needs large amounts of customization where I need server-side code to do that, stays in an on-premises environment. Hybrid, to me, seems to be the wave of the future. And again, having Appit that will work in both an on-premises environment and in Office 365, and for that matter in Azure, is a major advancement. Because I see most of our clients are interested in all three of those: on-premises, running things in Azure, and also running things in Office 365.”
For more on Blue Chip Consulting, please visit https://www.bluechip-llc.com/ or connect with Paul on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/pstork, or visit www.appit.com for more information.