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SharePoint 2013 Analysis & Reviews

3 Simple Ways of Putting MySites to Use

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Microsoft has done a lot to enhance the enterprise social features in SharePoint 2013, and a lot of these features have been integrated within My Sites. Let’s consider the three most useful upgrades.

Maximize Your SharePoint Investment with E-Signatures

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You’ll be paperless. Or will you?

It’s a promise many enterprises make to themselves. 

Why?

Because paper kinda slows you down: HR, your customers, your vendors, compliance, engineering specks. All experience setbacks when glued to paper processes.

“In business there is a big problem, and that problem is the paper problem,” Rahim Kaba, director of product marketing for e-SignLive by Silanis, a Montreal, Quebec provider, said during a recent CMSWire webinar. “Information is often stored on paper in a typical business. Most of the world still stores files in file cabinets. The paper problem is everywhere, across every department and every business.”

Kaba said during the webinar that his company can solve that problem with its e-signature technology add-on for SharePoint. (You can watch the full webinar at the end of this story.)

3 SharePoint Paths for the Next 10 Years

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Microsoft Office 365 has proven to be a major disruption of how companies use SharePoint to meet business requirements. Rumors, fear, uncertainty and doubt proliferate around Microsoft's plans for SharePoint’s future releases, as well as the support of critical features and functionality companies rely on. Investments in SharePoint deployments have been massive throughout the pre-Office-365 years, and SharePoint continues to push its way into Tier 1 line-of-business application territory.

So, taking into account Office 365, the question is: How will companies be using SharePoint over the next 10 years? 

Rewiring SharePoint Around End User Experiences

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​From the earliest days of SharePoint, companies were attracted to the platform's range of functionality, relatively quick installation and the ability to shape the platform to meet an organization's unique business needs.

But as Microsoft shifts its focus to the cloud, many organizations are struggling to maintain the last point -- as the ability to shape SharePoint Online (SPO) is not quite the "Swiss army knife" that its on-premises version has been for the industry.

While Microsoft pushes forward with its NextGen portal solutions on top of Office 365, there is a gap in understanding how these new pieces will fit into existing strategies.

As a result, companies are increasingly looking at hybrid solutions, which promise the bet of both worlds: management and control over data, maintaining custom solutions and custom branding, combined with the power and innovation of new cloud platform capabilities. In effect, the cloud has expanded the options available to organizations -- not limited them.

Akumina Wants You to Love SharePoint

Akumina wants to make business users love Microsoft SharePoint as much as IT teams.

The Nashua, N.H.-based digital marketing and web solutions company continues that mission today with the release of its next generation SharePoint Apps and Web Parts — solutions CEO Ed Rogers said will enhance the SharePoint user experience.

"There's a gap between the platform and the business user. What we're delivering are solutions that bridge that gap," Rogers told CMSWire.

What Rogers is referencing is the latest evolution of InterChange, a suite of role-based authoring and site management tools designed to give marketing teams control over SharePoint sites.

Released in beta early last year, Akumina is announcing several new capabilities today, just in time for Microsoft's Ignite conference in Chicago.

Todd Klindt: I'm Not Smart Enough for PowerShell

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Jeff Hicks is a PowerShell MVP, all-around smart guy — and he’s apparently doing community service for something, because he agreed to share his expertise with us.

As he told us, "I had nothing else to do tonight, so I figured I might as well do this. I was literally just going to sit in the corner and stare at the wall until this came up."

Those of you who watch my show know I’m a huge fan of PowerShell. Got a big old crush.

I used to do the PowerShell tip of the week until I ran out of things that I knew about PowerShell. Which means there were only like three weeks of PowerShell tips.

It was very short-lived. But you know, Jeff Hicks and I still travel in the same circles, speak at the same conferences. Our paths have crossed. We’ve chatted about PowerShell. So I wanted to bring him on and just kind of get some honest to goodness PowerShell talent in here to talk about some stuff.

