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  • When I worked with SharePoint Online and Window PowerShell, I encountered an issue connecting to SharePoint Online. There are few differences between SharePoint Online and SharePoint On-Premise. This blog will show you the steps to access SharePoint Online.

  • How to balance a SharePoint intranet to make it powerful and engaging?

    In one of our recent blog posts, we explored why it is critical to prioritize SharePoint intranet features. Now, we will discuss another important principle to follow while implementing a SharePoint intranet. This is feature balance.

  • Imagine that you’ve been asked to help plan the new children’s science center in your city. You are thrilled to be part of it because of how this new facility will enable your kids to collaborate, interact and learn. However, because of government regulation and concerns for the children’s welfare, when the facility opens there is heavy security around the place; everyone gets searched before they can enter.

  • Last December, it was announced that OneDrive for Business users would indeed be receiving unlimited storage if they had a qualifying subscription. (Details on which subscriptions qualify for unlimited storage can be found in the original announcement here).

  • Join industry thought leader Dux Raymond Sy in this interactive keynote as he shares practical steps that enables IT organizations to deliver maximum business value and to promote lasting business driven IT adoption.

  • Microsoft is moving away from code-based sandbox solutions. The company already depreciated them in SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online in January 2014, and now it wants to help customers prepare for their removal in other solutions. According to the company, users could only execute sandbox solutions they know and trust. The company announced the Manage Solutions Gallery for SharePoint Server 2010, 2013 and 2016. The new gallery aims provide a list of known and trusted code-based sandbox solutions.

  • You're probably already familiar with Outlook as the app you use to keep track of all your e-mail and appointments. And if you're a power user, you might even use it to keep track of tasks, RSS feeds, contacts and more. But it turns out Outlook does a lot with SharePoint, too. It's just not blatantly obvious.

  • Many organizations are beginning to realize the value in social collaboration platforms. Yet proving that value and relaying it in the form of numbers and metrics has proved to be challenging for enterprises across the spectrum. Portal stakeholders and administrators need to be equipped with the right tools so that they can deliver intelligent and easily digestible insights to senior management. Understanding why measurement is important (and then how to proceed) is vital for aligning business requirements with portal initiatives.

  • VisualSP recently announced it has passed one million users of its SharePoint end-user help and training system. Over the past two years, the company has seen a rapid rise in the number of commercial, government, and non-profit organizations that are looking at the type of end-user support its VisualSP Help System for SharePoint enables.

  • Since the creation of the App Model for SharePoint, which has been extensively covered in SPTechCon’s news section, there have been a few hiccups, a few changes, and a whole lot of learning curve. Even today, many people do not have apps configured on their farm. The reasons for not configuring vary from person to person, but in the end come down to a few major pieces.

  • Microsoft certainly opened the SharePoint fire hose last week, demoing new features from the SharePoint Framework to Flow and PowerApps, the new SharePoint Home in Office 365 (complete with the SharePoint logo where “sites” used to be), and the new look of the Document Library.

  • Microsoft continues to push Office 365 as its solution for team collaboration, and hybrid seems to be gaining traction as something folks can live with. They can move some lightweight tasks such as communication and their outward-facing websites to the cloud, while still maintaining control over more sensitive documents and data.

  • On Monday, I sat back and watched the keynote at Microsoft’s Convergence 15 conference. Convergence is Microsoft’s only conference dedicated to business, showing off not just technology, but the latest and greatest products within the Microsoft world.

  • It's still early enough in 2017 that we can talk about new year's resolutions. I think most of us already put a lot of pressure on ourselves, so I'm keeping my personal resolutions to a minimum. However, I'd like to suggest a resolution for your intranet pages that should not be too difficult and will dramatically help usability of your content pages: Eliminate all instances of "click here.?

  • What's YOUR strategy?

    Michael Pehel
    In the SharePoint world there are two types of roles: Those that are considered “tech” and those that are considered “business.” Regardless of whether you carry the internal title of IT Pro, Developer, Decision Maker or Administrator, these two categories always prevail, and your association with the category implies a certain level of understanding.…READ MORE
  • The headline of this article is from a statement by European SharePoint expert Bjorn Furuknap, who anecdotally posited on Facebook that he’s seeing a diminution of skills among those who call themselves SharePoint experts...READ MORE
  • Microsoft's push to get its SharePoint customers onto Office 365 (which includes SharePoint) has forced organizations to take a hard look at the cloud and tackle some difficult questions. READ MORE
  • Whither thou SharePoint?

