As organizations are optimizing their processes by using SharePoint and the workflow functionality or software solutions like Nintex or K2 workflows, organizations are also looking at connecting to external systems or processes with SharePoint. Nintex andK2 have several integration options such as web services, database connections, and BCS applications to meet these demands. When it is IT processes that need to be optimized also System Center Orchestrator can be used.
A good example of added value is when using System Center Orchestrator for the process of creating SharePoint site collections. Nintex already contains an action that can be used to create site collections, but it does not have the ability to create complex site collections like hostnamed site collections.
Orchestrator can be configured to check the status of a list, library, or item in SharePoint and then perform a set of actions if the status is met. This makes it possible to start a PowerShell script that creates a site collection if a user approves a workflow in SharePoint.
Also deploying virtual machines is an excellent job that can be done with Orchestrator and SharePoint. Employees provide the desired configuration of the server in an InfoPath form and System Center Orchestrator activates this locally or in the cloud.
For questions about how to use System Center Orchestrator in combination SharePoint please contact BleiCon.