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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Whether SharePoint blends into Office 365, or companies stay with on-premises SharePoint Servers (Microsoft quietly has said there will be two more releases of the on-premises servers), Microsoft always leaves room for improvement. So, rest assured, the third-party add-ins and plug-ins that make your SharePoint more secure, more performant or just plain more robust will be around for a while.

  • Incentive, a leading provider of a complete, socially powered enterprise collaboration platform for mid-market organizations and enterprise teams, today announced it has added seamless integration with Microsoft SharePoint, a leading enterprise web application. The public beta integration enables SharePoint users to search, visualize and collaborate on files natively within Incentive. All SharePoint files and folders are indexed and searchable within Incentive, eliminating the need to import or copy files.
  • Managing your SharePoint farms and keeping them in tip top shape is an everlasting fight. You constantly need to check the progress to ensure minimum compliance issues and fix migration backfires. This takes a considerable amount of your time, which could be spent actually improving your SharePoint environment's health.

  • Persistent Systems, an India-based software services provider, today announced it has acquired the services business of SharePoint platform provider Akumina. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

  • BA Insight posed several questions to IDC Research Director David Schubmehl regarding InfoApps and how they can make content more accessible to users through the provisioning of portals connected to other systems. This white paper will answer questions such as:

  • SharePoint deployments tend to be complex projects. You have to get a budget for the project, plan the farm architecture, secure hardware, complete the installation, and configure the farm. After all of that, many people consider the process complete because SharePoint is “deployed.”

    There is just one thing missing: users. Despite the fact that the demos make everything look easy, and everything is available inside the firewall, outside the firewall and across the globe, users just don’t seem to be flocking to the new software. If this sounds familiar, perhaps these few tips will help speed up your user adoption. ... READ MORE

  • One of my favorite SharePoint related conferences of the year is easily the SPTechCon show that's held twice a year. They have a show in San Francisco, CA in the first part of the year and another in Boston in the latter part of the year. This year's San Francisco, CA show is held April 22-25, 2014 and I've been honored to ask to present as well as be one of the two keynote speakers at the show!

  • 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

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    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.

  • The product group released the January 2016 Cumulative Update for the SharePoint 2013 product family.

  • As June is the end of the Microsoft fiscal year, I had a chance to speak with Microsoft technical product manager Jeremy Thake about the upgrades and announcements regarding Office 365 and SharePoint.

  • See which sessions they are teaching and get more conference information... READ MORE

  • K2 today announced a new connector for Microsoft Flow and Logic Apps as part of a significant update to its K2 Workflow API. The new connector enables K2's platform to integrate efficiently with more systems and services than ever before, and expands on an already richly extensible platform. K2's broad set of APIs makes it attractive to developers, IT and business users who need to build process automation applications quicker and at scale.

  • 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.

  • 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).

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