SPTechCon Austin 2015


Knowledge Vault achieves Microsoft gold application development competency

Jan 28, 2015 12:12:04 PM

Knowledge Vault today announced it has attained a Gold Application Development competency, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers¹ evolving needs in today¹s dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top 1 percent of Microsoft¹s partner ecosystem.

To earn a Microsoft gold competency, partners must successfully complete exams (resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals) to prove their level of technology expertise, and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. They also must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects (along with implementing a yearly customer satisfaction study), meet a revenue commitment (for most gold competencies), and pass technology and/or sales assessments.

Empowering Microsoft partners to manage their client environments through a single online service, Knowledge Vault provides comprehensive discovery, auditing, reporting and management as an advanced and cost-effective solution that enables cloud administrators and IT managers to obtain valuable information about all aspects of their cloud-based content and sharing technologies. The Knowledge Vault platform gives IT administrators the visibility and control they need over Microsoft Office 365 tools to:

• Automate compliance reviews for Office 365 by enabling fine-grained auditing and reporting across all sensitive configuration changes and activities
• Tighten security with proactive insight into permission and other security related changes and activities
• Detect data breaches or misuse by examining login behaviors, uncovering suspect activities including non-owner access, or detecting inappropriate system changes
• Reduce complexity and cost using comprehensive management actions
• Optimize usage of services and license management
• Oversee Microsoft Office 365 migrations
• Provide business owners the information they need to optimize decision making and ensure project success

“As a member of the Microsoft Partner Network, Knowledge Vault values this Microsoft Gold Application Development competency, as it represents our commitment to providing our cloud services provider and channel customers with the best cloud-based service possible,” said Christian Ehrenthal, CEO and co-founder, Knowledge Vault. “We strive to remain on the leading edge of technology and are grateful for this acknowledgement of our team¹s hard work.”

“By achieving a gold competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top one percent of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology.”

Earning the Application Development competency helps partners differentiate themselves as a trusted expert to their customers through development and deployment of commercial or custom applications built using core Microsoft technologies like Windows Server and Windows 8 operating systems, the Windows Azure platform, Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 development system, Microsoft BizTalk Server and emerging cloud-based and web business models. By gaining access to a comprehensive set of benefits through the Application Development competency, partners can acquire new customers and help them be more productive and profitable through deployment of business applications, advanced web portals or rich client user interfaces that run on premises or in the cloud.

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and, with 640,000 Microsoft partners in their ecosystem, to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

Topics: Knowledge Vault

Calling all developers

Jan 28, 2015 11:53:33 AM

For those of you struggling with making your documents and data in Office 365 available to external users, SharePoint MVP Mark Rackley has written an excellent guide to creating managed extranets in Office 365. This step-by-step instruction set covers inviting users and controlling access, as well as recommending separate Site Collections for external users only and building sub sites off the root site. It’s an excellent resource!

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Topics: SPTechCon, SPTechCon Dev Days

No more public-facing SharePoint Online in Office 365?

Jan 28, 2015 11:39:40 AM

Microsoft recently announced it is ending support for public facing sites for SharePoint Online (SPO) within Office 365. Although I was frustrated upon hearing the news, this made sense and in many ways was a predictable outcome for this feature. I personally had high hopes for this, but I understand actually building a multi-tenant, cloud-based SharePoint public-facing offering is quite difficult. Further, there was word that lack of usage may have contributed to the end-of-life announcement.

Topics: sharepoint online, public-facing sites

Getting Started with External Access in Office 365

Jan 27, 2015 4:37:22 PM

One of the best features of Office 365 is the ability to easily collaborate with external users. By giving external users access to your SharePoint Online sites, you can share documents, lists, calendars, tasks, issues and dashboards; set up alerts; and even use these users in your workflows. What’s even better, there are no extra license fees for these external users and Microsoft manages various account utilities (like changing passwords) making external sharing an extremely cost effective and simple feature in Office 365. For many organizations, the ability to quickly set up an extranet in SharePoint online with no additional licensing fees is a no-brainer. I would argue this feature alone is worth investing some time into looking at Office 365 for most SMBs.

But how do you get started? How do you enable external sharing? How do you effectively structure your sites? How do you invite external users to your site? How do you prevent external users from seeing information you don’t want them to see? How can you tell if a user accepted your invite? All these questions are answered in various posts around the interwebs, but I didn’t see a single post that summed it all up.

Topics: SharePoint sub sites

Microsoft unveils new Power BI preview

Jan 27, 2015 1:33:38 PM

Topics: Power BI

How VisualSP Eliminates Frustration for SharePoint Users

Jan 27, 2015 12:52:00 PM

As CEO of VisualSP, Asif Rehmani understands SharePoint users’ frustrations. After all, that’s why his company (formerly known as SharePoint videos) exists. VisualSP “empowers, educates, supports, and trains” SharePoint users, so they have a deep understanding of the pain points that SharePoint users most commonly feel. Organizations can empower SharePoint users through VisualSP in the following ways:

  1. by providing access to hundreds of training tutorials available in the Training Center on the company website

Topics: SharePoint, SharePoint planning

Office 365’s tipping points

Jan 21, 2015 10:47:59 AM

In his book “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference,” Malcolm Gladwell defines a tipping point as "the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point.” We are always approaching tipping points or looking at them in the rear-view mirror with technology. The art of it is to see the tipping points coming before everyone else and react mindfully so that your organization can succeed.

Five years ago, if I had told you that many enterprise-class organizations would move their e-mail into the thing we now call “the cloud,” what would your reaction have been? I know for a fact that it would have been something between laughing openly and telling me that it would never happen for a long list of reasons, possibly including data sovereignty, intellectual capital protection, organizational culture, etc. I know this would have been the case because I had a lot of conversations with my clients and others back then that went that way.

Topics: Office 365, cloud

Metalogix releases the only data guard integrated SharePoint tool to securely synchronize content between domains at different security levels

Jan 20, 2015 10:20:49 AM

Metalogix, provider of the industry’s most recognized and trusted management tools for mission-critical collaboration platforms, including SharePoint, Exchange and Office 365, announced today the release of Replicator Cross Domain Edition for the secure, automated transfer of live SharePoint content between government agency networks at high and low security levels.

Replicator Cross Domain Edition, developed with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), is the only data guard integrated tool capable of automatic, bi-directional transfer of live content between SharePoint farms on separate networks at different security levels. For example, the tool synchronizes content between secret (SIPRNet) and sensitive but unclassified (NIPRNet) domains. Replicator Cross Domain Edition works with the data guard to eliminate the need for using removable media to transfer SharePoint content between networks at government agencies.

Topics: Metalogix

Strategies for SharePoint

Jan 14, 2015 10:12:25 AM

In the past I have written many articles about the strategy side of SharePoint; I am a huge proponent of ensuring that organizations set a strategy that aligns to a road map that can be supported by your organization. While I evangelize and speak to that fact, I also understand that this is largely seen as the yellow brick road to something unrealistic or intangible for many organizations. In a conference session, the people thinking the latter are those that look at me with a simple smile or a shake of their head, wondering if their organizations can ever agree to a direction or path, or a paradigm change from one version to the next.

Topics: SharePoint, strategy

3 Simple Ways to Start Building Better SharePoint Business Apps

Jan 9, 2015 2:49:00 PM



When a company begins looking into third-party business applications to integrate within their SharePoint environments, what should they look for? How can such companies best prepare themselves for the future of their company while also meeting their business’s present needs and challenges?

Topics: SharePoint

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