Mobility Blog

Backend Data Connections

mm

Written by 

Ms. Neagu is a noted expert on data applications and XML technologies. Adriana was co-inventor of Microsoft Office InfoPath, and co-holds 4 InfoPath patents.

Built-in SharePoint connectivity plus standards-based web services make the Formotus service an ideal mobile form solution for line-of-business applications.

  • Store business data where you want — Formotus does not host your data
  • Collect data offline in the field and submit it over-the-air
  • Pull real-time data to the mobile device and cache it
  • Connect directly with any SharePoint, on-premise, hosted, or Office 365
  • Connect to any system using standards-based XML Web services (SOAP/REST)

Mobile SharePoint Data Connections

Formotus mobile applications support the same built-in ability as InfoPath forms to connect directly with any SharePoint account, including Office 365. No SharePoint add-ons or installations are required. Forms can submit directly to a SharePoint document library or list, and data queries can be made to SharePoint lists and libraries. Submitted forms are InfoPath compatible, so they can trigger SharePoint workflows and be opened on the desktop for further processing. You can use SharePoint itself as your back-end system or as a data portal to other systems.

Back-end Data Connections using Web Services

SharePoint is not required to connect Formotus mobile forms to your backend systems. You can also write standard SOAP/REST Web services to create data connections to any system. Formotus supports these standard Web services for both submitting data and querying data.

InfoPath data connection wizard
Data connection wizard in InfoPath

 

Data Caching on the Mobile Device

If you expect your iPads and Android devices to always be connected, you can design your mobile application to take advantage of that fact, for example, by querying for real-time data every time a form is opened. Many devices, however, are only occasionally connected, so Formotus has extended the InfoPath model with enhanced caching capabilities. This allows you to design an application that will continue to re-use cached data from the most recent query until a new query is requested by the user. Besides enabling productivity without connectivity, this approach can also improve application performance and eliminate unnecessary data transmission costs.

Most Flexible Mobile Cloud Connector

You don’t need to choose a single type of data connection for your Formotus mobile application. One common scenario is a mobile application that queries for data using a web service connection, then submits the completed form to a SharePoint library. It’s even possible to query multiple data sources and submit to multiple destinations if your situation calls for it.

Read more about Formotus data connectors and integrations.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!