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  • Currently, there is a real hype around PowerApps. If you look at them from the bright side all the promises are kept. Well, there always is a “but” – that is clearly expected. Here, however, we don’t have only one of them, we have a heap.

    Let’s start slowly and systematically. Data Security is enterprise critical – mobilizing content, too. That’s why a lot of well-governed organizations do not allow apps to be provisioned on their mobile devices if not via their EMM infrastructures. They additionally want to know and decide which data and documents are published on what device as well as what for. And they want to manage the lifecycle of any mobile app. Having created a mobile app is fine. But what if it isn’t allowed to be rolled-out?

  • To ensure success in maximizing SharePoint and Office 365 usage, leverage the influential power of executives in your company. When leaders from every department play a role, the initiative becomes a priority to everyone.

    Even though your company size and structure will determine the number of executives to add to your team of stakeholders, aim to recruit at least two executives from every department and assign specific roles to each player. Look beyond your IT department; mobilize efforts from heads of departments across the organization.

  • Currently, there is a real hype around PowerApps. If you look at them from the bright side all the promises are kept. Well, there always is a “but” – that is clearly expected. Here, however, we don’t have only one of them, we have a heap.

  • Preserving your Investment in SharePoint Development

    Thursday, March 15, 2018 Bob German

    A lot of the appeal of SharePoint is that you can do so much without writing code. But no product can possibly meet everybody’s needs out of the box, and it’s good to know that if you hit a wall and simply can’t do something using out-of-the-box features and no-code development (like PowerApps and Flow), you can extend the product with code.

    Microsoft has changed the rules a lot over the years, however, and this understandably gives pause to anyone thinking about investing in custom development on SharePoint.

  • Muhimbi is announcing version 8.0 of the PDF Converter for SharePoint, the biggest release in its eight-year history.

  • PDF Share Forms at SPTechCon announced its newest product release: PDF Share Forms Information Worker. PDFSF IW, or just IW, is a new solution for forms integration with SharePoint.It has been developed particularly with all information workers in mind. Being evenly and even more powerful compared to previous product versions, IW offers simple and clear user interface and user experience. Now it is even easier to create new forms from scratch or reuse existing ones.

  • Menlo Park, CA, and Washington D.C. – Permira, an international private equity firm, announced today that a company owned by the Permira funds has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Metalogix, a leading provider of trusted management tools for mission-critical collaboration platforms, including Microsoft SharePoint, Exchange and Office 365.  Members of Metalogix’s senior management team, including Chief Executive Officer Steven Murphy, will maintain a significant equity stake in the company going forward. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    For over a decade, Metalogix has developed the best and most trusted management software tools for SharePoint, Exchange, and Office 365. Metalogix is a Microsoft Gold Partner, an EMC Select Partner, and a GSA provider, and its products are backed by its award-winning live 24x7 support. With its recent acquisitions of Axceler and Idera’s SharePoint tools, Metalogix has built the most effective suite of tools to manage increasingly complex and exponentially growing metadata and content across collaboration platforms. Over 14,000 clients in 86 countries rely on Metalogix tools every minute of every day to monitor, migrate, store, synchronize, archive, secure, and backup their collaboration platforms. Metalogix was founded in 2008, and has its operational headquarters in Washington, D.C., with offices around the world.

  • PlexHosted, a developer of robust managed cloud-hosting solutions for better enterprise collaboration, today announced a new set of product offerings for Microsoft SharePoint that will allow Microsoft Office 365 customers to continue using SharePoint Online Public Websites, a feature that was discontinued by Microsoft earlier this year. As a Microsoft Partner, PlexHosted is approved to host public websites based on SharePoint.

  • PlexHosted, a developer of robust managed cloud-hosting solutions for better enterprise collaboration, today unveiled enhanced cloud offerings solutions for business, ensuring the cloud is both practical and affordable to organizations of all sizes.

  • James Newman, a Sales Executive at Pluralsight, was a recent guest on the TechnologyAdvice Expert Interview Series. The series, which is hosted by TechnologyAdvice’s Josh Bland, explores a variety of business and technology landscapes through conversations with industry leaders.

    In this episode, we discuss what elearning and SharePoint would look like at future SPTechCon events, some of the challenges associated with the software, and more!


  • Plustek Inc., a leading manufacturer of document, film and book scanners, today unveiled Plustek eScan for Office 365, a dedicated standalone one-step scanner to bring paper documents to Microsoft Office 365, at SPTechCon, the SharePoint Technology Conference, in Austin, Texas.

  • Responsive_Design_OneWindow

    Portal Solutions, a technology consulting firm that designs and delivers modern digital workplaces on Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint platforms, today announces the launch of its ready-to-go social intranet solution for Office 365, OneWindow Workplace. 

  • The last few weeks I have been working on a project that includes utilizing Power BI. This post is a short summary of what I have found, highlighting three good functions offset by three missing functions. The information here will help you evaluate if this is the right tool for your project.

  • One (current) issue affecting both PowerApps and Flow is that neither support Managed Metadata Columns properly. I have a method to get around this issue, but it will take more than one post to explain. Lately I have refrained from writing epic multi-part posts because things change quickly. In fact this issue will likely go away by the end of 2017.

