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  • K2 today announced a new connector for Microsoft Flow and Logic Apps as part of a significant update to its K2 Workflow API. The new connector enables K2's platform to integrate efficiently with more systems and services than ever before, and expands on an already richly extensible platform. K2's broad set of APIs makes it attractive to developers, IT and business users who need to build process automation applications quicker and at scale.

  • K2 Software today announced new capabilities to its cloud service, Appit, and outlined plans for future cloud-first offerings. Customers will find enhancements to K2 Mobile, introduction of SmartStarters, deeper DocuSign integration and a new REST broker with Swagger compatibility. These updates will become available for on-premises customers this summer. 

    K2 Mobile

    K2 Mobile for Android now includes offline functionality that enables users to view and action their tasks from anywhere, increasing productivity by allowing users to delegate, check process status, redirect, accept, reject, or send for revisions in real time. In addition, a new Universal App for Windows devices is now available, bringing full support for iOS, Android and Windows-based devices.

    To help customers reduce the IT backlog, K2 has simplified system connectivity through its patented K2 SmartObjects, which creates identities around data sets and workflows, allowing better access and integration across systems. In addition, K2 has simplified mobile app development significantly by allowing any business process app or form built in K2 to be fully mobile, enabled and optimized with very minimal IT support.   

    K2 SmartStarters

    Further enhancing its already strong capabilities in low code app development, K2 has created SmartStarters to help app creators users build new apps quickly by providing simple example apps created by K2 that are fully functional and include template forms, workflows, actions and data integration via K2 SmartObjects. K2 supports reusability of its forms, workflows and SmartObjects so app creators can easily leverage a component many times across their portfolio of business applications.

    DocuSign

    Digital signatures now embed directly into K2 SmartForms, which enables editing, uploading and management of documents, creation and management of DocuSign envelopes, define signature placeholder tabs, and signing recipient details. By using K2 and DocuSign together, customers can easily and quickly capture signatures inside their apps while maintaining visibility into the process at all times, including a full audit trail of the signing steps.

    "Although accelerating mobile app deployment is a critical step in our customers' digital transformation, the best way to unlock business value is to allow our customers to quickly complete any type of business contract/transaction that includes a document using digital signatures," said Adriaan Van Wyk, CEO of K2. "K2 customers can now create business process apps that have embedded digital signature integration through DocuSign, which lets their users stay in the app and be more productive."

    K2 REST Service

    The K2 REST service now includes a REST Broker with Swagger support for modern web APIs, making it easier to integrate K2 forms and workflows across systems and cloud services, streamlining the business application creation process.

    K2 Cloud Platform

    Looking toward the future, K2 will continue to innovate in low code, automating business process with apps and cloud-first development. Appit has realized over 200 percent growth in net new customers since June of last year, demonstrating that the demand for K2 cloud services is showing positive traction. 

    "We believe there is a unique intersection at the convergence of Business Process Applications and low code that will disrupt the classic BPM market," added Van Wyk. "Apps for process automation are most efficient when the best of both low code and BPM come together, and the ability to deliver the K2 platform more broadly in the cloud will help even more of our customers stay ahead of the curve."

    The K2 Cloud Platform will bring full functionality to integrate across systems, a new app design experience and new solutions that will become available on top of the K2 Cloud Platform in the future. Customers interested in participating in the K2 Cloud Platform Limited Preview program can sign up here and a local sales rep will be in touch.

  • Seattle, WA.– K2, an industry leader in business application platforms and solutions, today announced it has agreed to accept a strategic investment from Francisco Partners, a leading global private equity firm focused on the technology sector, to support investment in K2’s go-to-market initiatives and product innovation.  The funding will enable K2 to further its vision of empowering its customers to optimize their business processes and seamlessly build and run their own unique business applications on premises and in the cloud.  The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2015.

  • K2 Software today announced new capabilities for K2 Mobile, K2 management, K2 Rest Service and Microsoft SharePoint 2016. These updates are available both on- premises via blackpearl 4.7 and in the cloud via Appit.

    K2 delivers value for customers with business process application management efficiency gains of over $750,000 for a composite organization based on customer interviews according to a recent commissioned Total Economic Impact? (TEI) study conducted by Forrester Consulting. Using K2 blackpearl as its enterprise business process application standard, the organization consolidated and centralized its business processes onto a single, holistic tool, improving its efficiency in supporting, managing, optimizing and troubleshooting its business process-oriented applications. Additional benefits can be found in the complete Forrester TEI study here.

    Here's how K2's latest release delivers value for customers:

    K2 Mobile
    K2 continues to increase investments in its mobile platform. New features for K2 Mobile for iOS help customers remain productive while on the go with the following new enhancements:

    • Barcode controls enable organizations to digitally transform their business processes by leveraging K2 Mobile. For example, customers can scan a UPC or SKU to prepopulate information on a K2 form, making it easy to capture data for inventory management, asset tracking or incident management.
    • Image annotation lets users mark up and add notes to images and attach them to forms for further explanation when using the K2 Mobile App, thus improving the quality of information shared and ultimately speeding up resolutions.

    Proactive diagnosis before deploying SmartForms and views
    K2 improves Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) by providing proactive, real-time impact analysis on changes made to SmartForms and views during the design stage, all without any architectural changes or coding. ALM provides visual indicators to inform you that you are missing required data fields, controls, control properties and rules. Notifications provide the option to keep or remove dependencies as you see fit. ALM also analyzes dependencies on check-in, and allows for correction or cloning to avoid errors in deployment.

