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The Arctic SharePoint Challenge: A hackathon for Office 365 enthusiasts

Feb 7, 2017 1:53:28 PM

Last week I had the honor of being a judge at the Arctic SharePoint Challenge in Oslo, Norway. This is an annual challenge put on by a group of SharePoint-focused consulting companies in and around Oslo, though occasionally teams come from further afield.

Topics: Arctic SharePoint Challenge, hackathons

The beginning of the end of .NET in SharePoint?

Sep 26, 2016 11:55:23 AM

First off, let me be very clear about a few things: I don’t have any special knowledge here (probably, even though I’m a SharePoint MVP) and I’m probably making a few things up. But recently I’ve been thinking about where the future of SharePoint development lies, and I’ve connected some dots in my head.\

Topics: .NET

End-user benefits of the new SharePoint framework

Jul 19, 2016 3:39:07 PM

The new SharePoint Framework (sometimes referred to as SPFx now) is really only for developers, in most cases. End users really shouldn’t care whether their developers are building things in an “old” way or a “new” way as long as what they get meets their requirements. Most—if not all—of the information we’ve seen about the SharePoint Framework (including the video below by Dan Kogan) is focused squarely on developers. Unless you’re into syntax and semicolons as my pal Jennifer Mason Roth likes to say, the available information may seem like Greek to you.

Topics: SharePoint

The consumerization of the SharePoint UI

May 25, 2016 12:46:07 PM

Now that I’ve had some time to internalize the plethora of announcements from the Future of SharePoint event back on May 4, one thing really stands out for me: The SharePoint user interface (UI) is becoming a consumer UI. Let me explain what I mean.

Topics: SharePoint UI, SharePoint UX

Collaboration: It’s not about the technology!

Mar 22, 2016 4:23:32 PM

As we are on the cusp of the full launch of a new version of SharePoint, I thought I’d share a few observations. Recently, as I’ve been out and about in the community, there have been a few consistent themes I have been hearing (still). These aren’t new, nor do I expect they will go away. The folks at Microsoft and most serious SharePointilists wish they never heard this stuff, but it’s real.

Topics: intranets, SharePoint 2016, collaboration

My SharePoint 2016 wish list

Jan 5, 2016 4:40:27 PM

We’ve all made it through the holiday season, and for those of us in the Northern hemisphere, the days are finally starting to get longer. We’ve also read everyone’s Top 10 list for 2015.

Topics: SharePoint 2016

You're ready to collaborate... but how?

Oct 6, 2015 5:00:08 PM

Sometimes it seems like we’re seeing an onslaught of changes in our SharePoint worlds. That means that sometimes I envy my clients who are still on SharePoint 2007 or 2010. They may not have the latest or greatest features, but at least they know what they have, and it’s predictable.

Topics: Yammer, SharePoint 2016, Team Sites, collaboration

SharePoint over the years

Aug 25, 2015 4:49:31 PM

In the midst of the 2015 edition of the SharePoint Technology Conference—fondly known as SPTechCon—it’s tempting to look back over the last few years in the SharePoint universe.

Topics: SPTechCon, SharePoint 2016

SharePoint 2016: The best of both worlds

Jul 22, 2015 11:41:33 AM

When Office 365 really came into its own in about 2013, the message from Microsoft was “To the Cloud!” Later, they eased back to “Hybrid!” With SharePoint 2016, the messaging has become a heck of a lot more flexible. With 2016, you can have your cake, and probably eat it too.

Topics: cloud, SharePoint 2016

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