Recap: Collab365 Live Show “SharePoint User Adoption Tips”

JohnHow many times have you conducted a SharePoint training session and were met with groans and eye rolls? Many users don’t like SharePoint and the Office 365 suite when they first use it because the services are so extremely complex. They can be hard to navigate unless a users knows exactly what they’re looking to accomplish.

In this Collab365 Live Show, hosts Nick Brattoli and Andy Talbot were joined by fellow SharePoint experts Dux Raymond, Kate Forgione, and Asif Rehmani to share some best practices when it comes to getting your users to fall in love with SharePoint.

Here are some of the main takeaways from the webinar:

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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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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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SharePoint Framework General Availability

Duane OdumOn 2/23/2017 Microsoft announced the General Availability release of the SharePoint Framework to Office 365 tenancies.  This is a very exciting time for SharePoint developers as the SharePoint Framework allows us to take advantage of development tools and processes that truly enhance the developer experience.  Having worked with multiple client side development toolkits in the past I can honestly say “It’s about time!”.

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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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