Category Archives: Design

The Future of InfoPath Forms

Posted by on February 2, 2014 at 6:19 pm.

It’s been a long time speculation Microsoft would be phasing out InfoPath support in SharePoint. Rightfully so, the experience is awful: it’s bugging, hard to maintain, they don’t migrate well, and generally cause more harm than good.

Officially, Microsoft has recently admitted InfoPath forms are finally being retired and a new forms method (TBD) will be investigated. In a January 31st, 2014 post, the office team declared:

“We are looking to make investments that allow you to easily design, deploy, and use intelligent, integrated forms across Office clients, servers, and services—forms that everyone can use on their PC, tablet, or phone.”

Finally. Heavily relying on InfoPath forms today? The InfoPath 2013 desktop client and InfoPath Forms Services for SharePoint Server 2013 will continue to be supported through 2023 as part of Microsoft’s Lifecycle support policy. You’ve got until April 2023 to figure that one out; however, I wouldn’t bank on a smooth migration solution to whatever comes next. 🙂

SharePoint Saturday Baltimore Slides

Posted by on May 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm.

Today is SharePoint Saturday Baltimore 2013 in Timonium, MD. Pretty great turn out so far today which is awesome, I think this year sold out pretty quickly as well. Having just spoken at SharePoint Saturday Boston a few weeks back it’s great to see the SPS community thriving all other the country.

This year I spoke on Driving User Adoption with Custom SharePoint Branding which I also spoke on at SharePoint Saturday Boston a few weeks ago. You can download my slides from the session at the link below, and as always feel free to contact me anytime – keep the conversation going! For those of you who attended the session feel free to contact me for a copy of the demo code.

powerpoint Download the full PowerPoint deck here

Check out other SPS Events sites here.

SharePoint Saturday Boston Slides

Posted by on April 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm.

This past weekend was SharePoint Saturday Boston 2013 and we had an awesome turnout! This year sold out almost a month in advance I believe, and all the sessions we packed.

This year I spoke on Driving User Adoption with Custom SharePoint Branding which I also spoke on at SharePoint Saturday Baltimore last year (and will be again this year). You can download my slides from the session at the link below, and as always feel free to contact me anytime – keep the conversation going! For those of you who attended the session feel free to contact me for a copy of the demo code.

powerpoint Download the full PowerPoint deck here

Up next: SharePoint Saturday Baltimore (Saturday, May 18th), I’ll see you there!

Balsamiq Wireframes Quickstart Guide

Posted by on October 29, 2012 at 12:21 pm.

One of my favorite tools for making design and UI/UX wire frames is Balsamiq mockups. I know I’ve mentioned this tool many times before and referred to it in presentations, but it really is an awesome tool. I made a simple template in another post for making SharePoint mockups you can download here.

Packt Publishing just released a pretty slick book titled Balsamiq Wireframes Quickstart Guide by Scott Faranello. I’ve been reviewing the book and it’s a great reference for everything from installing the software to file formats, custom objects, design best practices, and more! It’s definitely worth checking out if you need to make wire frame mockups for user interface design or custom look and feel, in SharePoint and other applications.

You can get the book as an eBook or in hard copy online, as well as book reviews and topics covered on the Packt Publishing book page here.

Book Approach (from Packt Publishing):
“This book is a step-by-step guide to learning Balsamiq Mockups and wireframing in general. Written in an engaging, easy to follow style and flow, readers can utilize free, downloadable templates that teach by building upon previous chapters until each lesson is learned and applied, ensuring true learning, not just memorization.” 

Who This Book is For:
“If you are serious about wireframing, designing and communicating your ideas clearly and quickly, then this book is for you.” 

SharePoint Saturday Baltimore Slides

Posted by on May 15, 2012 at 11:36 am.

I just got back from SharePoint Saturday Baltimore this past weekend, what a great crowd! Really awesome speakers and a really nice pool of folks from all over the area. Looking forward to doing it again next year!

This year I spoke about Driving User Adoption with Custom SharePoint Branding… one of my favorite topics. I co-presented with my awesome coworker Stacy Czerw and we got a pretty great response. I’ve uploaded my slide deck to SlideShare.net (full link here) and it is also available for download below.

Download the full slide deck presentation

If you attended my presentation, feel free to email me with questions! You can reach me at james@jsturges.com – I’m always happy to help in the community.