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    As organizations move systems and processes from predominantly on-premises environments to cloud-based applications and platforms, they often fail to fully understand the impacts these changes have on their existing processes and IT operations. For example, your legacy administration tools may offer an “upgrade” to the vendor’s cloud version, yet it lacks feature parity. Reporting and executive dashboards may require an overhaul, as your new SaaS platform does not provide the same level of granularity as your legacy system.

     

    Future planning requires a thorough understanding of what is in place today. Creating a baseline of your current systems is an important aspect to tracking the success of any future changes – and it should include comparison data from other organizations in the community, and within your industry. On the topics of governance, security, and compliance, that’s exactly what we’re trying to provide: a baseline for Office 365 customers.

  • Security is a critical issue today. Yet for all the talk of dark ops, shadow ops and more, most data leaks occur because of poor access and sharing controls.

  • Get ahead of SharePoint 2016

    David Rubinstein

    The good news is that the SharePoint 2016 release candidate is here. The bad news, for those interested in giving it a whirl, is that you have to first install the beta before installing the RC.

  • The biggest challenge with the adoption of new technologies is that adoption requires change. And change is hard-even if it's a good change. If you want to make change (and thus adoption) a little easier, here are some ideas that can help:

  • Getting LinkedIn

    David Rubinstein

    Reactions to Microsoft’s Monday announcement about its acquisition of LinkedIn have been met with excitement in the SharePoint and Office 365 community, yet tempered by recent acquisitions (Yammer, Nokia) that did not turn out well.

  • One of the best features of Office 365 is the ability to easily collaborate with external users. By giving external users access to your SharePoint Online sites, you can share documents, lists, calendars, tasks, issues and dashboards; set up alerts; and even use these users in your workflows. What’s even better, there are no extra license fees for these external users and Microsoft manages various account utilities (like changing passwords) making external sharing an extremely cost effective and simple feature in Office 365. For many organizations, the ability to quickly set up an extranet in SharePoint online with no additional licensing fees is a no-brainer. I would argue this feature alone is worth investing some time into looking at Office 365 for most SMBs.

    But how do you get started? How do you enable external sharing? How do you effectively structure your sites? How do you invite external users to your site? How do you prevent external users from seeing information you don’t want them to see? How can you tell if a user accepted your invite? All these questions are answered in various posts around the interwebs, but I didn’t see a single post that summed it all up.

  • Hopefully by now you have fully embraced PowerShell as part of your SharePoint life. Why? Because it is magical no matter what your role is:

  • Microsoft recently announced the general availability of the SharePoint Framework, a new development model for the creation of custom solutions within Office 365. The SharePoint Framework, also known as "SPFx?, provides customers with a way to extend the platform for Intranet and collaboration scenarios with a "pages and parts? model that is lightweight and easily configurable. As with any new model, developers will need to learn a new way of doing things, but SPFx has some specific requirements that may prove challenging for those who have been working with SharePoint for any length of time as well as those who are new to the platform. Before getting started, it is important to learn what skills are necessary, which tools are required, and how to configure an environment to begin creating SPFx solutions.

  • Groups, meet Team Sites

    David Rubinstein

    The final touches are being put on SharePoint 2016, and it should be released "in relatively short order,? as told during the Microsoft keynote at SPTechCon Austin yesterday.

  • GSX Solutions, the global leader in proactive, consolidated monitoring and reporting of Unified Communication environments, including Microsoft, IBM, BlackBerry, Cisco ESA, and SQL Server applications, today announced that GSX 365 Usage to optimize cloud management for SharePoint will be showcased at SPTechCon Boston 2016. As a full-usage analysis tool, GSX 365 Usage delivers simple yet powerful reports that help organizations understand how their employees use Office 365. For a demo at SPTechCon, please visit booth #502.

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