Notes Taking – Workflows in SharePoint 2013

Whats new in SharePoint 2013 Workflow:

  • Workflow Manager client 1.0 is introduced as the new powerful foundation.
  • Workflow Manager Client 1.0 is built on Windows Workflow Foundation 4
  • Works best for Apps of SharePoint and for Cloud-based computing.
  • Workflows are entirely Declarative – only designer based and no-code workflows
  • Workflows can be done using Designer and Visual Studio 2012 in a simplified way.
  • Enhanced connectivity as it has to work between on-premises, and Office 365
  • Full interoperability with previous version (SharePoint 2010) workflows
  • Can compose the workflow logic in Visio and later use it in Designer.
  • Enhanced Single step deployment for Visual Studio Workflows
  • A big list of custom actions and some new actions to work with Project 2013 to create Project-based workflows.
  • Visual Studio workflows enables us to remotely host and run workflows outside SharePoint Server.
  • Visual Studio workflows are completely design driven and uses XAML for the logic.
  • There are Workflow Activities and actions to know about. Activities are code level objects to handle method calls and actions are wrapper objects that present these activities in a user-friendly form in SharePoint Designer.
  • Interactions are always with Workflow Actions in SharePoint Designer

SharePoint Designer vs Visual Studio 2012:

SharePoint Designer:

  • For Non-technical persons
  • no-code, text-based designer
  • Visual design environment, graphical elements are arranged on a design surface to represent a logical flow of processes
  • There is an option of reusable workflows but if a workflow is created with one list or library, it can be used only within that list or library

Visual Stuido 2012:

  • For Developers
  • Customized workflow which enables developers to create custom actions to use in SharePoint Designer
  • Can debug the workflow
  • Can create any complex leveled workflows
  • Can develop workflow to be used in Apps and cloud-based
  • Can create workflow templates which can be reused in any other site collection.

Workflows are always special to me… whichever version it may be… Workflows are the best!!!

Finally, wanted to share a book that I came to know about which will be hitting the shelves soon!! A good read for sure!


About gai3kannan

I am working with NCS Pte Ltd as a Lead Consultant I have taken SharePoint as my full time action and thoughts.
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2 Responses to Notes Taking – Workflows in SharePoint 2013

  1. Nice walkthrough. I would like to comment on a couple of your points though. First of all, there is the Workflow Manager and Workflow Manager Client. Workflow Manager is the new service build on WF 4.0, whereas Workflow Manager Client is a set of API’s used by clients to connect to Workflow Manager. But many people are using same notation for both.
    Although Workflow Manager is by default an Azure service, I won’t say that it necessarily works best there. If you install Workflow Manager 1.0 on prem and configure it properly it will work equally good there.
    Composing workflows in Visio for later deployment to SharePoint Designer is still possible, but there’s no need to do it that way anymore because you now have the Visual Designer ( which is a Visio Active-X control) directly embedded into SharePoint Designer as an alternative to the text-based designer. Using Visual Designer you don’t have to do the exporting + inside Visio you couldnt use custom actions.

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