Once again this year, I had the pleasure and privilege of attending Nintex’s annual InspireX conference. The conference was held February 13-15 in lovely New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference was a blast and once again it was jam-packed with helpful tips, inspiring demos, and exciting news!
Last year was a year of HUGE announcements, new products, revamped designers, etc. This year was all about exciting enhancements to existing products to support the growth and maturing of the entire platform as-a-whole. In this post, I will share the biggest announcements that came out of the conference as well as information about features and functionality that are new and coming soon.
This year there was a lot of excitement around Nintex Workflow Cloud. There were several inspiring demos of Nintex Workflow Cloud in IoT scenarios including one service ticket example that turns a light on when ticket is submitted. The light then changes color when the ticket is closed. There were also several demos demonstrating integrations with various cloud services using Nintex Connectors and the ability to start workflow externally. Both are extremely valuable features of the Nintex Workflow Cloud product as well as Nintex Workflow for SharePoint.
Nintex has been working hard on enhancements to their Workflow Cloud offering. They have been rapidly increasing the number of connectors available as well as enhancing functionality of existing connections. Probably the most exciting news was the announcement of the new Xtensions framework. This framework will allow developers to create custom workflow connectors and actions.
Enhancements that are coming soon:
- Hawkeye Beacons across all platforms
- Doc gen across all platforms
- A SharePoint Online connecter, built on the Xtensions framework.
The announcement that garnered the most buzz among customers and partners was the introduction of the upcoming responsive capabilities for Nintex forms. The new Responsive Designer will make building forms faster and easier. You’ll be able to preview changes in real time and the form will automatically make room for new controls that are dragged onto the canvas. It’s a little hard to explain but it looks absolutely amazing! The appearance of the forms and designer is improved and device layouts won’t be necessary because the resulting forms will be responsive!
When the Responsive Designer is released, customers will be able to choose between the existing Pixel Perfect designer or the new Responsive Designer. Admins will also have the ability to configure the preferred designer through Central Admin. Nintex expects to roll out the Responsive Designer by the end of the year for SharePoint Server, Office 365 and Workflow Cloud!
Nintex Hawkeye continues to be a powerful part of the Nintex Workflow Platform. The cloud service gives customers the ability to analyze workflow data without the need for code and custom development. At InspireX, Nintex announced that Hawkeye is now available across the entire Nintex Workflow Platform. You can now gain insight into your workflow processes, no matter where they reside, all in one place! They also introduced a new Inventory Lens, available later this year, that will provide insight into where Nintex processes live and who is creating/managing them.
Additional near-term enhancements include:
- Analysis of historical workflows, this looks very promising!
- Templates for analysis of common processes like expenses, contract reviews and more
Last fall Nintex rebranded their Nintex Mobile Enterprise product. It is now called App Studio and it gives customers the ability to create custom apps to mobilize their Nintex forms and processes. Apps can now be deployed across all Nintex platforms and content other than forms can be made available through an app. Apps can be thoroughly branded and menu structure can be customized. This means that customers can have a completely custom app that is super easy to build and distribute!
Nintex built a really fun app for the conference called the InspireX Racer app. The app challenged conference attendees to interact with all aspects of the conference and collect ‘Badges’ for attending sessions, talking to Nintex ‘Celebrities’, and checking out sponsor tables. The method for collecting badges was taking pictures of QR codes on name tags, session presentations, and table tops. The attendees that collected the most badges were eligible for a prize at the end of the InspireX. The app looked fantastic and was extremely intuitive to use.
As always, you should keep an eye-out for official announcements from Nintex regarding the details and timing of release for these features. Here are a couple of great places to bookmark:
The Future is Still Bright
It was another InspireX well done for Nintex. It is always wonderful to gather together with a community of folks who are as passionate about a topic as you are. Nintex conferences are no different. There is obviously great value in the sessions, but the interactions with other Nintex customers, partners, and Nintex personnel are priceless! I look forward to attending next year’s conference in San Diego, and I’m very excited about the future of Nintex. I hope, after reading this recap, you are too!
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