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  • Seattle, WA.– K2, an industry leader in business application platforms and solutions, today announced it has agreed to accept a strategic investment from Francisco Partners, a leading global private equity firm focused on the technology sector, to support investment in K2’s go-to-market initiatives and product innovation.  The funding will enable K2 to further its vision of empowering its customers to optimize their business processes and seamlessly build and run their own unique business applications on premises and in the cloud.  The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2015.

  • K2 Software today announced new capabilities for K2 Mobile, K2 management, K2 Rest Service and Microsoft SharePoint 2016. These updates are available both on- premises via blackpearl 4.7 and in the cloud via Appit.

    K2 delivers value for customers with business process application management efficiency gains of over $750,000 for a composite organization based on customer interviews according to a recent commissioned Total Economic Impact? (TEI) study conducted by Forrester Consulting. Using K2 blackpearl as its enterprise business process application standard, the organization consolidated and centralized its business processes onto a single, holistic tool, improving its efficiency in supporting, managing, optimizing and troubleshooting its business process-oriented applications. Additional benefits can be found in the complete Forrester TEI study here.

    Here's how K2's latest release delivers value for customers:

    K2 Mobile
    K2 continues to increase investments in its mobile platform. New features for K2 Mobile for iOS help customers remain productive while on the go with the following new enhancements:

    • Barcode controls enable organizations to digitally transform their business processes by leveraging K2 Mobile. For example, customers can scan a UPC or SKU to prepopulate information on a K2 form, making it easy to capture data for inventory management, asset tracking or incident management.
    • Image annotation lets users mark up and add notes to images and attach them to forms for further explanation when using the K2 Mobile App, thus improving the quality of information shared and ultimately speeding up resolutions.

    Proactive diagnosis before deploying SmartForms and views
    K2 improves Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) by providing proactive, real-time impact analysis on changes made to SmartForms and views during the design stage, all without any architectural changes or coding. ALM provides visual indicators to inform you that you are missing required data fields, controls, control properties and rules. Notifications provide the option to keep or remove dependencies as you see fit. ALM also analyzes dependencies on check-in, and allows for correction or cloning to avoid errors in deployment.

    K2 Management
    K2 Management offers a centralized, intuitive user interface for configuring and managing of an organization's K2-based applications. Administrators can centrally manage all the workflows, methods, user rights, security, roles, worklists, authorization settings and more. K2 Management also allows administrators the ability to view, run and test SmartObjects quickly and easily, as well as identify process errors and repair those errors with ease. Lastly, administrators can manage their users' ongoing tasks and schedule workflow processes. 

    K2 REST Service now available for blackpearl
    A short time ago we shared updates for Appit, including support for REST. The new K2 REST broker with Swagger support makes integration with net new or legacy systems easy. REST is now available for blackpearl on-premises customers as well. To find out more about how customers are using REST, please see the following case study.

    Microsoft SharePoint 2016
    K2 now supports SharePoint 2016 and adds key enhancements to performance, forms rules, modern SharePoint lists and registering web applications, which dramatically simplify the application registration and activation management for the K2 app.

    "K2's low code apps platform allows SharePoint users to build process apps in both cloud and on-premises environments without coding," said Rob Howard, director of Office Ecosystem, Microsoft Corp.  "K2's deeply integrated, reusable workflows reinforce SharePoint as a one-stop-shop for intelligent collaboration from any device."

    For more in-depth information about this release, join the upcoming webinar here.

  • The panels at SPTechCon two weeks ago addressed topics that are resonating in the broader SharePoint community. Last week, I wrote about the shortcomings in Office 365 for people used to working with the on-premises server. This week, I received this note from one of my readers, Patrick Parker. He’s the founder and CEO of EmpowerID:

    “I just read your article on Office 365 shortcomings today. It was very interesting and the timing made me do a double take as I just gave a webinar on Office 365 security shortcomings today. Well written and definitely what we are seeing with our customers.

  • As more organizations are storing more sensitive business content and data, security becomes a top concern. Most deal well with hacks from outside the organization, via encryption, preventing data from being downloaded onto mobile devices or moved via e-mail, and many other techniques. Those same organizations, though, have a difficult time assessing vulnerabilities from threats that originate inside the organization.

  • Knowledge Vault today announced it has attained a Gold Application Development competency, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers¹ evolving needs in today¹s dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top 1 percent of Microsoft¹s partner ecosystem.

