SPTechCon Austin 2015


Salesforce announces Salesforce Files Connect, delivers universal file sharing for the enterprise

Dec 17, 2014 12:32:48 PM

Salesforce, the Customer Success Platform and world's #1 CRM company, today announced new Salesforce Files Connect, a centralized, universal file-sharing solution for the enterprise. With this file sharing solution, Salesforce is the first company to combine CRM and native file integration with the most popular enterprise file repositories, allowing users to seamlessly browse, search and share files located in any repository, all from a single user interface. Salesforce Files Connect will first natively integrate files from Microsoft OneDrive for Business and SharePoint into Salesforce, and connectors for additional popular enterprise repositories will be added over the coming months, including support for Google Drive.

Topics: Salesforce

Bamboo Solutions releases Time Tracking and Management 2.0 for SharePoint

Dec 17, 2014 12:21:02 PM

Topics: Bamboo Solutions

Tools to help you implement responsive design in SharePoint

Dec 17, 2014 11:23:27 AM

Responsive Web Design techniques, strategies and tools continue to expand in the general Web design world. If you do a search for “Responsive Design,” the ever popular “Top X Tools for...” pops up in the search results, and one of my more recent favorites is “12 Essential Responsive Design Tools” by Richa Jain. I am often asked what tools I consider essential when I implement a responsive site in SharePoint, so I compiled a list of my go-to tools for every project I work on.

1. Twitter Bootstrap
You will always want to start each project with the right foundation, and with a responsive site, that starts with your grid. Although there are too many responsive grids to actually count, I would say a few of the most popular are Zurb Foundation, Skeleton, Less, and most importantly in my eyes, Twitter Bootstrap (also commonly referred to as simply Bootstrap).

Topics: Responsive Web Design

DocuSign announces new features and SharePoint integration

Dec 10, 2014 10:42:51 AM

Electronic signature technology and transaction-management service provider DocuSign has announced a new integration of its Digital Transaction Management (DTM) solution, along with new features and functionality for SharePoint 2013 users.

Topics: DocuSign

The New Age of SharePoint

Dec 9, 2014 5:10:07 PM

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

The SharePoint year in review

Dec 3, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Each year I sit down to write my year-in-review piece, and I’m consistently amazed by the changes that take place both from a technological and community perspective in 365 days. To me, one of the idiosyncrasies of the SharePoint world is that, for a platform that takes an incredibly long time to strategically plan, implement and support, the eco-system is always changing, scrambling to push the limits.

To me, one of the most exciting parts of SharePoint is the community. I think most would struggle to name another technology that can support the events pushed out by the SharePoint community. From conferences to webinars, articles to tweets, the SharePoint world is thriving with more and more content being produced and consumed each year. Furthermore, Microsoft has pushed out more tools, features and products that have continued to impress, such as Office for iPad, Office 365 Video and Sway. Here were some of the highlights in 2014, and a few hints at what’s to come in 2015 and beyond.

Topics: Office 365

Microsoft acquires mobile email startup Acompli

Dec 1, 2014 2:47:17 PM

Microsoft has acquired mobile e-mail startup Acompli for a reported US$200 million.

Acompli CEO Javier Soltero announced the acquisition in a blog post, explaining that the company will work under the Office 365 banner at Microsoft, and will still continue to support Gmail, Yahoo and other Outlook competitors. Acompli’s staff of about 25 will join Microsoft, according to Soltero.

Acompli is an 18 month-old startup that provides a responsive mobile email app for iOS and Android designed for enterprise users. Acompli features include a focused inbox that automatically surfaces important mail, a calendar and file sharing integrated with Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive.

According to Microsoft’s blog post, the acquisition is another step in the company’s efforts to improve mobile productivity across platforms.

“We’re excited about what’s possible as we build on the app’s success and bring it together with work currently in progress by the Outlook team,” wrote Rajesh Jha, Microsoft corporate vice president of Outlook and Office 365. “Our goal is to deliver fantastic cross-platform apps that support the variety of e-mail services people use today and help them accomplish more.”

Lots to learn about SharePoint

Nov 26, 2014 12:27:37 PM

With Office 365 enabling Microsoft to deliver changes and updates more frequently, it’s becoming difficult to stay on top of everything. With each release, some things get better, and some things change—often, NOT for the better.

What’s a SharePointer to do? How can he or she possibly hope to stay on top of all that’s new?

Topics: SharePoint information

Three reasons why SharePoint is thought to suck

Nov 26, 2014 9:00:00 AM

My favorite conversations recently all seem to start with the same phrase: “SharePoint sucks.” This is a phrase that has come up time and time again when working with the business side of many organizations. The reason I enjoy these conversations so much is getting to the root of their feelings. The causes change by company, but they mostly fall into one of these three categories:

SharePoint is a document graveyard. Whether by intention or neglect, SharePoint can become the final resting place for once-useful documents. The root cause here can be difficult to identify because you are looking for a lack of activity, which is always harder to identify.

Topics: documents

Six Tips to Building Better Business Apps in SharePoint 2013

Nov 25, 2014 10:53:05 AM

SharePoint has seen tremendous uptake in organizations of all sizes. And, according to a Forrester Research report, more than half of those customers are building or plan to build custom apps in their SharePoint environments. But building these customizations is difficult, and even dangerous, as it can result in unstable SharePoint environments. Microsoft tried to address this with the introduction of the SharePoint App Model in the 2013 release, but developers are finding that difficult to use as well, and are looking for a better way to build SharePoint custom apps.