SPTechCon Austin 2015


A brave new world for Microsoft

Nov 19, 2014 11:55:50 AM

The phrase “a brave new world” is overused in today’s hyperbolic world as a hackneyed way to describe something that seems headed down an uncharted path.

In the particular case of Microsoft, however, I can think of nothing more appropriate. There are a couple of reasons I say this.

Topics: Windows, APIs

Microsoft releases Office 365 Video

Nov 18, 2014 11:48:39 AM

Microsoft is rolling out the first release of Office 365 Video to its First Release enterprise customers.

Topics: Office 365, Office Delve, Office 365 Video,

The new mobile strategy for SharePoint: Be responsive

Nov 12, 2014 10:00:00 AM

With the recent explosion of mobile and smartphone devices (more than 7 billion worldwide at last count), how does your SharePoint user interface stack up? Are you meeting the needs of your user base? Are you creating a company portal, a project or team-management system? Or are you hosting your public-facing site on SharePoint?

Topics: Responsive Web Design

Hybrid, Online or On-premises Webinar: Wed, Nov 19, 2014 (Sponsored)

Nov 12, 2014 9:29:00 AM

Topics: SharePoint

Microsoft rolls out Clutter for Office 365

Nov 11, 2014 12:47:32 PM

Microsoft wants to clean up the inbox with Clutter, a new organizational tool for Office 365.

Topics: Office 365, Outlook, Clutter

SP Marketplace announces SP HR Release 5 for Office 365 and SharePoint

Nov 6, 2014 10:26:57 AM

SP Marketplace (SharePoint Marketplace), the leader in Office 365 business applications, announced Release 5 of SP HR, a business application template pre-built on SharePoint and Office 365. SP HR is part of SP Business Suite, the first business software architected specifically for Office 365 SharePoint Online, which includes ten modules which deliver an out-of-the-box Intranet and department structure for SMBs. They can be purchased individually or in packages. SP HR module includes:

* HR Employee Portal

    *  Create and view My Service Requests

    *  Update My Employee Information

    *  My Performance Reviews

    *  My Employee Documents

    *  Latest HR News announcements, events and discussions

*  HR Staff Site

    *  Service Request management

    *  HR Dashboard

    *  Employee Information management

    *  Hiring process automation

    *  Performance Review

    *  Employee On – off Boarding

    *  Benefits Tracking

    *  Employee document management

    *  Policy and procedure libraries

Release 5: Driving Productivity in HR processes with document and forms automation
Much of the new features and functions in the new release are centered on bringing together business forms and documents commonly in MS Excel, MS Word, PDF or Web into the business automation structure of SP HR in SharePoint.

“A challenge for HR. staff is employee document management,” states Darrell Trimble CEO of SP Marketplace. “With Release 5 of SP HR, we not only have added workflows to automate processes, we now can generate documents for new hires, or other activities from Employee Information in the module. This allows HR staff to concentrate on the process rather than shuffling paper.”

For example SP HR can be setup to generate new hire documents such as W4, I9, Direct Deposit form and more. These documents are emailed as part of the Onboarding process in a package to the new hire to fill out and return electronically. The new form / document integration is delivered in pre-packaged templates with SP HR and integrated in workflow processes. These templates can be customized or new forms/documents developed with SP Marketplace Services or by the customer themselves using tools available from SP Marketplace through partnerships with Qorus Software, FormRouter and DC Software.

Topics: SP Marketplace

Metalogix launches cloud acceleration suite and partner program

Nov 5, 2014 1:22:31 PM

Today Metalogix announced the launch of the Cloud Acceleration Suite and Partner Program to help clients successfully deploy collaboration capabilities in the cloud platform of their choice, including Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and hybrid and private cloud. The program brings together Metalogix’ trusted migration and management tools for mission-critical collaboration platforms and Microsoft qualified cloud deployment partners to offer organizations a start-to-finish solution for rapid migration of email, files and SharePoint content to the cloud.

Despite a strong industry push in recent years to move content collaboration to the cloud, a significant number of companies are far from achieving cloud adoption due to a lack of professional experience in migrating content and training end-users on how to maximize their cloud productivity. As reported in The Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal in May, Gartner Research Inc. vice president Tom Austin stated that only eight percent of enterprise employees moved to cloud-based office systems in 2013.

Topics: Metalogix

Microsoft and Dropbox’s Office hookup

Nov 5, 2014 12:16:47 PM

Microsoft and Dropbox have announced a strategic partnership to help people work more effectively on their phones, tablets and the Web. The partnership will include an integration of their collaborative services across Dropbox and Microsoft Office to allow customers to collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations from work, home or school.

Once seen as a competitor to Microsoft’s SharePoint and OneDrive, Dropbox is used primarily as a file share for documents and photos. The move gives Microsoft another platform upon which to deliver Office 365 functionality as it continues to come to grips with the fact that the days of single-platform lock-in are in the past.

Topics: Office 365, Dropbox

SharePoint training in a cloudy world

Nov 4, 2014 2:31:57 PM

If you’re responsible for keeping your organization up to speed with how to use SharePoint, moving to the cloud may seem like a daunting prospect. While moving to the cloud can provide many benefits, SharePoint Online in Office 365 in particular is changing extremely rapidly. As a trainer or a consultant, you may have to rethink how you impart knowledge about SharePoint.

Since the birth of Information Technology (or Data Processing, or Information Systems, or...), there has been some sort of training arm to the role. Back in the 1980s, I was responsible for training at a large management consulting company. We had to start with the very basics: This is a keyboard, here’s what a mouse does (when we had mice!), etc. The upside was that we had printed manuals that came with the disks. As time has gone by, people have learned what computers are all about. Now, almost everyone has at least one computer at home, perhaps a mobile device or two, maybe a tablet. Most people are pretty comfortable moving around in Web-based applications like SharePoint, too.

Topics: SharePoint training

Permira Funds to acquire Metalogix

Oct 30, 2014 10:56:37 AM

Menlo Park, CA, and Washington D.C. – Permira, an international private equity firm, announced today that a company owned by the Permira funds has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Metalogix, a leading provider of trusted management tools for mission-critical collaboration platforms, including Microsoft SharePoint, Exchange and Office 365.  Members of Metalogix’s senior management team, including Chief Executive Officer Steven Murphy, will maintain a significant equity stake in the company going forward. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

For over a decade, Metalogix has developed the best and most trusted management software tools for SharePoint, Exchange, and Office 365. Metalogix is a Microsoft Gold Partner, an EMC Select Partner, and a GSA provider, and its products are backed by its award-winning live 24x7 support. With its recent acquisitions of Axceler and Idera’s SharePoint tools, Metalogix has built the most effective suite of tools to manage increasingly complex and exponentially growing metadata and content across collaboration platforms. Over 14,000 clients in 86 countries rely on Metalogix tools every minute of every day to monitor, migrate, store, synchronize, archive, secure, and backup their collaboration platforms. Metalogix was founded in 2008, and has its operational headquarters in Washington, D.C., with offices around the world.

Topics: SharePoint, Metalogix