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    Thoughts in AgilePoint

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    With the death nail on InfoPath, there’s a lot of talk on workflow and forms engines in SharePoint…We choose AgilePoint

    Formotus is another option and they have a completely independent white paper that you can download from their web site.  Of course, it’ll be totally independent, given that it’s from their web site.  🙂

    The Good:- What’s really cool about the product

    1. 1.      UI:

    –        User-friendly development.

    –        Easy to deploy and use.

    –        Neat Mobile friendly forms available

    –        A parallel process of two applications possible using subprocess using no code.

    –        SharePoint workflows in Agilepoint solve most purposes for which event receivers are needed.

    –        Wide variety of controls available for various functionalities.

    –        Different process models are available for different uses. I.e. E-forms, Sharepoint Forms, System  Integration, etc.

    –        Can add Jquery/ CSS to controls easily through shared/ individual files.

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    1. 2.      Runtime:

    –        Detailed information about variables/fields used available at runtime.

    –        Multiple data sources can be used at various events.

    –        Running applications will continue to run when a new change is published, as a result of which the system doesn’t have to be brought down to deploy changes.

    –        Can use APIs to access any kind of data from other resources.

    1. 3.      Product features:

    –        SharePoint version independent will work with future versions.

    –        Easy to be integrated into different systems because SharePoint, Salesforce has AgilePoint Dashboards available.

    –        Log in using various Authorization methods possible. (OAuth2 covers a lot of authorization methods)

    –        Very easy to export applications to other tenants and reuse them.

    –        Globally reusable tokens can be created and exported to multiple applications increasing reusability.

    –        Individual forms also can be exported and re-used across multiple applications and tenants.

    1. 4.      On Premise /Private Cloud

    –        Multiple tenants possible on a private cloud

    –        Can access data stored in XML and create various reports based on the data

    The Bad:

    1. UI:

    –        A canvas designed in a way that plain text cannot be placed on a form. It has to be in control.

    –        Controls take up a specific size that cannot be changed in height. This does give a neater look but the desired look is difficult (I may be biased as this is easily possible in MS word/ Infopath).

    –        Nesting controls is difficult except put in subforms which in turn do not support a lot of controls

    –        Custom HTML controls rendering is difficult.

    –        Autosave doesn’t happen and the UI becomes unresponsive at a time causing loss of data

    1. Runtime:

    –        Lookups take a while to load.

    –        Page submit actions can’t be modified.

    –        Poor integration with IE

    –        Offline modification of forms not possible

    1. Product Features:

    –        Look and feel can’t be modified to look like SharePoint to maintain consistency

    –        Difficult to integrate into SP if not using Agilepoint dashboards as a physical location of forms/tasks is not available

    The Ugly:- What totally sucks

    1. UI:

    –        Very poor support for multiple controls in design time and runtime. Hence not suitable for larger forms.

    1. Runtime:

    –        Can’t access forms from a physical location as forms are available as tasks. This is usually a major requirement by the client.

    –        Can’t access data on the forms anywhere hence can’t be put in reports easily.

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