SharePoint Conference 2018 Day 1 Recap

I was watching the SharePoint Conference North America 2018 Keynote (#SPC18 on Twitter) and I must admit, I “geeked out” a little bit about SharePoint Spaces and started to contemplate how I could convince the executive team to sign off on a Commercial Duane OdumHoloLens. If you are not familiar with SharePoint Spaces head over to the GeekWire article on SharePoint spaces by Nat Levy.  Essentially Microsoft is using Office 365/SharePoint Online to bring mixed reality creation to the masses.  The astute reader will notice that you don’t need the HoloLens but to you good reader, I say phooey…go big or go home.  If you or your organization want to get in on the private preview you can nominate your organization using the SharePoint Spaces Form (love that they are using MS Forms for this😊).  Continue reading “SharePoint Conference 2018 Day 1 Recap”

What’s New in Office 365 (May 2018)

Keep an eye on your Office 365 Admin Message Center over the next couple months. As Duane OdumMicrosoft is getting ramped up for SharePoint Conference North America May 21st – 23rd in Las Vegas, NV we can expect to see more updates and enhancements rolling out than normal.  Below are some of the highlights of the announcements from April:

Office 365 Organization Theme Update

  • Intend to rollout in June 2018 and while it’s not a major change it is something to be aware of….

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It’s a No Code/Low Code World in Office 365

Time to clean…I have a love/hate relationship with Office 365. A majority of my work life for the past 3 years has been dedicated to Office 365 and while I see the excellent value it provides it’s taking away something I really enjoy, code.  While I was assisting a client with a OneDrive for Business rollout last week I had an epiphany. In the past 5 months I have probably written around 1,000 lines of code for work and it has mostly been JavaScript, TypeScript or PowerShell. I’ve not done a single line of C# code this year for work.  Some of the other folks in our group have so it has not been a total annihilation of managed code but it kind of has been for me and I do miss it.  Continue reading “It’s a No Code/Low Code World in Office 365”

External Users Access Change in Office 365

Duane OdumIf you receive the Office 365 Message Center Update Notifications you know that it’s rare to see a “Major Update Notification” that you must act upon quickly, but that is exactly what we received on Saturday February 24th. Starting on March 23, 2018 external users will no longer belong to the following groups in SharePoint Online: Everyone, All Authenticated Users and All Forms Users.  While this does not directly impact any of the Office 365 customers we are engaged with on a regular basis I am sure it will impact some organizations in a major way.

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Microsoft Flow

What is Flow?

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Microsoft Flow is tool that allows one to create and automate workflows across multiple applications. To create a flow, the user specifies what action should take place when a specific event occurs. The most common use of flow is to trigger notifications. For example, flow can be used to send someone a notification when an item is added to a list.

Flows can also be used to collect data. For instance, if the user wants to see what people are saying about a particular brand, they can create a trigger that will capture new tweets that mention the brand and put a copy of each tweet into a database for further analysis. Once a flow is built, it can be managed on the desktop or through an app on a mobile device. Additionally, Flow can be integrated with other various Microsoft services. The Microsoft Flow Admin Center allows an administrator to manage users, permissions and roles and ensure that employee-created flows comply with data loss prevention policies. Continue reading “Microsoft Flow”

The Importance of Using your Paid Time Off

Written by Rebecca Clark

 

Although a more eventful year than most, 2017 is finally coming to a close. The holidays and the new year are right around the corner, most of us using the opportunity to take a break from our busy work schedules to relax with friends and family.

But the holidays aren’t the only time of year to spend time with friends and family. We also have Vacation and Paid Time Off.

So why did 55% of Americans not use all of their vacation days in 2016? According to a study conducted by Project Time Off, that adds up to over 650 million paid vacation days that went unused. Project Time Off found that fear motivates people to become work martyrs: Fear of returning to a large pile of work, fear of upsetting their boss or coworkers, and fear of not being able to afford a vacation were three of the top reasons why PTO went unused. Continue reading “The Importance of Using your Paid Time Off”

Connecting Existing Sites to Office 365 Groups…Kind of

One of the big announcements from the SharePoint conference in May was Microsoft planning to allow the connection of existing Team Sites to Office 365 Groups.  This was also championed at Ignite a few weeks ago and Microsoft even put out some more specific guidance on this in the Work better together with SharePoint Team Sites Office 365 App Integrations post by Mark Kashman. Roughly 1/3 of the way down the page there is a heading titled Connect an existing SharePoint team site to a new Office 365 group that details out exactly what we will need to do.  This is awesome, we can take advantage of all the benefits of Office 365 groups for our existing team sites…not so fast. Continue reading “Connecting Existing Sites to Office 365 Groups…Kind of”