Overview of K2.net Enterprise Human Workflow Tools
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K2.net 2003 Architecture overview

The K2.net Enterprise Workflow Server n-tier architecture ensures that the K2.net Enterprise Workflow Server grows with an organization.  The ability to distribute work items across LAN, WAN and the Internet ensures that everyone receives their work on time. 

The use of a relational database management system to contain work items ensures that the data store can grow as demand and volume increases.  The use of operating system services guarantees that the processing capabilities of the K2.net Enterprise Workflow Server grow with the load allocated and that the system management is optimized.

K2.net 2003 Studio

Developers use K2.net 2003 Studio to develop workflow applications.  It is a powerful drag and drop workflow design environment with code behind.  It supports C# and Visual Basic .NET.  Just like developing in Visual Studio .NET, you can use web services and all the .NET Framework class libraries in K2.net 2003 Studio.

K2.net 2003 Studio comes with K2.net 2003 Templates.  They are user friendly wizards which automate the task of authoring common workflow steps.  They allow users to create these workflow components without the need for programming.  The templates include wizards for Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Office, Microsoft InfoPath, Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003, Microsoft Content Management Server, Microsoft Commerce Server and Microsoft BizTalk Server.  They make the integration with Microsoft software very easy.

K2.net 2003 Service Manager

The K2.net 2003 Service manager is the component that is used by workflow administrators to manage the K2.net 2003 server environment, together with the solutions and processes that are hosted on the server.  The System Manager is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in which provides administrators with a familiar management interface.  It can be used to start and stop a process, manage user permissions, redirect a work item to another user, etc.

K2.net 2003 SmartForms

The K2.net 2003 SmartForms are ASP.NET forms with workflow enabled controls on them.  To users, they are just like normal WebForms.  For developers, they are WebForms that can exchange values with the K2 process.  In other words, the values in the web form can be detected in the workflow and can change the routing of the process.

K2.net 2003 Workspace

K2.net 2003 Workspace empowers people to manage and track workflow tasks.  It reports on the activities in the enterprise.  You can view the process routing and approval status, as well as the comments in the workspace.

K2.net 2003 Server

K2.net 2003 Server provides a highly scalable, reliable and secure platform for human-to-human and human-to-system business processes.  It serves as the workflow engine and does behind-the-scenes processing.  It uses Microsoft SQL Server as its underlying data store, providing a robust and highly scalable platform.

Programming Object Models

K2.net 2003 has provided programming object models for developers.  It has object models for runtime, for studio, for building and managing workflows, and for reporting.  For example, a developer can use the object model to create applications for out of office redirecting work items and to create applications to show all the work items for a specific user.


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Name: reddy
Date: 2009-01-04 8:38:39 PM
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Title: Download   
Name: Mahendiran
Date: 2008-09-26 1:57:03 AM
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Hi eveyone,

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Title: Workflow Options   
Name: Peter Samosa
Date: 2008-09-17 9:16:31 PM
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Hi,
good article on workflow but would recommend looking at Skelta BPM.NET. This product is great both as a stand alone or integrated with sharepoint

Regards
Peter
Title: K2 blackpearl   
Name: Grant Zhang
Date: 2008-07-24 11:08:32 AM
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K2 blackpearl is the latest version and it is built on the Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation. If you start a new project now, I would definitely recommend K2 blackpearl.

Thank you for your compliment.
Grant
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Name: Venkata
Date: 2008-07-24 3:22:09 AM
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Name: Grant Zhang
Date: 2008-06-25 11:59:53 AM
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Kitty, Sorry I did not have experience on this.
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Name: Santosh
Date: 2008-01-23 3:46:56 PM
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Title: helping Rick   
Name: Josh
Date: 2007-08-20 8:23:31 PM
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Hi Rick,

I am sorry to hear about your troubles. Sounds brutal and perhaps unnecessary. We'd love to help. Feel free to write me personally at josh@k2.com (yeah, putting the e-mail out there but worth it) and we'll get you squared away. Alternatively give us a call on the support line or post the issues to K2underground.com.

Josh
Title: k2 frustrations   
Name: rick
Date: 2007-07-30 11:46:34 PM
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i'm currently using k2 2003 and made a number of unpleasant discoveries. here's a number of em.

-k2 studio crashes for no good reason (3 developers that i work with have attested to this)
-replace all doesn't work (i think the dialog is only there to torture developers who have put a lot of work into coding inside k2 hehe)
-you can't effectively use code modules because intellisense isn't consistent i.e. i have to remember my namespace name, class name, method name in order to fully utilize my code modules
-can't use ClientEventContext, ServerEventContext types because KO.dll isn't a managed DLL so i'm left with entering K2.ProcessInstance.DataFields["sh*tfield"] everytime i need to access a Process or an Activity field

to be fair, we haven't applied any service pack coz our manager thinks we don't need to. such a shame.

they have an upcoming version but our department isn't interested in it. i hope we switch to microsoft workflow foundation or a much better workflow software soon. in the meantime i'll have a daily serving of k2 crap.
Title: Good synopsis   
Name: Michelle Beall
Date: 2007-06-26 8:22:19 PM
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Hey Grant - nice overview of K2.NET! It's by far the best human workflow tool out there.
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