Nintex for Office 365 Course

Nintex for Office 365 Course

Our team at TekDog has been working for well over 20 years in the automation space.  Whether it’s been custom applications, MS Access, SharePoint, Nintex Workflow or countless other tools in the Microsoft and Open Source stacks, we apply the same fundamental approach to solving business problems using technology.  Our approach has always been a “Business First” approach where we want to understand the needs of the business.  The technology in a sense is irrelevant and can vary depending on the clients preferred technology and budget.  Ultimately, we want to provide a cohesive tool that solves a business problem for the maximum ROI regardless of the technology chosen.

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Automate using Microsoft PowerApps and Flow

Automate using Microsoft PowerApps and Flow

The time has come for us to re-evaluate our Nintex for Office 365 course. It’s been about 2 years since we recorded our original Nintex for Office 365 course. During that time Office 365 as well as Nintex for Office 365 has changed considerably. Although we are not necessarily fans of some of the SharePoint for Office 365 changes, change is change, and we’ll just have to deal with it!

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Updating a Total Price From a Unit Price in SharePoint

Updating a Total Price From a Unit Price in SharePoint

Updating a total price of an order might be the most common business functionality in software. Every business that carries more than one product, or even a business with multiple options on a single product needs to be able to calculate the total cost from individual unit prices and quantities. This is such a common need that I’m surprised there wasn’t more support for this situation in Nintex Forms, before the TekDog Productivity Controls that is.

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Validating User Input with Regular Expressions and the TekDog Input Mask

Validating User Input with Regular Expressions and the TekDog Input Mask

When we build solutions at TekDog, we often have a situation where the user registration page requires an email address. Guess how often the email address is invalid as typed by the user? Incorrect email addresses can really be a nuisance when trying to send out a mailing list for instance. Also, if the email is intended to be the account username, all sorts of havoc can ensue. Good luck trying to reset your password! This is why many website registration pages ask you to type your email address a second time to confirm.

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Nintex Responsive Forms for SharePoint 2013/2016

Nintex Responsive Forms for SharePoint 2013/2016

We are very excited to announce that Nintex has launched it responsive form designer for Nintex 2013/2016!  This amazing new designer allows for a much cleaner and practical way to design forms in SharePoint.  No longer do we need to worry about aligning pixels, we can now create beautiful responsive forms in minutes using Nintex!  This release also includes new “Set value” rules which we will be blogging about next week (stay tuned).  We’ve created a quick video to go over the new features below.

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How to Export Your Nintex Forms Data to CSV

How to Export Your Nintex Forms Data to CSV

One of the things that motivates us here at TekDog to get robust data relationships out of our SharePoint lists is reporting. We have all of these great Nintex Forms that we’ve designed that enter data into SharePoint lists, and then what? Of course you wouldn’t be bothering to have users input all of this data if you weren’t going to eventually do something with your data.

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ESignatures for Nintex Forms

ESignatures for Nintex Forms

One of the items we often encounter when working on Nintex Forms projects is the need for an Electronic or Digital Signature.  I’m proud to announce that we will have an Electronic Signature control available as part of our TekDog Productivity Pack for Nintex Forms.  This control will allow for you to collect electronic signatures as part of an internal form on SharePoint 2013 on premise (soon available for 2016!). 

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How-To Create Relational Databases in SharePoint

How-To Create Relational Databases in SharePoint

If you have been working with SharePoint as long as we have, you may be frustrated with the fact that SharePoint does not provide the ability to create a relational data model.  In fact, all SharePoint list data is stored in a single table called AllUserData. Wow, that’s some type of crazy!  So, what if you want to create a relational data model?  Simply put, you can’t.

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Create Custom Nintex Form Controls That Any Nintex Form Designer Will Love!

Create Custom Nintex Form Controls That Any Nintex Form Designer Will Love!

Have you ever wished you could pass values to a Nintex Form via the URL, like you might do in a web application? Maybe you’ve already been doing this with JavaScript working behind-the-scenes with Nintex Forms. But as you might know, that can get tedious to maintain, especially when your Nintex form designers need to alter your JavaScript to add new forms or new fields.

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New Productivity Controls for Nintex Forms Coming in August!

New Productivity Controls for Nintex Forms Coming in August!

It’s been about 6 months since we went to market with our TekDog Productivity Controls for Nintex Forms.  Over the past 6 months, we have been building solutions with our controls,  listening to customer feedback, and day dreaming of new ideas.  In the past 6 weeks, we have created an additional 3 new Productivity Controls that will empower your solutions to be even more AWESOME.  Here is what is coming later this month:

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Retrieve User Display Name in Nintex Without User Profile Service

Retrieve User Display Name in Nintex Without User Profile Service

If you are using Nintex Standard Edition or if you are using SharePoint Foundation with Nintex Enterprise, you may be frustrated with missing the User Profile Service and the associated workflow actions from Nintex.  The Nintex workflow action provides an easy way to retrieve properties about the user like their Display Name as well as their departments, title, manager, etc.

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Rethink your Clunky, Under-Used Intranet with Valo!

Rethink your Clunky, Under-Used Intranet with Valo!

Having worked with SharePoint technology for the past 16 years, we seen many evolutions to the platform that we love, and love to hate.  SharePoint is essentially the IT Swiss army knife solution used by millions daily to do everything from manage team collaboration to full-blown embedded application design.  Through our work with SharePoint, we have a “realistic” perspective as to what SharePoint does well in an enterprise environment.  One of the features that SharePoint excels in is the “portal” functionality for collaboration as well as for solutions like intranets.  

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Using Javascript in Nintex Forms to Control the SharePoint User Experience

Using Javascript in Nintex Forms to Control the SharePoint User Experience

I’ve been using SharePoint since 2001.  Over the years, there is one constant that drives me crazy: The user experience provided out-of-the-box by SharePoint.  The interface is anything but intuitive.  I dare to say the interface is counter intuitive and requires training to understand the most basic features.  Point in case, adding records to a list.  The whole idea of adding a record to a list is obtuse.  First, you have to navigate to a list (that might be impossible for a novice), then you need to click “New Item", then a form will be displayed.  Once the form record is submitted, you are returned to the list… to do what exactly?  Admire your record?  It would be like using a custom application … adding a record to an application and then being redirected to the SQL table.  Huh?  This experience blows!

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BPM - Building for Everyone, Failing Constantly

BPM - Building for Everyone, Failing Constantly

Over the past 19 years I have been involved in hundreds of automation projects.  Whether it was automating a small department application or creating a huge enterprise wide application used by thousands of users, the problems are always the same.  In this blog I would like to discuss how to make your business process automation projects a success while avoiding the common pitfalls that normally lead to massive failures and over budget solutions.

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Mask Control for Nintex Forms

Mask Control for Nintex Forms

As 2016 ended, we reflect on all we have accomplished in 2016.  I’m very proud of my team at TekDog, and all we have accomplished from a product development standpoint in 2016.  Not only did we launch our first software product, CivicXpress, we have also made great strides in creating controls for Nintex Forms that empower Form Designers to create more powerful solutions than are typically possible using SharePoint and Nintex.  Our flagship control, TekDog Sub Form, empowers designers to create and maintain parent child relationships in SharePoint using Nintex Forms on-premise.  Although I wish I could say our journey has been easy, it was far from it.  Countless hours of hard core development has made our team crazy as well as very proficient in creating Nintex form controls. 

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