Allevating InfoPath Anxiety with K2 smartforms

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On January 31, 2014, Microsoft announced that it would no longer be investing in InfoPath, although it will continue to support the latest release, InfoPath 2013, until 2023.

The announcement does not come as a surprise to those within the Microsoft SharePoint community. The future of InfoPath has been uncertain for some time, causing anxiety for those invested in the product, as well as those in need of a comprehensive enterprise forms solution for SharePoint. InfoPath has been the Microsoft forms technology of choice for SharePoint since its first release with Microsoft Office 2003, but with only negligible investment in the 2013 release, many started to question its future.

This white paper talks about the implications of this announcement, what organisations need to consider when looking for an enterprise forms platform and how K2 can meet these needs.

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Forrester 2015 Predictions report, free from K2

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According to Forrester, the top priorities for BPM initiatives in 2014 focused on two things: extending mission-critical business processes to support the mobile workforce and redesigning business processes to deliver exceptional customer experiences. Forrester also noticed a growing appetite among companies to move business-critical processes into the cloud using BPM platform-as-a-service solutions.

In 2015, BPM will fight to expand its relevance in the front office and needs to shed serious weight to better align with the age of customer imperatives that prioritise speed-to-market over analysis and complexity – traditional hallmarks of the BPM discipline and software solutions. K2 is always focused on customer needs, both B2B and B2C, and are pleased to be featured in this Forrester report.

In the 2015 Predictions Report, “The age of the customer is set to disrupt the BPM market,” Forrester’s Clay Richardson and Craig Le Clair talk about how customer obsession – the relentless focus on winning, retaining and serving customers – will disrupt and reshape the entire ecosystem for BPM.

The focus on all things customer is causing companies to look for agile, flexible technologies to improve processes that “directly or indirectly touch customers or shape customer experience.” The new vehicles for delivery are “‘low-code’ platforms, new engagement architectures and cloud-based work orchestration.”

K2 is offering this paper, valued at $499, completely free for you. Download the report to learn why all “enterprise architects and business process leaders should add this emerging category [low-code vendors] to their shortlists of hot new technologies to watch,” and why K2 is the choice for your organisation.

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K2 support services now runs on K2 smartforms

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If you have logged in to the K2 Partner & Customer Portal in the last few days, you may have noticed that things look a little different! Based on feedback we received from you, we have made some enhancements to our ticketing and support system. These enhancements include:

A new ticket system built on K2 SmartForms that includes new features like:

  • The ability to change a ticket owner or log a ticket on behalf of a customer or colleagues.
  • An option to provide feedback on your interactions with K2 Support.
  • The ability to save your K2 environment infrastructure details as a “Saved Environment” that can be reused in all your support tickets.
  • An all new SmartForms-based work list that provides you with visibility into support tickets and remote services requests logged by you and others in your organisation.
  • New search functionality that allows you to find existing resolutions to your issues before logging a ticket. The search combines results from K2 Community and K2 Knowledge Centre resources.

We’re excited to provide this new functionality to you and look forward to hearing your feedback, take a look at these new features today and click here to let us know what you think !

K2 Core and Smartforms Training

k2_training_blog_detail The K2 Core and K2 smartforms training is an instructor-led or self-study training course designed to give participants the skills and knowledge to create process-driven applications with K2 workflows, SmartObjects and smartforms, without writing any code.

During this course, participants will learn:

  • About K2 and SourceCode’s history and range of products
  • About common workflow principles and terminology
  • How to approach the Design, Assembly, Deployment, Execution and Monitoring of workflow solutions with K2 Studio
  • How to build basic and intermediate-complexity workflow solutions with K2 Studio
  • What K2 SmartObjects are, how to create K2 SmartObjects using K2 tools and how to use SmartObjects in workflows and user interfaces
  • How to use the K2 workspace to report on K2 workflows
  • How to administer a K2 environment with the K2 workspace
  • How to create and use SmartObjects for Line-of-Business systems
  • How to build no-code user interfaces with K2 smartforms and integrate these forms with K2 workflows
  • How to gather requirements for process-driven applications (self-study)
  • How to ensure success in process-driven application projects (self-study)
  • This course also includes a selection of quick-reference guides.

Intended Audience

The K2 Core and K2 smartforms training course is intended for “Citizen Developer” and developer roles that need to create process-driven applications with the K2 platform without writing code.

Upcoming Dates

Perth  – Monday, 14th September 2015 >  Thursday, 17th September 2015
Sydney – Tuesday, 6th October 2015  >  Friday, 9th October 2015
Melbourne- Monday, 9th November 2015  > Thursday, 12th November 2015
Brisbane – Monday, 7th December 2015  >  Thursday, 10th December 2015

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VIDEO: Unlock Your Line-of-Business Data with K2 Business Apps

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Your critical line-of-business (LOB) systems contain the information that drives your organisation. The challenge is getting this information into the hands of those that need it most in a solution that business users can utilise. Critical systems are often legacy platforms that are difficult to customise, or new-age SaaS-based offerings that are overwhelming to casual users. Regardless, these systems maintain information that is crucial for business users across the enterprise to be effective, and having this information locked away is holding your organisation back.