    To earn a Microsoft gold competency, partners must successfully complete exams (resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals) to prove their level of technology expertise, and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. They also must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects (along with implementing a yearly customer satisfaction study), meet a revenue commitment (for most gold competencies), and pass technology and/or sales assessments.

    Empowering Microsoft partners to manage their client environments through a single online service, Knowledge Vault provides comprehensive discovery, auditing, reporting and management as an advanced and cost-effective solution that enables cloud administrators and IT managers to obtain valuable information about all aspects of their cloud-based content and sharing technologies. The Knowledge Vault platform gives IT administrators the visibility and control they need over Microsoft Office 365 tools to:

    • Automate compliance reviews for Office 365 by enabling fine-grained auditing and reporting across all sensitive configuration changes and activities
    • Tighten security with proactive insight into permission and other security related changes and activities
    • Detect data breaches or misuse by examining login behaviors, uncovering suspect activities including non-owner access, or detecting inappropriate system changes
    • Reduce complexity and cost using comprehensive management actions
    • Optimize usage of services and license management
    • Oversee Microsoft Office 365 migrations
    • Provide business owners the information they need to optimize decision making and ensure project success

    “As a member of the Microsoft Partner Network, Knowledge Vault values this Microsoft Gold Application Development competency, as it represents our commitment to providing our cloud services provider and channel customers with the best cloud-based service possible,” said Christian Ehrenthal, CEO and co-founder, Knowledge Vault. “We strive to remain on the leading edge of technology and are grateful for this acknowledgement of our team¹s hard work.”

    “By achieving a gold competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top one percent of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology.”

    Earning the Application Development competency helps partners differentiate themselves as a trusted expert to their customers through development and deployment of commercial or custom applications built using core Microsoft technologies like Windows Server and Windows 8 operating systems, the Windows Azure platform, Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 development system, Microsoft BizTalk Server and emerging cloud-based and web business models. By gaining access to a comprehensive set of benefits through the Application Development competency, partners can acquire new customers and help them be more productive and profitable through deployment of business applications, advanced web portals or rich client user interfaces that run on premises or in the cloud.

    The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and, with 640,000 Microsoft partners in their ecosystem, to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

  • KnowledgeLake, an innovator of document processing solutions, announced the company's platinum sponsorship of the SharePoint Technology Conference in Austin, TX from April 2-5. KnowledgeLake will be in booth #605 to demonstrate its powerful document process automation platform that works seamlessly with SharePoint 2016 and Office 365.

  • Kofax Limited, a leading provider of software to simplify and transform the First Mile of customer engagement, today announced the availability of the Kofax SignDoc® family of e-signature solutions. SignDoc includes highly scalable, enterprise-ready software to satisfy organizations’ growing e-signature requirements. With SignDoc, businesses and government agencies large and small can implement e-signature capabilities into virtually any business process across their entire organization for internal or external use.

    SignDoc Standard is a stand-alone solution providing versatile self service capabilities, so users can design, deploy and manage custom e-signing workflows. SignDoc Enterprise enables organizations to design, deploy and manage custom e-signing workflows and embed advanced e-signature capabilities within a host of enterprise applications. SignDoc Enterprise is seamlessly integrated with Kofax TotalAgility, the company's flagship process automation platform, so organizations can add secure and authenticated e-signature functionality to end-to-end business processes powered by TotalAgility.

  • KWizCom, a leading developer of SharePoint Forms & Workflows, as well as numerous other powerful SharePoint web parts, add-ons and apps for Office 365 (SharePoint Online), unveiled a new add-in for Office 365 customers ? List Aggregator App (SPFx).

  • Skyhigh Networks, the Cloud Security and Enablement Company, today announced comprehensive support for the recently announced Microsoft Graph, enabling businesses to seamlessly extend security, compliance and governance controls from data across the entire Microsoft Office 365 offering. Microsoft Graph opens multiple APIs from the Microsoft intelligent cloud through a single REST API endpoint. With this integration, Skyhigh for Office 365 now provides coverage for productivity applications with data from the API, including users, groups, organizational contacts, files, folders, mail, insights and relationships.

  • The results are in from the CollabTalk/BYU Marriott School of Business survey on hybrid SharePoint, and a few numbers jump out as being somewhat startling.

  • Linkapalooza

    Michael Pehel

    You’d think after creating links for more than 200 SPTechReport newsletters, The Linker’s mine would be played out. Not on your life! Digging ever deeper, working ever harder, The Linker once again brings you the finest links money doesn’t have to buy! And here they are!

