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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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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Data Storage: SharePoint v. SQL

Mike BerrymanMany years ago we worked on a project that would allow the client to perform inspections digitally on the various restaurants in their franchise. One of the goals of these inspections was to make sure the restaurants were following the client’s procedures and policies. These procedures and policies are constantly being reviewed and updated, so one of the main requirements of this inspection project was to allow the client to update the inspection on the fly without requiring development updates each time. In other words, it needed to be reasonably configurable by the client. We ultimately created a dynamic form that would be constructed in real-time based on data provided by the client. The idea was that as the client updated their procedures and policies, they would add/remove items from the form to keep it up-to-date.

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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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MinRole Enhancements Announced at Microsoft Ignite

Duane OdumSome great news for the guys and gals managing small scale SharePoint 2016 Farms – MinRole installation just got a lot more feasible.

When MinRole was originally announced, I looked at it as a great justification to make the move to SharePoint 2016. Imagine, no longer needing to take down production SharePoint environments in order to apply patches… Sign me up!

Unfortunately, when the requirements came out for the MinRole setup, many organizations could not justify setting up 8 servers to create a High Availability SharePoint Farm.  

Microsoft responded to customer feedback today at Ignite in a big way with the announcement that Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint 2016 (available in November) will include an option for creating a High Availability SharePoint 2016 Farm with just 4 servers.  By combining the Web Front End and Distributed Cache roles as well as the Application and Search roles Microsoft is really opening the door for small/mid organizations to treat their SharePoint 2016 environments as “first class citizens”. 

I am truly excited by this announcement.  As a consultant I often times find myself struggling to keep the customer happy with the overall cost of a system while still following best practices. This enhancement not only makes small to mid-size SharePoint 2016 Farm Administrators lives easier, it makes mine a bit easier too. 

For a full listing of details on Feature Pack 1 please reference the Office blog Announcing Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016—cloud-born and future-proof