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SharePoint 2013 Analysis & Reviews

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.

A Look Back: Yammer, Office 365, Mobile Dominate SharePoint in 2013

Everyone that has had anything to do with SharePoint over the year has his own SharePoint story. With such a vast platform used in so many ways, everyone has something he loves and something he hates. The only thing everyone agrees on is to disagree. For my money, SharePoint this year was characterized by SharePoint and Yammer, SharePoint and Office 365 and Mobile SharePoint. 

CMSWire's Top Contributors 2013 - Christian Buckley

cbuckley.jpgChristian Buckley takes the "Evangelist" part of his title very seriously. He travels the world to spread the good word of SharePoint, speaking at conferences, attending meetings, contributing articles.  I suspect Christian lives in an alternative universe where there are more hours in the day than in yours or mine. 

Insights into SharePoint Replication

When I joined Microsoft back in 2006 to help build out the Microsoft Managed Services offerings -- a precursor to the SharePoint Online platform within Office365 -- I spent a good deal of time talking with customers and partners about improving the performance of SharePoint across multiple locations: from deployment and architectural best-practices, to content synchronization and WAN optimization.

I always loved the customer interactions, working directly with the end user and administrators, and pushing that feedback back to the product teams. In my current role as a technology evangelist, I spend a good portion of my time with customers and partners, listening to their experiences, providing guidance where I can, and doing my best to surface questions and issues when I don't know the answer.

A Stolen Kiss for Your SharePoint Governance

A Stolen Kiss for Your SharePoint GovernanceIsn't it time you show your SharePoint governance plan some love?

Search Continues to Be Business Critical in 2014

A year ago I suggested that search would become business critical in 2013, and I think my forecast was in line with reality. Certainly the Findwise 2013 Search and Findability Report indicated that more organizations were working on a search strategy in 2013, and that compared with the 2012 report, businesses displayed a greater degree of commitment to getting the best out of investment in search applications.

SharePoint, This Old House Style - Interior Design, Decorating

SharePoint, This Old House Style - Interior Design, DecoratingWelcome back! This blog series is devoted to pointing out some of the key enhancements that SharePoint picked up in the last 10 years.

If you’re still treating SharePoint like the web based file share it was in 2003, it's time for a reappraisal.

6 Predictions for SharePoint, Office 365 in 2014

It's been an interesting year for SharePoint. We've started to see steady adoption of SharePoint 2013, as well as continued usage of SharePoint 2010 and some older versions. And Microsoft’s shift to focus on the cloud and Office 365 left many guessing about the future of the on premises version of SharePoint.

Whatever comes in 2014, I don’t believe SharePoint is going anywhere. But I do think we’ll see more changes.

Social Fears and Anxiety in the Enterprise

Social Fears and Anxiety in the EnterpriseIn my work as a consultant I frequently come across organizations that appear terrified of allowing or enabling social features in the enterprise.  It doesn't matter if it's SharePoint’s newsfeed, MySites, Yammer or other social tools -- the thought of introducing these tools internally meets with resistance.

SharePoint, Yammer, Office 365 Sessions Dominate Microsoft Conference #SPC14

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SharePoint Conference 2014 is just a few months away. The Microsoft-sponsored event runs March 3 through 6 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Microsoft is firming up the roster of keynote speakers and setting the agendas for about 200 sessions on the increasingly integrated worlds of SharePoint, Yammer, Office, Office 365 and more.

Marketed as an event to help "connect, reimagine and transform," there will be some 24 inclusive tracks for the four major audiences of IT professionals, developers, executives and power users.

'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.

Enabling Customization Increases SharePoint User Adoption

Enabling business users to customize SharePoint is good for companies. If that seems unlikely, a Dimensional Research report commissioned by Dell supports this claim. According to the report, almost all of those surveyed (98 percent) said customization by business users is desirable.

The Missing Link in SharePoint Site Usability

The topic of SharePoint site usability never grows old. With every new version of SharePoint that comes out, Microsoft has touted that it is extremely intuitive and easy to use, and judging from the number of licenses sold, many organizations seem to have bought into this myth. What they are not told is what it actually takes to make SharePoint sites user-friendly.

SharePoint 2013, This Old House Style - Moving In and Living Together

Social Business, SharePoint 2013, This Old House Style - Moving In and Living Together"Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.” -- Yogi Berra

In many ways, this sums up SharePoint’s problem in its second decade -- we take it for granted.

Microsoft has a Hit with SharePoint Conference Tweet Jam #spc14jam

spc14logo.jpgMonths ahead of its big SharePoint conference in Las Vegas in March, Microsoft had a tweet jam that sent the #spc14jam hashtag to the upper reaches of Twitter's trending charts.

Find out what developers and executives wanted to know during the event yesterday, as well as the likely hot topics of discussion at next year's big SharePoint community event. In case you were wondering if the company revealed any clues about future products, keep reading.

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