I'm new to SharePoint designer, and I've created approval workflows that come pre-packaged with SP. However, my company is requesting to have a more complicated workflow in place. I need a workflow that inputs time-off/vacation requests into a SP calendar based on the approval process. Then, if the time-off gets approved, a calendar entry gets automatically inserted for that requestor, and they are notified via email concerning the results. Is there anyone that can offer me some guidance as to how to do this? Does anyone offer specialized consulting for this type of project?
If I understand your requirements correctly, this is a simple multi-stage workflow. First you will need a list ("Vacation Requests") in which the user can add their requests to. Fields such as start date, end date, etc can be entered by the user here.
Next, create an approval workflow that will 'kick-off' when an item is added. This workflow will send an approval email to whomever you choose, notifying them of the vacation request. If you need examples of creating an approval workflow, there are multiple examples of this by performing a google search.
The last part (and this is the 'multi-stage' aspect of this requirement) is to make an entry in a DIFFERENT list which contains the information the user entered. This is the calendar list that holds that actual, approved vacation. You can pull the data from the original request, and create a new list item in this new list using these values. The entry will be entered as an approved vacation request. Of course, you would only add the item in this list if the request was approved.