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What's New with Nintex?

Feb 12, 2016 SharePoint Grant Harmeyer

Nintex's effectiveness has eclipsed InfoPath's to the point where Microsoft is phasing it out. What used to take weeks or even months of intense development, costing easily into the tens of thousands of dollars, can be done using Nintex Forms in just under one hour. Nintex is ranked among the very best SharePoint add on products by Forrester and other tech product reviewers.

Nintex Demonstration Proves the Tremendous Time & Cost Savings

Recently, Scott Walsh, a SharePoint architect with Aptera, delivered a webinar in which he showcased just that very fact -- the ability to do months worth of expensive development on a mobile app in about an hour. During the webinar, Mr. Walsh took information from a form, moved it into SharePoint, and analyzed the data using Power BI. This way of building mobile apps can revolutionize the industry.

This is Just the Beginning

Plus, the improvements Nintex has made to Forms aren't all for their new set of updates and features. Updates have also been made to its Workflow and Forms tools. For example, the new update features Lazy Approval. Usually, if you receive an alert via email that a particular workflow requires some attention, it is necessary to sign into Office 365 (or the workflow application you happen to be using), and request changes to the document or give approval for it. With the Lazy Approval feature, the developer can just respond to the notification with an ordinary email reply, citing "yes", "no", "approve", or "reject". You can even establish your own terminology to give the commands that make the most sense in your work environment.

A List of More New Nintex Features

Geolocation is another new feature. Geolocation allows the developer to access a device's GPS and include the latitude and longitude of the current location, meaning one less step it takes to complete a form and enter the data.

The Barcode Scanning feature allows you to enter the code of an item automatically by scanning the barcode of the product. It also includes fields of information about that product.

Cascading Lookups allows you to complete more of each form during the setup process so that users end up spending less time filling out those fields. This feature connects the developer to lists of items that are relevant in that particular context and filters out any items that don't apply in that situation. When you select an item in a field, you are presented with a list of choices via a handy dropdown box for dependent fields. For example, say you choose "cars", it would show you fields like "Ford" "GM", and "Chevrolet".

According to Forrester, the return on investment for the new Nintex product is 176 percent. It allows you to begin building a mobile app with a layout based on the kind of device you're building for. You then use easy dropdown menus and simple drag and drop tools to design and build a front end for your mobile apps.

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