Further to the release last week with Nintex Workflow 2010, I have begun to implement this for a Legal Case Management System project I am working on.

The product has so far proved to be up to the challenge of enabling me to rapidly prototype technical solutions ready for validation and inclusion within standard user story driven deliverables.

If you have not already been exposed to Nintex Workflow, the learning curve is extremely low and within minutes you can get it installed and your first workflow up and running.

As an example of the power of the product, I set the following challenge relevant to the matter inception process which legal firms typically instantiate:

  1. Query an accounting package via a web service to obtain a new unique matter number
  2. Authenticate with the web service
  3. Pass inbound parameters to the web service
  4. Parse the returned XML and extract the matter number
  5. Provision a new SharePoint sub site with a desired site template
  6. Enforce a unique naming convention by including the newly assigned unique matter within the site name
  7. Log the new site URL to a list/site directory

From being new to the product, the above was achieved within 1 hour. The solution is not hardened yet with additional logging and error handling, but has demonstrated a very rapid return on investment for the Nintex licensing costs when you consider the time this sort of “custom development” may have taken.

FYI – this was achieved with the following standard controls:

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I will be continuing to leverage the flexibility and speed of delivery of Nintex workflows throughout the rest of the project.

If your project is in need of something that requires a little more than OOB functionality – the licence cost which may equate to ~1 weeks’ worth of consulting may easily justify itself.

To give a taste of what I will be looking to implement soon – we have a requirement to search for all records of a given content type and extract all items updated within the past x days into a CSV file and mark each item as a record as we go. Using Nintex I should be able to achieve this sort of “custom development” within a matter of hours.

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