Which one is better: Sharepoint workflow solution or Dedicate Workflow software?

Which one is better: Sharepoint workflow solution or Dedicate Workflow software?

Post by Namwa » Tue, 09 Sep 2008 08:06:27


Our company needs to implement workflows and we are considering different
options. One of the option is to use Sharepoint Forms and Workflow solution
based on Workflow foundation and the other one is to use a dedicated
workflow software like Singularity. Can somebody guide me about what are
pros and cons to use a dedicated workflow software like Singularity as
compared to MOSS Workflow solutions. What we need to consider is:
1. Ease of use
2. Peroformance
3. Easy to change or update workflow as per business needs
4. Total cost of ownership
etc.

It will be a real help if someone can either explain these or guide me to
right resources where I can compare them.

Regards,
Namwar
 
 
 

Which one is better: Sharepoint workflow solution or Dedicate Workflow software?

Post by MV » Tue, 09 Sep 2008 22:13:29

Unfortunately you are asking for a subjective answer.....


Its already being used in MOSS, its very easy to extend, its easy to extend
further with Visual Studio. I've nopt seen a lot that you need to do that
you cannot with Sharepiint designer. So, how far do you need it to go! It
doesn't have dedicated workflows pre-created for all common tasks, like
timed events, automatic routing etc. If you need these you have to create
them, or use a third party that has them pre-built.


Against what? WWF can handle 100's of thousands of running workflows - each
uses memeory and incurs processor cycles. You have to architect this in
regardless of what workflow solution you are looking at. Products like K2
can offset some of this to other servers, but at a cost..


None of them are easy to change once a workflow is running. Its failry asy
tyo take an exising workflow in WWF and create a new on off it.


That really does depend on what you are trying to do. WWF integrates
seemlessly with forms services, infopath, SPD etc - that may not be the case
with other products - yo0ur cost may be high because of this, or reduced if
its a benefit.

Regards

John Timney (MVP)
http://www.yqcomputer.com/
http://www.yqcomputer.com/

 
 
 

Which one is better: Sharepoint workflow solution or Dedicate Workflow software?

Post by darre » Wed, 10 Sep 2008 00:16:04

> It will be a real help if someone can either explain these or guide me to

In general, and IMHO (though I find many share it as well), MOSS does a LOT
of stuff 'OK', while dedicated applications do one thing 'Really Well'.

So, it's really a matter of 'value'.

MOSS isn't the best CMS out there, nor best DMS, nor the best Project
Management app or Wiki, but it does all of that, so if you need a lot of
'OK' features bundled, that's where it makes sense.

-Darrel
 
 
 

Which one is better: Sharepoint workflow solution or Dedicate Workflow software?

Post by Namwa » Wed, 10 Sep 2008 06:09:04

Thanks a lot.
Namwar