Recap: Collab365 Live Show #9 “Should I Build or Buy My Next Intranet?”

JohnIn this Collab365 live show, host Nick Brattoli was joined by SharePoint experts Sam Marshall, Paul Gallagher, and Matthew Bailey to discuss building your own intranet solution versus buying an “intranet-in-a-box” solution.

Sam defined “intranet-in-a-box” as a set of code libraries that can be installed quickly and are immediately ready-to-go. These solutions have standardized requirements and the vendor takes care of implementation and maintenance.

Here are some highlights from the webcast:

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SharePoint Virtual Summit Recap

SharePoint Virtual Summit Recap

Duane OdumWith a 90% increase in users and a 300% increase in the amount of data stored, SharePoint is skyrocketing, and Microsoft is implementing plenty of updates to further expand their services.

Yesterday’s SharePoint Virtual Summit focused on the four core goals of Microsoft’s collaboration technologies: share with confidence, transform business processes, inform/engage employees, and harness collective knowledge. There are all kinds of updates coming in 2017 that incorporate these goals, but perhaps the biggest announcement of the summit was the reveal of the brand-new communication sites.

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Webinar Recap: “The Future of SharePoint and Office 365”

JohnA couple weeks ago, I attended a webinar called “The Future of SharePoint and Office 365,” sponsored by Emgage. The panelists included Collab365.community’s manager Nick Brattoli, developer and educator Andrew Connell, and Content Panda co-founder Heather Newman. In the hour-long discussion, the panelists shared their thoughts about the current state of SharePoint, made predictions about its future, and answered audience questions.

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Recap: Collab365 “Office 365 Groups”

JohnLast week, I tuned in to Collab365’s Live Show, where the hosts and two special guests discussed Office 365 groups.

I’ve outlined some of the key points I took away from the show below:

  • What is Office 365 Groups?
    Office 365’s blog defines Groups as a “cross-application membership service” that allows people “to move naturally from one collaboration tool to another.” Essentially, it integrates the best parts of all of Microsoft’s other collaboration tools, such as Exchange, Skype for Business, FileMaker, and Microsoft Teams, into one place. Groups gives you and your team members access to a SharePoint site, document library, planner, notebook, and distribution group.

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Microsoft CXO Summit Review

JohnLast Wednesday, I was fortunate enough to attend the SOLD-OUT Microsoft CXO Summit…from my computer! Thankfully, Microsoft live-streamed the first three hours of the conference, and man, did they pack a lot of great insight into those three hours!

During that time, we heard from seven different speakers about digital transformation and building a digital culture in the workplace. All of the speakers were informative and engaging and I genuinely enjoyed each of the presentations. My top three takeaways were…

  • Companies are reaching out to the “crowd” as innovation partners
  • 86% of CEOs consider digital transformation their top priority
  • Automation is the difference in computing today and computing 30 years ago

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Why Microsoft Teams Works For Me?

Duane OdumOn 3/14/2017 Microsoft Teams was generally released to Office 365 tenants around the world.  Being that I am an Office 365 consultant I had already been tinkering with it for a while during the testing phase. Prior to my fiddling I read through the various blog posts from experts in the field and the two posts that stuck with me were by Benjamin Niaulin and Naomi Moneypenny. I highly suggest reading both of those articles if you or your organization is interested in learning more about where Microsoft Teams fits in with the rest of the Office 365 capabilities. I am adding another link to a great post at the bottom of the article as well but those are the two that I started with and suggest you do the same.

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Microsoft Flow Overview

Duane OdumPrior to the May 4th event in 2016 there was a blog post by James Phillips titled Power to the people: introducing Microsoft Flow and announcing the public preview of PowerApps.  Microsoft Flow became generally available on October 31st 2016 and although its use case is not restricted to Office 365 or Microsoft products it has certainly started to pick up some steam in the Office 365 community.

At its core Microsoft Flow is really a cloud based “if this then that” (commonly abbreviated to IFTTT) solution that is intended to enable Power Users to create business applications in an easy to use editor.  When used along with Power BI and PowerApps Microsoft Flow can certainly allow non-developers the ability to create some pretty solid applications to solve business problems.  There are numerous Microsoft Flow Templates and services already available to get you started and those numbers are only going to increase as the technology picks up more momentum.

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