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Conclusion for Understanding Workflow in the SharePoint Products and Technologies

SharePoint 2007

Updated: February 26, 2009

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

Updated: 2009-02-26

Human workflow applications can improve the efficiency and accuracy of many business processes. By creating Windows Workflow Foundation and making it a standard part of the operating system, Microsoft has provided the basis for a broad set of workflow applications. By hosting WF workflows, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 offers developers and information workers the ability to construct document-oriented human workflow applications. Adding Office SharePoint Server lets these applications interact with their users through InfoPath forms presented in Office 2007 desktop applications. It also provides a group of pre-defined workflows that address common business scenarios.

Adding support for workflow to Windows SharePoint Services and Office SharePoint Server is a significant step. Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft Office are popular technologies, and so it’s fair to expect that these new workflow features will be quite widely used. Going forward, look for workflow applications to become more common in the lives of both information workers and developers.

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David Chappell is Principal of Chappell & Associates (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=76860&clcid=0x409) in San Francisco, California. Through his speaking, writing, and consulting, he helps technology professionals around the world understand, use, and make better decisions about enterprise software.

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