Metalogix Buys MetaVis In Advance of SharePoint 2016 Release

Cloud management and migration specialist Metalogix announced this morning that it is buying MetaVis for its cloud collaboration service management platform. The price was not disclosed.

Metalogix CEO Steve Murphy told CMSWire the deal is designed to secure the cloud management and migration space in advance of the SharePoint 2016 release.
 

Businesses Committed to SharePoint, Despite Stalled Deployments

Since Microsoft unveiled SharePoint back in 2001, it has been one of the fastest growing products in the software giant's history. Along with billions of dollars in revenue, the platform now boasts 125 million users and counting.

Businesses first deployed SharePoint as a point solution for document sharing amongst project teams and as a stand in to files-shares. SharePoint proved a capable solution for these challenges and Microsoft has continually added to its capabilities.

But despite its scope, and as with many types of software, it suffers from a perceived lack of user commitment.

From Build It and Go, to Ready to Go with SharePoint

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For many years, businesses viewed SharePoint as a framework on which to build solutions. The combination of flexibility and editing tools provided allowed them to design customized solutions which met business requirements.   

But technology is changing. And so is how we use and want to consume it. We hunger for solutions that can be quickly acquired and implemented, not ones that require building out complex and robust solutions.  The world around us is changing fast and it's exciting to see how productivity tools are beginning to encompass almost every area of our lives.

9 Metrics To Assess SharePoint Content Security

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Is your SharePoint content secure? More importantly, do you know how to assess your content security?

Given the number of SharePoint environments, it’s likely that a lot of people would answer "no."

Metalogix, however, has just released a new tool it claims will help. The new Insider Threat Index (ITI) offers SharePoint managers insight into their content security based on nine metrics.

Before creating the ITI, Metalogix surveyed a large number of enterprises. It found many are at risk of major data breaches.

Steve Marsh, director of product marketing for Metalogix and an expert in SharePoint migration and management technologies, said governance, monitoring, and compliance are still major headaches for many enterprises.

Microsoft Will Offer a Peek at SharePoint 2016 at Ignite

Microsoft said today that it plans to give customers a glimpse of SharePoint Server 2016 at its mega-conference in Chicago in May. The news confirms what Bill Baer, senior product manager for SharePoint, told Todd Klindt, a SharePoint Consultant at Rackspace Hosting, last month.

Although Microsoft said it will demo the latest version of SharePoint at Ignite, it still hasn't revealed when the product will be ready for release.

Blame the C-Suite for Your Failed SharePoint Project

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About two out of three organizations complain their SharePoint projects have stalled (26 percent) or failed to live up to their expectations (37 percent).

And it gets worse, according to new AIIM research.

A majority of respondents blame those SharePoint failures on lack of support from senior management.

More SharePoint 2013 Search Tips for Power Users

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As a power user of SharePoint you may wonder how to make the most of all of the search features in SharePoint 2013. We covered Continuous Crawl, Content Search Web Part and Query Rules previously, so let's take a deep dive into Search Schema and the new Refinement Panel.

Keeping SharePoint In Check with Information Governance

Historically, SharePoint was thought to cause as many information governance problems as it solved. The 2001 to 2003 versions did not show Microsoft putting much effort into helping customers with information governance. But after the massive take up of SharePoint Portal Server 2007 licenses, and the often negative conversations coming out of the sizable SharePoint user community, Microsoft started to take governance issues seriously. Governance-focused sessions started popping up at the conferences, and governance articles and check lists made an appearance on TechNet.

Microsoft Leaks Offer a Glimpse of SharePoint 2016

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Microsoft has started leaking news about SharePoint 2016 — and they suggest the company plans to showcase an early edition at Ignite, its upcoming all-in-one conference for everyone from senior decision makers, IT pros and "big thinkers" and to enterprise developers and architects. 

In a just released podcast, Bill Baer, senior product manager for SharePoint, said the company will offer a look at the latest version of SharePoint at the conference, which will be held in Chicago from May 4 through 8.

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