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  • The Linker is filled with excitement and joy about his New York Rangers taking the ice tonight for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. So please, after 8 p.m. Eastern, no phone calls asking for link revisions or repairs. Those pleas will go unanswered until the postgame. In the meantime, these should tide you over. LET’S GO RANGERS!!!...READ MORE
  • Live from SPC '14

    Michael Pehel
    LAS VEGAS — In front of thousands of attendees during a packed keynote to open Microsoft’s SharePoint Conference 2014 here, executives reiterated the company’s emphasis on the cloud as a core pillar of its future strategy…READ MORE
  • Live from SPTechCon Austin

    David Rubinstein

    Hybrid is a word that sounds old, but it’s part of the new way Microsoft is looking at taking its SharePoint customers to the Office 365 cloud.

    That was the message from Arpan Shah, Microsoft’s senior director of technical product management for Office 365, right before he delivered his keynote to about 500 SharePoint professionals gathered here in Austin, Texas, for the SPTechCon conference.

  • With Office 365 enabling Microsoft to deliver changes and updates more frequently, it’s becoming difficult to stay on top of everything. With each release, some things get better, and some things change—often, NOT for the better.

    What’s a SharePointer to do? How can he or she possibly hope to stay on top of all that’s new?

  • I am going to hand you $35,000 and tell you to go buy a car. Nice, right? Oh, but by the way, you can only buy an American-made, four-door, blue sedan. Still nice... but a little limiting. Want leather seats? Go for it. Nice sound system? Sure thing. Want a sunroof? Nope, sorry. Want something a bit sportier or something a more rugged? Tough luck. But hey, you are getting a car! That part is cool. However, you aren’t getting a vehicle that necessarily meets your needs.

  • Looking to get the most out of your everyday SharePoint searches? Look no further. This infographic covers all you would ever need to know to search as smartly as possible, garnering you the best results you can get. More detailed explanations and the sources for all of the items in this infographic can be found here.

  • We all know that SharePoint governance is important: to avoid team site "sprawl,? to ensure that content quality is maintained, to improve search results, to provide a high-quality user experience, and to ensure that content is compliant with legal and records retention policies. In other words, governance is important because without it, you are not likely to achieve your business results. However, implementing governance policies and guidelines can be a big challenge.

  • Making OneDrive easier

    David Rubinstein

    Microsoft today rolled out a preview of a new OneDrive Admin Center, aimed at making it easier to manage company settings and policies. It's for First Release customers, and Microsoft is anxious to hear what you have to say about it.

  • One of the biggest advantages of cloud services is the pace at which new features are delivered and adopted. Microsoft has readily embraced the rapid release cycles made possible by their robust cloud infrastructure, releasing new and updated features for SharePoint Online and other Office 365 services on a monthly (and sometimes weekly) basis. While having immediate access to the latest and greatest functionality is a definite improvement over the old three- to five-year upgrade cycles for on-premises software, it creates some significant challenges for corporate training departments.

  • One doesn’t normally look to the work of psychologist Abraham Maslow and his “hierarchy of needs” when thinking about SharePoint adoption. In fact, looking at the hierarchy, the bottom two levels—Physiological and Safety—are generally outside the sphere of influence of SharePoint. But the other levels—Love and Belonging, Esteem, and Self-actualization—can be correlated back to SharePoint, especially where social is concerned. READ MORE
  • Modern cloud-based collaboration technologies have significantly changed the pace and dynamic of work across organizations of all sizes and verticals. Microsoft has continued to lead the charge in this arena with the continued growth and expansion of Office 365. Much of Microsoft's innovation in the past year has revolved around Office 365 Groups, including the launch of Microsoft Teams last year to compete in the chat-based collaboration space. With Office 365 Groups, Microsoft caters to the evolving workforce by providing end users an easier way to create and collaborate on projects together.

  • MessageOps unveils 'ROOT'

    SPTechCon Newswire

    MessageOps, a Microsoft Cloud business unit of Champion Solutions Group, announced today the launch of ROOT, a new SharePoint Intranet platform for Office 365 that is intelligently built, intuitively designed, and immediately useful. This feature-rich intranet portal is attractively priced to give all Office 365 customers an opportunity to create a more collaborative working environment, and give their employees a central access point to important company information and apps.

  • Metalogix, the premier provider of management software to move, manage and secure content for Office 365, SharePoint, OneDrive for Business, Exchange, Box, Dropbox, Amazon, Google and other leading enterprise content management (ECM) systems, announced today that it has acquired MetaVis Technologies.

