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The consumerization of the SharePoint UI

May 25, 2016 12:46:07 PM

Now that I’ve had some time to internalize the plethora of announcements from the Future of SharePoint event back on May 4, one thing really stands out for me: The SharePoint user interface (UI) is becoming a consumer UI. Let me explain what I mean.

Topics: SharePoint UI, SharePoint UX

Women in SharePoint: I Stand By You

May 24, 2016 11:47:34 AM

The Women in SharePoint organization is launching at SPTechCon Boston in June a new initiative, called #IStandByYou, designed to support women in technology careers.

Topics: women in sharepoint

The future of SharePoint: A Lego-like box of services

May 18, 2016 3:29:29 PM

After Microsoft's “Future of SharePoint” event in San Francisco on May 4, much of the excitement and conversation has been, of course, around new functionality and an improving user experience. As I catalogued in a personal blog post that morning, there is a lot to digest from the announcements and related blog posts from Microsoft's Jeff Teper, Bill Baer, Mark Kashman and others. And then there is the community excitement around SharePoint, in general. Our favorite enterprise platform is getting some much-deserved attention. 

Topics: SharePoint 2016

CardioLog Analytics offers migration tips

May 18, 2016 11:35:22 AM

When it comes time to upgrade to a newer version of SharePoint, many organizations are unaware of what’s really going on in their portal. They don’t have a concrete understanding of what’s going on, thus passing up prime opportunities to patch up weak spots that may have existed in the old portal, or have carried on to the new portal. A high-quality analytics solution can assist in easing the migration process by tracking each step.

Topics: CardioLog

AvePoint releases DocAve 6 for all SharePoint versions

May 10, 2016 5:08:56 PM

AvePoint last week released an update to its DocAve administration suite for SharePoint, OneDrive and Office 365 with support for all SharePoint versions, including SharePoint 2016.

Topics: AvePoint

What they’re saying about the future of SharePoint

May 10, 2016 4:51:02 PM

Microsoft certainly opened the SharePoint fire hose last week, demoing new features from the SharePoint Framework to Flow and PowerApps, the new SharePoint Home in Office 365 (complete with the SharePoint logo where “sites” used to be), and the new look of the Document Library.

Topics: SharePoint 2016

So you think you know SharePoint? Think again!

May 10, 2016 4:01:06 PM

This past week, Microsoft announced an incredible number of updates and upcoming improvements to SharePoint. Some will be available in the near term and others over the next several months. No matter what you have thought about SharePoint in the past, it’s time to take a look at what is coming, because this is not your father’s SharePoint.

Topics: SharePoint, intranets

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.