SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 and the ‘New Normal’ release cycle

Nov 24, 2015 9:00:00 AM

As we go into a long Thanksgiving weekend here in the U.S., many of us will use this extra personal time to get up to speed on the flurry of activity that has been happening around the SharePoint platform this fall. Having returned from the European SharePoint Conference in Stockholm earlier this month, I'm still digging into the details of the keynote led by CVP Jeff Teper—who is back at the helm of SharePoint—as well as OneDrive for Business. He was joined on stage by senior director of product management Seth Patton, and IT Pro favorite Bill Baer, who is a senior technical product manager on the SharePoint team at Microsoft. It was a tremendous lineup, and the team did not disappoint—sharing details of what was coming, as well as some of the areas of investment Microsoft is looking to make over the coming year.

Topics: SharePoint 2016

Leading Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) Skyhigh Networks Announces Comprehensive Support for Microsoft Office 365 Graph

Nov 18, 2015 3:30:35 PM

Skyhigh Networks, the Cloud Security and Enablement Company, today announced comprehensive support for the recently announced Microsoft Graph, enabling businesses to seamlessly extend security, compliance and governance controls from data across the entire Microsoft Office 365 offering. Microsoft Graph opens multiple APIs from the Microsoft intelligent cloud through a single REST API endpoint. With this integration, Skyhigh for Office 365 now provides coverage for productivity applications with data from the API, including users, groups, organizational contacts, files, folders, mail, insights and relationships.

Topics: SharePoint

If SharePoint in name goes away, what it has taught us will not

Nov 18, 2015 11:36:14 AM

Topics: SharePoint

India-based Persistent acquires Akumina service business

Nov 17, 2015 2:03:26 PM

Persistent Systems, an India-based software services provider, today announced it has acquired the services business of SharePoint platform provider Akumina. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Topics: Akumina

SharePoint 2016 Beta 2 in time for Thanksgiving

Nov 11, 2015 12:21:55 PM

Microsoft announced this week that the second beta of SharePoint 2016 will be released before the end of November and will be 99% feature-ready. That should give SharePoint users a real good idea of what the updated server can do, will no longer do, and whether or not an update is the right thing for them now.

Topics: SharePoint 2016

AvePoint extends Office Connect capabilities to Office 365

Nov 11, 2015 12:07:27 PM

AvePoint, the established leader in enabling enterprise collaboration across platforms and devices, today announced the general availability of AvePoint Office Connect Service Pack (SP) 2. With the release of AvePoint Office Connect, organizations can ensure sustainable SharePoint adoption across all environments – including cloud, hybrid, and on-premises – and simplify collaboration without requiring end users to change the way they work.

Topics: AvePoint

Don't let training be a turnoff

Nov 11, 2015 12:02:17 PM

Our local newspaper is updating its content-management system, and as a part of that, the staff is going through 12 hours of training. Key changes include an unfamiliar user interface, new functionality designed to eliminate many steps needed to do the same tasks today, and capabilities that didn’t exist in the prior version. The software will be implemented in stages, with certain departments getting it before others, but all the training is being done prior to the launch.

Colligo unveils three new apps and major enhancements to its mobile content-management platform, Colligo Engage

Nov 10, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Colligo, a leader in mobile content management (MCM) solutions for Microsoft SharePoint, Office 365 and OneDrive for Business, today announces significant new enhancements to its Colligo Engage platform, including three new apps, email management across desktop and mobile devices, and new administrative capabilities such as enhanced reporting, central policy management and Active Directory integration.

Beezy releases major update for Office 365, enables migration from leading competitors to SharePoint Online

Nov 10, 2015 11:34:50 AM

Beezy Inc., the premier enterprise social collaboration solution for SharePoint, announced today the general availability of the latest release of its award-winning solution for Office 365, which is also available for SharePoint on-premises. Beezy Version 3 provides enhanced collaboration capabilities across the latest versions of the industry-leading Microsoft intranet and extranet platform, providing a superior user experience and leveraging all of the communication and collaboration capabilities within Office 365 and the Office suite.

“We are able to match the robust social collaboration found in competing platforms, and we do it within the Office 365 platform. We are the only vendor within the Microsoft partner ecosystem that can match these competitors feature-by-feature, but we raise the bar beyond what they provide with an amazing user experience. There’s nothing else like it on the market today.” Commented Maximo Castagno, Product Lead for Beezy.

Beezy is the first company to provide migration tools from competitive platforms, such as Jive, IBM Connections, Sitrion (formerly NewsGator). Supporting on-prem, cloud, and hybrid environments with a seamless UX, Beezy improves adoption and engagement, and gives customers the flexibility to move to the cloud at their own speed.

“As we heard from Microsoft CVP Jeff Teper in this morning’s [European SharePoint Conference] keynote, Microsoft is continuing to make investments in the SharePoint platform, and because of that there is a renewed interest in building out a unified collaboration and digital workplace within most organizations. Beezy makes this a much more seamless experience for customers, enhancing and extending the platform that Microsoft provides with additional collaboration capabilities beyond what SharePoint can provide. The end result is that users are more productive, collaborative, and happy.” said Jordi Plana, Beezy’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer.

Topics: Beezy

Cryptzone Releases New Site Module for Security Sheriff

Nov 9, 2015 11:28:24 AM

Cryptzone, a provider of dynamic, context-aware network, application and content security solutions, today announced the release of the new Security Sheriff Site Module. This release adds new capabilities for encrypting, controlling and emailing sensitive SharePoint data using Microsoft RMS.

Topics: Cryptzone