  • Metalogix, the market-leading provider of solutions to move, manage and protect content within enterprise collaboration platforms, today announced the winners of its third annual MetaHero Awards.  The awards recognize the individuals and teams, leveraging Metalogix solutions together with Microsoft SharePoint and/or Office 365 cloud, to help ensure their organization's agility, competitive advantage and business success. 
  • Metalogix, the premier provider of collaboration content management software to move, manage and secure on Office 365, SharePoint, OneDrive for Business, Exchange, Box, Dropbox, Amazon, Google and other leading enterprise content management (ECM) systems, announced today the release of Archive Manager 7.0 to improve mobile access, Office 365 backup, security and social media compliance capabilities.

  • Metalogix, a provider of unified software, announced the finalists of the third annual MetaHero Awards, which recognizes leaders of innovation with Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 deployments. The winners will be announced during the Microsoft Ignite conference next week.

  • Metalogix, provider of the industry’s most recognized and trusted management tools for mission-critical collaboration platforms, including SharePoint, Exchange and Office 365, announced today the release of Metalogix SharePoint Backup 5.0 and Metalogix StoragePoint 5.0 with integration that expedites the backup of SharePoint content from hours to minutes. StoragePoint 5.0 and SharePoint Backup 5.0 supports organizations by significantly improving their disaster recovery preparedness and minimizing the risk of data loss by performing automated, fast and secure backups of entire SharePoint farms.

    The integration of StoragePoint 5.0 with SharePoint Backup 5.0 results in continuous and automatic backup of SharePoint content. As a result of this innovative approach, the amount of time required to fully backup content databases is reduced from hours to minutes and backup frequencies can be increased resulting in greater, continuous protection of mission-critical content.

  • Metalogix, the premier provider of collaboration content management software to move, manage and secure content in the cloud, on-premises and hybrid environments, today announced at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Essentials for Office 365, a new unified management suite. The solution provides all the necessary functionality to perform the lifecycle management for Office 365, from onboarding users to managing the migration, security and backup for content from a single management console. 

  • Today Metalogix announced the launch of the Cloud Acceleration Suite and Partner Program to help clients successfully deploy collaboration capabilities in the cloud platform of their choice, including Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and hybrid and private cloud. The program brings together Metalogix’ trusted migration and management tools for mission-critical collaboration platforms and Microsoft qualified cloud deployment partners to offer organizations a start-to-finish solution for rapid migration of email, files and SharePoint content to the cloud.

    Despite a strong industry push in recent years to move content collaboration to the cloud, a significant number of companies are far from achieving cloud adoption due to a lack of professional experience in migrating content and training end-users on how to maximize their cloud productivity. As reported in The Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal in May, Gartner Research Inc. vice president Tom Austin stated that only eight percent of enterprise employees moved to cloud-based office systems in 2013.

  • Migrating content to the cloud is not easy. It takes patience and time, and businesses often get overwhelmed with the amount of disparate tools for SharePoint, Exchange, files and other content sources that are supposed to help make the migration process easier, according to Steve Marsh, director of product marketing at Metalogix. Metalogix wants to simplify migrating content to the cloud with its latest release of the Cloud Acceleration Suite, a set of migration tools designed to speed up migration, improve security and management, and drive adoption and collaboration.

  • There are security breaches, and then there are security breaches. Yelp may have the profile info of its users revealed in a massive data breach. Disconcerting to the Yelpers, of course, but nothing to lose sleep over. A hack into adult casual encounter site Ashley Madison, while smaller in number, has already led to several suicides of married people exposed as cheating on their spouses.

  • Metalogix, provider of the industry’s most recognized and trusted management tools for mission-critical collaboration platforms, including SharePoint, Exchange and Office 365, announced today the release of Replicator Cross Domain Edition for the secure, automated transfer of live SharePoint content between government agency networks at high and low security levels.

    Replicator Cross Domain Edition, developed with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), is the only data guard integrated tool capable of automatic, bi-directional transfer of live content between SharePoint farms on separate networks at different security levels. For example, the tool synchronizes content between secret (SIPRNet) and sensitive but unclassified (NIPRNet) domains. Replicator Cross Domain Edition works with the data guard to eliminate the need for using removable media to transfer SharePoint content between networks at government agencies.

  • Metalogix today released an update to its ControlPoint data loss-protection software, and introduced Service Manager for Office 365 to help organizations provision users and content.

