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  • Request Management with SharePoint – A Primer

    Thursday, August 09, 2018 Scott Restivo

    New hardware, office supplies, access to databases, purchase approvals, leave requests, benefit updates, travel reimbursements – these are just some of the many types of requests that an organization has to contend with every day. Without an organized system in place to manage the requests, a company will suffer from wasted time and lost efficiency due to delayed and unanswered requests – along with the consternation and frustration of employees and customers.

    Requests need to go into an orderly system so they can be handled properly and resolved quickly. The requests must be sent to the right person or group; relevant parties have to be notified; workflows need to run that automate the request processing; there have to be ways to reassign and escalate the request, as well as send alerts and status reports as the request makes its way to completion.

  • Rackspace, the #1 managed cloud company, today announced that it has expanded its service offering for its Microsoft product portfolio with Fanatical Support for Microsoft Azure. Rackspace will work with customers to help them speed their deployment of Azure, minimize costs and optimize performance. Rackspace engineers will provide application and infrastructure architecture guidance, making it easy for customers to succeed with Azure. The company will also offer hybrid cloud solutions that combine Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Microsoft’s Cloud Platform and Azure.

  • Ramp, the leading provider of next-generation SharePoint video management and eCDN video delivery solutions for large enterprises, today announced a technology and marketing partnership with Syrinx Consulting Corporation, whose software solutions keep pace with the changing state of business and technology. 

  • Ramp, a leading provider of next-generation video management and delivery solutions for large enterprises, today announced new enhancements to its Ramp VideoVerge for SharePoint platform that help enterprises gain more business value from their video content, while empowering SharePoint users to communicate more productively than ever before.

  • It's amazing how quickly the community conversation can shift. A year ago, people were up in arms about the future of SharePoint on-premises, reading into what was said (and not said) at last year's SharePoint Conference, with the doom-and-gloom crowd predicting its rapid demise. And here we are, post-Ignite, with a renewed energy surrounding a forthcoming (albeit slightly delayed) SharePoint Server 2016, and for just about every vendor I speak with, there’s plenty of SharePoint business to go around. In fact, SharePoint is still growing.

  • As we come to the end of the year, it is a good time to reflect on what Microsoft has done with business intelligence in 2014 and how it may impact us in 2015. I am going to address the following four capabilities and comment on how they may affect our 2015:

  • In last week’s SPTechReport, we ran a SharePointers column from development expert Eric Overfield touting the benefits of Bootstrap for taking SharePoint to mobile devices.

  • There has been a lot said and written lately around the SharePoint world, and frankly, it’s daunting for anyone starting out on a SharePoint journey to make heads or tails of it all. I am constantly asked questions about functionality from version to version, Office 365, Yammer, the app store, migration planning, governance models, and, of course, adoption tips to ensure that what you’ve built actually gets used once implemented. The issue many are having is that it’s near impossible to draw a definitive line in the sand and proclaim not only how SharePoint should be implemented, but also be strategically used by the organization overall.

    When I last wrote on project-management topics in 2012, the SharePoint world was different, and my focus on was the tactical implementation of the product. Many customers had recently converted from 2007 to 2010, and there was a relative silence about enterprise features and deployments.

  • Rickard Hansson

    Rickard Hansson is the CEO and founder of Incentive, a socially powered enterprise collaboration platform for mid-market organizations and enterprise teams that want to achieve improved profitability, increased efficiency and accelerated business results. Rickard is an expert in workplace collaboration and communication, especially in companies who want “to change and demolish the old communication roads which often are one-way.”

    I invited Rickard on the show to discuss social software, employee buy-in, and how to avoid what he calls “platform fatigue.”

  • The proposition in the headline almost seems like an oxymoron, but it is a real option. Today many companies are in a race to the cloud in order to get out of the data-center business. And while Office 365 is a great long-term solution, the investment many companies have already made in SharePoint is too great to just "start over? in Office 365. The truth is while software-as-a-service (SaaS) is the best solution to future-proof things, it does take an investment to get there.

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