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Maarten Visser
InfoPath alternatives and
the potential of PowerApps
Maarten Visser
Email : mvisser@meetroo.com
Twitter : @mvisser
Web: maartenvisser.com
FORMS BIO
Outlook/Exchange Forms in 1...
SharePoint Forms
15 years ago Microsoft gave us List Forms
• Patent June 2000 (XSLT gen)
• InfoPath released in 2003
• Multiple data sources
• Offline use
• New InfoPath versions in...
• Microsoft announced InfoPath was discontinued on January 31, 2014
The InfoPath/FoSL drama story
The next day
FoSL (Forms on SharePoint Lists )
Forward to February 2015….
InfoPath support confirmed for SharePoint 2016
Office client & InfoPath Services support were (...
And a couple of days later…
Vlad Catrinescu makes a discovery on the Office 365 roadmap page:
FoSL is dead!
Forms on SharePoint Lists (FoSL) was a set of functionality to allow users to customize the
look and feel of a SharePoint ...
InfoPath is alive!
But…
Forms Services will be maintained in
SharePoint Online at least 12-18 months
after the release of ...
So what to do?
InfoPath Alternatives
• Form Designer
• Form Filler
• Form Publishing
• Microsoft Specials
What is InfoPath? (InfoPath Core Features)
Form Designer
• WYSIWHG Form designer
• Drag and drop interface
• Large library of controls
• Rules for Formatting and val...
Form Filler
• Desktop client
• Embeded in SharePoint (Online)
• Offline usage
• Mobile Support (missing, but available in ...
Form Publishing
• SharePoint List / DocLib
• File (XML) / email
• Database (Access / SQL)
• Webservice
Microsoft Specials
• Outlook/SharePoint Task Integration
• Custom Actions (Custom Code)
How can we build Form Solutions today?
Excel Online Services
Access Apps Forms
Build Custom forms
Open Source Solutions
Sh...
Excel Online Services
Pros
Everybody knows Excel
Data can be manipulated easily
Cons
Only useful for very basic forms
No d...
Access Apps Forms
Pros
Can handle relational data (SQL Server/Azure)
Easy-to-use and build
Powerful!
Cons
Limited design o...
Custom forms in SharePoint
Pros
Very extensible and reusable
You can pick the technology you like
Cons
You need to be a de...
OpenSource: Forms7
Spbiz Session
OpenSource
Form Designer
• WYSIWHG Form designer
• Drag and drop interface
• Large librar...
• Nintex Forms (*)
• K2 SmartForms (*)
• Formotus
• KwizCom Forms (*)
• Infowise Ultimate Forms
• Dell Quick Apps
• PDF Sh...
SharePoint Appstore
Third Party Apps
Pros
Quick to learn
Most work on mobile devices
Cons
A third party tool will require licenses
Can be diff...
And many more (combined) SaaS services could
help you build forms that post to SharePoint!
Think IFTTT for business servic...
PowerApps
PowerApps
Form Designer
• WYSIWHG Form designer
• Drag and drop interface
• Large library of controls
• Rules fo...
PowerApps!
What is it?
• No InfoPath replacement accoring to Microsoft, but..
• Most core InfoPath features are supported
• Most impo...
Datasources?!
• Excel file
• SQL Server
• SharePoint lists/libraries
• OneDrive
• Dropbox
• Google Docs
• SendGrid
• SAP
•...
Schedule
The future?
Now hoping for a Spring 2016 release
Office 365 Roadmap
The office roadmap said:
"The ability to create custom SharePoint List forms is an
important scenario. ...
What I learned at Ignite 2015
The ‘Forms Session’ was te only session scraped from the
Ignite conference.
Team is working ...
Thanks.
That was it!
