Okay, we love to present. But, we decided to turn the tables and host a Seminar where our Federal customers and their systems integrators showed off what they’ve built with CorasWorks on SharePoint. This packed, standing room only, unclassified event was held last week at our corporate headquarters. I was blown away by the breadth and richness of the applications and their mission-critical importance. Here’s the skinny…
First of all, thank you to all of the presenters. You made it a great experience. We had the following customers presenting:
- Department of State
- US Marine Corps – Headquarters
- US Marine Corp – Rapid Development and Deployment Office
- US Navy – Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
- US Navy – Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC)
We also had two systems integrator partners presenting and assisting presentations that have done a lot of work with CorasWorks on SharePoint in these accounts. They were: Twin-Soft (Virginia) and Omnitec Solutions (Maryland). Thank you to the presenters and all of our guests.
Collectively, these customers represent a couple hundred thousand users of CorasWorks on SharePoint. They referenced more than 20 applications they have put to work. These applications covered the full CorasWorks solution scope from Collaborative Portals, to distributed business processes, enterprise task management, project management, and idea and innovation management. Many were truly mission critical (i.e., achieve the result or really bad things happen). Some of the key one’s presented were:
- HR Portal Management – many different applications and processes to manage the business activity across the State Department’s portal
- Inspectors General Checklist System – system to manage 130 checklists of the Inspector Generals office of the Marine Corp (replaced 40 year old mainframe system)
- Training Registration – application to manage training classes and registrations for US Marine Corps Headquarters
- Enterprise Task Management – comprehensive tasker management and suspense tracking with 150,000 tasks, 3,000 users across ONI
- Urgent Unmet Needs System – extensive work stream to track and manage urgent unmet needs from the battlefield, through the Marine Corp process, and into the development and deployment of solutions
- Enterprise Best Practices System – end-to-end, idea management system based upon CorasWorks Cim v2.0 to drive enterprise best practices across the 50,000 person CNIC command covering 70 installations worldwide
Here are a few takeaways from the presentations…
- Broad Perspective of “SharePoint Work Environment” – many customers see SharePoint in a narrow context – often site-bound, and usually no more than site collection bound. Our presenters all had a common and clear perspective of SharePoint as a broad, distributed, yet, unified work environment. Thus, their apps were designed to be distributed, with role based consoles, Snaplets, and, with the assumption that data can be anywhere (within or outside of SharePoint). Refreshing…
- Federal Technical Certifications – the fact that CorasWorks maintains Federal Technical certifications has helped the broad/viral adoption of it as a platform for applications
- Strong Adoption of OpenApp Standard – with CorasWorks v11, the OpenApp standard (based upon the advanced toolkit) is being increasingly leveraged by customers. Most of the applications presented used it for data integration and custom UI’s. The Tasker Management ONI application used it to build an application where all of the data is in SQL Server, but, the experience is all SharePoint (and so is the document repository). Combining the OpenApp approach which allows you to build very deep custom applications without cracking Visual Studio (meaning that you don’t then have to convince infrastructure IT to certify a bunch of DLL’s) with the Technical Certifications has really empowered these customers to take SharePoint to a new level.
- CorasWorks for Distributed Business Processes – probably the best kept secret of CorasWorks is its usefulness to build out custom business processes. Most of the apps fell into this category. Typically, these are people-driven processes leveraging our Action framework. In v11, the framework now allows developers to create the Actions separately and then use them in their custom displays. Further, the Actions can now directly call Windows Workflow Foundation – thus, you get robust people-system automation. Again, most of the applications were distributed, meaning that users with different roles, were engaging and working from different places across the SharePoint work environment.
Overall, just a stellar day. We need to more of these types of seminars for Federal and Commercial (PS see my post about the Claims Management app built by Clyde & Co and shown in a webcast a few weeks ago). If you have a great app that you want to show off ping your CorasWorks contact or email firstname.lastname@example.org.