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  • Top 3 Ways to Manage Orphaned Content

    Monday, October 22, 2018

    What is Orphaned Content?


    Orphaned content is content that doesn’t have any documents linking to it in the portal. This can happen a lot with older content. It’s easy to forget about older content and not remember to link it to new documents within the portal. This makes it difficult to find since there’s nothing in the portal that links to it. Instead of accessing it through a link on another page, you have to know the exact title or URL of the content to be able to find it.

  • The Document Circle of Life in Office 365

    Thursday, January 25, 2018 Matt Wade

    Two of the most frequently asked questions I get when it comes to SharePoint and the Office 365 realm are:

  • The New SharePoint World is Flat

    Friday, December 22, 2017 Joel Oleson

    While Information Architecture is a big part of SharePoint projects, the newest guidance from the product team is to create what I'm calling the "flat world? where everything is a site collection sitting under sites. If everything is flat structurally you can then use the new hub sites to build the structure up and to build the hierarchies gaining new search, navigation, and activity rollups including powerful mobile aggregation experiences across multiple team sites and communication sites.

  • From SharePoint to the Cloud - Metalogix Helping Businesses Make the Transition

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  • Last week I had the honor of being a judge at the Arctic SharePoint Challenge in Oslo, Norway. This is an annual challenge put on by a group of SharePoint-focused consulting companies in and around Oslo, though occasionally teams come from further afield.

  • First off, let me be very clear about a few things: I don't have any special knowledge here (probably, even though I'm a SharePoint MVP) and I'm probably making a few things up. But recently I've been thinking about where the future of SharePoint development lies, and I've connected some dots in my head.\

  • Last summer, I wrote an article discussing SharePoint in the cloud and what it actually means. The article was a response to the common question I hear all the time about what it means to put SharePoint in the cloud. The basic summary is that “cloud” comes in different flavors, and each one presents different pros and cons. If you’re still exploring the decision of going to the cloud, that article is a good starting point.... READ MORE
  • The Blind Upgrade

    Michael Pehel
    I have recently heard a lot of conversation in the community about upgrading from SharePoint 2007 to 2013. In fact, this seemed to be somewhat of a focal point last month at SPTechCon San Francisco, as many people asked my opinion on how to plan for the upgrade and what recommendations I had to get it completed as effectively as possible. The interesting thing about the questions is that they were focused on the business, relating to strategies, not technical issues related to how the upgrade itself should be tactically approached—which is great, because there is still direct Microsoft-defined migration from 2007 to 2013. READ MORE
  • Now that I’ve had some time to internalize the plethora of announcements from the Future of SharePoint event back on May 4, one thing really stands out for me: The SharePoint user interface (UI) is becoming a consumer UI. Let me explain what I mean.

  • After a collective sigh of relief, we must get back to work and find ways to customize in the post-“SharePoint on-premises is dead” days and look to our foreseeable future of hybrid. This past May at Ignite 2015 in Chicago, the SharePoint community was assured that SharePoint on-premises will continue as long as there is a demand. But the tables have turned for the better, and SharePoint will now be driven by the cloud (and on-prem will follow).

  • The future of SharePoint

    David Rubinstein

    Microsoft is on a mission to provide collaboration tools to the masses, renewing its investment in SharePoint and laying out plans for the software’s future.

  • SPTechCon Austin wrapped today, and attendees are leaving with the latest knowledge about SharePoint and Office 365, third-party offerings and the state of hybrid/cloud adoption.

  • After Microsoft's "Future of SharePoint? event in San Francisco on May 4, much of the excitement and conversation has been, of course, around new functionality and an improving user experience. As I catalogued in a personal blog post that morning, there is a lot to digest from the announcements and related blog posts from Microsoft's Jeff Teper, Bill Baer, Mark Kashman and others. And then there is the community excitement around SharePoint, in general. Our favorite enterprise platform is getting some much-deserved attention. 

  • The impact of community

    Christian Buckley


    When I left Microsoft back in 2009 and joined a small SharePoint ISV in downtown Seattle, the SharePoint community was already a fast-growing, thriving phenomenon. One comment that I have heard again and again from people is that they've never seen anything like it.

  • For more than 12 years we’ve been thinking about SharePoint as both an application and a platform. We could use it as-is and get tremendous benefits from what it could do out of the box. However, many organizations decided they had to customize SharePoint extensively just to make it adequate. Sometimes these customizations were extremely valuable to their organizations and sometimes... well, not so much. As much as SharePoint could do, organizations thought of it as a website, to be bent to their will.

    We’re in a New Age of SharePoint now. While many people have predicted SharePoint’s imminent demise, that’s not what’s happening. At least not really. Instead, SharePoint is being assimilated—dare I say “Borg-ed?”—into the greater application that is Office 365.