www.slideshare.net/mvisser
InfoPath alternatives and the potential of PowerApps
InfoPath alternatives and the potential of PowerApps
InfoPath alternatives and the potential of PowerApps
InfoPath alternatives and the potential of PowerApps
InfoPath alternatives and the potential of PowerApps
InfoPath alternatives and the potential of PowerApps
InfoPath alternatives and the potential of PowerApps
InfoPath alternatives and the potential of PowerApps
InfoPath alternatives and the potential of PowerApps
InfoPath alternatives and the potential of PowerApps
InfoPath alternatives and the potential of PowerApps
InfoPath alternatives and the potential of PowerApps
InfoPath alternatives and the potential of PowerApps
InfoPath alternatives and the potential of PowerApps
InfoPath alternatives and the potential of PowerApps
InfoPath alternatives and the potential of PowerApps
InfoPath alternatives and the potential of PowerApps
InfoPath alternatives and the potential of PowerApps
InfoPath alternatives and the potential of PowerApps
InfoPath alternatives and the potential of PowerApps
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  1. 1. Maarten Visser InfoPath alternatives and the potential of PowerApps
  2. 2. Maarten Visser Email : mvisser@meetroo.com Twitter : @mvisser Web: maartenvisser.com FORMS BIO Outlook/Exchange Forms in 1999 SharePoint Forms since 2001 InfoPath Forms since 2007 Third party tools (now) Product Manager Standard Intranets, Workflows and Dashboards for Office 365
  3. 3. SharePoint Forms 15 years ago Microsoft gave us List Forms
  4. 4. • Patent June 2000 (XSLT gen) • InfoPath released in 2003 • Multiple data sources • Offline use • New InfoPath versions in 2007, 2010, 2013 InfoPath
  5. 5. • Microsoft announced InfoPath was discontinued on January 31, 2014 The InfoPath/FoSL drama story
  6. 6. The next day
  7. 7. FoSL (Forms on SharePoint Lists )
  8. 8. Forward to February 2015…. InfoPath support confirmed for SharePoint 2016 Office client & InfoPath Services support were (again) confirmed until 2023
  9. 9. And a couple of days later… Vlad Catrinescu makes a discovery on the Office 365 roadmap page: FoSL is dead!
  10. 10. Forms on SharePoint Lists (FoSL) was a set of functionality to allow users to customize the look and feel of a SharePoint list. The prototype was created and demonstrated at the SharePoint conference several years ago. The hope was that it was low hanging fruit, and an easy "win" for getting users some basic functionality as a replacement to InfoPath in regards to customizing the look and feel of SharePoint forms. However, it didn't accomplish all the things they had hoped it would. We started thinking about an overall forms strategy, and realized FoSL didn't really fit into the big picture, either. Summary written by Becky Bertram Summary of AME with Sonya Koptyev
  11. 11. InfoPath is alive! But… Forms Services will be maintained in SharePoint Online at least 12-18 months after the release of SharePoint 2016. So the InfoPath story for Office 365 might end after 2017…
  12. 12. So what to do?
  13. 13. InfoPath Alternatives
  14. 14. • Form Designer • Form Filler • Form Publishing • Microsoft Specials What is InfoPath? (InfoPath Core Features)
  15. 15. Form Designer • WYSIWHG Form designer • Drag and drop interface • Large library of controls • Rules for Formatting and validation • Get data from data sources (SharePoint)
  16. 16. Form Filler • Desktop client • Embeded in SharePoint (Online) • Offline usage • Mobile Support (missing, but available in alternatives)
  17. 17. Form Publishing • SharePoint List / DocLib • File (XML) / email • Database (Access / SQL) • Webservice
  18. 18. Microsoft Specials • Outlook/SharePoint Task Integration • Custom Actions (Custom Code)
  19. 19. How can we build Form Solutions today? Excel Online Services Access Apps Forms Build Custom forms Open Source Solutions SharePoint Third Party Apps Various Online services
  20. 20. Excel Online Services Pros Everybody knows Excel Data can be manipulated easily Cons Only useful for very basic forms No design options Not mobile friendly Excel Form Designer • WYSIWHG Form designer • Drag and drop interface • Large library of controls • Rules for Formating and validation • Data connections Form Filler • Desktop client • Embeded in sharePoint (Online) • Mobile Support • Offline usage Form Publishing • SharePoint List / DocLib • File (xml) / email • Database (Access / SQL) • Webservice Specials Task Integration Custom code GREEN 0 RED 10
