Marc Anderson

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Quiet before the storm: Leading up to Microsoft Ignite

Microsoft has gone through tremendous changes in the last few years. They are a more open and adaptable organization now than they were even six months ago. I applaud all of the effort they have made to make working with them go from vaguely unpleasant to downright enjoyable... most of the time.

Topics: Yammer, Office 365, Microsoft Ignite, SharePoint 2016

Office 365 readiness: Know your organization’s collaborative maturity

A few weeks ago at SPTechCon in Austin, I was on the expert panel discussing “SharePoint at the Crossroads.” Of course, a lot of the talk was about Office 365 and whether it was right for everyone, or if hybrid was the right thing for everyone, or what “right” even might look like, and so on.

Topics: Office 365, SharePoint Maturity Model

SPTechCon Austin 2015 Wrap-Up

A splendid time was had by all at the inaugural Austin, TX version of the venerable SharePoint Technology Conference, usually known as SPTechCon. There was a tangibly different energy in the air at this SPTechCon. I’m sure some of that had to do with the new venue, but there seemed to be a bit more to it than that.

My friends at BZ Media did a wonderful job – as always – with the conference. David Rubinstein, Stacy Burris, Katie Serignese (soon to be Katie Flash!), and the whole team really know what they are doing and it shows.

In addition to the two session I presented, I was honored to be a part of an “expert panel”, discussing ‘SharePoint at the Crossroads’. I think SharePoint always seems to be at some sort of crossroads, so there’s always a lot to talk about.

Topics: SPTechCon

Office 365’s tipping points

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

The New Age of SharePoint

For more than 12 years we’ve been thinking about SharePoint as both an application and a platform. We could use it as-is and get tremendous benefits from what it could do out of the box. However, many organizations decided they had to customize SharePoint extensively just to make it adequate. Sometimes these customizations were extremely valuable to their organizations and sometimes... well, not so much. As much as SharePoint could do, organizations thought of it as a website, to be bent to their will.

We’re in a New Age of SharePoint now. While many people have predicted SharePoint’s imminent demise, that’s not what’s happening. At least not really. Instead, SharePoint is being assimilated—dare I say “Borg-ed?”—into the greater application that is Office 365.

Topics: Office 365, Banzai, Glyma

SharePoint training in a cloudy world

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

Whither thou SharePoint?

I’ve been working with SharePoint for more than 15 years now, in one guise or another. (Yeah, I can claim connection to Tahoe, just like thousands of other people.) When it comes right down to it, I’m tired of the word “SharePoint.” And the word “Office 365.” And many other brand names that now sound meaningless in my brain.

What I haven’t become tired of is what those tools enable, though. Ever since the fire of knowledge management was lit in my belly back in the mid-1990s, I’ve seen tools like this for what they are: a means to an end.

Topics: SharePoint