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  • A common question that we often get is on choosing the best Office 365 tool for corporate internal communication.

    The answer is not that simple; several factors play different roles in the evaluation and selection process. By the way, Microsoft Outlook is not a consideration due to its limited capabilities.

    The short paragraphs below attempt to briefly outline the basic steps you may take to ensure a better decision.

    The basic action plan entails the following: clarify your communication objectives, evaluate the applicable tools, and ensure successful adoption of the chosen tool.

  • If you use SharePoint in any capacity, chances are you're storing data in SharePoint lists somewhere. Of course, once you've got data inside lists, someone is going to want to report off of it.

    In this article, we're going to take a look at how you can create dashboards inside of SharePoint that pull in data from SharePoint lists using Excel Services. Now there are several other technologies we could use, such as Reporting Services, PerformancePoint, PowerPivot, or Power View to create dashboards, but some of those technologies require enterprise licenses for SQL or the PowerBI functionality in Office 365.

    In this example, I wanted to keep it simple and use technologies that people are more likely to have (although you do still need to have a SharePoint enterprise license in order to use Excel Services).

    The chart we'll be building for our dashboard will be pulling in data from our SharePoint list via the "From OData Data Feed? option in Excel. To create a simple chart in Excel, follow these steps:
    1. Open Excel 2013 and choose "Blank Workbook? as your template
    2. Click on the "Data? tab on the ribbon at the top
    3. In the "Get external data? grouping, click on the "From other Sources? button
    4. Select "From OData Data Feed? from the list of options


  • Crow Canyon Systems has changed its name to Crow Canyon Software, to put the focus on quality business applications for SharePoint and Office 365.

  • Cryptzone acquires HiSoftware

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    Cryptzone, a global provider of data security and identity and access management (IAM) solutions, has acquired HiSoftware Inc., a leading provider of governance, compliance and security solutions.  HiSoftware’s product portfolio provides a highly complementary set of solutions that will enhance Cryptzone’s already robust capabilities in securing critical data in the cloud, on mobile devices, and in customer data centers. The combined company will offer a complete suite of context-aware access control, data security and compliance solutions designed for today’s dynamic, mobile, cloud-centric enterprise IT. Cryptzone will be headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts and have a European center of excellence in engineering located in Gothenburg, Sweden, its birthplace. Combined, the companies will have more than 700 customers including large global enterprises like JPMorgan Chase, Northrup Grumman, AIG, Proctor & Gamble, State Street Trust, New York Presbyterian, ANZ Bank, and California State University, as well as some large U.S. government agencies such as the Departments of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Secretary of Defense, and Department of Treasury/IRS.

    Cryptzone will look to integrate HiSoftware’s advanced suite of solutions, including its Compliance Sheriff Web, Security Sheriff and Site Sheriff products, into the company’s existing product set.  This will provide expanded and unique capabilities that will allow the company to deliver powerful security that protects enterprise information assets, corporate applications, and other network resources for customers around the globe. HiSoftware’s compliance product allows enterprises and government agencies to validate compliance of internal and external website content against predefined and user-defined policies, including HIPAA, FISMA, WCAG, US Section 508, and GLBA. The company also specializes in delivering content security and site management solutions within Microsoft SharePoint, a business collaboration platform utilized by more than 80 percent of the Fortune 500, and other unstructured collaborative environments.

  • Cryptzone, a provider of dynamic, context-aware network, application and content security solutions, today announced its enhanced offerings for Microsoft Azure at this week’s Ignite conference. Cryptzone is rolling out support for Azure across its cybersecurity solutions, including AppGate Secure Access and HiSoftware Security Sheriff for Office 365, ensuring the same multi-layered and tailored security for sensitive information whether in the cloud or on-premises.
  • 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.

  • Cryptzone, a provider of dynamic, context-aware security software, today announced a native integration between the company's Security Sheriff product and Microsoft's new Azure Information Protection (AIP) offering. The integrated solution allows for dynamic protection of documents across their lifecycle. Cryptzone will be demonstrating the integrated solution this week at the Microsoft Igniteconference (Booth 2030) in Atlanta, GA.

  • Last November, I got the opportunity to work with Microsoft to gain insight and understanding into what the ideal cloud solution would look like from the eyes of the CXO. During last year's European SharePoint Conference's CIO Summit, a select number of CIOs participated in a full-day event focused on discussing the future of cloud and hybrid. At the end of an action-packed day, we asked the CXOs to divide up into working groups of four and design for us their ideal cloud solution.

