My next few projects are different variations of the end-to-end building permit application solution that was presented at TechReady2. With previous versions of the Microsoft Office System, these types of solutions required numerous lines of custom code and BizTalk Server or some other business process application to handle the routing logic (see the FabriKam 3.1 Solutions Learning Platform). The 2007 Microsoft Office release simplifies the overall development effort for these solutions with the introduction of Windows Workflow Foundation. Now, developers can design an ad hoc workflow with native SharePoint functionality or write simple routing logic against any site collection list using Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007. In the case of the building permit application solution, the latter method is used to evaluate promoted InfoPath form fields in a document library and assign tasks to users accordingly.
In the next few months, I will share more details about the building permit application solution, which is being updated for Beta 2. In the meantime, you can get a glimpse of this solution next week at Tech·Ed 2006 during Nick Dallett and John‘s presentation.