SPTechCon Boston | August 24-27, 2015


AvePoint enhances workforce productivity and document protection on Microsoft Office 365 with the release of three new apps

Jun 30, 2015 11:21:15 AM

AvePoint, the established leader in enabling enterprise collaboration across platforms and devices, today announced the general availability of three new apps – AvePoint Watermark, AvePoint MyWorld, and AvePoint PDF Aggregator – for Office 365 and SharePoint Online. With the addition of these apps, workers can better streamline everyday business operations and take advantage of the latest Microsoft technologies to enhance business insights.

Through the use of familiar tools such as PDFs and integration with Microsoft’s innovative Office Graph, AvePoint’s latest apps allow end-users to better protect confidential documents as well as be more productive by surfacing relevant information and simplifying everyday business processes. The apps include:

Topics: AvePoint

SharePoint changes... why?

Jun 24, 2015 1:37:08 PM

Microsoft has had some bad company habits when it comes to moving its users (developers, IT pros and information workers) to the new technologies it is developing.

Topics: Yammer, Office 365, Microsoft

Microsoft announces Office for Android phones

Jun 24, 2015 1:25:49 PM

Android users can now access Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps from their Android phone. The announcement joins the Office apps for Android tablets, and it marks Microsoft’s commitment to bringing the Office experience to Android users worldwide.

Topics: Android, Office apps

How does your dogfood taste?

Jun 24, 2015 11:03:21 AM

Whether you are an internal resource, a consultant, or working for a product company, you are likely shipping a product to your end users on a regular basis. The size and shape of that shipment may change. From large software packages to simple workflow updates, we are all shipping some sort of product, but do we know how that product is performing in the wild? Do we know the pain points that end users are experiencing?

Topics: dogfooding, UX

Is the people picker broken?

Jun 17, 2015 10:23:06 AM

At the end of May, Microsoft architect Kirk Evans wrote a blog post about the frustrations users were experiencing implementing claims authentication via SAML in SharePoint.

Topics: people picker

SPServices' future: 'I’m not dead yet!'

Jun 17, 2015 9:00:00 AM

SPServices has been a mainstay of SharePoint client-side development since 2009. Yup, that’s when I first posted the fledgling library on Codeplex. It’s only recently that I’ve realized how important it’s been to people in the SharePoint community. I’ve always known it was getting a lot of use, but I didn’t realize how pervasive that use was.

Topics: SPServices

More control over data access with workload-specific admin roles

Jun 11, 2015 2:11:27 PM

Your people and your data are your organization’s greatest assets. With Office 365, we continuously strive to provide you with more control over how your data is managed and accessed.

At Ignite in May, we announced the ability to assign workload-specific service administrator roles to your organizations IT administrators for Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Skype for Business Online. We’re pleased to announce that this capability is rolling out starting today.

The ability to assign workload-specific admin roles provides your organization more control over how your Office 365 administrators access your data. An admin assigned to a workload-specific admin role would only have access to the relevant controls and settings associated with that workload. For example, the SharePoint Online administrator role provides that admin access to only SharePoint related controls and settings in the Office 365 Admin Center. The SharePoint Online admin can manage SharePoint site collections, configure SharePoint settings such as the organizations external sharing policy and access SharePoint Admin Center for additional SharePoint capabilities. However, the SharePoint Online admin will not have access to other Office 365 service controls and settings such as mailbox configuration, transport rules and other non-SharePoint related settings.

In addition, to better align the permissions to how your administrators are organized, there is more flexibility in assigning roles. If your Office IT administrators have multiple responsibilities and require permissions that are greater than what is offered in one administrator role, such as within SharePoint Online and Skype for Business Online responsibilities, then you can assign both those roles to that administrator. Your organization is no longer limited to only one admin role assignment per administrator.

To configure an admin role, the global administrator selects the user from the active user list, then selects edit user roles > Limited Admin Role to display the list of all the Office 365 admin roles. Simply select the applicable admin role(s) and you’re done.

With the new workload-specific admin roles and the ability to select multiple admin roles, your organization now has more options to set the right level of permissions to your Office 365 IT administrators. Ultimately, this means you now have more control over who has access to your organization’s data.

Topics: Office 365

Build a Form, win a prize

Jun 10, 2015 11:59:09 AM

The fine folks at Kintivo have launched their “Build a Form” contest to encourage SharePoint users to create a fully functioning form its business can actually benefit from.

Topics: Kintivo

Bamboo Solution releases Workflow Conductor R4.0 for SharePoint 2013

Jun 10, 2015 11:46:03 AM

SharePoint collaboration software provider Bamboo Solutions has announced that Workflow Conductor R4.0 is available for SharePoint 2013. Workflow Conductor is the company’s solution to creating, managing and reusing custom business processes without having to do custom coding.

Topics: Bamboo Solutions

Reevaluating what you want from SharePoint

Jun 9, 2015 2:27:04 PM

It's amazing how quickly the community conversation can shift. A year ago, people were up in arms about the future of SharePoint on-premises, reading into what was said (and not said) at last year's SharePoint Conference, with the doom-and-gloom crowd predicting its rapid demise. And here we are, post-Ignite, with a renewed energy surrounding a forthcoming (albeit slightly delayed) SharePoint Server 2016, and for just about every vendor I speak with, there’s plenty of SharePoint business to go around. In fact, SharePoint is still growing.

Topics: SharePoint