    Marc Anderson

    I’ve been working with SharePoint for more than 15 years now, in one guise or another. (Yeah, I can claim connection to Tahoe, just like thousands of other people.) When it comes right down to it, I’m tired of the word “SharePoint.” And the word “Office 365.” And many other brand names that now sound meaningless in my brain.

    What I haven’t become tired of is what those tools enable, though. Ever since the fire of knowledge management was lit in my belly back in the mid-1990s, I’ve seen tools like this for what they are: a means to an end.

  • We use forms all the time: when we sign up to a newsletter, when we book tickets online, when we fill out personal details on an application form. Forms are used by businesses to collect information and enable the smooth running of important business processes.

  • Knowledge management within organizations is becoming increasingly important to corporate productivity and being able to meet strategic goals and objectives. Microsoft's Office 365 SaaS product is intended to provide that level of integration between collaborative technologies and the ever-ubiquitous Office suite to connect the dots for knowledge workers, making it easier to share, store, find and retain knowledge. However, the path to solving the knowledge-management challenge isn't quite as clear as we might think.

  • Why is this a 'community'?

    David Rubinstein

    Why do we talk about a SharePoint “community”? Isn’t it really just a collection of unique workers who happen to use the same software? We don’t talk about a “Word” community, or an “iTunes” community. So what does a SharePoint community mean?

  • For every intranet or collaboration space we’re deploying, we want it to be useful to our users, increase productivity, and be a well-governed environment. For anyone who has never managed a SharePoint environment, you might ask yourself: This doesn’t seem that hard, what’s the big deal? It turns out that getting our users to love SharePoint, to use SharePoint, hasn’t been that easy over the years.

  • SharePoint stakeholders can't know their risks without knowing their requirements.

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    The Women in SharePoint organization is launching at SPTechCon Boston in June a new initiative, called #IStandByYou, designed to support women in technology careers.

  • Wall Street Network, provider of knowledge management (KM) and collaboration solutions, announced today the latest release of WSN Insight for Microsoft SharePoint. It enables organizations to capitalize on one of their most untapped resources, the tacit knowledge of their workforce. "We have addressed some of the biggest challenges facing every organization in the 21st century by making WSN Insight practical and applicable for integration into daily business activities. The latest enhancements focus on making it easier to collaborate, improve the find-ability of existing content, making connections between workforce teams, project management and faster absorption of critical knowledge and best practices throughout an organization." said Kristina Mazelis, COO & CFO of Wall Street Network.

  • X2O Media, a Barco company, today announced its X2O visual communications platform will drive a number of digital workplace solutions at Microsoft Ignite 2016. Held in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center from Sept. 26-30, Microsoft Ignite will host thousands of IT decision makers, IT professionals, and enterprise developers from around the world. Attendees are invited to stop by booth 659 to see the X2O-powered SharePoint TV and the Connected Desktop application in action. 

  • Since its acquisition of Yammer, Microsoft has pushed the enterprise social service to businesses and organizations. Yammer is an excellent standalone product, and I get the feeling that Yammer would prefer it that way. In practice, many of the organizations I have worked with prefer an integrated solution that includes both an enterprise social network and an organizational intranet/extranet portal.

  • Microsoft believes Yammer is good for its SharePoint health. Yammer chats are now synced with OneDrive and SharePoint files.

  • After six successful years in San Francisco, SPTechCon: The SharePoint Technology Conference, will move to red-hot Austin, Texas, Feb. 8-11, 2015.

  • Sometimes it seems like we’re seeing an onslaught of changes in our SharePoint worlds. That means that sometimes I envy my clients who are still on SharePoint 2007 or 2010. They may not have the latest or greatest features, but at least they know what they have, and it’s predictable.

  • First, I've got to say thanks. Since launching the Periodic Table of Office 365back in May 2017-the second-most popular of the infographics I've produced, beat out by my Intro to Office 365 Groups, interestingly-it's been viewed almost 50,000 times across LinkedIn and my blog. It's been translated into three other languages. It pops up at conferences across the world. And I've seen it in many intranets to help with internal Office 365 adoption.

  • 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.

  • One of the bigger shifts that have occurred in the modern workplace is the ability for team members to work remotely.