  • BZ Media, the parent company of SPTechReport, produces SPTechCon, the long-running conference for SharePoint and Office 365 users. Now in its eighth year, SPTechCon will next be presented June 27-30 in Boston, and we’d love to see all of you there. You can see for yourselves the great program we’ve put together. Registration for this event is still open, and discounts are still available if you sign up before the end of the week.

  • Calling all developers

    David Rubinstein

    For those of you struggling with making your documents and data in Office 365 available to external users, SharePoint MVP Mark Rackley has written an excellent guide to creating managed extranets in Office 365. This step-by-step instruction set covers inviting users and controlling access, as well as recommending separate Site Collections for external users only and building sub sites off the root site. It’s an excellent resource!

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  • Intlock, developer of CardioLog Analytics, recently announced their seamless integration with Microsoft’s Power BI. The integration allows for the visualization of CardioLog Analytics through new live and interactive dashboards, to enhance SharePoint as well as overall business performance and monitoring.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SharePoint 2013 has a myriad of new features, bells and whistles. One of those neat features is the new and improved SharePoint 2013 Workflow. SharePoint 2013 Workflow allows for many new capabilities, but at the same time removes some key items from 2010 workflows. So what’s the right workflow to use? The consultant in me must reply, "That depends on the situation."…READ MORE
  • Long before the cloud became a pervasive part of enterprise computing, SharePoint developers had a fairly straightforward set of options for extending out-of-the box functionality ? full trust or sandbox, web parts or application pages, event receivers or timer jobs, web services or server-side API's. There wasn't much confusion regarding the structure or composition of projects and the deployment path was determined by the solution type. In many ways it was simplified (if not actually simple) and streamlined, with a well-defined path for application architects to follow.

  • One of the greatest strengths of the Microsoft collaboration platform, which now encompasses both SharePoint on-premises and Office 365 in the cloud, has always been its rich extensibility options. Customers who wish to enhance the platform with dynamic line-of-business solutions or organization-specific customizations have a rich set of APIs and remote interfaces to work with that provide a great deal of flexibility in designing engaging, user-centric applications. With the recent addition of Azure Web Applications, Microsoft has created yet another method for extending the cloud experience, presenting developers with a new set of application design choices.

  • Twenty years ago, collaboration was considered to be a discussion with a colleague or a group review of a document. In recent years our collaborative needs have changed, expediency is demanded, and collaboration through technology is expected. Without question, day in and day out, we all demand our technologies provide us the best experience in order to collaborate among friends, family and colleagues.

  • As we are on the cusp of the full launch of a new version of SharePoint, I thought I’d share a few observations. Recently, as I’ve been out and about in the community, there have been a few consistent themes I have been hearing (still). These aren’t new, nor do I expect they will go away. The folks at Microsoft and most serious SharePointilists wish they never heard this stuff, but it’s real.

  • Colligo yesterday announced two new cross-platform applications and an update to its Engage platform to enable better data synchronization and content management for SharePoint and Exchange.

  • Office 365 brings a continually increasing toolset of productivity tools that, although they are supposed to work together, often have to be combined using unique strategies to truly make Office 365 shine within an organization. For Office 365 to be a success, Office 365 must be a productivity tool that can be used to add value to existing business requirements and processes while ideally not changing the way end users work. Some disruption is inevitable, but realistically an organization can only change so much with any given tool. With so many possibilities and limited time, I find it helps to investigate how Microsoft utilizes Office 365 internally to see what I can glean.

  • A new community resource for SharePoint client-side rendering has been announced.

    The SharePoint community project is being called #SPCSR. The idea came out of social media when Paul Hunt (a SharePoint solutions architect for Trinity Expert Systems) tweeted a picture of him working on his suitcase in a train waiting room. Marc D Anderson quickly responded to the tweet stating, “We should start a Codeplex project with awesome Display Template examples (which everyone will use as is). Game?” And the idea of #SPCSR took off from there. READ MORE
  • As part of Microsoft 365, SharePoint and OneDrive connect the workplace with intelligent content management and intranets. Digital transformation is driving growth across Microsoft 365, SharePoint and OneDrive.  Today:

  • Panda Works Inc., a startup formed by a trio of SharePoint veterans to create robust SaaS solutions for the enterprise with a focus on the Microsoft stack announced today the availability of its featured solution, Content Panda, a free in-context help and training platform for Office 365 and SharePoint.

  • From the halls of Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2016, Content Panda, the online user experience expert, today announced enhancements to its flagship product, Content Panda for SharePoint, and the immediate availability of its newest product, Content Panda for Custom Apps. Both products deliver meaningful experiences for members of the Microsoft technology and partner communities to drive business value.

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