    K2 Management
    K2 Management offers a centralized, intuitive user interface for configuring and managing of an organization's K2-based applications. Administrators can centrally manage all the workflows, methods, user rights, security, roles, worklists, authorization settings and more. K2 Management also allows administrators the ability to view, run and test SmartObjects quickly and easily, as well as identify process errors and repair those errors with ease. Lastly, administrators can manage their users' ongoing tasks and schedule workflow processes. 

    K2 REST Service now available for blackpearl
    A short time ago we shared updates for Appit, including support for REST. The new K2 REST broker with Swagger support makes integration with net new or legacy systems easy. REST is now available for blackpearl on-premises customers as well. To find out more about how customers are using REST, please see the following case study.

    Microsoft SharePoint 2016
    K2 now supports SharePoint 2016 and adds key enhancements to performance, forms rules, modern SharePoint lists and registering web applications, which dramatically simplify the application registration and activation management for the K2 app.

    "K2's low code apps platform allows SharePoint users to build process apps in both cloud and on-premises environments without coding," said Rob Howard, director of Office Ecosystem, Microsoft Corp.  "K2's deeply integrated, reusable workflows reinforce SharePoint as a one-stop-shop for intelligent collaboration from any device."

    For more in-depth information about this release, join the upcoming webinar here.

  • The panels at SPTechCon two weeks ago addressed topics that are resonating in the broader SharePoint community. Last week, I wrote about the shortcomings in Office 365 for people used to working with the on-premises server. This week, I received this note from one of my readers, Patrick Parker. He’s the founder and CEO of EmpowerID:

    “I just read your article on Office 365 shortcomings today. It was very interesting and the timing made me do a double take as I just gave a webinar on Office 365 security shortcomings today. Well written and definitely what we are seeing with our customers.

  • As more organizations are storing more sensitive business content and data, security becomes a top concern. Most deal well with hacks from outside the organization, via encryption, preventing data from being downloaded onto mobile devices or moved via e-mail, and many other techniques. Those same organizations, though, have a difficult time assessing vulnerabilities from threats that originate inside the organization.

  • Knowledge Vault today announced it has attained a Gold Application Development competency, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers¹ evolving needs in today¹s dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top 1 percent of Microsoft¹s partner ecosystem.

    To earn a Microsoft gold competency, partners must successfully complete exams (resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals) to prove their level of technology expertise, and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. They also must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects (along with implementing a yearly customer satisfaction study), meet a revenue commitment (for most gold competencies), and pass technology and/or sales assessments.

    Empowering Microsoft partners to manage their client environments through a single online service, Knowledge Vault provides comprehensive discovery, auditing, reporting and management as an advanced and cost-effective solution that enables cloud administrators and IT managers to obtain valuable information about all aspects of their cloud-based content and sharing technologies. The Knowledge Vault platform gives IT administrators the visibility and control they need over Microsoft Office 365 tools to:

    • Automate compliance reviews for Office 365 by enabling fine-grained auditing and reporting across all sensitive configuration changes and activities
    • Tighten security with proactive insight into permission and other security related changes and activities
    • Detect data breaches or misuse by examining login behaviors, uncovering suspect activities including non-owner access, or detecting inappropriate system changes
    • Reduce complexity and cost using comprehensive management actions
    • Optimize usage of services and license management
    • Oversee Microsoft Office 365 migrations
    • Provide business owners the information they need to optimize decision making and ensure project success

    “As a member of the Microsoft Partner Network, Knowledge Vault values this Microsoft Gold Application Development competency, as it represents our commitment to providing our cloud services provider and channel customers with the best cloud-based service possible,” said Christian Ehrenthal, CEO and co-founder, Knowledge Vault. “We strive to remain on the leading edge of technology and are grateful for this acknowledgement of our team¹s hard work.”

    “By achieving a gold competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top one percent of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology.”

    Earning the Application Development competency helps partners differentiate themselves as a trusted expert to their customers through development and deployment of commercial or custom applications built using core Microsoft technologies like Windows Server and Windows 8 operating systems, the Windows Azure platform, Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 development system, Microsoft BizTalk Server and emerging cloud-based and web business models. By gaining access to a comprehensive set of benefits through the Application Development competency, partners can acquire new customers and help them be more productive and profitable through deployment of business applications, advanced web portals or rich client user interfaces that run on premises or in the cloud.

    The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and, with 640,000 Microsoft partners in their ecosystem, to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

  • KnowledgeLake, an innovator of document processing solutions, announced the company's platinum sponsorship of the SharePoint Technology Conference in Austin, TX from April 2-5. KnowledgeLake will be in booth #605 to demonstrate its powerful document process automation platform that works seamlessly with SharePoint 2016 and Office 365.

  • Kofax Limited, a leading provider of software to simplify and transform the First Mile of customer engagement, today announced the availability of the Kofax SignDoc® family of e-signature solutions. SignDoc includes highly scalable, enterprise-ready software to satisfy organizations’ growing e-signature requirements. With SignDoc, businesses and government agencies large and small can implement e-signature capabilities into virtually any business process across their entire organization for internal or external use.

    SignDoc Standard is a stand-alone solution providing versatile self service capabilities, so users can design, deploy and manage custom e-signing workflows. SignDoc Enterprise enables organizations to design, deploy and manage custom e-signing workflows and embed advanced e-signature capabilities within a host of enterprise applications. SignDoc Enterprise is seamlessly integrated with Kofax TotalAgility, the company's flagship process automation platform, so organizations can add secure and authenticated e-signature functionality to end-to-end business processes powered by TotalAgility.

  • KWizCom, a leading developer of SharePoint Forms & Workflows, as well as numerous other powerful SharePoint web parts, add-ons and apps for Office 365 (SharePoint Online), unveiled a new add-in for Office 365 customers ? List Aggregator App (SPFx).

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