Software maker K2(R) today released K2 smartforms( http://www.k2.com/en/smartforms.aspx )(TM), a browser-based, drag-and-drop interface for building electronic forms, tying them to workflow and integrating line-of-business data.
K2 smartforms provides a set of visual tools and controls that eliminate the need for code and cut design time of a business application front end dramatically. Form fields, like “address,” can simply be clicked and dragged from a sidebar onto the form being built, and form components can be reused across multiple forms and applications.
In an experiment posted to easyvshard.k2.com, a K2 smartforms user delivered an expense claim business application more than eight times faster than an ASP.NET developer creating the same application.
“With most products that claim to be ‘no-code,’ you have to give up a certain amount of control,” said Adriaan van Wyk, K2 CEO. “But with K2 smartforms, we provide a very powerful rules framework, which removes those limits and allows you to build solutions that work exactly the way you want them to.”
K2 smartforms utilizes K2’s SmartObject framework, so a single form can tie together information from multiple, disparate line-of-business systems. Out of the box, K2 smartforms supports Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, SQL Server, Oracle, SAP, Salesforce.com and other systems, on premise or in the cloud.
“The big difference that K2 smartforms will make for us is that creating the interface will be a totally drag-and-drop process,” said Accenture’s Wouter Faber. “Currently, about 80 percent of development on a workflow application is spent creating the user interface. Smartforms will help us significantly reduce that time.”
K2( http://www.k2.com/en/index.aspx ) is a division of SourceCode Technology Holdings, Inc., based in Redmond, Washington, and has offices all over the world.