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.
With 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.
On 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.