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Leveraging Email and Time Analytics to Maximize Efficiency

Tallan Partner

A steady barrage of emails can quickly turn a manageable to-do list into a workday nightmare. Those dozens (or hundreds) of messages disrupt your focus, intensify stress levels and generally throw a wrench in your ideal workflow. If you’re not careful—and sometimes even if you are—email can become a second full-time job.
It goes without saying that this kind of chaos isn’t sustainable. Thankfully, there are personal analytics tools available that can provide you with insights about your day-to-day schedule and email habits. You can use these insights to strategize, re-organize and set limits that will save you significant time.
Understand your inbox

The average knowledge worker spends 28 percent of their day on email—what about you? How much time is spent reading versus writing? And what about your read rates and response times? Are you communicating effectively with your peers and coworkers?
That’s…

Workflow Manager Installation Error: Adding host to Service Bus Farm

Reddy Kadasani

I was trying to get the new workflow engine installed and configured with SharePoint 2013 but was encountering an error in the Service Bus configuration step.
Installation Instruction for Workflow Manager and SharePoint 2013 Workflow Configuration:
The full installation steps are provided here (in a video series): http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn201724.aspx and here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj193478
The instructions provided above are pretty detailed and helpful except that I kept getting this error while configuring workflow manager and there was not much to go with online.
The Error:

System.InvalidOperationException:
Program C:\Program Files\Windows Fabric\bin\Fabric\Fabric.Code.1.0\FabricDeployer.exe exited with error: Windows Fabric deployment failed.DeploymentValidator:
warning: The Fabric Data Collection Agent is disabled for this deployment.
None of the declared nodes is for the current machine.

 
Finally i looked at the hosts file on the Developer VM and noticed that I had an entry for 127.0.0.1. Since I was using FQDNs for my workflow configuration, I commented this line and…

Designing an eCommerce Workflow: Gathering Requirements

Dennis Plucinik

It seems today that most people look to out of the box solutions when considering augmenting their sites with eCommerce features. Maybe it is because there are a lot of small businesses who just want to get started with eCommerce and a template site or open source solution is really the best way to go for them. This articles is intended for those whose responsibility is to service the smaller portion of companies where eCommerce revenue accounts for a large part (if not all) of their revenue to the tune of millions of dollars. To these companies it is necessary to have a finely tuned, customized and heavily integrated eCommerce solution, and sustain a high enough volume of business to benefit greatly by investing in more complex eCommerce features. In this case, the teams in charge of designing the intricacies…

Building a Custom Workflow Initiation Form Using Visual Studio

Craig Condon

Introduction
I first want to mention that I learned how to do this by following the four part workshop written by Robert Shelton. This is a very comprehensive workshop that gives you access to all of the source code and documentation. Where Robert’s workshop walked you through building a complete workflow in Visual Studio including the Association and Initiation, my particular needs at the time were focused solely on an Initiation form. In this post, I will attempt to condense this lesson as concisely as possible.

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