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  • AvePoint, the established leader in enterprise-class management, governance, and compliance software solutions for next-generation social collaboration platforms, today announced the general availability of DocAve Online Service Pack (SP) 6. With this addition, organizations can better harness the power of AvePoint Online Services, used by nearly 2 million Office 365 users today, to extend cloud computing as their specific business needs dictate. 

  • AvePoint, the established leader in enabling enterprise collaboration across platforms and devices, today announced the general availability of DocAve 6 Service Pack (SP) 5. With this release, organizations will have access to new end-user, governance, and compliance reporting capabilities; content archiving and deployment management support for Microsoft Office 365 and hybrid environments; and enhanced data protection for virtual machine backups.
  • AvePoint, the established leader in enterprise-class management, governance, and compliance software solutions for next-generation social collaboration platforms, today announced the general availability of AvePoint File Share Navigator Online. Part of AvePoint Online Services – used by nearly two million Office 365 users today – File Share Navigator Online allows organizations to surface content stored in file shares through SharePoint Online without the need for time and resource intensive migrations.

    With File Share Navigator Online, organizations can now:

  • From the halls of IAPP Privacy Academy and CSA Congress’ Privacy. Security. Risk. (P.S.R.) 2015, AvePoint, the established leader in enabling enterprise collaboration across platforms and devices, today introduced the latest release of AvePoint Compliance Guardian. AvePoint Compliance Guardian provides unified risk management from the moment data is created through its entire lifecycle – proactively monitoring and neutralizing violations of privacy, security, and compliance.

  • From the halls of Microsoft Ignite 2015, AvePoint, the established leader in enabling enterprise collaboration across platforms and devices, today announced new tools to help customers speed up and simplify the move to Microsoft Office 365. Utilizing Microsoft Azure technologies, AvePoint Solutions for Office 365 enable organizations to migrate to Microsoft Office 365 faster while ensuring sustainable user adoption and effectively managing critical business data on the platform.

  • BA Insight and LexisNexis Legal & Professional today announced a strategic alliance that integrates Lexis Search Advantage natively into law firms’ Microsoft SharePoin environments using the BA Insight Software Portfolio to optimize legal research, drafting and review processes. By layering Lexis Search Advantage capabilities on top of their BA Insight knowledge management systems, law firms open up access to the full capabilities and content of LexisNexis research solutions – reaping significant efficiency and quality benefits. 

  • BA Insight announces availability of Smart Analytics for SharePoint - out of the box software that provides insight into how users are interacting with SharePoint to help improve the user experience. Smart Analytics for SharePoint automatically collects data about the operation and usage of SharePoint sites, content, and search, whether on-premise or online, and distills it into a dashboard and an extensive set of pre-built reports.  

  • BA Insight announces availability of our Connectors for Hybrid SharePoint. This out of the box software works in conjunction with Microsoft’s new Cloud Search Service Application (Cloud SSA) to bring content into a unified search index running in Office 365. For the first time, organizations can use an online search facility, run by Microsoft, to provide a unified view across all content enterprise-wide.    

  • To take advantage of the popularity of the Web-based service connectivity platform IFTTT (If This Then That), Microsoft yesterday announced it is launching Office 365 Channels for IFTTT.

  • I think when companies do good things, they deserve credit for it. When Microsoft embraced the open-source community, I was pleasantly surprised and shared how I'd been feeling about the change in the company. As a MacBook Pro/OS X guy, I shared my mostly positive experience with my new Surface Pro 4. We saw the Office group ship a client to help build Office Add-ins for non-Windows and Visual Studio developers, which was such a cool move for the platform!

  • Microsoft has confirmed rumors that it plans to remove the Public Website feature from its SharePoint Online service.

  • Microsoft is releasing a new database solution for businesses to store and manage their business entities. The company unveiled the public preview of the Microsoft Common Data Model (CDM) this week. The Common Data Model is integrated in Microsoft Flow to help users capture new data, and can also be integrated into PowerApps to make creating apps on top of that data easier.

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    Microsoft is giving developers a public preview of its new solution for building mobile and web client-side experiences with SharePoint. The company first announced the new framework at the Future of SharePoint event in May.

  • Microsoft today announced a new social enterprise feature for Office 365 called “document conversations,” which puts the collaboration features of Yammer into Office apps...READ MORE

  • Microsoft is rolling out the first release of Office 365 Video to its First Release enterprise customers.

  • Microsoft has announced its project-management solution for Office 365 is now generally available. Microsoft Planner aims to give teams a new way to organize and collaborate on their work.

  • Microsoft announced the creation of a new app in the Office portfolio, called Sway, which is a tool to create interactive presentations.

  • Back in January 2014, Microsoft announced it would deprecate custom code-based sandboxed solutions running server-side code. Last week, it announced that these solutions would no longer run on SharePoint Online.

  • Microsoft wants to clean up the inbox with Clutter, a new organizational tool for Office 365.

  • Delve, a tool for helping Office 365 users find documents, meetings and more across the suite, is being rolled out to users. This could be a first step toward creating hybrid scenarios for SharePoint on-premises servers and Office 365 clouds.