  • With the recent explosion of mobile and smartphone devices (more than 7 billion worldwide at last count), how does your SharePoint user interface stack up? Are you meeting the needs of your user base? Are you creating a company portal, a project or team-management system? Or are you hosting your public-facing site on SharePoint?

  • I have recently been working with a client who has a specific problem; they implemented a brilliant SharePoint intranet for themselves, but ignored governance completely.  What they now realize, having been live for just over a year with the product, is the level of internal confusion that has now grown into a huge negative force. As it was described to me, everything was running smoothly until someone had a question or issue, with no place to turn and no solution that encouraged them to continue working as usual. Users were unable to request or create a new site, create and tag content appropriately, search for information or more generally, use the tool to improve their job performance.

  • A new Office 365 add-in wants to provide SharePoint Online and Office 365 app users a single point of entry to manage their business needs and solutions. The Quad Solution Center from H3 Solutions provides an end-to-end request and delivery solution center for the business.

  • It takes all kinds of skills to successfully design, develop, and launch a SharePoint solution: sponsors, project Managers, Web designers, developers, information architects, change agents and subject matter experts, just to name a few. But what if I told you that to truly get sustainable adoption of that SharePoint solution, there is really only one skill that all of these roles must put at the top of their list—a skill that is the secret sauce to change a site from good to great. What’s more, this one skill will make developers, architects and designers not only meet requirements, but also delight their sponsors, leaders and clients each and every time.

  • Back in the early days of mass SharePoint adoption (circa 2008), the most popular request from customers was to make their shiny new intranet “not look like SharePoint.” It was a reasonable request; after all, the product was created to simplify online collaboration and document management, not to be an internal marketing platform, so the user interface naturally reflected a utilitarian design aesthetic that many found less than appealing. Of course, that didn’t stop customers from taking the platform in all sorts of directions it was never meant to go, the result of which was a proliferation of highly-customized implementations that required a great deal of time, money and custom code to deliver.

  • Whether you're from a small, mid-size, or large organization Robert Bogue explains in this keynote how to take the SharePoint sketch Microsoft has laid out for users and turn it into a blueprint for your organization's success.

  • The world’s most interesting SharePoint influencers: When they create SharePoint functionality, jQuery queries THEM. InfoPath asks THEM for directions. THEY put the Power in PowerShell....READ MORE
  • Each year I sit down to write my year-in-review piece, and I’m consistently amazed by the changes that take place both from a technological and community perspective in 365 days. To me, one of the idiosyncrasies of the SharePoint world is that, for a platform that takes an incredibly long time to strategically plan, implement and support, the eco-system is always changing, scrambling to push the limits.

    To me, one of the most exciting parts of SharePoint is the community. I think most would struggle to name another technology that can support the events pushed out by the SharePoint community. From conferences to webinars, articles to tweets, the SharePoint world is thriving with more and more content being produced and consumed each year. Furthermore, Microsoft has pushed out more tools, features and products that have continued to impress, such as Office for iPad, Office 365 Video and Sway. Here were some of the highlights in 2014, and a few hints at what’s to come in 2015 and beyond.



    SharePoint expert Benjamin Niaulin sat down at SPTechCon with conference chairman David Rubinstein to discuss search Web parts, why he does what he does, and how he got where he is without knowing how to code!

  • Over the past couple months, I have been thinking a lot about adoption metrics around SharePoint and Office 365, and wanted to share some thoughts about the Office 365 Adoption Content Pack for PowerBI that was announced at Microsoft Ignite 2016 in Atlanta. Specifically, what it delivers and what it still lacks, and why every enterprise should be thinking about adoption and engagement metrics, in general.

  • Timlin Enterprises presented a “Stump The Experts” panel at SPTechCon Boston, awarding an XBox to Patrick Doran of North Carolina for his query that both entertained and stopped the experts.

    Ryan Thomas, Timlin Enterprises president, hosted the standing-room-only event which saw SharePoint developers and users pose questions and problems in hopes of walking away with an XBox.

  • Continuing on the theme of SharePoint being a mere tool to solve business problems, not some magic software that will do that voodoo on its own: Matt Wade at icansharepoint weighs in with the thought that it’s a lack of knowledge of what SharePoint can and can’t do that stymies users.

  • Lots of third-party tools were on display at Microsoft’s Ignite conference held in Chicago last week, and while we turned the spotlight on a number of them in last week’s newsletter, today we’ll offer up our thoughts on a few more.

  • Responsive Web Design techniques, strategies and tools continue to expand in the general Web design world. If you do a search for “Responsive Design,” the ever popular “Top X Tools for...” pops up in the search results, and one of my more recent favorites is “12 Essential Responsive Design Tools” by Richa Jain. I am often asked what tools I consider essential when I implement a responsive site in SharePoint, so I compiled a list of my go-to tools for every project I work on.