  21. 21. Access Apps Forms Pros Can handle relational data (SQL Server/Azure) Easy-to-use and build Powerful! Cons Limited design options Not built for single lists or tables No way to do workflow (linked list is read only) Enterprise feature (E3/Plan 2) No Search No Security trimming Access Form Designer • WYSIWHG Form designer • Drag and drop interface • Large library of controls • Rules for Formating and validation • Data connections Form Filler • Desktop client • Embeded in sharePoint (Online) • Mobile Support • Offline usage Form Publishing • SharePoint List / DocLib • File (xml) / email • Database (Access / SQL) • Webservice Specials Task Integration Custom code GREEN 5 RED 6
  22. 22. Custom forms in SharePoint Pros Very extensible and reusable You can pick the technology you like Cons You need to be a developer Maintenance (costs!) Custom Form Designer • WYSIWHG Form designer • Drag and drop interface • Large library of controls • Rules for Formating and validation • Data connections Form Filler • Desktop client • Embeded in sharePoint (Online) • Mobile Support • Offline usage Form Publishing • SharePoint List / DocLib • File (xml) / email • Database (Access / SQL) • Webservice Specials Task Integration Custom code GREEN 8 RED 3
  23. 23. OpenSource: Forms7 Spbiz Session OpenSource Form Designer • WYSIWHG Form designer • Drag and drop interface • Large library of controls • Rules for Formating and validation • Data connections Form Filler • Desktop client • Embeded in sharePoint (Online) • Mobile Support • Offline usage Form Publishing • SharePoint List / DocLib • File (xml) / email • Database (Access / SQL) • Webservice Specials Task Integration Custom code GREEN 4 RED 3
  24. 24. • Nintex Forms (*) • K2 SmartForms (*) • Formotus • KwizCom Forms (*) • Infowise Ultimate Forms • Dell Quick Apps • PDF ShareForms • SPForm * OnPrem + SharePoint online App Third party solutions
  25. 25. SharePoint Appstore
  26. 26. Third Party Apps Pros Quick to learn Most work on mobile devices Cons A third party tool will require licenses Can be difficult to reuse / migrate Thirdparty Form Designer • WYSIWHG Form designer • Drag and drop interface • Large library of controls • Rules for Formating and validation • Data connections Form Filler • Desktop client • Embeded in sharePoint (Online) • Mobile Support • Offline usage Form Publishing • SharePoint List / DocLib • File (xml) / email • Database (Access / SQL) • Webservice Specials Task Integration Custom code GREEN 8 RED 1
  27. 27. And many more (combined) SaaS services could help you build forms that post to SharePoint! Think IFTTT for business services Online Services Online Services Form Designer • WYSIWHG Form designer • Drag and drop interface • Large library of controls • Rules for Formating and validation • Data connections Form Filler • Desktop client • Embeded in sharePoint (Online) • Mobile Support • Offline usage Form Publishing • SharePoint List / DocLib • File (xml) / email • Database (Access / SQL) • Webservice Specials Task Integration Custom code GREEN 8 RED 2
  28. 28. PowerApps PowerApps Form Designer • WYSIWHG Form designer • Drag and drop interface • Large library of controls • Rules for Formating and validation • Data connections Form Filler • Desktop client • Embeded in sharePoint (Online) • Mobile Support • Offline usage Form Publishing • SharePoint List / DocLib • File (xml) / email • Database (Access / SQL) • Webservice Specials Task Integration Custom code GREEN 11 ! RED 0
  29. 29. PowerApps!
  30. 30. What is it? • No InfoPath replacement accoring to Microsoft, but.. • Most core InfoPath features are supported • Most important missing: No Web Forms (to embed in SharePoint) • Only Native apps in current preview • Windows 8 • Windows 10, • iOS (iPad and iPhone) • Android (coming later) • Webforms are in the Roadmap (currently in development) • All forms are based on HTML5/JavaScript/CSS
  31. 31. Datasources?! • Excel file • SQL Server • SharePoint lists/libraries • OneDrive • Dropbox • Google Docs • SendGrid • SAP • Oracle • Safesforce.com • Dynamic CRM • Twitter • Bing
  32. 32. Schedule
  33. 33. The future? Now hoping for a Spring 2016 release
  34. 34. Office 365 Roadmap The office roadmap said: "The ability to create custom SharePoint List forms is an important scenario. We are refining our plans in this space as part of a more comprehensive set of forms investments. We will update the roadmap when we have more information to share.“ Now hoping for a Spring 2016 release
  35. 35. What I learned at Ignite 2015 The ‘Forms Session’ was te only session scraped from the Ignite conference. Team is working on something but was not ready to launch. When the solution is there, tools will be supplied to migrate InfoPath forms to the new ‘Forms vNext’.
  36. 36. Thanks. That was it! www.slideshare.net/mvisser

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