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    Microsoft officially confirmed today that it is building its own chat and messaging service in-house. Microsoft Teams is a chat-based solution for Office 365.

  • Microsoft Program Added to Stellar SharePoint Conference Line-Up Featuring 28 Microsoft MVPs; Amazon Announced as Diamond Sponsor

    MELVILLE, N.Y., December 23, 2014 — BZ Media LLC today announced that the 11th SPTechCon, the leading independent conference for SharePoint professionals, would include a full day, “Office 365 DevCamp,” presented by Microsoft.

  • More and more government agencies are realizing the benefits of cloud computing, and Microsoft is poised to unveil several new updates to its cloud services for government customers Tuesday at its Government Cloud Forum.

  • Microsoft is pushing businesses towards Windows 10 and Office 365 with the announcement of Microsoft 365 today. The company revealed the new 365 offering at its 2017 Inspire event in Washington, D.C. this week.

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    Microsoft wants to help businesses gain value with the Microsoft Cloud. The company announced it is moving its "customer success service? FastTrack beyond Office 365. It previewed FastTrack for Windows 10 and FastTrack for Dynamics 365, as well as updates to FastTrack for Office 365. FastTrack provides users with best practices, tools, resources and expert support for working with Microsoft Cloud.

  • Microsoft is bringing new improvements and functionality to its business, low-code solutions Flow and PowerApps. Flow is an automated workflow solution while PowerApps is the company's enterprise software service.

  • A typical month for the Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online Protection team might be considered atypical for most. In our fight against spam and malware, we process over 200 billion e-mails each month and block 10 million spam messages every minute. That’s the norm for our malicious threat protection efforts—but we don’t stop there. As e-mail attackers around the globe are getting smarter and more sophisticated, we’re making big investments in our Exchange Online Protection and Advanced Threat Protection services to proactively identify and block the most dangerous e-mail threats, with features like:

  • Microsoft would like every organization to move to the cloud. But realizing that many are not yet ready to move, the company has decided to bring the cloud to you.

  • A new method of updating Office 365, added support for data loss prevention, and multi-factor authentication are among the new features to be released in Office 2016 later this month.

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    Microsoft has that announced mobile device management (MDM) capabilities are now generally available in Office 365.

  • Your people and your data are your organization’s greatest assets. With Office 365, we continuously strive to provide you with more control over how your data is managed and accessed.

    At Ignite in May, we announced the ability to assign workload-specific service administrator roles to your organizations IT administrators for Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Skype for Business Online. We’re pleased to announce that this capability is rolling out starting today.

    The ability to assign workload-specific admin roles provides your organization more control over how your Office 365 administrators access your data. An admin assigned to a workload-specific admin role would only have access to the relevant controls and settings associated with that workload. For example, the SharePoint Online administrator role provides that admin access to only SharePoint related controls and settings in the Office 365 Admin Center. The SharePoint Online admin can manage SharePoint site collections, configure SharePoint settings such as the organizations external sharing policy and access SharePoint Admin Center for additional SharePoint capabilities. However, the SharePoint Online admin will not have access to other Office 365 service controls and settings such as mailbox configuration, transport rules and other non-SharePoint related settings.

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    In addition, to better align the permissions to how your administrators are organized, there is more flexibility in assigning roles. If your Office IT administrators have multiple responsibilities and require permissions that are greater than what is offered in one administrator role, such as within SharePoint Online and Skype for Business Online responsibilities, then you can assign both those roles to that administrator. Your organization is no longer limited to only one admin role assignment per administrator.

    To configure an admin role, the global administrator selects the user from the active user list, then selects edit user roles > Limited Admin Role to display the list of all the Office 365 admin roles. Simply select the applicable admin role(s) and you’re done.

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    With the new workload-specific admin roles and the ability to select multiple admin roles, your organization now has more options to set the right level of permissions to your Office 365 IT administrators. Ultimately, this means you now have more control over who has access to your organization’s data.

  • Last week's newsletter took a look at Microsoft's efforts to give business workers the power to create apps using low-code solutions such as PowerApps and Flow. This week, we look at SmartStarters, an entry into the low-code solutions space from K2.

  • Despite Microsoft's best efforts to show the value of cloud-based collaboration for increased productivity, nearly 40% of the approximately 150 respondents to a pre-SPTechCon survey continued to maintain they have no plans to migrate to Office 365.

  • My favorite things

    Stephanie Donahue
    It's hard to get anything accomplished as you roll out Office 365 if you don't have the proper tools to get the job done. Unfortunately, we don't all have the budget to purchase every piece of software that would meet our needs. As power users and site administrators, we are often asked to do more with less, and that's where these third-party tools come in! I've spent years working for and with companies on a limited budget, so here are a few of my favorite things.

    Wunderlist
    Are you having trouble keeping track of your tasks? Using e-mail like a to-do list? Post-it notes everywhere? Wunderlist is the application that might be the answer to your problems. Wunderlist is a cloud-based task-management system that allows you to easily create multiple to-do lists from any device. While it doesn't directly integrate with SharePoint, you can connect Wunderlist to Microsoft Office Groups and Teams so update notifications will populate the conversation streams. It's the perfect easy-to-use product when you don't need an elaborate task list in Microsoft Project or when you need a mobile-friendly app.

  • We’ve all made it through the holiday season, and for those of us in the Northern hemisphere, the days are finally starting to get longer. We’ve also read everyone’s Top 10 list for 2015.

  • Wait, what? Natural language processing, as in reading what people are saying on my SharePoint site?

  • AvePoint, the Microsoft Cloud expert, today announced the general availability of the latest release of AvePoint Online Services, AvePoint’s 100 percent Microsoft Azure-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform for Office 365 and Salesforce CRM. With the introduction of DocAve Backup for Salesforce and enhancements for DocAve Governance Automation Online, organizations can ensure seamless access to resources and extend cloud computing as business needs dictate.

  • Colligo, the leading provider of data synchronization solutions for Microsoft SharePoint, today announced the launch of Colligo Engage, a new collaboration platform that securely unites corporate information across existing enterprise systems for a more streamlined and engaging experience on any desktop or mobile device.

  • Despite widespread adoption of document capture solutions[1], IT and operations managers in many mid-to-large sized enterprises with paper-based processes are still searching for solutions to boost efficiency and productivity in the ways they capture and manage information. Scanning and extracting data for use in business processes and exporting information into repositories can be a bottleneck with serious implications on the cost of back-office operations and customer satisfaction. “As organizations become increasingly dependent on e-business platforms to drive profitability, it’s clear that the remaining paper-based information must be managed more effectively,” said Harvey Spencer, President of Harvey Spencer Associates, a leading analyst firm in the capture software market. “The best way to do this is to convert paper to usable electronic information as fast as possible.”

    To address the increasing demand for fast, efficient capture solutions, Kodak Alaris is introducing KODAK Capture Pro Software v5.0, the next generation of award-winning software that enables businesses to accomplish greater accuracy, efficiency and cost effectiveness within their document scanning processes. Capture Pro Software v5.0 enables users to convert forms, invoices, records, and other critical business documents into high-quality images, delivering clear-cut benefits that simplify scanning, automate indexing and enable end users to streamline the process of transforming paper into information. Designed to meet demanding customer requirements, its advanced indexing capabilities automate data extraction and deliver critical information to ECM systems and Microsoft SharePoint, as well as business applications. “With Capture Pro Software v5.0, Kodak Alaris continues to make it quick and easy for end users to scan documents and index information, helping businesses save costs and improve productivity,” said Spencer.

  • Microsoft has announced the availability of new SharePoint CSOM version targeted for the Office 365 or more specifically for SharePoint Online. This updated CSOM release contains numerous highly requested new capabilities which will enable new business scenarios and capabilities when you are developing solutions for SharePoint Online. You can find the latest CSOM package for SharePoint online from the NuGet gallery with an id of 'Microsoft.SharePointOnline.CSOM'. Microsoft will also update the redistributable package in upcoming weeks, but you can already right now start using some of these new capabilities in your solutions.

  • As companies settle back into the swing of things in this new year, collaborative teams will look to create meaningful strategic plans to guide their actions for 2017. If this sounds good to you because this is what your company is doing, I applaud you. If these words were read with a snicker and perhaps confusion over why your company is not following this path, I'm certain you are not alone. Please read on for three areas to focus on that must be accounted for in your strategy.

  • It's amazing to me how quickly 2015 is coming to a close, but as I look forward to 2016 I'm anticipating another great SPTechCon event in Austin. Each year the BZ Media team goes above and beyond to create another fantastic Women in SharePoint luncheon.

  • Nintex, the global standard in workflow automation, today announced it has acquired Drawloop Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Irvine, Calif., to further its ability to help customers and partners worldwide transform document generation and business processes with technologies that ensure workflows run seamlessly in the cloud and hybrid environments, and between platforms like Office 365, Sharepoint and Salesforce.

  • Nintex, the global standard in workflow automation, and Sharegate, a leader in content, migration and management, today announced that Sharegate is extending its SharePoint migration solution to include migration paths for Nintex Workflow and Nintex Forms between SharePoint versions and from on premise versions to Microsoft Office 365. With Sharegate as the recommended migration partner, Nintex customers will be able to migrate their business processes quickly and cost-effectively without hassle. Nintex and Sharegate will demonstrate the migration capabilities at Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft’s unified enterprise technology conference May 4 – 8 in Chicago.

  • Nintex has announced the roll out of Nintex Xchange, an online gallery where Nintex customers and partners can easily find, use, and share a wide range of workflow resources developed by the community, for the community. By leveraging the pre-configured workflow designs and other resources in Nintex Xchange, workflow designers will be able to quickly and easily convert sophisticated, business-wide processes into efficient and cost-effective automated workflows leveraging Nintex’s industry-leading solutions.

  • Nintex, the global standard in workflow automation, today launched two new enterprise-grade workflow automation software for companies to drive productivity and engagement for global workforces who are located in the office or in the field, from laptops to mobile devices, and when connected or offline.

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