Last week I presented a webinar showcasing all of the new and exciting things that Nintex has been up to lately.
* SPOILER ALERT * — it’s a lot!!
Lucky for you, we recorded the webinar, so if you missed it, you can catch the full presentation below.
Or if you just want the highlights, keep reading for a quick overview of the new products and features.
Nintex for SharePoint 2016
This latest release of Nintex Workflow and Forms for SharePoint 2016 improves user experiences, includes the capability to start a workflow from a non-SharePoint environment, and gives customers a flexible workflow platform that can scale as part of your on-prem deployment or through a hybrid implementation of SharePoint 2016 and Office 365.
Some of the key enhancements include:
- Redesigned Toolbox
- External Start
- Modern Browser Support
- Online Help
- Single Install
- Simplified Administration
Imagine for a second, being able to pick up a device, and just intuitively understand your Nintex data better. Imagine that this data was always up to date, always accurate, that it provided visibility across all of your environments, no matter if they’re on-prem or in the cloud. You should be able to quickly see that your organization has over 1,000 automated business processes, that have been run over 300,000 times. Even better, you should know where. You should feel in control of your environment and know exactly how many sites include Nintex. This is what Nintex Hawkeye is aiming to achieve.
Nintex Hawkeye is the new workflow analytics solution, currently available in the Enterprise edition of Nintex using the subscription pricing model, that gives you an unprecedented view into your process portfolio across the entire Nintex Workflow platform. Hawkeye helps you understand the size and scale of your workflows, make informed decisions about deployment and migration of workflows, analyze data, and derive insights.
Nintex Mobile Enterprise (now Nintex App Studio)
Nintex Mobile is not necessarily new – Nintex Mobile Apps were launched several years ago and the enterprise edition has been around for about a year – but it is something that we haven’t seen heavily leveraged amongst our clients to date.
Essentially, Nintex Mobile Enterprise (Nintex App Studio) allows you to:
- Create custom branded apps for your organization
- Create line-of-business-targeted or process-specific apps using the tools you are already familiar with (Nintex Workflow and Nintex Forms)
- Give your business users access to only the forms and workflows that are relevant to them, on their device, via a manageable and governable solution
New Features for Office 365
Document Generation (Nintex Workflow)
The Document Generation action in Nintex Workflow for O365 allows you to dynamically generate a document in Word, PPT, or Excel and populate the template with workflow variables. The new file can automatically be converted to a PDF and you can even merge several documents into a single PDF.
Open Tasks in Edit Mode (Nintex Workflow)
The default open mode for task forms can now be configured in the Assign a Task and Start a Task Process actions. Edit mode configuration improves the experience of task owners by allowing them to bypass View mode, which essentially saves a click.
Attachments and Email Outside the Tenant (Nintex Workflow)
When sending an email via the Send An Email action in Nintex Workflow for Office 365, you now have two options of how to send the notification. The first option is to send emails to accounts inside your tenancy using the email service native to Microsoft Office 365. With this option, however, attachments are not supported.
The alternative option is to send emails to anyone, using an external email service configured by Nintex. Using this option, attachments are supported and you are able to include current list item attachments as well as specify documents from other libraries on your site.
Print to PDF (Nintex Forms)
This one is not strictly an Office 365 feature. It is actually available in the on-prem Enterprise product as well. Print to PDF allows users to, with a single click of a button, “print” a Nintex form to a PDF. This method allows the form to be converted to a PDF, while maintaining its full fidelity, and then saved to disk (or maybe back into a SharePoint document library) or even printed to paper! Print to PDF also comes with a Page Break control, which allows you to designate where the form will stop on a page inside of the output PDF.
Lookup Runtime Function (Nintex Forms)
For those of you who have used Nintex Forms for SharePoint 2010 or 2013 (on-prem), you know how powerful this function is. For those of you who may be new to Nintex Forms, the Lookup runtime function allows you to you to retrieve data from a SharePoint list and display the data in a Calculated Value control. You can also use it as a condition when creating a rule.
Control Alignment (Nintex Forms)
This is more of a minor feature enhancement, but sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference! Nintex Forms now has Control Alignment in the control ribbon. With these new buttons, you can easily align and space controls vertically and horizontally.