Flexible and efficient search in SharePoint is an eminent feature that is required by everyone using SharePoint for optimization of the business processes - document workflow, data exchange and communication.
SharePoint is known for its wide capabilities in regards to business processes. In fact, SharePoint can be viewed as an operating system for business. It can handle all operations performed within a company or corporation. A common situation is running multiple websites for internal usage (Intranet portal) by different departments of the certain company, along with the external web sites used for the communication with the clients. All of them are within the same installation of SharePoint. All communication, all data, all documents are being stored within SharePoint and can be accessed. This is where SharePoint may become an extremely flexible tool providing access for chosen groups of users to the chosen lists where data is stored.
Most 3rd-party SharePoint web parts are limited either to a specific web application or to the number of the users, which is very inconvinient in terms of using the same web part all accross the site-collections within a given SharePoint installation
ArtfulBits provides its clients with the most flexible licensing model that supports all business processes that can take place within your company. It is done with the help of "per-farm" licensing model. Once List Search web part is installed on your SharePoint Farm, it can be easily used all accross your web applications and site-collections!
The architecture of SharePoint 2016 is not much different from SharePoint 2013. Though, components and web parts migration
can become a dangerous adventure, anyway. But not for ArtfulBits!.
After successful installation of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 we faced with the necessity of upgrading the source code of our SharePoint
web parts and components to SharePoint 2016. An upgrade process was easy because we accumulated a lot of experience with a significantly more
complex shift from SP 2010 to SharePoint 2013.
So, first we decided to upgrade SharePoint Installer to SharePoint 2016. Few general issues had to be solved in the beginning:
After few minor changes in .bat files, we could run them and got our packages. But we met a problem with MSBuild.exe and project files connected
with Visual Studio Version. We resolved it passing “/p:VisualStudioVersion=14.0” for SharePoint 2016 projects as a parameter for MSBuild.
Certainly, the last step should be to install new SharePoint 2016 version of ArtfulBits component on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016
and check whether its functional.
While all SharePoint community is wondering regarding pros and cons of the new SharePoint 2016, ArtfulBits released new
on premise version of one of our most popular SharePoint components - Cascaded Lookup Column adapted for SharePoint 2016.
It's being used in multiple compound SharePoint solutions and corporate portals by hundreds of companies.
It's an indispensable tool for building relationship between parent and child columns, especially in non-trivial situations
like editing lists in Datasheet mode.
Even though, there is only RTM version of SharePoint 2016 available now, and the full release is expected sometimes in early May,
we decided to adapt our SharePoint components now. We do believe that hybrid solutions promoted by Microsoft will become more
commonly used. However we also want to support our clients on their existing on-premise installations of SharePoint.
New version of Shopping Cart for SharePoint contains so many new features, that a new major version number could have been given!
However, ArtfulBits wants to provide it for their customers without any additional charges!
TO save your time, here is just a glimpse on the new features:
1.7 version is a remarkable step forward. Other than already mentioned functionalities, there are quite a lot minor improvements - search results,
sorting became more intuitively understandable and etc. However there is also another remarkable improvement that you'll notice - UI changes. Both - administrative
and user UI have been reevaluated and stylized. All functions are easy to use. Your users will appreciate an ease of finding the right products, ordering it,
and using order information easily again and again. Administrator will also appreciate an ease of creating new products, product types, auctions, an ease of
providing stock availability and easy management of forms and notifications.
Best sparkling ideas are generated by the crowd of professionals from all over the world, but not in the office lobby.
That’s why ArtfulBits is launching SPI – SharePoint clues for the tasks and problems that someone dealt with.
SPI goals are the following:
We believe that there is no better source of ideas than the community of people. After the years of marketing own SharePoint solutions,
ArtfulBits doesn’t see any alternative to partnership with its users. Best sparkling ideas are generated by the crowd of professionals
from all over the world, but not in the office lobby. That’s why there is SPI – SharePoint clues for the tasks and problems that someone dealt with.
Every user of ArtfulBits SharePoint component or web part is able to submit any number of posts.
Note: the contest is not the main goal of SPI (this is just #3). Therefore the prizes are symbolic. However we want to award the most inventive posts. Also the number of winners and the prizes may change in future.
Inventive and practical recommendations for dealing with the real business tasks is our main goal.