The K2 platform delivers business applications that incorporate forms, workflows, and data, and allows you to rapidly compose solutions that leverage your critical LOB information from disparate systems. Draw information from multiple systems into web based solutions. Combine these with enterprise workflows to simplify how users interact with multiple systems and deliver these solutions to end users in their own, familiar environments. Get critical information into the hands of those that need it, when they need it, so they can be more effective and make decisions that will truly impact the organisation.

In this video, you will learn how to:

* Use the K2 patented SmartObject framework to connect to multiple LOB systems including SQL Server, Oracle, SAP, Salesforce.com, and many others.

* Visually design enterprise forms that draw together information from multiple LOB systems, giving users all the information they need, when they need it.

* Create enterprise workflows that span disparate LOB systems and involve the right users at the right time.

* Modernise your legacy platforms without expensive customisations by creating surround solutions.

* Draw together on-premises and cloud-based data into a single solution.

VIDEO: Amplify the Power of Microsoft Dynamics CRM with K2 Business Apps

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Seamlessly bring Dynamics CRM together with your other business systems to access all the information you need to make informed decisions & complete tasks faster…

Microsoft Dynamics CRM is a market leading CRM platform for good reason. In combination with K2 solutions, it becomes an even more powerful tool that can span the entire enterprise.

K2 solutions enable information to be brought together from multiple business systems into a single user experience, all from within CRM.

The best part? You can do it without writing any code!

In this live webcast, with K2 and Myriad IT you will learn how to:

  • Quickly build applications that integrate seamlessly with the Dynamics CRM environment.
  • Bring together data from Dynamics CRM and other business systems into a single solution.
  • Automate CRM and other business processes within CRM.
  • Leverage CRM data in other systems.

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Time and Energy matters – Switching to K2 SmartForms mid project

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Written by, Jeremy Hancock 

I have been working with K2 products for more than ten years (since 2003) in various roles. Over that time there have been periods of frustration, especially where I have had to support solutions built by other people where they have used InfoPath and a lot of custom code in the workflows. We didn’t previously license the K2 SmartForms piece of the solution, and I have to admit that I was a little sceptical about how good SmartForms would be and how well it would be able to deliver on the requirements we have.

I’ve also been working with SharePoint since 2003. I am not really sad to see the back of InfoPath. Whilst for simple stuff it seemed good on the surface, so many times it got really complicated. I have also had some custom ASP.Net solutions built by partners which integrate with K2. These have also ended up feeling very complicated and are difficult to support. Also, because they are Full Trust SharePoint solutions, deploying changes is a pain, often requiring out of hours effort.

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Join K2 at the SharePoint Saturday in Canberra

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SPS Events is an all-volunteer organisation that provides the tools and knowledge needed for groups and event leaders to organise and host SharePoint Saturday Events.

SharePoint Saturday Events (SPS Events) are FREE one-day events held in different cities around the world, featuring sessions from influential and respected SharePoint professionals. At the local event level, SPS Events:

  • Provide local SharePoint professionals and users with excellent training and networking opportunities
  • Encourage increased membership for the local user group
  • Help develop, grow, and encourage new speakers.

Where:
Cliftons Canberra
10 Moore Street, Canberra, ACT

When:
Saturday, October 18th between 8am-5pm

Social Connect:
#SPSCBR

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K2 steps up to ALS – #icebucketchallenge

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What’s better than seeing your CEO accept the ice bucket challenge for ALS? The whole South African office – all 140 people – doing it too!

K2 is donating $20 for each person who takes the challenge, and we’re going office to office to donate as much money as possible to stop ALS in its tracks. That means we’ve already racked up $2,800 to add to the fight.

Click here to watch the global #IceBucketChallenge videos – The Australian Team below.

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VIDEO: Fast FWD your Forms, Workflow and Data Integration

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K2 would like to invite you to a webinar showcasing how the K2 platform is used to assemble and deliver full featured Business Applications (Forms, Workflow, Data) without compromising on design, integration, extensibility or delivery.

In this webinar, we will showcase the following:

  • K2 form and workflow assembly leveraging reusable components;
  • K2 integration to line of business systems (e.g. CRM, SAP, SharePoint, SQL, Oracle, Salesforce, Exchange, Active Directory); and
  • Extensibility of the K2 platform including the ability to easily consume end points such as .Net assemblies and Web services.

Who would benefit from attending?

This webinar would best suit IT focused Managers, Developers, and other Platform Experts (CRM, ERP, EDRMS, SharePoint etc.)

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