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  Asked By: Laci    Date: Nov 13    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1077

All i am new to infopath and sharepoint. I have been given a request to
create a workflow tha is somewhat complicated. I think it is going to
be a state workfow. How would i go about trying to start to design a
workflow. I have done some simple ones with designer, i know sharepoint
out of the box has some simple workfows, last but not least i think you
can use visual studio- but that will be to complicated for me, since i
am so new to .net. In short what is a good way to go about trying to
determine the best way to choose and build a workflow.



6 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Winston Ayers     Answered On: Nov 13

We'd have to know what you're planning to *do* with this workflow  before we
can make a good  recommendation. Can you provide a functional spec?

Answer #2    Answered By: Moshe Harding     Answered On: Nov 13

I am trying to get a viso design  of it, but it is basically a web
project request  process.

a request comes in,
goes to 2 groups
1 group says if the project should be considered or not
if so get an RA then passes that to a director then ask about
funding, so on.
So it looks like it may be more sequential to me, so maybe i can
do this is designer, i may have to have accept input from the user
some how. The one main probelm is we only have office 2003 but use
sharepoint 2007.

Answer #3    Answered By: Carly Meyer     Answered On: Nov 13

Sounds like you could easily (or at least feasibly) do this in Designer.
Emailing and getting input should be no big deal, whether you direct them
straight to an Edit Item form or some third-party data collector (i.e.

Answer #4    Answered By: Dewayne Clay     Answered On: Nov 13

To begin with, you can start  creating worklows using sharepoint  designer

you can also download the enterprise content managment starter kit provided in
the SDK which will have sample worklow built in visual  studio both on sequential
and state  machine workflows

Answer #5    Answered By: Angelina Newman     Answered On: Nov 13

State machine Workflows, which are the best way to do very complex workflows,
can only be built in Visual Studio. You could try breaking the workflow  into
smaller individual SPD workflows  and then control which workflow runs using
metadata in a list.

Answer #6    Answered By: Shannon Fleming     Answered On: Nov 13

Office 2003 & SP 2007 is not much of a problem. It is our enivronment also. I
put Designer 2007 on my Office 2003 machine. Works fine. Thus, we can do SPD
workflows. You can get data from user via workflow  dialogs. There isn't much
error checking. The real pain is keeping WFs updated when they apply to 10-20
lists. You cannot use WFs & content type without VS, i.e. no way to push new
WFs out to your lists.

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