Earlier today I presented on Connecting Office Client, SharePoint, Search, and Workflow. It’s one of my favorite talks because it shows an end-to-end solution from getting data from the end users through promoting the properties in SharePoint, making them searchable, and taking action via workflows. In the presentation I referred to a few tools and resources. They are:
- Andrew Connell’s STSADM extensions for WCM — they allow you to export the content type and site columns you created in the user interface into XML files that can be used in a feature to deploy the content type across multiple site collections.
- Managing Enterprise Metadata with Content Types — A written step-by-step guide for making data available via search.
Workflow Development Resources
- Wrangling SharePoint Workflows in Visual Studio (Robert Bogue) — An aging article on how to do SharePoint workflows with SharePoint.
- Workflow in the 2007 Microsoft Office System (David Mann) — The book on workflow in SharePoint.
- Real World SharePoint 2007 (MS SharePoint MVPs) – A good book on SharePoint including two chapters on workflow — one of which is mine.
- Delivering Modular SharePoint Workflow Functionality Pt 1 of 2(David Mann) — Article on MSDN
- Delivering Modular SharePoint Workflow Functionality Pt 2 of 2 (David Mann) — the rest of the content.
- MSSharePointDeveloper.com – “How To” develop for SharePoint — including a Workflow webcast and hands on lab
- MS Patterns and Practices SharePoint Guidance — “When” and “Why” to use SharePoint features.
Good luck on your next project to make life easier to get data in — and used in your organization.