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SharePoint development: workflow optimization apps (part 1)

03.03.2017
SharePoint development: workflow optimization apps (part 1)
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Nowadays, it looks like useful apps are built for almost everything. We love getting to the heart of how cool applications work and how to improve their efficiency using various approaches like microservice architecture or the CQRS pattern. Humans make apps work more efficiently, and then apps make the work of humans more efficient! This is particularly the case with applications for effective teamwork, management and information workflow inside a company. One of the best tools for this is Microsoft’s SharePoint.

It’s now even easier to fulfil the dream of every company’s manager — increased staff productivity, better communication, and time and cost-savings due to a better organized workflow. SharePoint helps with this through a collaboration toolset and an app-building platform. For the latter purpose, the new SharePoint framework was introduced in 2016.

SharePoint as a collaboration toolset

SharePoint is a web-based application that facilitates, synchronizes, speeds up and enriches many day-to-day activities like sharing, managing, editing, reviewing, approving, reusing, tracking, monitoring and finding the necessary information.

Shared calendars, discussions, appointments, as well as various reminders and notifications are also very helpful. Team members are closely connected and well-informed on all the details of their shared projects.

SharePoint can be configured to do exactly what is necessary, collaborates well with other tools, provides strong security, lets you consolidate all internet, intranet, and extranet sites in one platform, and more.

SharePoint application development

The area of our special interest is using SharePoint for building web applications of varying scope for the perfect organization workflow. These apps can be rich, fast, light, multi-tiered, responsive and mobile-friendly. Good integration with other tools and extensibility are additional advantages.

In 2016, the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) appeared as a new model of SharePoint app development. It lets developers do cool things with client-side development, easily integrates with the Microsoft Graph and has support for open-source tools. The SharePoint Framework is built according to the mobile-first philosophy.

It can be used on any platform and with any JS framework. Actually, your solutions can consist entirely of Javascript, so you can enjoy its power.

However, developers are now more free than ever to choose various frameworks for working with SharePoint according to their preferences.

You can host your SPFx solutions in SharePoint, on your server or in the cloud.

If you are inspired to improve your company’s workflow and enjoy the result that apps can deliver, we offer you our services. Our experienced team of developers will build SharePoint applications or customize your existing tools. Just tell us what needs to work better at your organization, and we will create the ideal solution!

To be continued! This is the first part of our Sharepoint development blog series and just a brief overview. Check out our next publications to find out more about Sharepoint and Drupal, as well as Sharepoint and .NET!

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