Low-Code software experts K2 have announced the full extent of the new 5.3 release which came out during early May, our team of tech experts have been getting to grips with the numerous enhancements to the platform, here’s a quick rundown of what’s new and what we really like.
How often do you view a list of data and find that the column headers disappear as you scroll? This is often due to the list not having its column headers fixed and can be frustrating as you need to keep scrolling back to the top locate your position. Look no further, this how to guide provides a step-by-step solution on how to implement the scrolling functionality on a List View once it reaches a particular number of records in the list.
Velocity IT awarded ‘Most Innovative Use of the K2 Platform 2018’ by low-code software vendor, K2.
K2 hold an annual event to bring together K2 technology partners and their clients to celebrate excellence in the design and implementation of K2 low-code solutions.
The 2018 high-octane event at Mercedes-Benz World Weybridge, took place on Tuesday 30th October and attended by some recognisable brands; Shoosmiths, MOD, British Red Cross, Channel 4 and Transport for London to name a few, The awards also recognised excellence in three other categories; Best Business Benefits, Best Implementation and Best Technical Solution, all using the K2 platform.
Arno Van Rooyen, CEO Velocity IT Limited said “It honours us to accept this award in collaboration with Wales & West Housing. The project shows the tangible benefits of automating a business-critical process and how the pace in delivery and capabilities presented by the K2 platform can deliver such great results for process improvement – I’m proud of the Velocity IT team that contributed to winning this award”.
The Award-Winning K2 Project
WWHA own and manage a portfolio of over 11,500 homes throughout Wales. As part of their responsibilities to maintain the properties, their team of field-based engineers conduct Gas and Electrical safety inspections and surveys. These inspections, processed electronically and then updated on the back-office system to create a certificate – a process which required a high level of resource to keep up with demand.
A Collaborative Approach
Working in collaboration with WWHA, Velocity IT developed a digital solution to enable the field-based engineering team to generate gas and electricity compliancy certificates on a tablet device, following an inspection. The K2 build presented a solution that worked regardless of internet connectivity and enabled offline data entry and retrospective synchronisation of data with back-office systems.
The Innovative Result
Data from the completed forms is synchronised with the back-office system and further integrated into the Microsoft Dynamics platform. Certificates are automatically produced using the remote-captured data, removing any need for manual data entry or re-keying, both of which presented a time-constraint and elongated the process in the old process.
WWHA said “the process is now working in real-time and the time saved to produce the certificate has been noticeable, in particular the offline capability. The removal of the manual process has enabled both our field and office-based teams to be more productive.”
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Dynamically Set Email Importance in K2
In some cases, we have a requirement to change the importance of an email based on custom conditions. Using the K2 email event wizard configuration, we can set the importance of an email but it will be applied to all the email notifications.
Toolbar button icons improve the usability of a system as they graphically prove a queue to the system user to perform system actions. In K2, generic toolbar buttons exist to describe an action which can be performed. Examples of these icons include; Add, Delete, Check In and Check Out. However, there may be a requirement to use a specific icon to describe an action which is not included in the standard ‘out of the box’ icon list.
K2 smartforms and the K2 community controls do not have a lightweight mini calendar control for the dynamic presentation of dates, in a colorful format. For example, you might have a requirement to highlight a particular date, using a colour, which varies on the event type. Conditional formatting in smartforms can be used to achieve something similar, but not within a calendar control.
When developing K2 SmartForms, most developers tend not to implement user friendly messages. In this blog, we will go through step-by-step how to implement error handling that results in a user-friendly K2 error message being displayed to the users when an error is raised. The method for doing this in K2 SmartForms is similar to how we do it for conventional .NET applications.