Benefits of Infopath vs Sharepoint forms?

Posted on 2011-05-01
Last Modified: 2012-05-11

I'm joining a collaboration/communication team in my company's IT dept soon. I've been tasked with exploring Infopath and finding how it can help (or hinder) our organization in moving to "web 2.0"...  i.e, taking processes out of email and getting them onto sharepoint and workflow-focused systems.

I've put together the attached overview with some high-level points but would really appreciate if any experts on Infopath deployment out there can review it and point out if there are any blaring errors or omissions? I'd really appreciate it!

As background, we currently use sharepoint 2007 without the office services functionality that allows infopath browser-enabled forms. Since sharepoint 2010 is on the horizon for us, adding in this function now isn't an option... but it will work as soon as  we go to sp2010.

Any thoughts are appreciated :)
Question by:runelynx
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    I think you have the right idea already, with pros/cons of both being listed. Some Microsoft links that also show additional capabilities available with the different editions of SharePoint 2010 (as the overall vision should rely on not only one of the services, but a combination of many)...

    Also point out that sometimes the out-of-box capabilities provide benefits quickly without the additional overhead and complexity of using InfoPath and/or custom-development to extend them.
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    InfoPath ( web forms ) provide easy user interface than that of the ASPX version that ships with NewForm and DisplayForm etc.

    I would use it I have a List that had lots of Input and has some business logic for Data input that will conflict with previous of future items.

    For example
    Here is a list       here is the Rule
      Item Name       no Duplicates
      Approved By      Must be a Manager
      Purchase Value. Should not > $500.00

    with a standard ASPX page you cannot enforce rules without custom code ( that is GAC based and requires lots of administration)

    with InfoPath , you can find it very easy to put those validation rules at entry and at submission.

    Best of luck


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