Studying hybrid SharePoint

Feb 15, 2017 12:46:51 PM

As Microsoft continues to push Office 365 and SharePoint Online as the future of workplace collaboration, some companies remain firmly entrenched on-premises, while others face daunting technical challenges in a move to the cloud.

Topics: SharePoint

My favorite things

Feb 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM

It’s hard to get anything accomplished as you roll out Office 365 if you don’t have the proper tools to get the job done. Unfortunately, we don’t all have the budget to purchase every piece of software that would meet our needs. As power users and site administrators, we are often asked to do more with less, and that’s where these third-party tools come in! I’ve spent years working for and with companies on a limited budget, so here are a few of my favorite things.

Are you having trouble keeping track of your tasks? Using e-mail like a to-do list? Post-it notes everywhere? Wunderlist is the application that might be the answer to your problems. Wunderlist is a cloud-based task-management system that allows you to easily create multiple to-do lists from any device. While it doesn’t directly integrate with SharePoint, you can connect Wunderlist to Microsoft Office Groups and Teams so update notifications will populate the conversation streams. It’s the perfect easy-to-use product when you don’t need an elaborate task list in Microsoft Project or when you need a mobile-friendly app.

Topics: SharePoint

Microsoft previews the Power BI Web Part for SharePoint

Feb 10, 2017 2:06:14 PM

Topics: Web Part

The Arctic SharePoint Challenge: A hackathon for Office 365 enthusiasts

Feb 7, 2017 1:53:28 PM

Last week I had the honor of being a judge at the Arctic SharePoint Challenge in Oslo, Norway. This is an annual challenge put on by a group of SharePoint-focused consulting companies in and around Oslo, though occasionally teams come from further afield.

Topics: Arctic SharePoint Challenge, hackathons

SharePoint webhooks: Why it’s time to get hooked

Jan 31, 2017 5:31:42 PM

It continues to be an exciting time for SharePoint developers, especially with the seemingly inevitable task of moving our organizations to the cloud. A popular feature of on-premises SharePoint has been the ability to register event receivers—that being the ability to have SharePoint notify our custom processes when an action occurred. With SharePoint Online, this has been much more difficult, but with the recent release of SharePoint webhooks, we now have Microsoft’s answer to our concerns.

Topics: webhooks

Whatever you do, do not click here!

Jan 25, 2017 11:46:03 AM

It’s still early enough in 2017 that we can talk about new year’s resolutions. I think most of us already put a lot of pressure on ourselves, so I’m keeping my personal resolutions to a minimum. However, I’d like to suggest a resolution for your intranet pages that should not be too difficult and will dramatically help usability of your content pages: Eliminate all instances of “click here.”

Topics: intranets

Microsoft brings new features to Office 365

Jan 24, 2017 4:13:17 PM

It’s a new year for Office 365. Microsoft has announced updates and new features for its OneDrive, Office apps and StaffHub solutions.

Topics: Office 365

Microsoft announces updates to OneDrive for Business

Jan 24, 2017 1:19:56 PM

Microsoft is making it easier to sync, share and collaborate in Office 365 with new updates to its OneDrive for Business solution. OneDrive for Business gives users a place to store, share and sync work. New features include syncing files anywhere at any time, easily sharing files in and outside the organization, and improving the IT admin management experience.

Topics: OneDrive for Business

Microsoft updates its ‘customer success service’ FastTrack

Jan 23, 2017 5:16:32 PM

Microsoft wants to help businesses gain value with the Microsoft Cloud. The company announced it is moving its “customer success service” FastTrack beyond Office 365. It previewed FastTrack for Windows 10 and FastTrack for Dynamics 365, as well as updates to FastTrack for Office 365. FastTrack provides users with best practices, tools, resources and expert support for working with Microsoft Cloud.

Topics: FastTrack

New year, new strategy

Jan 17, 2017 4:33:09 PM

As companies settle back into the swing of things in this new year, collaborative teams will look to create meaningful strategic plans to guide their actions for 2017. If this sounds good to you because this is what your company is doing, I applaud you. If these words were read with a snicker and perhaps confusion over why your company is not following this path, I’m certain you are not alone. Please read on for three areas to focus on that must be accounted for in your strategy.

Topics: SharePoint