Category: Misc

The Nightmare before “Workflow”

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That’s the start of one of the best Halloween movies ever made … or was it a Christmas movie? We changed it a bit.

We’re hoping you have a ‘spooktacular’ Halloween with costumes, treats and games galore. This time around, try our Halloween Quiz (click the image below) and discover how ready you are for workflow automation this Halloween and throughout the next year.

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No matter your expertise level, frevvo has a bunch of great resources for all your forms and workflow needs. So, click the button to take the quiz and find your Halloween treat.

And, if you have some time on your hands this Halloween, you could always watch The Nightmare before Christmas.

Happy Halloween!

 

[Webinar recording] What’s new in frevvo 7.3

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New in V7.3

frevvo 7.3 was recently released. We’ve added some cool new functionality and improved it in ways that are really important to customers.

We’re also excited about some upcoming developments including big improvements to the Visual Rule Builder coming soon as part of V7.4 this year.

Watch this video recording of the webinar where MaryAnn demonstrated several new and upcoming capabilities including:

  • Connecting to SharePoint using point and click wizards. You can save your data and documents to lists or libraries.
  • Visual Precondition Rule Builder.
  • Connecting pick lists to web services with zero code.
  • One-click Save and Test. A little thing that customers have been wanting.
  • Visual Rule Builder for calculations and other advanced functions (coming in V7.4).

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Tracking with Google Analytics

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Google Analytics is a freemium web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. It’s the most widely used web analytics service on the Internet. If you’re using Google Analytics, you can integrate frevvo forms and workflow traffic into Analytics.

The simplest way to track form or workflow usage is to add your Google Analytics Tracking Id in the form’s Tracking Id property. Now every time someone uses this form or workflow, frevvo will transmit a Pageview to Google Analytics. You’ll be able to see this as a standard web page view in all Analytics reports.

If you wish, you can enable fine-grained tracking. For example, you want to track events like specific value changes on the form, form submission etc. You can use Custom JavaScript to call Google Analytics during these events.

Here is a sample script to call Google Analytics when user submits the form:

var CustomEventHandlers = {
setup: function(el) {
if (CustomView.hasClass(el, ‘s-submit’)) {
FEvent.observe(el, ‘click’, this.submitClicked.bindAsObserver(this, el));
}
},
submitClicked: function(evt, el) {
_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’, ‘Purchase Order form submitted, ‘clicked’]);
}
}

You can observe a wide variety of events on any control in your form and track them individually at any level you desire. Please see the documentation for details on custom event handlers.

Speed wins the race: top performers develop apps faster

speed-winsSalesforce Research published their 2016 State of I.T. report yesterday with many interesting insights.

72% of high performing companies develop an app in three months or less.

Once gain, the report clearly highlights the importance of being able to react and respond quickly to rapid changes in business conditions. And, as we’ve said before, the #1 challenge facing organizations today in this area is a shortage of talent.

Your talented employees should be helping customers and taking advantage of new business opportunities. Why would you have them chasing paper or trying to track down an approval that’s stuck on the CFO’s desk? It makes no sense.

That’s where frevvo can help. You can start with a pre-built template, customize it to meet your unique business needs, deploy it securely in the Cloud (or On-Premise if you prefer), and do it all in days. It’ll automatically work on mobile devices. You don’t have to do anything.

Visit our website to find solutions for your business needs and try frevvo free for 30 days.

Happy Holidays with my favorite Cloud cartoons!

As 2015 draws to a close [already], it sure seems like Cloud is on everyone’s mind. We’ve written plenty of articles on security, the pressure to transition to the cloud, business agility blah blah blah … Time to look at the funny side of Cloud. I thought I’d share some of my favorites. Enjoy! Happy Holidays, Happy New Year and see you in 2016!

Cloud really is part of our everyday life but it isn’t really the answer to everything 🙂

Sources: CloudTweaks, CloudTweaks

Yes, even 8 year olds can sync using the cloud …

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… but we hope you’re taking a more measured approach.

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Source: Dilbert

No article on cartoons is complete without at least one classic from XKCD so here goes.

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Source: XKCD

Finally, it’s Christmas and I’ve been buying on Amazon.

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Source: Dilbert

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season. I’m looking forward to a great 2016.

-Paul

frevvo works on your existing Microsoft infrastructure

We’ve run into a number of situations where customers want to replace Infopath forms and SharePoint workflows with frevvo or maybe they just want to stop using their existing paper/PDF forms. But, they have large existing investments in a variety of Microsoft technologies and they want their automated workflows solution to integrate.

frevvo works on MicrosoftThat’s where frevvo shines. We’re truly platform-agnostic and work equally well whether you prefer Microsoft or Oracle or Amazon. In Microsoft environments:

  • You can deploy frevvo on several versions of Windows,
  • Integrate with MS SQL Server to retrieve, store and update data,
  • Save documents and metadata to SharePoint,
  • Use Active Directory for identity and access management,
  • Run on an Azure Cloud VM,
  • Access frevvo forms and workflows with Internet Explorer on the desktop or from Windows phones.

And, with frevvo’s focus on the UI, you can be certain that your end users will end up with a fantastic and natural user experience on all devices and that they’ll actually use the applications you deploy with frevvo.

Try frevvo free for 30 days today and see how easy it is for yourself.

How SECURE is frevvo’s cloud?

We understand that your data is essentSecure Cloudial to your business operations and to our own success. We use a multi-layered approach to secure your information, constantly monitoring and improving our processes, services and systems.

Secure Data Centers

Our cloud services are deployed on Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure. AWS provides us first class data centers that are designed and managed in alignment with security best practices and a variety of IT security standards, including SOC 1/SSAE 16/ISAE 3402 (formerly SAS 70), SOC 2, SOC 3, FISMA, DIACAP, FedRAMP, DOD CSM Levels 1-5, PCI DSS Level 1, ISO 27001, ITAR, FIPS 140-2, and MTCS Level 3.

All of our servers reside in a number of availability zones in AWS’s Northern Virginia region (us-east-1). All customer data, including backups and redundant servers, are located only in the Northern Virginia region. We do not replicate our servers across to other regions either within the United States or internationally. At this point, we do not operate in AWS’s GovCloud region.

Secure Data Storage

All our data at rest, including our databases, backups, read replicas and snapshots, are encrypted before stored.Since we leverage Amazon’s Relational Database Service (RDS), our employees have no direct access to the actual database servers, which is fully managed by AWS.

Secure Data Transfers

Connection to our environment is done via TLS cryptographic protocols, ensuring that our users have a secure connection from their browsers to our services.

Individual user sessions are properly identified and verified on each transaction using a unique token created at login.

Secure Network

Our servers are deployed in a secure Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) network divided in a public and a private subnet. All server processing and data storage takes place in private subnets with no direct access to the Internet. We also have strict firewall policies between the public and private subnets, making sure that traffic can flow only in specific directions, to and from specific ports, including strict firewall policies between the application application and database tiers.

All traffic flowing out from our VPC goes through NAT instances which protects internal IP addresses from external hosts.

We also make sure only a single bastion host can access our internal servers for management purposes. This bastion host has a completely different IP address than our public IP addresses.

Our servers receive daily security patches to make sure they remain secure from new exploits. Password access to our servers and remote root logins are both disabled.

All AWS API access is audited to a secure write-only storage.

Backups

Backups are encrypted and performed daily remaining available for up to 35 days.

Security Policies

We centralize all our EC2 security across accounts using standard IAM policies. We implement fine-grained security controls and follow the principle of least privilege. Multi-factor authentication enabled on our master AWS accounts and master credentials are locked away and are not used for routine operational tasks.