Therefore, we admit that SPI will open a possibility to submit ideas with the help of any 3rd party
SharePoint web parts and applications in future.
ArtfulBits Master Calendar is capable to connect to multiple data sources (SQL, Outlook on-premise and online,
SharePoint lists, Google Calendar), and display all events in one view.
It provides the powerful capabilities for much more convenient events manipulation and team collaboration.
ArtfulBits Master Calendar is a logical sequel of ArtfulBits Calendar Web Part, which is available only for
SP 2007 and 2010. Master Calendar, on the other hand, provides more possibilities in terms of connectivity with
different data sources, and team collaboration, in terms of working with information on the task progress.
ArtfulBits team is determined to continue extending functionality of Master Calendar. That’s why we are especially
thankful to all our clients, friends and visitors of our website for providing us with valuable insights in this
iOS and Android mobile application is capable to turn a potentially boring place into an interactive playground
and personalize your experience!
ArtfulBits developed mobile application for Dinosaurs: Dawn To Extinction exhibition in ArtScience Museum (Singapore).
All credits for creating an idea of the application go to the organizators of the exhibition. Our team implemented
these ideas into the mobile solutions, and we believe this is a great example of the influence that information
technologies have on all industries.
Often, people think that museums artefacts are boring, the atmosphere is funereal and there is nothing fun.
On the other side, specialists know how vivid all this information may be. The problem is not about the information.
The problem is the presentation method. If, even 50 years ago people were receiving new information via books and newspapers,
in today’s world it is not enough anymore. Information has to be interactive and engaging in order to be worthy of
the people’s attention. One may not like it, but the truth is, that if the information is worthy, you need to frame
it in the best available form. And there are a few good reasons why up-to-dated technologies are a better frame!
Dinosaurs: Dawn To Extinction main features:
ArtfulBits continues to develop Shopping Cart for SharePoint, and releases it's 1.6 version with the new features,
like "approvers" and "Send Email Upon Order".
Shopping Cart for SharePoint from ArtfulBits has proved to be a very useful tool for our customers.
We've seen a lot of intrest towards this solution, and we are very much excided about the decision that was made more than
a year ago to launch the development project of this solution
Moreover, one of the important decisions in regards to Shopping Cart has become a decision to take advice from our customers
for the further development. Usually custom development is an issue of the additional payment, but with the
Shopping Cart it's not. If the suggestion is valuable and interesting, we accept it and implement in the future versions for free.
Here are a few new features that we implemented in 1.6 version:
With these new features, a user can chose an approver who will be receiving a notification about the order. The message
that the approver will receive is fully-customizable - "Send Email Upon Order" feature. These new features doesn't presume
a possible change of the order workflow. But it may become a matter of the further development. Please, contact our support team,
if you think that you have some valuable idea for further development of the Shopping Cart for SharePoint!
ArtfulBits is introducing Carmon app, a new companion application for the car drivers, developed by our Android team.
Carmon App is a professional measurement and displaying tool for all models of VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda starting from 2001.
Carmon provides an access to over 70 different values in real time, like acceleration, CO² emissions, tire temperature,
battery charge level and etc.
The data acquisition rate is a factor of 1000 higher than that of an OBD adapter, because all measured values are read out
directly from the engine CAN bus of the vehicle, stored and sent via Bluetooth to the APP.
Visit ArtfulBits Blog for the full article!
There will always be an unspoken expectation that a software developer should participate,
at least on some level, as a business consultant!
Recently we had a customer, a small start-up enterprise with the idea to penetrate the market of paleo dishes recipes.
In ArtfulBits, we decided that our approach should not be indifferent to the business model of the software that we develop
for our clients. We agreed on the simple thesis: “we’ll be advising our clients to the extent they think our advice is valuable
One of the marketing tools we use, market positioning diagram, is a tool that can greatly benefit IT entrepreneurs.
With the hundred of thousands of mobile application now available on Google Play and Apple Store, there is a very little chance
that the brilliant idea one may be stiken with will find an empty nishe market. Therefore, deep and qualified analysis is required
in order to make your software distinctive and valuable.
How to perform market positioning analyis?:
The business model behind the requirements was explained by the customer very little, as always.
However, with the simple tools like market positioning analysis and mapping, ArtfulBits is able to
become the best advisor!