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  • Announcing Kintivo Cart for SharePoint Online

    Monday, May 14, 2018 Kintivo

    Add a shopping cart, storefront and checkout experience to your SharePoint Online (Office 365).

    This is kind of a big deal.  Your staff or contractors can order supplies by adding items to a shopping cart and clicking through a checkout process that you get to control – all within your own SharePoint Online. 

    You can allow the checkout process to skip the payment step completely and use customizable “cost centers” for billing or enable secure credit card payments.

    Leverage cost center and business unit billing options to track orders and budget by department.

    Control inventory, issue discount codes and gift cards, manage and process orders, and stop the pain and suffering associated with using emails and spreadsheets as your “internal Amazon”.

  • A practical guide to SharePoint permissions

    Friday, January 05, 2018 Matt Wade

    SharePoint permissions can be complicated. Whether you’re brand new to site ownership or a seasoned vet, keeping permissions as simple as possible is always a best practice. It will keep you from losing your mind.

  • The popularity of the term “knowledge worker” comes and goes, but the single most important characteristic is the ability to find information, process it into knowledge, and add value for the organization.  Over 400 members of the AIIM community were surveyed on this topic, and 75% of them agree that information is easier to find outside of their organizations than within, while 25% have no advanced or dedicated search tools. 

    Learn more in this research report, which takes an in-depth look at the importance of search, the level of search tools deployed, issues with their use, and connection to other systems.

  • Akumina Inc., whose technology platform is often referred to as "the CMS for Office 365? as well as the only developer framework designed specifically to connect Office 365 and SharePoint to any other business system of record, has announced a partnership with Tech Data Corporation. Akumina will make its Office 365 content, collaboration and developer solutions available through Tech Data's TDCloud business unit and the StreamOne cloud marketplace.

  • Akumina Inc., whose InterChange software platform dramatically increases the productivity of internal business users and empowers developers to deliver a more intuitive way of driving the adoption of cloud technology, today announced the release of Version 3.0 of the InterChange Platform. This release includes important new enhancements to the platform which make InterChange the only development platform that can be used to create applications that leverage enterprise content, managed in Office365 or SharePoint on premises, for multichannel web and mobile delivery.

  • Akumina today announced the availability of Interchange 2.5, its platform for providing better user experiences with SharePoint, with improved content authoring, site-management and workflow capabilities.

  • At our SPTechCon events, attendees can’t get enough good information and instruction regarding the CSWP: Content Search Web Part. This, in short, enables the display of search results in ways that you want it presented through the use of templates. But that doesn’t even really scratch the surface on how it can be used.

  • Office 365 provides the best cloud productivity experience by giving businesses new ways to help their people to collaborate, gain valuable business insights and ultimately get things done.  As a cloud based service customers can move to Office 365 faster than a traditional on-premises solution and Microsoft is focused on making that transition to the cloud as fast and seamless as possible.

    Continuous improvement of the Office 365 deployment experience

    Last year as part of that commitment, Microsoft introduced FastTrack which encompasses its onboarding methodology, tools, and process to streamline deployments.  FastTrack has helped thousands of customers, together with their partners, move to Office 365.  While feedback has been very positive, Microsoft is continuing to identify best practices and it believes that providing support directly from the Office 365 Service team during the critical phases of on-boarding can shorten the time for deployment. The result is the Office 365 FastTrack Onboarding Center.

    Announcing the Office 365 FastTrack Onboarding Center

    The Office 365 FastTrack Onboarding Center delivers a quick and predictable way to get started and deployed in your organization. The Onboarding Center is available to customers and their preferred partners.  This new benefit is included at no charge to all new customers purchasing 150 seats or more of a qualified license purchase. The Microsoft Office 365 Onboarding Center, included as part of the service, will support the provisioning and configuration of Office 365 workloads including Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Office 365 Pro Plus, and Yammer.  Microsoft will ensure that the Office 365 service is provisioned and ready for use in your organization.

    Key features of the Office 365 FastTrack Onboarding Center:

    • Direct remote assistance provided by an Office 365 onboarding expert who will assist with critical onboarding activities working with customers and partners.
    • Robust suite of automated checks and configuration tools to enable tasks such as current state assessment, identity management, and domain configuration.
    • Onboarding support will be available in the following languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
    • Available worldwide starting September 1, 2014.

    Once your organization is on-boarded, you will want to get your users up and running as quickly as possible.  Depending on the Office 365 workload, additional activities may be required such as email or document migration.  In order to help customers through this phase Microsoft has created the Office 365 Adoption Offer.

    Announcing the Office 365 adoption offer, for a limited time

    From September 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 this offer is available for all new Office 365 customers that buy at least 150 qualifying Office 365 SKUs during the offer time period. Through this offer, customers may opt for one of the following benefits:

    Adoption activitiesdelivered by your preferred Office 365 Cloud Deployment Partner or Cloud Productivity Competency partner.

    Microsoft will provide a limited set of funds for your preferred partner to assist you with driving adoption of Office 365 in your organization.  You may use these funds to have your partner deliver a variety of adoption activities in order to get your users up and running.

