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Sharepoint Appointment Scheduler

We are trying to figure out if Sharepoint would work for our needs.  We are trying to develop an online scheduler/appointment system.  Clients would request an appointment and the program would check if that slot is available.  Also we would need to take into account walk ins.  So the application should work similar to a doctors office.  If the doctor is seeing a patient no one else can be scheduled during that time.  If this can be done in sharepoint what would be the first steps?  Are there any templates out there that does this already?

 

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Answer 1

It can be done, but it's way more than can be answered in a free forum.  There is no single place to start other than to start with detailed requirements.  Plus, you must have the SharePoint version decided along with the version of Office you'll have, the server architecture, and development staff capabilities.  It could possibly be done with just basic SharePoint Foundation using basic lists and codeless SharePoint Designer 2010 workflows, or it may need InfoPath, or it may need custom code.  It's just way too broad of a question and would require developing an actual application (may or may not require code), which is why I say it's way more than can be answered on a public discussion forum.

There is a Room Equipment and Reservation site template in the Fab40 package that was created for 2007, but Microsoft did not release these for 2010.  Some private individuals have converted some of these templates for 2010 usage, but there is no guarantee of functionality or reliability.  However, even if you don't use it for real, you could probably learn from it quickly before making a decision to invest in this direction.

http://www.techsolutions.net/Blog/tabid/65/EntryId/17/Fab-40-Templates-for-MOSS-2010.aspx


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Answer 2

Thanks for the response.  I am not sure what version we are running.  Since this scope of this application would not only be to do reservation but track as well would it be better to do this in an ASP.NET application rather than in sharepoint?   
 

Answer 3

Thanks for the response.  I am not sure what version we are running.  Since this scope of this application would not only be to do reservation but track as well would it be better to do this in an ASP.NET application rather than in sharepoint?   


I don't know that tracking would make any difference on whether or not SharePoint is suitable - is that a big deal that you consider totally separate, above, and beyond the reservation piece?  I don't know what you mean by "track," so it's hard to say.  Also, SharePoint _is_ an ASP.NET application, so I don't know if the question is valid.  We need a lot more info to even begin to say which is better, but if you are willing to write an entirely custom application with code, then you could definitely write all that code to build a SharePoint application that leverages many built-in capabilities without having to re-write them.

It really depends, but I don't think you need to look outside SharePoint if you're willing to write ASP.NET code.

 

Answer 4

We are new to sharepoint and are trying to see where to begin.  The project details are as follows: 

Have a reservation system in which customers can reserve an appointment.  Also, the system should allow walkins to come in.  If there is a slot open they would check themselves in and then out when finished.  Staff members will have the options to put comments on the clients as well as see the customers profile on record.   In the end we would like to track how many people are coming at what times and to what people to see when the office should be staffed the most. 

Any tutorials you recommend even if it does not have to do with our project.

 
 
 

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