With a little over 6 weeks to go until Ignite and the Business Application Summit last month we are sure to be getting some new features and enhancements galore over the next couple months. As an FYI: Microsoft has made most of, if not all the Business Applications Summit sessions available on demand. If you’re thinking about how your organization can take advantage of the Microsoft Power Platform (Power BI, PowerApps, Flow and Dynamics 365) it’s worth looking through the sessions.
Recently we were asked by a client to develop a MS Flow that creates a sub site when users enter a new item into a SharePoint list. What we found was there’s no simple, out of the box way to have the new sub site inherit the top navigation of the parent site. As a result, we needed to create an Azure Function to preform this function. Continue reading “MS Flow and Azure: Creating Parent and Sub sites”
It’s been another busy month for Office 365 updates. Many of the updates that rolled out were ahead of schedule which can be nice for folks that were waiting on a specific update to implement a solution. However, it’s nice when the Office 365 Roadmap is accurate😊.
Microsoft 365 Admin Center
This one’s been in the pipeline for some time but if you haven’t checked it out yet be prepared for some changes. Content is still very similar so it’s not a terribly difficult adjustment but anything with Administration rights in Office 365 should get familiar with the new layout sooner rather than later at https://admin.microsoft.com. Continue reading “What’s New In Office 365 (July 2018)”
With the push to move away from On-Premise SharePoint environments in favor of the Office 365 SharePoint environment, Microsoft has drastically changed the landscape of SharePoint development. I’ve been a SharePoint developer since 2007 and making the jump to SharePoint Online has been the most jarring change yet. Of course when SharePoint Online was first announced and as features have been introduced, I’ve played around with them in a strictly “Hello World” capacity, but as any developer will tell you, creating a “Hello World” project for play purposes is drastically different from actually creating a real-world-use project.
I recently got to create my first “real” SharePoint Framework Web Part and here are my thoughts, as someone coming from over 10 years of On-Premise SharePoint development.
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 HoloLens. 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”
Keep an eye on your Office 365 Admin Message Center over the next couple months. As Microsoft 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….
Beginner Flow Lessons Learned
We have a business scenario that centers on filling out a word template and getting approvals. The Project Charter (which is the word template in my case) is typically filled out by one person and the approvals are generally a formality.
With the above in mind, I started on my journey to learning Flow. The focus is on the Flow Modern Approvals using a SharePoint Online Document Library. Here are my findings:
All flows stay active 30 days and then expire.
While writing this blog, I found an article on setting the expiration time on a card.
“Developers can now embed actions in their emails or notifications, elevating user engagement with their services and increasing organizational productivity. Note – Actionable Messages is available only on the Outlook web app and on the desktop version of Outlook 2016. For the latter, you can install the latest update to get Actionable Messages functionality.
Start an Approval Card
You have to manually add a field to show response info/workflow status (flow variable flow approval has been responded to) status
Update workflow status field in flow This is a single line of text.
You need to add the condition using the Responses object created when you select “Start an Approval.
Everyone from list
Stays in “Not Completed” state until everyone has replied or expires after 30 days with no activity – provided you didn’t change this particular setting.