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Discovering suspended workflows with Microsoft Flow

In my daily work over business processes in Office 365, specifically in SharePoint Online, one thing annoys me the most – namely the lack of mechanisms to inform me that the workflow has hung up – that it is in a “Suspended” state.

The solution for that issue is not provided by Microsoft or Nintex – the company with which products I have been working for a quite long time. There are only workarounds, but they are inadequate, and I wanted to be able to react proactively and not reactively to any flow suspension event.

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Facebook @workplace integration with SharePoint using Microsoft Flow

Building an intranet using modern SharePoint I was asked by a customer, if this is possible to show information from their facebook @workplace portal. I started digging and reading the documentation only to realize, that no matter if I were using modern or classic approach, still there are no ready-to-use scripts from facebook, allowing to copy-paste and then be able to display ex. information from Newsfeed.

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How To: SharePoint grouped view conditional formatting

Recently my customer asked me to create a dashboard, to monitor completion of tasks in a workflow. The idea was to highlight completed, on track and overdue tasks with different colors. First I thought about using SharePoint list with Modern Experience, and column formatting. But then I was asked, not only to highlight rows for tasks, but also their grouping header – as there were many tasks created per each group of tasks and the customer wanted to see status of a whole group ad-hoc, without a need to drill down.

InfoPath loves Microsoft Flow

How to: Move/ copy InfoPath attachments in SharePoint Online

Although it has been repeatedly said that the history of InfoPath is over, for many companies still building workflows’ forms using InfoPath is as obvious as using Excel. However, when doing that in Office 365 and SharePoint Online the product’s boundaries are really visible and are becoming a real pain. 

I’ve been struggling some time ago with an issue related to the workflow’s instance size (here), what was directly related to the size of the InfoPath form together with attached files. The obvious solution I was thinking then was moving those attachments away from the form, into a dedicated SharePoint library, but I wasn’t able to do that easily mainly because of the algorithm that is used in InfoPath to handle file attachments.

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Site Collection Administrator access denied when adding solutions

I have recently found myself in a situation, when after creation of a new, Modern Site (it was a modern Team Site) my account, even though that was set to be a SharePoint Administrator (even a tenant one :)) and a Site Collection Administrator wasn’t able to see links to any galleries in the Site Collection settings. Moreover, when accessing them using a direct links and then trying to ex. add a new solution, I was being told, that I have no permissions for that operation.

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How To: Simple newsletter solution using SharePoint Designer 2013

Some longer time ago I was asked to think about a solution, allowing my client to notify his employes, about changes and news that were being published in the application built on SharePoint 2013. However, client did not want to use alerts, or to develop a dedicated application. No – the client wanted something like a newsletter, which would allow him to sent HTML formatted messages to all users (or SP Groups of users) who were working with the application, or to anyone having account in SharePoint (or to anyone beyond the organization).

Microsoft Ignite 2017

Microsoft Ignite 2017 – what’s ahead of us?

The Microsoft Ignite 2017 conference has just ended last week. It was full of very interesting keynotes, presentations, workshops and demos. I haven’t had the opportunity to be there myself, however I was trying to follow up Twitter and all content being published during the event. This is my summary of the most interesting announcements, specifically for the SharePoint and Office 365.

Office 365 Groups vs Microsoft Teams

Office 365 Groups vs Microsoft Teams, comparision and misconceptions

Office 365 Groups are a quite old concept. They were first introduced somewhere in 2014, but since then the concept developed, from a simple Shared Mailbox, into a tool dedicated for collaboration between employees. Then, in November 2016 Microsoft Teams went public what… brought a lot of confusion on users’ faces. I guess this confusion is still present.

I this post I am not trying to explain when to use what, but to compare those two products to show you their capabilities and… to help you answer on your own, which tool to use when.