    For Office 365 Adoption Offer eligibility details terms, and conditions please see Office 365 Adoption Offer.

    Email Migration offerdelivered remotely by Microsoft.

    Microsoft will work with you to remotely migrate all of your purchased mailboxes from the following source environments:

    • Exchange Server 2003 or above
    • Lotus Domino 7.0.3 or above
    • Google Gmail
    • IMAP accessible environments

    The email migration offer is available to customers and partners as part of the adoption offer.  Microsoft delivers the migration service staffed by experts that will work with you to ensure that you get your users mail migrated over seamlessly.  For Email migration offer details terms, and conditions please see Email Migration offer.

    Ensuring that customers realize the value of Office 365 in their organizations quickly while providing a smooth onboarding experience to their users is a top priority for the Office 365 team.  Microsoft is excited to make the Office 365 FastTrack Onboarding Center and the Office 365 Adoption Offer available to qualified new customers starting today.  For more details see Office 365 Deployment Center.

  • The product group released the April 2015 Cumulative Update for the SharePoint 2013 product family.

  • Apttus, the category-defining Quote-to-Cash solution provider, announced today the formal launch of its X-Author for Excel Partner Program. The program will provide participating organizations of all size and industry-type with the support and service required to sell the Apttus X-Author for Excel solution directly to their own customers. This functionality will not only open additional streams of revenue for Apttus partners, but also diversify the overall business needs they can address. In addition to these tangible business enhancements, participants will significantly increase Salesforce user adoption and usage throughout their customer base, contributing to an overall increase in efficiency and effectiveness of their own solutions.

    X-Author for Excel transforms Microsoft Excel from a standalone desktop tool into a native UI for Salesforce and is applicable across all industry verticals and functions. For business tasks such as mass data manipulation and financial modeling, many users are accustomed to the multi-row, multi-tasking experience provided by Excel, often eschewing the utility and innovation of the Salesforce platform. Implementation of X-Author for Excel integrates the data, controls, permissions, and routing of Salesforce with the familiar user experience of Excel. With X-Author for Excel, data manipulation can be completed in one percent of the time that it would take in the traditional browser UI. X-Author technology is also transforming data migration, moving data between orgs 80 percent faster than comparable tools.

  • When SharePoint 2016 becomes available to the public in Q1 2016, there will be five versions in use by organizations around the world. That’s a lot of collaboration! When I think about all the questions I have been asked about SharePoint over the years, I realize that many of them are the same. They’re primarily about how to USE a functional piece of the system, how to create a workflow, or how to maximize a specific efficiency within an organization. Seldom am I asked a generic question, such as how or when to upgrade from one version to the next.

  • Ask the SharePoint Experts

    SPTechCon Newswire

    What's the future of SharePoint in 2016? Why are we calling them add-ins now? Get the answers to your hardest SharePoint and Office 365 from a panel of our top of the line SPTechCon speakers hosted by Andrew Connel.

  • AvePoint, the established leader in enabling enterprise collaboration across platforms and devices, today announced the general availability of DocAve 6 Service Pack (SP) 6. With this release, organizations can provide their business users with the tools to work more efficiently in Microsoft SharePoint better support users moving to Office 365.

  • AvePoint, the established leader in enabling enterprise collaboration across platforms and devices, today announced the general availability of DocAve Governance Automation Service Pack (SP) 6. With this release, IT can involve content owners in SharePoint migrations, provide users with important site information across hybrid environments, and better integrate with existing business processes through the use of third-party workflows.

    With DocAve Governance Automation, organizations can provide end users with a business-centric, role-based service catalog for provisioning, restructuring, moving, or migrating content across SharePoint versions, sites, and deployments. DocAve Governance Automation easily manages lifecycle and permissions management requests, and transcends the capabilities of rigid provisioning and security management solutions. New features for DocAve Governance Automation SP 6 include:

  • AvePoint, the Microsoft Cloud expert, today announced the general availability of DocAve Governance Automation Service Pack (SP) 9. With the latest release of AvePoint's SharePoint governance solution, organizations can empower end users with the ability to make the correct decisions and requests based on governance policies and remove some of the burden from IT administrators.DocAve Governance Automation allows organizations to easily manage and automate SharePoint lifecycle and permissions management requests to implement an extensible governance strategy that empowers users, is easy to maintain, and scales as the business grows. New features include:

  • AvePoint, the established leader in enabling enterprise collaboration across platforms and devices, today announced the general availability of three new apps – AvePoint Watermark, AvePoint MyWorld, and AvePoint PDF Aggregator – for Office 365 and SharePoint Online. With the addition of these apps, workers can better streamline everyday business operations and take advantage of the latest Microsoft technologies to enhance business insights.

    Through the use of familiar tools such as PDFs and integration with Microsoft’s innovative Office Graph, AvePoint’s latest apps allow end-users to better protect confidential documents as well as be more productive by surfacing relevant information and simplifying everyday business processes. The apps include:

  • 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.

