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SharePoint 2007 Workflows - Things to Consider Before You Start

Posted By: Amit Mehra     Posted Date: March 11, 2010    Points: 2   Category :SharePoint
SharePoint 2007 (MOSS) utilizes the Workflow Foundation (WF) to enable workflows on lists and content types. But before you start doing cartwheels there are few things you should know before you get started. The experiences I'll be discussing are not from book smarts but from building real MOSS solutions that are in production today.

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