  • Infragistics, a leading provider of mobile collaboration solutions, today joined Nintex, the leader in workflow and content automation, at Microsoft Ignite to announce a new partnership to integrate Nintex Workflow and Forms, which automate processes on and between today's most used enterprise content management systems and collaboration platforms, connecting on-premises, cloud workflows, and mobile users; with Infragistics' SharePlus platform, a mobile collaboration and productivity application enabling teams to run business processes, work on documents on premises or in the cloud, and analyze data all in one place. Together, these solutions enable teams to use a SharePlus Mobile Workspace to run business processes, analyze data, and work on documents both on-premises, or in the cloud, natively from their iOS devices.

  • Infragistics, a worldwide leader in providing tools and solutions to accelerate a design, development and collaboration for any organization, today announced the availability of SharePlus, their platform agnostic collaboration and productivity application for Microsoft SharePoint on premise and Office 365 on mobile devices. The latest release enables the creation of custom mobile workspaces, providing business teams a focused environment tailored to their needs or specific job roles. SharePlus now extends centralized access to content and data across the cloud with OneDrive for Business, Dropbox and Google Drive, or on corporate network drives.

  • Infragistics, a worldwide leader in providing tools and solutions to accelerate design, development and collaboration, today announced the launch of Infragistics Ultimate 16.1, its enterprise-ready web, mobile and desktop user interface development suite. Ultimate 16.1 incorporates a broad range of additions and enhancements designed to simplify and speed development of amazingly visual native iOS and Android applications, cross platform applications with Xamarin, Web apps with the AngularJS and Hybrid Apps with HTML5 targeting Cordova.

  • Insight to acquire BlueMetal

    SPTechCon Newswire

    Insight Enterprises, Inc. today announced the acquisition of BlueMetal, an interactive design and technology architecture firm based in the Boston area, with offices in Chicago and New York.

  • Lightning Tools is delighted to announce the release of a Microsoft SharePoint Online Add-in to manage SharePoint permissions.

  • With the introduction of the SharePoint Framework, organizations now have an entirely new option to choose from when designing custom extensions for their cloud and on-premise collaboration solutions. Although this new model provides additional capabilities and addresses many of the feature gaps present in Azure Web Applications and SharePoint Add-Ins, it also makes the development landscape more complicated than ever before, inevitably leading to confusion around which model to use for specific business scenarios. Integrating the Framework into an existing development strategy involves several key decision points and a deeper understanding of why it was introduced and what specific problems it was created to solve.

  • SharePoint has traditionally been stigmatized as a collaborative portal used for document management and lightweight process automation by organizations around the world. Microsoft's vision for SharePoint is for it to act as the nucleus for collaborative organizations, becoming the proverbial glue that holds an organization's systems together while seamlessly surfacing information across departments. That vision, one which frankly has taken Microsoft some time to craft and communicate, sounds similar to the role of human resources in many companies: acting as the component that keeps the company together, but also one that has taken time to efficiently build.

  • Video is one of the most powerful ways we connect, communicate and learn today ? breaking down geographic boundaries and bringing a distinctly human element to digital interactions.  Myriad platforms exist in the consumer space to upload and share live or on demand in a matter of seconds. As one of the most consumed and shared content types on the internet, video is increasingly an important part of our personal lives. We believe video can ? and should ? be just as impactful in the workplace.

  • Today we are announcing the general availability of Office UI Fabric on GitHub. Office UI Fabric is a responsive, mobile-first, front-end framework for developers, designed to make it simple to quickly create web experiences using the Office Design Language. It’s simple and familiar to get up and running with Office UI Fabric—whether you’re creating a new app from scratch or adding new features to an existing one.

  • The cloud. SharePoint.

  • Every developer spends time updating existing code. Whether to add new features, fix old ones or simply remove unused functionality, it is very rare for a piece of code to go its entire life without any updates…READ MORE
  • Is the people picker broken?

    David Rubinstein

    At the end of May, Microsoft architect Kirk Evans wrote a blog post about the frustrations users were experiencing implementing claims authentication via SAML in SharePoint.

  • Ignatiuz is introducing at SPTechCon a SharePoint 2013-based vendor management platform called iVendor that facilitates easy bid and RFP posting and management by businesses and government agencies. iVendor can be run on farm based SharePoint instances or SharePoint Online. 

  • Ignatiuz this week announced that its intuitive vendor management system, iVendor, is now available via subscription-based models. The solution is deployed and hosted on cloud servers by Ignatiuz, enabling a client to select from different subscription models based on the number of bids to be published during a year, ranging from 20 to 500. The dedicated deployed solution continues to exist.

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