Saturday, 7 March 2009

SharePoint Designer vNext

SharePoint Designer was heavily criticised for its WorkFlow limitations. Specifically those around redeployment. The answer was to use Visual Studio 2005/2008 or go for a third party product such as K2 or Skelta.

I predict that the SharePoint Designer vNext will be split into two versions. They are:
  • SharePoint Designer
  • SharePoint Designer for Workflow
SharePoint Designer vNext will be better (I know it's not hard) than the current version and will borrow from the Expression suite.

SharePoint Designer for Workflow will as the name suggests be a dedicated GUI package for creating workflows.

I predict some of the vendors who have made money from "low end" workflow products will exit the market. However the bigger guys will use it as an opportunity to focus on other areas of BPM.

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