K2 ran a 2 day workshop that went through the new 4.5 release. A series of workshops was held across multiple countries and I was lucky enough to attend the Milan, Italy event. The workshop was well structured, really interesting, engaging and most importantly it was free! Not many vendors give free training these days so well done for that!
I have worked with many BPM and Workflow products over the years and it takes a lot to impress me but I do find that K2 is a great product, especially in the way that it integrates so seamlessly with SharePoint. I did find a few limitations in the product but these have all been brushed aside with the release of 4.x. My favourite improvements in 4.5 are:
- The Silverlight designer for SharePoint has been enhanced and extended to allow a level of customisation
- You can easily create your own Inline functions with a few lines of code, these are also available in the Silverlight designer
- It is even easier to work with SmartObjects – probably one of the most powerful features of K2
- The Instance Management API lets you modify inflight instances, change version etc.
- The Configuration Analysis Tool examines your install and recommends changes, this saves a lot of time trying to work out what might have gone wrong with an install
K2s Support for SharePoint 2010 will roll out in a phased approach. K2 will support SharePoint 2010, Office 2010, Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0.
Wave 1 – will be released 60-90 days after the Microsoft 2010 Wave RTM. The idea of Wave 1 will be to make sure that all K2 features that worked with 2007 also work on 2010. It is more of a like for like upgrade.
Wave 2 – will be released 12-18 months after the Microsoft 2010 Wave RTM. This will build on Wave 1 and take advantage of new 2010 features such as Metadata Services and Document Sets.
I’ll post more detail on these in the next couple of days.