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Jennifer Mason News & Analysis

SharePoint Adoption Tips and Tricks #SPC14

As organizations struggle to provide users with meaningful solutions to improve daily work, user adoption has become a big area of focus. In many cases, the adoption issue has little or nothing to do with the technology and really comes down to the culture, the people and the end goal.

Navigating the Microsoft Forms Roadmap #SPC14

Tuesday morning at the SharePoint conference people packed the room for the news on the updated Forms Strategy from Microsoft. Since the announcement that InfoPath 2013 would be the last release, the community has been waiting to see what would come next.

The End of the InfoPath Era

The End of the InfoPath EraEver since the release of Office 2013 there has been speculation about the future of the information worker toolset, specifically InfoPath and SharePoint Designer. In SharePoint 2010, the go-to tools for information workers trying to build solutions within SharePoint were the browser, Office Applications, SharePoint Designer and InfoPath. Using a combination of these tools we could easily create no code solutions that allowed us to help impact the use of technology within the organization.

Today, some big news from Microsoft clearly states its position on the future of InfoPath. Lets look at some answers to many of the questions we have had about the future of InfoPath in the last year and how we should be using it now.

A Square Peg in Round Holes: Using SharePoint for Multiple Solutions

SharePointSquarePeg.jpgWhen I discuss SharePoint's value with various decision makers one thing always comes up: the value of using it as a single platform to fill multiple needs within an organization. Companies may have initially implemented SharePoint as a way to collaborate and share data, but then find they also have the tools needed for a corporate intranet or public website. An initial investment provides a path for multiple solutions. This, for many reasons, can be a very appealing approach.

CMSWire's Top Contributors 2013 - Jennifer Mason

JenniferMason.jpgThere's a lot to be said about customization, but Jennifer Mason enjoys exploring the possibilities of out of the box SharePoint uses. Jennifer's focus on practical applications based on real world scenarios reminds us all what the technology is there for in the first place: to get the job done.

'Have it Your Way' SharePoint: Two Paths, Many Options

Social business,SharePointMany of the conversations I've had over the last year were filled with questions and concerns about the future of SharePoint and what the addition of Office 365 would bring to the mix. Microsoft answered some of these questions late last week and provided some insight into its plans going forward. With this information, organizations can breathe a little easier and plan a little better for the future.

Using SharePoint to Build an Interactive Onboarding Experience

Orientation benefits employees and companies to gain knowledge and build teams. But it also provides an opportunity to introduce new recruits to the tools they'll be using in their daily work. Here's a real life example of a SharePoint solution created for exactly that purpose.

Grow Your Business with Yammer Breakout #WPC13

Monday afternoon at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference I attended a session entitled “Grow Your Business with Yammer.” The session was led by Sarah Gunderson, who joined Microsoft as part of the Yammer acquisition. What I loved about the session is that she started with the why -- why worry about social anyway?

Building SharePoint Solutions: Defining the Business Needs

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While it's true the industry is changing and that workplaces are becoming more social, collaborative and interactive, it's also true that it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks!

Driving User Behavior within Your SharePoint Solutions

Driving User Behavior with SharePointAs I help people build out their SharePoint solutions many groups use the phrases “one single location to access content” or a “single source of truth” to describe their end goals. These are great goals and can play a huge part in successful SharePoint implementations, but in many cases it overlooks one key point: the context of the data.

SkyDrive Pro: Now Available for All

When Office 2013 was first released, the client included SkyDrive Pro. This client application was available only with a new SharePoint 2013 installation and allowed for a user to sync content from a SharePoint library to their local machine or mobile device. This feature was a much anticipated feature, but unfortunately for many, the upgrade to Office 2013 wasn't possible. 

Real World Examples: SharePoint Expense Request Solution

SharePoint Expense RequestSo often when we look at how to work with SharePoint we focus in on specific features or functionality based on a silo of information, but the power of SharePoint comes in the ability of users to create simple solutions by combining multiple techniques and tools. 

From Requirements to Technology: An Approach to Build SharePoint Solutions

Based on simple math, we all know that 1+1=2. This is a simple concept that we learn very early in life. When it comes to SharePoint though, when you consider the tools available to you, you have a huge advantage of being able to use more than one tool, combined together, to create an outcome that is far greater than 2.  

Yammer versus SharePoint: What is a Company to Do?

With the announcement of the Yammer integration roadmap a question remains: which direction should your company choose?

An Overview of Social Features in Yammer

Following up on our review of the Social Features that are currently available within SharePoint 2013, let's highlight some of the features available within Yammer. This high level overview will get you thinking about the powerful things that your organization can do with the tools available within Yammer.

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