  • MetaVis Technologies, the market leader in modern content management solutions for Microsoft Office 365 OneDrive and SharePoint, today announced the release of the Office 365 Accelerator Kit for new customers.

  • MetaVis is rolling out a host of updates for its MetaVis Architect Suite. The Architect Suite is the company’s end-to-end solution for administrating and controlling SharePoint environments. It allows users to easily view their SharePoint architecture; change the design; analyze their SharePoint environment; discover trends in site and user activity and data growth; migrate content, lists, libraries, sites, workflows, webparts, permissions, metadata, and managed metadata services; discover, analyze and manage permissions; and easily create, manage and restore backups of site collections, sites, lists, libraries, content, views, permissions and fields.

    The latest updates features:

  • Microexcel, Inc. a global provider of technology solutions and services, is launching at SPTechCon Boston this week its ME Cloud portfolio that includes support for Microsoft cloud suites and services such as license subscription, storage, backup, integrated managed services, and easy billing.

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    Microsoft has acquired mobile e-mail startup Acompli for a reported US$200 million.

    Acompli CEO Javier Soltero announced the acquisition in a blog post, explaining that the company will work under the Office 365 banner at Microsoft, and will still continue to support Gmail, Yahoo and other Outlook competitors. Acompli’s staff of about 25 will join Microsoft, according to Soltero.

    Acompli is an 18 month-old startup that provides a responsive mobile email app for iOS and Android designed for enterprise users. Acompli features include a focused inbox that automatically surfaces important mail, a calendar and file sharing integrated with Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive.

    According to Microsoft’s blog post, the acquisition is another step in the company’s efforts to improve mobile productivity across platforms.

    “We’re excited about what’s possible as we build on the app’s success and bring it together with work currently in progress by the Outlook team,” wrote Rajesh Jha, Microsoft corporate vice president of Outlook and Office 365. “Our goal is to deliver fantastic cross-platform apps that support the variety of e-mail services people use today and help them accomplish more.”

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    Microsoft has acquired German startup 6Wunderkinder, the company behind the Wunderlist to-do list Web and mobile app.

  • Microsoft has announced the acquisition of collaboration startup LiveLoop, creator of software that allows users to work jointly on PowerPoint presentations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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    Microsoft and Dropbox have announced a strategic partnership to help people work more effectively on their phones, tablets and the Web. The partnership will include an integration of their collaborative services across Dropbox and Microsoft Office to allow customers to collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations from work, home or school.

    Once seen as a competitor to Microsoft’s SharePoint and OneDrive, Dropbox is used primarily as a file share for documents and photos. The move gives Microsoft another platform upon which to deliver Office 365 functionality as it continues to come to grips with the fact that the days of single-platform lock-in are in the past.

  • In the midst of some rather exciting announcements a few weeks back at Microsoft Build 2016, there was one announcement in particular that will enable significant strides in the development of mobile applications. During the Day 2 Keynote, Miguel de Icaza announced that Xamarin will now be included in all current flavors of Visual Studio, from Enterprise all of the way down to the freely available Community Edition.

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    Microsoft is rolling out new Office Delve mobile apps for Android and iOS, along with new features in Office 365 to improve user experience.

  • Microsoft today announced that its chat-based workspace, Teams, is now available to Office 365 business customers.

  • Microsoft’s Power BI service left its limited preview today, and it is now generally available for Office365 subscribers…READ MORE
  • Microsoft is beginning to roll out improvements to its SharePoint online sites as part of its new vision for SharePoint. The new capabilities include deeper integration with Office 365 Groups, and they will begin to roll out to Office 365 First Release next month.

  • Android users can now access Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps from their Android phone. The announcement joins the Office apps for Android tablets, and it marks Microsoft’s commitment to bringing the Office experience to Android users worldwide.

  • Microsoft announced in mid-February that SharePoint CU patches, including non-security product updates, would be made available through Windows Update going forward. Now it seems the company has changed its mind.

  • Microsoft is making it easier to sync, share and collaborate in Office 365 with new updates to its OneDrive for Business solution. OneDrive for Business gives users a place to store, share and sync work. New features include syncing files anywhere at any time, easily sharing files in and outside the organization, and improving the IT admin management experience.

  • Last week I blogged about Power BI and gave a balanced perspective regarding a project I am working on. Jen Underwood from Microsoft had some great feedback. In looking at her blog, I found a vendor call Datazen that offered a product that might fill a couple of my project needs where Power BI could not.

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