Microsoft Superflows

About half a year ago I was looking for some information about MS System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (SCCM) Software Updates. I wanted to use this information to provide a quick start on Software Updates for a SCCM Administrator. That’s when I first ran into the Microsoft Superflow.

After you’ve installed the software (it’s a msi file, which you can download and install), and start the application you will get an interactive flow-based interface for viewing documentation.

“The SuperFlow interactive content model provides a structured and interactive interface for viewing documentation. Each SuperFlow includes comprehensive information about a specific dataflow, workflow, or process. Depending on the focus of the SuperFlow, you will find overview information, steps that include detailed information, procedures, sample log entries, best practices, real-world scenarios, troubleshooting information, security information, animations, and more. Each SuperFlow also includes links to relevant resources, such as Web sites or local files that are copied to your computer when you install the SuperFlow.”

Personally I like the concept of flow-based reading. It just makes it easier to understand when you’re not an expert on the topic. Next to that it can help you to structure your operational tasks.

That’s why I’m glad to see that the Microsoft Superflows are extending. Most of the Superflows are based on SCCM. But other MS products are starting with Superflows as well, there is one for App-V sequencing, one for SCOM basics and one for Troubleshooting Forefront TMG installation.

Check out this link for an overview of the available Superflows: