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  • Beezy Inc., the premier enterprise collaboration solution for Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Office 365, is pleased to announce the publication of a new case study highlighting the company's integration with the Microsoft Graph as part of Microsoft's betterwith.office.com website. The Microsoft Graph uses machine-learning to identify connections between user profiles, social network activity, content, and other data sources and hen provides relevant, timely, and contextual data for the end user based on those connections. The case study highlights the innovative ways that Beezy leverages the Microsoft Graph to better surface content, conversations, and connections within SharePoint, turning the collective intelligence captured by the platform into timely and relevant organizational knowledge. The end result is a more contextual and intuitive platform, with productive and engaged end users.

  • I have the pleasure of interacting with lots of people who work with SharePoint while delivering my courses and sessions at conferences. One thing consistently comes up when I talk to people: Their organization paid for SharePoint, but they aren't using the publishing features within SharePoint. Ack!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Branding (changing the look and feel) of SharePoint seems to be at the top of every user's list. While Microsoft's out-of-the-box look and feel has improved over SharePoint's iterations, companies want their intranets to look like it's all part of one shiny, happy corporate infrastructure.

  • SharePoint 2016 resources

    David Rubinstein

    It's been more than three months since Microsoft made SharePoint 2016 available, and some folks have been kicking its tires for longer than that. So it seems appropriate to help those who are just getting started with it to compile a list of excellent resources to help a SharePoint brother (or sister) out!

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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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • We're seeing a growing need for information workers to create line-of-business applications on their own, without the need to put a ticket into the development group, being told they'll have to wait three weeks for it to get done, and then seeing a final product that doesn't quite do what the requester had envisioned.

  • The new SharePoint Framework (sometimes referred to as SPFx now) is really only for developers, in most cases. End users really shouldn't care whether their developers are building things in an "old? way or a "new? way as long as what they get meets their requirements. Most-if not all-of the information we've seen about the SharePoint Framework (including the video below by Dan Kogan) is focused squarely on developers. Unless you're into syntax and semicolons as my pal Jennifer Mason Roth likes to say, the available information may seem like Greek to you.

  • 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.

  • From the halls of Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2016, Content Panda, the online user experience expert, today announced enhancements to its flagship product, Content Panda for SharePoint, and the immediate availability of its newest product, Content Panda for Custom Apps. Both products deliver meaningful experiences for members of the Microsoft technology and partner communities to drive business value.

  • Ideas are the lifeblood of any organization. Companies that can't imagine new products, or new ways to work, will find it hard to compete in today's rapidly changing marketplaces.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • If there's one thing all SharePointers have to keep in mind, it's the limits of the tool you're using.

  • Nintex, the leader in workflow automation, today announced plans to demonstrate its latest technology solutions at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto, July 10-14, 2016. Nintex is introducing a number of new cloud solutions for its workflow automation platform, including the integrated capabilities to deliver Workflow as a Service ? Nintex Workflow Cloud, Nintex Hawkeye, and Nintex Xchange. In addition, the company will introduce the newest workflow and forms solutions for SharePoint Server 2016.

  • K2 Software today announced new capabilities to its cloud service, Appit, and outlined plans for future cloud-first offerings. Customers will find enhancements to K2 Mobile, introduction of SmartStarters, deeper DocuSign integration and a new REST broker with Swagger compatibility. These updates will become available for on-premises customers this summer. 

    K2 Mobile

    K2 Mobile for Android now includes offline functionality that enables users to view and action their tasks from anywhere, increasing productivity by allowing users to delegate, check process status, redirect, accept, reject, or send for revisions in real time. In addition, a new Universal App for Windows devices is now available, bringing full support for iOS, Android and Windows-based devices.

    To help customers reduce the IT backlog, K2 has simplified system connectivity through its patented K2 SmartObjects, which creates identities around data sets and workflows, allowing better access and integration across systems. In addition, K2 has simplified mobile app development significantly by allowing any business process app or form built in K2 to be fully mobile, enabled and optimized with very minimal IT support.   

    K2 SmartStarters

    Further enhancing its already strong capabilities in low code app development, K2 has created SmartStarters to help app creators users build new apps quickly by providing simple example apps created by K2 that are fully functional and include template forms, workflows, actions and data integration via K2 SmartObjects. K2 supports reusability of its forms, workflows and SmartObjects so app creators can easily leverage a component many times across their portfolio of business applications.

    DocuSign

    Digital signatures now embed directly into K2 SmartForms, which enables editing, uploading and management of documents, creation and management of DocuSign envelopes, define signature placeholder tabs, and signing recipient details. By using K2 and DocuSign together, customers can easily and quickly capture signatures inside their apps while maintaining visibility into the process at all times, including a full audit trail of the signing steps.

    "Although accelerating mobile app deployment is a critical step in our customers' digital transformation, the best way to unlock business value is to allow our customers to quickly complete any type of business contract/transaction that includes a document using digital signatures," said Adriaan Van Wyk, CEO of K2. "K2 customers can now create business process apps that have embedded digital signature integration through DocuSign, which lets their users stay in the app and be more productive."

    K2 REST Service

    The K2 REST service now includes a REST Broker with Swagger support for modern web APIs, making it easier to integrate K2 forms and workflows across systems and cloud services, streamlining the business application creation process.

    K2 Cloud Platform

    Looking toward the future, K2 will continue to innovate in low code, automating business process with apps and cloud-first development. Appit has realized over 200 percent growth in net new customers since June of last year, demonstrating that the demand for K2 cloud services is showing positive traction. 

    "We believe there is a unique intersection at the convergence of Business Process Applications and low code that will disrupt the classic BPM market," added Van Wyk. "Apps for process automation are most efficient when the best of both low code and BPM come together, and the ability to deliver the K2 platform more broadly in the cloud will help even more of our customers stay ahead of the curve."

    The K2 Cloud Platform will bring full functionality to integrate across systems, a new app design experience and new solutions that will become available on top of the K2 Cloud Platform in the future. Customers interested in participating in the K2 Cloud Platform Limited Preview program can sign up here and a local sales rep will be in touch.

  • With SharePoint 2016 and Office 365, Microsoft has introduced PowerApps and Flow. PowerApps is a low-code solution for creating quick business solutions that information workers and power users can use. Flow is a way to create simple workflows, such as "When a document is loaded into SharePoint, send me an e-mail.?

  • 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.

  • GSX Solutions, the global leader in proactive, consolidated monitoring and reporting of Unified Communication environments, including Microsoft, IBM, BlackBerry, Cisco ESA, and SQL Server applications, today announced that GSX 365 Usage to optimize cloud management for SharePoint will be showcased at SPTechCon Boston 2016. As a full-usage analysis tool, GSX 365 Usage delivers simple yet powerful reports that help organizations understand how their employees use Office 365. For a demo at SPTechCon, please visit booth #502.

  • Akumina Inc., whose technology platform is often referred to as "the CMS for Office 365? as well as the only developer framework designed specifically to connect Office 365 and SharePoint to any other business system of record, has announced a partnership with Tech Data Corporation. Akumina will make its Office 365 content, collaboration and developer solutions available through Tech Data's TDCloud business unit and the StreamOne cloud marketplace.

  • PDF Share Forms at SPTechCon announced its newest product release: PDF Share Forms Information Worker. PDFSF IW, or just IW, is a new solution for forms integration with SharePoint.It has been developed particularly with all information workers in mind. Being evenly and even more powerful compared to previous product versions, IW offers simple and clear user interface and user experience. Now it is even easier to create new forms from scratch or reuse existing ones.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Since the Future of SharePoint event in San Francisco in early May, there has been much discussion and many tweets regarding the evolution of the Document Library. Document Libraries are at the core of just about everything we do inside of SharePoint: add, share, edit and collaborate around our content. It was time for an update, if you ask me. But what is changing in Office 365 and eventually across SharePoint 2016 on-premises environments is not so much about a new user interface, but about an expected evolution in how we engage with our content and with each other.

  • If you are as excited as I am about the soon-to-be-released SharePoint Framework (#SPFx), then there is much planning to do before the public release.

  • 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.

  • Office 365 Admin app updated

    David Rubinstein

    Microsoft this week announced an update to its mobile Office 365 Admin app with design changes to make it “easier and more efficient” for users.

  • Getting LinkedIn

    David Rubinstein

    Reactions to Microsoft’s Monday announcement about its acquisition of LinkedIn have been met with excitement in the SharePoint and Office 365 community, yet tempered by recent acquisitions (Yammer, Nokia) that did not turn out well.

  • 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).

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SP Marketplace (www.spmarketplace.com), the leader in out-of-the-box Office 365 and SharePoint business portals and applications, announced SP Extranet, a next generation portal solution that brings together external groups and organizations to work harmoniously and enhance business relationships. 

  • BZ Media, the parent company of SPTechReport, produces SPTechCon, the long-running conference for SharePoint and Office 365 users. Now in its eighth year, SPTechCon will next be presented June 27-30 in Boston, and we’d love to see all of you there. You can see for yourselves the great program we’ve put together. Registration for this event is still open, and discounts are still available if you sign up before the end of the week.

  • A practical guide to SharePoint permissions

    Friday, January 05, 2018 Matt Wade

    SharePoint permissions can be complicated. Whether you’re brand new to site ownership or a seasoned vet, keeping permissions as simple as possible is always a best practice. It will keep you from losing your mind.

  • 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.

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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.

  • 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. 

  • When it comes time to upgrade to a newer version of SharePoint, many organizations are unaware of what’s really going on in their portal. They don’t have a concrete understanding of what’s going on, thus passing up prime opportunities to patch up weak spots that may have existed in the old portal, or have carried on to the new portal. A high-quality analytics solution can assist in easing the migration process by tracking each step.

  • AvePoint last week released an update to its DocAve administration suite for SharePoint, OneDrive and Office 365 with support for all SharePoint versions, including SharePoint 2016.

  • 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.

  • This past week, Microsoft announced an incredible number of updates and upcoming improvements to SharePoint. Some will be available in the near term and others over the next several months. No matter what you have thought about SharePoint in the past, it’s time to take a look at what is coming, because this is not your father’s SharePoint.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Help going hybrid

    David Rubinstein

    For months now, Microsoft has acknowledged that a hybrid approach to SharePoint—running those apps that make sense in the cloud while retaining sensitive information on-premises—informs the future of the software.

  • 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.

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