How to Get Started with Nintex

As an active Nintex partner, we frequently work with organizations to get started using the Nintex platforms for SharePoint Server, Office 365 and the Nintex Workflow Cloud.  We help these customers through their trial period, or after the sales get started so that they can make the most from their technology investment.  Our interests here are less on selling software and more about evangelizing Workflow & Content Automation concepts and practices so that people can improve their work life. We are regularly asked “How should we get started?” so this post is our standard answer to that question. 

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Getting Started with Nintex

 

Getting Started with Nintex 101

This section is going to be short and sweet.  The team at Nintex has done a fantastic job building relevant content through their Community site.  If you haven’t registered already and are at all interested in Nintex, please register now. 

Secondly, they provide many great sections to address the specifics such as:

Once the software is installed and configured, you really need to get your hands on it and start working through creating a solution.  There are some step-by-step guides to support you there and it is a good place to start. 

Hands-On Workshops

Depending on the number of people you want to train and what the participants hope to gain we offer a few hands-on workshop options. 

2-3 Day Quick Start Workshop

If there are only a few people that need training and the customer is focused on a specific solution, B&R will typically start with a 2-3 day Quick Start Workshop.  This workshop is used to get the team going with their first solution as we work to rough out the major areas of the form and workflow.  We focus on the foundation of the solution first and then focus on some of the more difficult problems or features so that we can pass along the wisdom of why certain decisions were made, as well as the technical details about how to address the requirements.  This is a hands-on session and upon completion of the workshop, the team should have a good start to the solution with actionable steps to take to complete the project. 

1 Day Workshop

For groups that either have more people to train, or in cases where the organization is looking to enable users outside of IT, we position a 1 Day Workshop that acts as an immersion experience introducing people to both the process concepts as well as the technology.  One of the great things about Nintex is that it really is a tool anyone can use to build solutions.  However, everyone typically needs some orientation before they can create useful solutions.  The 1 Day Workshop will orient participants and enable them to create their first end-to-end Nintex solution!

Our standard agenda for the 1 Day Workshop is below:

  • Nintex Overview:  Forms, Workflow, Mobile, Doc Gen, Hawkeye (45 minutes)
  • Process Mapping Overview (45 minutes)
  • Technical Overview (60 minutes)
    • Form Concepts
    • Workflow Concepts and Key Actions
  • Build a Form (90 minutes)
  • Build a Workflow (2.5 hours)
  • Wrap-up and Next Steps

Alternatively, for users that are either familiar with workflow tools or modern development, we can provide a tailored Workshop that supports more advanced topics such as:

  • Integrating your solution with other content platforms (Salesforce, Dynamics, Box)
  • Xtending the Nintex Platform with REST Services
  • Integrating Hawkeye for deeper insights into your process portfolio
  • Advanced scenarios for external start of workflows

Ad-Hoc Developer Support

B&R can support its customers in a variety of ways, but one way many of our customers take advantage of is through standing support agreements that can cover ad-hoc or as-needed work.  Under this scenario, we can facilitate a design kickoff where B&R consultants will review your form and workflow requirements and discuss approaches for implementing them.  The advantage here is that the overall project decisions should be better informed and the solution will be delivered significantly faster.  Secondly, we can provide as-needed developer support when your developers are stuck on a problem.  While the Nintex Community, also can provide great support options; sometimes what you really need is to get somebody on a screen share session to talk through the hurdle and the possible solutions. 

Ready to Get Started with Nintex?

Can B&R help you get more out of your Nintex investment?  Reach out today to setup a consultation to discuss how these options can help improve your team’s ability to deliver world-class solutions!

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Partner Solution: Print to PDF not working on Nintex Form

On occasion, we plan to share through this blog some of the technical solutions provided by members of the B&R team. In the following example, B&R's Thomas Daly (@_tomdaly_) has created a solution for a common problem with Nintex forms where print to PDF is not working. We hope you find this information useful:


I stumbled across an issue last week where a client was reporting that the custom branding broke the print functionality of their Nintex forms. I made the master page so I already know that I didn’t chop out anything from the masterpage, it might be hidden but it’s still there. I wondered how can just some CSS break the page. Perhaps it was some of that JavaScript code that we wrote? Or maybe a conflicting version of jQuery? …Nope. After a few hours or trial and error (showing all hidden zones, removing all js and css, thenslowly putting things back in) I found the issue with the references to Google Fonts.

This is my normal way of linking multiple google fonts. Nintex Print to PDF doesn’t seem to like the first line. It specifically doesn’t like the ‘,’ in the url. If you removed everything after “400” then it would work fine. Our design requires all 4 weights of this specific font. In other designs we’d have multiple google fonts with multiple weights being requested.

<link href='//fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Open+Sans:400,300,700,600' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'/>
<!--[if lte IE 8]>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="//fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Open+Sans:300" />
<link rel="stylesheet" href="//fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Open+Sans:400" />
<link rel="stylesheet" href="//fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Open+Sans:700" />
<link rel="stylesheet" href="//fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Open+Sans:800" />
<![endif]-->

Simple fix is to link to each file independently (not the most efficient since you are making 4 calls to google instead of 1) Ultimately you likely won’t notice any difference.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="//fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Open+Sans:300" />     
<link rel="stylesheet" href="//fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Open+Sans:400" />     
<link rel="stylesheet" href="//fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Open+Sans:700" />     
<link rel="stylesheet" href="//fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Open+Sans:800" />

You can see in the image below that the fonts are all loading at the same time anyway taking 16ms except for that one. This is an example on just one load time. You will get different results each time. Google fonts are also cached so it’s likely the users will already have a copy in the browser.


You can find Tom's original post at www.thomasdaly.net which includes many other developer tips and best practices for SharePoint branding and customization. We look forward to sharing more of these great solutions moving forward, and we look forward to your feedback!

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