I love SharePoint workflows. I believe they’re an essential building block in the routing and tracking of your business data. But understanding where (and how) to use workflows is a challenge–particularly when you’re new to SharePoint.
Richard Harbridge (SharePoint thought leader and speaker) recently published a conceptual guide to SharePoint workflows. Here’s an excerpt of his post:
SharePoint Workflow: What Should We Use It For? What Are Other People Using It For?
We all know that we should always aim to automate and improve our business processes more. Many organizations reap enormous benefits from improving the way they work alone or with other people through enabling technologies like SharePoint. The big question is how do we start? Or perhaps which processes or workflows should we automate and improve first? This article dives into this issue and offers advice and recommendations based on successful experiences with many customers.
The post goes on to 1) describe the initial scenarios and conversations many SharePoint users have about workflows, 2) define the types of workflows that can be used and 3) explain the rules under which the workflows should be used to automate business processes. If you are new to SharePoint (or are a SharePoint advocate that wants to understand how workflows can benefit your organization), check out Richard’s post. You won’t be disappointed.