SPTechCon Austin to include Office 365 Devcamp

BZ Media LLC, the organizer of the SPTechCon series of conferences has announced this year’s Spring event will include “Office 365 DevCamp”. The venue for this event will be Austin, TX. This will be the 11th instance in the SPTechCon series, which will be held from February 8, through February 11, 2015. Readers interested in learning more about this late addition to the SPTechCon lineup of technical sessions can learn more by visiting the webpage for the entire Spring, 2015 SPTechCon event. The DevCamp will be led by Scot Hillier, a Microsoft SharePoint MVP. More information about the course can…
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A demonstration of how to custom brand SharePoint sites with the Alternate CSS property included with the April 2014 CU for SharePoint 2013

The last half hour of the second video tutorial on how to transform SharePoint customizations to conform with the SharePoint App Model is taken up with a demonstration of how to use the AlternateCSSUrl web property. The title of the video tutorial is Transform SharePoint Customizations to SharePoint App Model: (02) Controlling Branding in SharePoint Using App Model. The tutorial is led by Steve Walker and Vesa Juvonen, two Senior Program Managers at Microsoft. The AlternateCSSUrl web property was included in Microsoft’s April 2014 CU for SharePoint 2013. This property, “Alternate CSS”, is exposed in the Client Side Object Model…
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Microsoft offers some recommended procedures for SharePoint customizations built with full trust solutions

In the final 10 mins of the 1st of 6 video tutorials titled Transform SharePoint Customizations to SharePoint App Model, Vesa Juvonen, a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft presents several correct practices developers can use to safely build custom trusted solutions for SharePoint, on-premises. The first 40 minutes of the video were devoted to a structured presentation, perhaps it would be better to refer to it as a rhetorical argument intended to persuade the audience to hasten their pace of adopting the SharePoint App Model. Regardless, in the final 10 minutes the audience is treated to a presentation of how…
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Microsoft shoulders the burden of hastening SharePoint developer adoption of the App Model

In the last 30 mins of the first of six video tutorials on the SharePoint App Model published on Microsoft’s Virtual Academy, Steve Walker and Vesa Juvonen use some of the techniques likely to be familiar to anyone involved in an effort to persuade people to adopt a new method of computing. The title of this video is Transform SharePoint Customizations to SharePoint App Model: (01) Introduction to App Model Transition Tasks. The experience of this tutorial as an effort to persuade an audience to do something differently, is exemplified by the frequency of repetition of several recommended approaches. The…
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Microsoft addresses the need to transform full trust solutions to conform with the SharePoint app model

Microsoft addresses the burning need most communities of SharePoint 2013 users will face when they consider eschewing full trust solutions for systems built with the new Office (SharePoint) App Model in a video tutorial titled Transform SharePoint Customizations to SharePoint App Model: (01) Introduction to App Model Transition Tasks. This video is led by 2 Senior Program Managers at Microsoft: Steve Walker and Vesa Juvonen The video is the first of a set of six video tutorials on this topic, which were all published on December 18, 2014. The intended audience are “IT pros, consultants, Office developers, and Microsoft partners”….
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While promoting the availability of Office 365 APIs, Microsoft also recently provided extensive video training on the SharePoint App Model

During the month of December, 2014, Microsoft published over 5 hours of video training content on the SharePoint App Model. This training has been packaged into 6 segments, each approximately 50 minutes in length. Each segment is led by two senior program managers who each bring extensive experience with SharePoint to the task: Steve Walker and Vesa Juvonen. I have already written a post to this blog on the second segment in this set. The title of my post is Microsoft recommends branding SharePoint Online, Office 365 with themes, alternate CSS and other CSOM methods rather than creating custom master…
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One more article on the importance of governance to a healthy SharePoint implementation worth a review

Any enterprise content management (ECM) system (including solutions built on Microsoft’s SharePoint Server, on-premises, and/or SharePoint Online, Office 365) should include governance, if it is to be successful. Joe Shepley provides a succinct presentation of the importance of governance in an article titled The SharePoint Information Problem, which was published on the CMSWire website in April of 2014. What I found most helpful about this article is how Shepley connects dysfunctional information management systems built with SharePoint, to what he calls a typical, broader enterprise malaise: “But when you start to dig deeper and ask why organizations have lacked the…
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Why a governance plan for SharePoint should be implemented for software dependent on the platform

SharePoint 2013, on-premises, and SharePoint Online (a component of Microsoft’s Office 365 application suite) present stakeholders with a set of challenges. Perhaps this is nothing new, and normal for any decision to implement a computer technology solution for a specific organization, and its unique set of characteristics. But for any organization with a long-standing commitment to SharePoint, planning a migration to either platform from a predecessor can be especially daunting if a set of custom applications already exists. In this case the question becomes one of how best to migrate this already amortized investment in custom software over to a…
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Be sure to include an ongoing adoption effort in your SharePoint, or SharePoint Online plan

A couple of recently published articles by prominent individuals in the SharePoint community – Chris Riley and Christian Buckley – remind me of an important feature of SharePoint plans more likely to succeed. These plans treat the challenge of user adoption as a chronic condition requiring continuous effort. Riley’s article is Why I Left ECM. The article by Christian Buckley is titled As SharePoint Moves Toward the Cloud, Governance Remains a Priority. While I am at this task, I might as well include a third article, which was published on December 29, 2014, titled ECM isn’t delivering. The common thread…
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Microsoft recommends branding SharePoint Online, Office 365 with themes, alternate CSS and other CSOM methods rather than creating custom master pages

In a video tutorial available to the public on MSDN’s Channel 9, Microsoft presents an argument for branding SharePoint Online, Office 365 sites with themes and other CSOM methods. The title of this video tutorial is Transform SharePoint Customizations to SharePoint App Model: (02) Controlling Branding in SharePoint Using App Model. The tutorial is included in the Microsoft Virtual Academy Jump Start collection and is led by Steve Walker and Vesa Juvonen, who are both Senior Program Managers with Microsoft. One recommendation is repeated over and over again throughout this tutorial, which comprises about one hour of video: don’t create…
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