Nintex and Microsoft Drive Innovation on SharePoint

Microsoft delivered a powerful message at its SharePoint Virtual Summit last week about its vision for SharePoint and the market momentum it’s achieving.

I couldn’t be more excited because Nintex has had such a close partnership with Microsoft and SharePoint over the years.

A little over a year ago, Corporate Vice President Jeff Teper introduced the new SharePoint, a set of modern experiences designed to make SharePoint more powerful, easier and quicker to use. This year, Jeff showed how much energy, focus and innovation Microsoft has been putting into SharePoint, both on-premises and in the cloud.

Jeff emphasized the central role of SharePoint Online – as part of Office 365 – as a platform for collaboration, communication and business apps for cloud-focused enterprises.

He drove home the importance of integrated mobile support, and unveiled a brand-new development framework that allows partners such as Nintex to innovate even more to serve the ever-evolving needs of business customers.

The key takeaway for me was Microsoft’s continuing commitment to innovation on SharePoint – a commitment we share here at Nintex. Since our inception, we’ve strived to bring continuous innovation to SharePoint server and Office 365.

Most recently, we’ve built on these successes and further expanded our cross-platform solution with the Nintex Workflow Cloud.

I wanted to spend a few moments on some of the more recent innovations we’ve shipped, give you a taste of some things that are coming and let you know how you can influence what we do next.

Continuously Innovating

SharePoint is the home of two of our flagship products, Nintex Workflow and Nintex Forms, where we have steadily delivered powerful workflow and content automation capabilities to customers operating in either on-premises or hybrid environments.

Last year we introduced Nintex for SharePoint 2016 to bring our newest innovations to the latest release of SharePoint on-premises. This includes the recent enhancements to our powerful document generation capabilities a redesigned UI that provides quick and easy access to our cloud connectors.

We have kept up a rapid pace since then; recently we released integration with Nintex Workflow Cloud workflows directly from on-premises, and we will shortly deliver new support for Microsoft Dynamics CRM in the on-premises versions of SharePoint 2016 and 2013.

We’re also excited about our innovations in Nintex Forms. We’ve shipped several key features that customers have been asking for, including Managed Metadata support, Save and Continue, and Redirect Pages.

We’re also excited about our new “Responsive Forms,” which we announced back in February at our InspireX user conference and will release in the coming months.

Responsive Forms allow the designer to create a single form that automatically renders on every targeted device, from desktop/laptop to tablet or smartphone, without the need to create separate layouts for each device.

We’ve always prided ourselves on making powerful software easy to use and have strived to deliver on this vision in everything we build.

In Nintex Workflow for Office 365, we’ve focused on making our users more productive.

Throughout 2016, we spent a considerable amount of time rolling out multiple data centers to give customers choice in where their data resides and to reduce latency.

More recently, we’ve been introducing capabilities to make it easier to build, publish and debug sophisticated workflows, including a useful new enable/disable actions feature, improvements to importing designs, integration with the Nintex Workflow Cloud, a new API for bulk publishing, and, in the coming months, Action Sets.

What’s Next?

Wondering how you can have a say in what we build next?

Even with thousands of customers automating business processes across hundreds of use cases, it’s critical for our product and development teams to understand the specific scenarios you are trying to address with our technology.

We want to know where we can improve, tweak or introduce new capabilities that will help you be more productive. The quickest and most effective channel is our User Voice site, where you can suggest features, and vote on ideas submitted by other users.

We also invite you to visit our Nintex Connect community, where you can explore, learn, and share thoughts and ideas with thousands of enthusiastic Nintex users.

 

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Alex Burton

Alex Burton is VP of Product at Nintex. He has worked in the IT industry for more than 20 years holding various roles spanning professional services, project management and product management. Alex has extensive experience in the Microsoft stack, specifically around SharePoint, Project Server, Dynamics CRM and Azure. Follow him on Twitter: @alexanderb