SharePoint 2007 is an integrated platform around which enterprises can develop intranet, extranet, and Web applications. Because these applications share a server suite, functionality like content management and enterprise search is integrated throughout, which improves collaboration and information sharing for all end users.
One key addition to SharePoint 2007 is an automated workflow engine that is based on Windows Workflow Foundation. This lends itself to automating the technical aspects of a business process and letting end users focus on what they do best.
Working with Workflow, Chapter 5 of Beginning SharePoint 2007: Building Team Solutions with MOSS 2007, walks developers through the process of using workflow templates to creating, assign and update workflow tasks, to provide signatures for those tasks (for legal reasons) and to approve both those tasks and the larger workflows within which they reside.
The chapter ends with brief sections on the translation management library, which eases the process of translating workflow documents from English to other languages, and on creating custom workflows using SharePoint Designer.
Excerpted from the Wrox book, Beginning SharePoint 2007: Building Team Solutions with MOSS 2007 (ISBN: 978-0-470-12449-9) by Amanda Murphy and Shane Perran.
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