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SharePoint Workflow Integration
 
Windows SharePoint Services provide a robust and customizable work environment for users to create, collaborate, store and utilize the business information. The workflow is a way to organize and run a set of work units and activities to form an executive file for representation of a work process. The process of the workflow can even control the life cycle of any item in Office SharePoint. The workflow can display both the system functions and also human actions. The workflow in SharePoint can be simple as well as complex as per your company’s requirements. You can create workflows that can be initiated by users as well as Windows SharePoint services. The workflow shows custom business processes of the organization which can be attached to the SharePoint documents.
 
Workflow Sharepoint 2007
Workflow SharePoint 2013
 
Microsoft has also provided two means to design and install workflow templates for SharePoint which are set into Visual Studio 2005. SharePoint Designer 2007 has strong inbuilt tools to mechanize the business process with its workflow designer.
 
Basically Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 can streamline document collaboration with the workflow it provides. We provide the SharePoint workflow solution which enables any organization to enhance its productivity and increase accountability. We offer you the workflow integrated with Microsoft products such as; Outlook, Content Management Server and SharePoint by which you can manage your individual tasks. By Our SharePoint workflow solutions you can easily get control on the life cycle of your  documents.
 
SharePoint 2013 changes this, and uses 'Windows Azure Workflows'. This means quite a big change to how things work behind the scenes.  Workflows now run as a separate service to SharePoint itself, and can be hosted on-premise or externally (in much the same way as the new 'Apps' model works).
 
The new workflow platform, dubbed 'Workflow Manager', brings with it many new enterprise class capabilities.
  • High Density and Multi-Tenancy
  • Elastic Scale
  • Activity / Workflow Artifact Management
  • Tracking and Monitoring
  • Instance Management
  • Fully Declarative Authoring
  • REST and Service Bus Messaging
  • Managed Service Reliability
SharePoint Designer 2013 now includes everything you need to build these new workflows, with some nice improvements over the previous version:
  • Visual development tools using a Visio 2013 add-in
  • Ability to call 'web services' without writing any code
  • New building blocks like 'Stage', 'Loop', and 'App step'
Microsoft has also maintained support for SP2010 workflows, so they will work as they did previously on SharePoint 2010 without any reworking. This backwards compatibility is nice touch, though you will very much want to build anything new using the new engine. Workflows in SP2010 were good, but not a huge leap on from SharePoint 2007. SharePoint 2013 has really moved things on, and workflows are now a hugely powerful area of the platform. It will be very interesting to see how the community gets on with the features, and seeing what is possible.
 

The SharePoint 2013 Workflow platform uses the new Workflow Manager service. Workflow Manager is built on top of Windows Workflow Foundation. Windows Workflow Foundation is part of the .NET Framework 4.5.

The figure below illustrates the SharePoint 2013 Workflow platform technology stack.

 
SharePoint 2013 Workflow platform diagram
 
Workflow Sharepoint 2013
 
Workflow Manager is a powerful new workflow service that can be used by many different applications. SharePoint Server 2013 uses Workflow Manager for its workflow engine.
 
Workflow Manager is a separate download and must be configured to communicate with the SharePoint Server 2013 farm.
   
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