Combine Office 365 components to make it work for you

Office 365 brings a continually increasing toolset of productivity tools that, although they are supposed to work together, often have to be combined using unique strategies to truly make Office 365 shine within an organization. For Office 365 to be a success, Office 365 must be a productivity tool that can be used to add value to existing business requirements and processes while ideally not changing the way end users work. Some disruption is inevitable, but realistically an organization can only change so much with any given tool. With so many possibilities and limited time, I find it helps to investigate how Microsoft utilizes Office 365 internally to see what I can glean.

Topics: Office 365, cloud, NextGen Portals, Matter Center

A look at NextGen Portals for Office 365

Two weeks ago at Microsoft’s Ignite conference, we got one of our first looks a potential new shift on how we may customize SharePoint Online to create our own completely custom portals. The answer? NextGen Portals for Office 365. In a few sessions on NextGen portals, Daniel Kogan and Jeremy Kelley, both SharePoint Product Managers within Microsoft, gave a session called “Behind the Scenes: Engineering NextGen Portals,” which may be viewed now at Channel 9. This talk explored a customization paradigm shift, and it certainly appears to be the answer to Microsoft’s warning of changing master pages in Office 365.

Topics: Office 365, NextGen Portals