    1. Twitter Bootstrap
    You will always want to start each project with the right foundation, and with a responsive site, that starts with your grid. Although there are too many responsive grids to actually count, I would say a few of the most popular are Zurb Foundation, Skeleton, Less, and most importantly in my eyes, Twitter Bootstrap (also commonly referred to as simply Bootstrap).

  • Are you attending SPTechCon Boston? Or are you thinking about attending? Well, we have 5 reasons why you should stop by the Exhibit Hall!

  • Ever wonder if, and how, consulting companies use their own products, methodologies and services? When working with other software companies, we often see that even though they work with a product, sometimes they don't use it within their own company.

  • Many years ago, I came to the conclusion that thoroughly training end users on SharePoint is a waste of time for employees and trainers. I don't mean to say that SharePoint trainers are bad people or that all training programs are useless. It's just that comprehensive SharePoint training, crammed into a 1/2 day or five days is by and large wasteful. This might sound controversial, but this is the conclusion I have come to after many years of unsuccessful attempts by myself and other Microsoft MVP trainers like me.

  • Germany-based Rencore this week announced SPTransformator, a tool for cloud migration of customizations such as sandbox and forms solutions, at SPTechCon San Francisco.

  • George Bernard Shaw wrote, “Progress is impossible without change.” If you know Microsoft and heard the messages from the recent Ignite conference, you know this is Microsoft’s mantra (sometimes to our discontent).

  • Change is the only constant. You must embrace change if you want to stay sane in the SharePoint space. Since Web design strategies continue to evolve with the latest devices, design trends and UI concepts, so too must the underlying frameworks we use day in, day out.

  • In speaking with SharePoint users, content management remains at or near the top of the reasons they use the software. Recently, two content-management solution providers—Harvest Technology Group and EZONES—popped up on my radar, and depending upon how you define content management, each comes at it from a different direction.

  • Do you know what the “yips” are?  According to Wikipedia, the yips is a term applied to sports players who lose fine motor skills without apparent explanation. Athletes affected by the yips demonstrate a sudden, unexplained loss of previous skills. Athletes affected by the yips sometimes recover their ability, sometimes compensate by changing technique, or may be forced to abandon their sport at the highest level. Perhaps the most famous example of someone with the yips is former big-league baseball player Chuck Knoblauch, a second baseman who during his tenure with the New York Yankees seemingly forgot how to throw a ball from his position to first base. And there’s pro basketball player Charles Barkley, who golfs with a strange hitch-push motion when swinging. Check it out on YouTube if you haven’t seen it before.

  • Earlier this month, an article in SPTechReport noted that a survey was being done to assess where people are in terms of working on-premises, in the cloud, or both.

  • Deployment planning: seemingly one of the more intimidating things about Office 365. Moving the cheese. Transforming the way people work. It's exciting! And yet terrifying. On one hand, as the leader of an organization, you hold a responsibility to point the company in the direction of the most efficient way to work. On the other, you are strapped with finding the most fiscally responsible approach.

  • SharePoint began as a portal solution that enabled collaboration within organizations. Now, 15 years later, SharePoint is a portal and collaboration solution infused with intelligence.

  • The Notion that Teams Will Replace Email

    Given its progress since its launch in November 2016 and Microsoft's focus on Teams as the "hubwork for teamwork within Office 365,? Teams should be of interest to any Office 365 tenant. However, the idea voiced by some commentators that Teams will replace email is more debatable. Because so many variables exist, this is a tricky question, including personal preference, the desktop environment, organizational culture, and even the age of a user.

  • This year at SPTechCon, Benjamin Niaulin will be leading a session on search driven content. While the content of Benjamin’s address will be informative and full of good information, he will be sure to keep his presentation fun, interesting, and simple, much like his company. Benjamin, who is “The MVP” and the “SharePoint Geek” and Sharegate, a SharePoint migration and governance provider, works with his coworkers to deliver a system that is, in their words, “just damn simple.”

    The philosophy behind Sharegate developed from a frustration with the immense complexities involved in migrating SharePoint data to updated systems. In their minds, this should be a simple process, and they set out to create a system that could do just that. With Sharegate, the power of migration is in the hands of the power users, even if that individual isn’t an IT professional or coding expert.

  • Doug Geller, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for VirtualWorks, loves content management. In fact, his professional focus has always been related to the range of technologies between content management and indexing/searching. Before VirtualWorks, Doug developed and worked on ECM solutions for the legal community, gaining expertise in content management that he now uses to improve systems and create new solutions with the VirtualWorks team.

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