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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Managing Content for Similar SharePoint Sites

Mike BerrymanI have a client that has over 50 subsites of the root site in a SharePoint site collection that are all pretty much the same.  There’s a site for each county in the client’s state, each one with web parts to show some data from the root site that’s relevant to that specific county (contacts’ information, documents, that kind of thing).  Whenever they wanted to make a change to, say, the contacts web part for these county site, they had to modify over fifty copies of the same web part.  Tedious to say the least.  After a few rounds of making these kind of repetitious modifications it was decided that I would need to come up with a solution to make managing this stuff much easier.

So I did.

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Inject Scripts in SharePoint with JavaScript

Mike BerrymanDon’t worry, it’s the good kind of Script Injection!

I was recently working in a SharePoint environment where I wanted to have some JavaScript libraries (like jQuery and moment.js) available across the entire site collection.  The most obvious solution would be to add a reference to each library into the master page(s) used across the sites in the site collection but for this situation editing any master page was not an option.  Instead I wanted to use User Custom Actions to do script injection.

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Don’t Let SharePoint Online Become the new SharePoint Foundation

1_bgOver the past five years I have worked on over 100 SharePoint projects in both an IT Professional and Developer capacity. In that time, many things have improved with SharePoint, but I wonder if SharePoint Online is going to be the new SharePoint Foundation.

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Where is the line between Power User and Developer in SharePoint?

Duane OdumSharePoint power users are loosely defined as folks that have a knowledge base in SharePoint above and beyond that of a general SharePoint User. In training/marketing materials Power users are normally listed alongside a Site Owner or Site Collection Administrator role. Power users are invaluable to the growth and adoption of SharePoint within organizations as they usually have a better understanding of the features and functionality available out of the box that can enhance the end user experience and are essentially a translator between IT and the business when it comes to requirements.  Recently it seems that the lines between developer and power user are being blurred and I am not sure that is a good thing.

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The Future of SharePoint – The Day After

1_bgOn May 4th, 2016 the future of SharePoint was announced and at one point during the presentation Jeff Teper, Corporate Vice President – OneDrive and SharePoint at Microsoft said something along the lines of “we are reinventing the intranet”. While that might be seen as hyperbole it is hard to argue the fact that Microsoft is reinventing SharePoint.  When Teper was brought back in to lead the SharePoint/OneDrive efforts, there was a lot of buzz in the community about where things would be going. Now we have our answer.

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