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The SharePoint customization conundrum

May 4, 2016 11:56:46 AM

Back in the early days of mass SharePoint adoption (circa 2008), the most popular request from customers was to make their shiny new intranet “not look like SharePoint.” It was a reasonable request; after all, the product was created to simplify online collaboration and document management, not to be an internal marketing platform, so the user interface naturally reflected a utilitarian design aesthetic that many found less than appealing. Of course, that didn’t stop customers from taking the platform in all sorts of directions it was never meant to go, the result of which was a proliferation of highly-customized implementations that required a great deal of time, money and custom code to deliver.

Topics: SharePoint customization

The future of SharePoint

May 4, 2016 12:01:00 AM

Microsoft is on a mission to provide collaboration tools to the masses, renewing its investment in SharePoint and laying out plans for the software’s future.

Topics: SharePoint, SharePoint Server 2016

Help going hybrid

Apr 27, 2016 12:20:40 PM

For months now, Microsoft has acknowledged that a hybrid approach to SharePoint—running those apps that make sense in the cloud while retaining sensitive information on-premises—informs the future of the software.

Why user-centered design helps you win with SharePoint

Apr 26, 2016 3:15:35 PM

For every intranet or collaboration space we’re deploying, we want it to be useful to our users, increase productivity, and be a well-governed environment. For anyone who has never managed a SharePoint environment, you might ask yourself: This doesn’t seem that hard, what’s the big deal? It turns out that getting our users to love SharePoint, to use SharePoint, hasn’t been that easy over the years.

Topics: user-centered design

Microsoft and Xamarin: Bring SharePoint data into your mobile apps

Apr 20, 2016 11:26:50 AM

In the midst of some rather exciting announcements a few weeks back at Microsoft Build 2016, there was one announcement in particular that will enable significant strides in the development of mobile applications. During the Day 2 Keynote, Miguel de Icaza announced that Xamarin will now be included in all current flavors of Visual Studio, from Enterprise all of the way down to the freely available Community Edition.

Topics: Microsoft, Xamarin

A new flavor of SharePoint

Apr 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

As I wrote in last week’s newsletter, there was a kerfuffle in the SharePoint community over the new look of SharePoint Online document libraries. Part of the problem is with the way Microsoft announced the change—via a post in its Message Center.

Topics: SharePoint 2016

Change is coming to SharePoint, but will you change with it?

Apr 19, 2016 4:59:46 PM

This morning, I started up my laptop and logged in to the different Web applications I work with. I think the only desktop application I still use is my music subscription service. I accessed my Outlook from the browser, and the UI for e-mails had changed. Arguably the most important application in the world had changed, and I did not know about it before it appeared on my desktop.

Infragistics Ultimate 16.1 Developer Toolkit simplifies and speeds delivery of mobile and cross-platform enterprise apps

Apr 19, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Infragistics, a worldwide leader in providing tools and solutions to accelerate design, development and collaboration, today announced the launch of Infragistics Ultimate 16.1, its enterprise-ready web, mobile and desktop user interface development suite. Ultimate 16.1 incorporates a broad range of additions and enhancements designed to simplify and speed development of amazingly visual native iOS and Android applications, cross platform applications with Xamarin, Web apps with the AngularJS and Hybrid Apps with HTML5 targeting Cordova.

New AvePoint Online Services release enhances Office 365 and Salesforce CRM data protection

Apr 14, 2016 12:35:27 PM

AvePoint, the Microsoft Cloud expert, today announced the general availability of the latest release of AvePoint Online Services, AvePoint’s 100 percent Microsoft Azure-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform for Office 365 and Salesforce CRM. With the introduction of DocAve Backup for Salesforce and enhancements for DocAve Governance Automation Online, organizations can ensure seamless access to resources and extend cloud computing as business needs dictate.

Topics: AvePoint

To use SharePoint effectively, learn what it can do

Apr 13, 2016 1:02:45 PM

Continuing on the theme of SharePoint being a mere tool to solve business problems, not some magic software that will do that voodoo on its own: Matt Wade at icansharepoint weighs in with the thought that it’s a lack of knowledge of what SharePoint can and can’t do that stymies users.

Topics: SharePoint