  • Hi and welcome to part 2 of my series on showcasing the utility of Flow. Specifically, we are updating managed metadata fields ? which is something that neither PowerApps or Flow can do natively as I type this. Having said that, if you are reading this in 2018 and beyond, it is likely this post is out of date the the gap has been addressed. Nevertheless, there are lots of good nuggets of info in this series that actually go beyond this particular use-case and will arm you with the knowledge to use Flow in all sorts of interesting ways.

  • The business world faces a real dilemma these days. Stated simply, there are a lot more applications that need to be built than programmers or consulting companies to build them. This has created a big blockage in the system to get apps built and out the door.

  • Microsoft this week joined Intuit, Salesforce and others who offer "low-code" application development solutions with the announcement of PowerApps, a low-code solution that empowers information workers and "power users? to create line-of-business applications without writing heavy code.

  • There has been plenty of discussion recently over branding SharePoint Online, which extends to SharePoint 2013 and likely to SharePoint 2016. In particular with SharePoint Online, the prevailing wisdom coming from Microsoft has been to not customize the user interface (UI) beyond what can be accomplished in the browser or with Composed Looks—otherwise known as “Don’t touch the Master Page.” But is this reasonable? If it is not an acceptable option for your SharePoint implementation, what are your options?

  • When SharePoint 2016 becomes available later this year, and is released 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 various questions I have been asked about SharePoint over the years, I realize that many of them are the same, based primarily on how to use a functional piece of the system, how to create a workflow, or how to maximize a specific efficiency within an organization.

  • Previewing Office 2016

    David Rubinstein

    While technically not SharePoint, the traditional Office tools—Excel, Word, PowerPoint and more—are a big part of the value of Office 365. Microsoft this week widened its Office 2016 preview for IT pros and developers to include commercial Office 365 customers. While the company did acknowledge this is not the final build of the product (as more features will be added), it did say it will be offering monthly feature updates once it does go live.

  • Priasoft announces an updated release to its award winning Priasoft Migration Suite for Exchange (PMSE). This release uniquely positions the company to enable a complete and automated Microsoft Office 365 based migration experience with the same enterprise features that have already been available for cross-forest based on premise migrations.

  • If you have been part of a SharePoint implementation, you’ll be familiar with the effort required to prioritize requirements—the decision to advance a specific requirement into functionality. What is defined, designed and implemented can be exhaustive and a strain on resources throughout the organization.

    But that’s the good news. The bad news is that you are inevitably left with a laundry list of requirements that are quickly referred to as “the backlog.”

  • Productivity in small doses

    Christian Buckley

    We all love the huge product announcements out of Redmond. Hey! Something shiny and new! Fantastic! And while we may brush aside some of the smaller announcements (or the feature iterations that go, for the most part, unannounced), many of these incremental additions are what actually improve productivity in our day-to-day activities.

  • One thing SharePoint has done pretty well over the years is allow for "Best Bets" to be returned as part of search results. This allows you to search for terms like HR and have promoted results display for Human Resources (a link to the HR homepage and the user profile of the HR Director, for example). This functionality has evolved over time and there are some really exciting changes with SharePoint 2013 using Search Query Rules instead of the old Keywords model.

    We won’t get into the details of how to configure Query Rules or Best Bets today; instead I want to talk about maintaining these promoted search results. Many companies have taken advantage of the promoted results functionality but it is not uncommon to find that the original entries are still configured and have not been reviewed since their creation.  From a user’s perspective, the only thing worse than NO promoted results are old or inaccurate promoted results.

    Consider a scenario where someone is looking for a specific form to be filled out  The user types in a search using a relatively vague phrase but is rewarded with a promoted result for the form they were looking for. Great win, right? Well, now imagine that the form is updated once a year and this particular "best bet" that was returned is actually last year’s form. You can easily see how this would be a problem not just for the user, but now for multiple people involved in this process. Not only has time likely been lost but this scenario has also caused harm to the image of your SharePoint implementation. Here are 3 easy steps to help you avoid these kinds of scenarios and to start you on a path to maintaining great search results:

    1) Educate your site owners. If your site owners do not know about promoted results, they will not know to create or ask for them. It is important that all site owners and content managers have (at least) minimal training on SharePoint’s search capabilities.

    2) Provide publishing details regarding Keywords or search rules. Both SharePoint 2010 and 2013 provide a way to add publishing details for promoted results. These publishing details include Start and End Dates as well as Review Date and Contact information. Using this metadata, promoted results can more easily be maintained. Regularly scheduled reviews can be combined with off-boarding procedures to facilitate transfer of ownership as needed.

  • According to a CNN report last week, there’s another Edward Snowden-type leak of national security documents happening in Washington. As you might recall with the Snowden security breach, blame was placed on SharePoint, which the U.S. government, local governments and other public and quasi-public institutions use for document management, intranet and collaboration.

    Some tried to put the blame for Snowden’s ability to get the documents on SharePoint itself. Security experts, though, see a different cause: access and permissions.

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