K2 releases K2 blackpoint for no-code development of SharePoint workflows and apps

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

REDMOND, Wash. – K2 today released K2 blackpoint, feature-rich software that eliminates complexity and allows business users and non-developers to quickly build workflow solutions and process-driven applications within Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.
Starting at just $5,000 (US) for up to 200 users, K2 blackpoint offers drag-and-drop tools, a Microsoft Office-style designer (K2 Studio) and a Silverlight-based K2 Web Designer.

“This software is totally focused on enhancing the workflow and workflow-based solution capabilities of SharePoint,” said Adriaan van Wyk, K2’s CEO. “By empowering everyone in the organization to create and consume applications in SharePoint, K2 blackpoint frees IT departments to focus on other mission-critical SharePoint applications. It also allows the K2 partner community to combine its domain expertise with the powerful capabilities in K2 blackpoint and unlock value in customers’ SharePoint-related investments.”

K2 blackpoint can be used to create new SharePoint workflows that span libraries, sites, InfoPath forms, server farms and organizations; manage approvals; and route documents and list items. With K2 blackpoint everything can be built without code, and users can assemble new applications from information that already exists and workflows that have already been built.

“K2 adds value for Microsoft customers deploying solutions across Office SharePoint Server 2007 and our other technologies,” said Tom Rizzo, senior director of SharePoint. “As organizations adopt SharePoint as a platform for business applications, they continue to look for ways to simplify and accelerate SharePoint application composition and development.  K2 blackpoint allows the ability to create rich workflow- and process-driven applications in SharePoint — without writing code — to a broad user base.”

Because K2 blackpoint is a subset of K2 blackpearl® features and tools, it also offers an upgrade path so organizations can grow their investment and add capabilities over time. K2 blackpearl is the centerpiece of the K2 platform for building enterprise-ready, process-driven applications.

“We are always looking for ways to do business better,” said Ryan Shell, manager, Sales Administration at Armitron, a K2 blackpoint customer and early adopter. “SharePoint worked very well for us to a point, but we kept hitting walls.

“We figured out very quickly that we needed something else – something that was easy to use, something that would streamline our processes while reducing the possibility for errors and delays, and something that would allow us to reuse our workflows across multiple processes.”

Visit www.k2.com/blackpoint for more.