  • AvePoint, the established leader in enabling enterprise collaboration across platforms and devices, today announced a new enhancement to DocAve Policy Enforcer with the integration of the new Microsoft Office 365 Management Activity API. This integration creates a new information stream that allows customers to fully audit and take action on all events that take place throughout their Office 365 environments.
  • AvePoint, the established leader in enabling enterprise collaboration across platforms and devices, today announced the general availability of AvePoint Perimeter Service Pack (SP) 4. AvePoint Perimeter extends the collaboration power of on-premises SharePoint beyond the walls of the organization, increasing user productivity by allowing them to work with anyone from a single content repository – all while maintaining security over the content with robust administrator options. 

  • 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.

  • AvePoint, the established leader in enterprise-class management, governance, and compliance software solutions for next-generation social collaboration platforms, today announced the general availability of DocAve Online Service Pack (SP) 6. With this addition, organizations can better harness the power of AvePoint Online Services, used by nearly 2 million Office 365 users today, to extend cloud computing as their specific business needs dictate. 

  • AvePoint, the established leader in enabling enterprise collaboration across platforms and devices, today announced the general availability of DocAve 6 Service Pack (SP) 5. With this release, organizations will have access to new end-user, governance, and compliance reporting capabilities; content archiving and deployment management support for Microsoft Office 365 and hybrid environments; and enhanced data protection for virtual machine backups.
  • AvePoint, the established leader in enterprise-class management, governance, and compliance software solutions for next-generation social collaboration platforms, today announced the general availability of AvePoint File Share Navigator Online. Part of AvePoint Online Services – used by nearly two million Office 365 users today – File Share Navigator Online allows organizations to surface content stored in file shares through SharePoint Online without the need for time and resource intensive migrations.

    With File Share Navigator Online, organizations can now:

  • From the halls of IAPP Privacy Academy and CSA Congress’ Privacy. Security. Risk. (P.S.R.) 2015, AvePoint, the established leader in enabling enterprise collaboration across platforms and devices, today introduced the latest release of AvePoint Compliance Guardian. AvePoint Compliance Guardian provides unified risk management from the moment data is created through its entire lifecycle – proactively monitoring and neutralizing violations of privacy, security, and compliance.

  • From the halls of Microsoft Ignite 2015, AvePoint, the established leader in enabling enterprise collaboration across platforms and devices, today announced new tools to help customers speed up and simplify the move to Microsoft Office 365. Utilizing Microsoft Azure technologies, AvePoint Solutions for Office 365 enable organizations to migrate to Microsoft Office 365 faster while ensuring sustainable user adoption and effectively managing critical business data on the platform.

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  • One of the most powerful features in SharePoint is metadata. If you've ever attended a SharePoint conference or gone through expert-led SharePoint training, you've probably heard this term come up a number of times, though it's likely you walked away confused or wondering exactly how you apply this super tool in an everyday way that would make your life easier.

  • I have seen a bit of resistance in moving to SharePoint Online (SPO) because of a perceived lack of branding tools and the belief that you cannot brand a SPO site to the same degree as an on premise installation. Are these fears warranted, or is SPO ready for your customizations? The short answer is "yes, it’s ready," while the long answer is the seemingly standard, "it depends."

    SPO sites can be broken up into two primary categories. Depending on your particular O365 plan, you can create one public facing site per organization and multiple private sites, such as collaboration sites or sites with the publishing infrastructure enabled, for Intranet and Extranet portals. Most importantly for branding, public facing and security controlled SPO sites have all of the branding tools you will find in an on premise installation. These include the design manager, custom master pages, page layouts, display templates, composed looks, access to the theming engine, SharePoint Designer, and more. Thus, the short answer of “yes;" you can create an entirely custom SPO user interface that is branded to match your organization.

  • The phrase “a brave new world” is overused in today’s hyperbolic world as a hackneyed way to describe something that seems headed down an uncharted path.

    In the particular case of Microsoft, however, I can think of nothing more appropriate. There are a couple of reasons I say this.

  • Two weeks ago at Microsoft’s Ignite conference, we got one of our first looks a potential new shift on how we may customize SharePoint Online to create our own completely custom portals. The answer? NextGen Portals for Office 365. In a few sessions on NextGen portals, Daniel Kogan and Jeremy Kelley, both SharePoint Product Managers within Microsoft, gave a session called “Behind the Scenes: Engineering NextGen Portals,” which may be viewed now at Channel 9. This talk explored a customization paradigm shift, and it certainly appears to be the answer to Microsoft’s warning of changing master pages in Office 365.

  • When Microsoft announced Office 365 Video at the last SharePoint conference, many folks were impressed by the demos, both in the keynote as well as the breakout sessions. At the time, it was not available for customer tenants, and the news faded into the mix of other announcements made at the conference.

  • A new crop of MVPs

    David Rubinstein

    It’s July, when most people’s thoughts turn to how nice it would be to be outside on a beautiful summer’s day instead of being chained to a desk in an office that’s either way too hot or way too cold.

  • A new flavor of SharePoint

    David Rubinstein

    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.

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