SPTechCon Boston | August 24-27, 2015


Four ways analytics ease your SharePoint migration

Mar 25, 2015 12:24:42 PM

Your organization has finally made the decision to make the big leap, to migrate from one version of SharePoint to the next best thing. As daunting of a task as this may sound, there are a variety of resources and tools that can assist your organization in this process.

Topics: SharePoint migration

What would you move to the cloud in a hybrid scenario?

Mar 24, 2015 2:33:00 PM

Microsoft continues to push Office 365 as its solution for team collaboration, and hybrid seems to be gaining traction as something folks can live with. They can move some lightweight tasks such as communication and their outward-facing websites to the cloud, while still maintaining control over more sensitive documents and data.

Topics: Hybrid, cloud

What’s next for collaboration? Thoughts on the Convergence keynote

Mar 17, 2015 4:14:00 PM

On Monday, I sat back and watched the keynote at Microsoft’s Convergence 15 conference. Convergence is Microsoft’s only conference dedicated to business, showing off not just technology, but the latest and greatest products within the Microsoft world.

Topics: Convergence

Previewing Office 2016

Mar 17, 2015 3:10:28 PM

While technically not SharePoint, the traditional Office tools—Excel, Word, PowerPoint and more—are a big part of the value of Office 365. Microsoft this week widened its Office 2016 preview for IT pros and developers to include commercial Office 365 customers. While the company did acknowledge this is not the final build of the product (as more features will be added), it did say it will be offering monthly feature updates once it does go live.

PlexHosted unveils new cloud offerings to enhance collaboration and improve productivity across the enterprise

Mar 11, 2015 4:06:06 PM

PlexHosted, a developer of robust managed cloud-hosting solutions for better enterprise collaboration, today unveiled enhanced cloud offerings solutions for business, ensuring the cloud is both practical and affordable to organizations of all sizes.

Five planned Power BI capabilities, and two you should vote for now

Mar 11, 2015 10:36:49 AM

You read the title correctly: You have the ability to help shape the BI capabilities that Microsoft is delivering via Power BI. If you are not familiar with Power BI today, you will be in the near future. It’s a business intelligence tool in Office 365 that allows end users to mine their data in dynamic and insightful ways.

Topics: Business Intelligence

SP Marketplace offers best practices services SMBs automating processes on Office 365

Mar 11, 2015 9:00:00 AM

SP Marketplace (SharePoint Marketplace) the leader in Office 365 business applications, announced Business Transformation Services, a best practices structured approach for small to medium (SMB) organizations to consolidate and move business processes to the cloud. Unlike traditional consulting services, it uses a very structured process with clearly defined practices, worksheets and project phases along with the accelerator application templates in SP Business Suite. It puts in place an Intranet structure which goes beyond a simple Intranet Home Page. 

Moving to the cloud with the Office 365 Platform is just the start. Many organizations initially move their email, office applications, and basic collaboration (document sharing, etc.) to Office 365 and stop there. That is like buying a Ferrari and only driving it 25 mph to the grocery store. It is using only a small portion of the platform, leaving the full productivity opportunities on the table. SP Marketplace Business Transformation Services provide an SMB organization with the Road-map, Implementation Plan, and SMB Best Practices to realize the full potential of the Office 365 Platform to drive collaboration and automate processes leveraging portal and application templates in SP Business Suite.

“After over 500 implementations we have learned what works and what does not in transforming your business to realize the full potential of the cloud,” stated Darrell Trimble, CEO at SP Marketplace. “Deploying SP Business Suite templates is not the solution, but really is the accelerated start of realizing the productivity from leveraging Office 365 fully.”

The objective of the services is to provide a phased evolution of the operation to a collaborative cloud environment, and empower the organization to maintain the progression by training key business power users.

Structured Approach Using Best Practices
The Service is designed specifically for SMBs and takes into account the reality of limited resources, budgets and skills in that size organization. It is focused on setting up an Internal Services Structure that is centered on an Intranet Portal, Employee Self-Service and Department Portals. It is delivered through a series of services that define a road map and a series of phases which can be implemented at the rate that works for the organization. Those Services Include:
     * Business Transformation Road-map Service
     * Intranet/Employee Self-Service Design and Deployment
     * Service Department(s) Portal Design
     * Customer Management (Sales, Service) Portal Design
     * Existing Forms Conversion to Automation
     * Document and Data Migration Services

Business Transformation Partners Certification
SP Marketplace is putting a Partners Certification program in place to expand the reach of its services. SP Marketplace is offering the initial service – Transformation Roadmap as a package with its SP Business Suite for Office 365. A network of partners is being trained to provide the new services around the world. These partners bring a combination of business consulting, Office 365 experience and deep knowledge of SP Business Suite functions to provide a unique solution for SMB transformation success.  “Success in the cloud for SMBs is more than technology” states Jeff Lynch, president of Lynch Interactive. “It starts with the right structure which is designed in the context of your organization. Second it involves education within your organization and support from executive management throughout the process. SP Marketplace has defined a best practice approach which proven.” 

SP Business Transformation Services are available today with SP Business Suite for Office 365 and SharePoint.

Topics: SP Marketplace

Practical branding options for SharePoint intranets, extranets and public websites

Mar 4, 2015 1:18:48 PM

There has been plenty of discussion recently over branding SharePoint Online, which extends to SharePoint 2013 and likely to SharePoint 2016. In particular with SharePoint Online, the prevailing wisdom coming from Microsoft has been to not customize the user interface (UI) beyond what can be accomplished in the browser or with Composed Looks—otherwise known as “Don’t touch the Master Page.” But is this reasonable? If it is not an acceptable option for your SharePoint implementation, what are your options?

Topics: branding, SharePoint UI

Microsoft announces SharePoint server patches will no longer be published in Windows Update

Mar 4, 2015 11:28:28 AM

Microsoft announced in mid-February that SharePoint CU patches, including non-security product updates, would be made available through Windows Update going forward. Now it seems the company has changed its mind.

Topics: SharePoint CU, patching

Know your insider security threats

Mar 4, 2015 9:00:00 AM

As more organizations are storing more sensitive business content and data, security becomes a top concern. Most deal well with hacks from outside the organization, via encryption, preventing data from being downloaded onto mobile devices or moved via e-mail, and many other techniques. Those same organizations, though, have a difficult time assessing vulnerabilities from threats that originate inside the organization.

Topics: SharePoint security, Metalogix

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