Data Visualization is a popular requirement for Office 365 computing built on Business Intelligence components

Microsoft’s TechEd Europe 2014 event, which was held in October, 2014, included a presentation on the Business Intelligence (BI) opportunities presented by Microsoft Office and Office 365 products. The title of this presentation, which is now available for public viewing as a webcast on Microsoft’s MSDN Channel 9 web site, is Overview of Business Intelligence in Office and Office 365. The presentation is led by Peter Myers, an expert on Microsoft databases who is based in Australia. Myers is affiliated with Bitwise, a Microsoft partner. Microsoft is not the only ISV looking to capitalize on the increasing appetite of enterprise…
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What are the mandatory requirements organizations must meet to support hybrid computing scenarios built with SharePoint 2013, on-premises, and Office 365?

So what are the mission-critical components of an acceptable foundation for a hybrid scenario for SharePoint 2013 on-premises computing, and Office 365? Paolo Pialorsi presents 6 of these in a webcast recorded at Microsoft’s TechEd Europe 2014 event, which was held in October, 2014 (the title of Pialorsi’s presentation is Overview of Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Hybrid Scenarios): “Directory Federation via ADFS and Azure AD Sync “Internet routable AD domains” “SSL certificates and secured communication channels” “Good bandwidth and Internet connectivity” “Office 365 Enterprise Subscriptions” “SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise on-premises The fifth and sixth components are obvious. The…
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The objective for a hybrid cloud computing solution should be to bring on-premises and cloud computing together

Early into a one hour presentation on hybrid computing scenarios for SharePoint 2013 on-premises, and Office 365, Paolo Pialorsi states an objective most organizations will likely implement when they embark on a hybrid cloud computing project — to build an integrated computing solution from cloud and on-premises components. The title of Pialorsi’s presentation is Overview of Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Hybrid Scenarios. He points to two prime areas where hybrid computing scenarios will likely make sense: enterprise search, and any services built with Business Connectivity Services (BCS). The latter usually pop up for organizations needing to pull external…
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Some limitations on building dynamic diagrams with Visio Services for SharePoint 2013 on-premises and SharePoint Online, Office 365 should be kept in mind

This a second and final post on a webcast published on Microsoft’s Channel 9 web site titled Interactive Visual Dashboard Solutions with Visio Services. There are some important caveats about using Visio Services to produce data visualizations like the “interactive dashboards” Ian White presents in this presentation. Data sources are limited. Visio Service currently provides no support as of yet for OData, so linking to external data from sources like MySQL, or other non SQL Server databases otherwise accessible via the OData protocol unfortunately won’t work. As well, Data linking is only available with Visio Professional, (available online as Visio…
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The agenda at TechEd Europe 2014 included a presentation on dynamic diagrams and SharePoint on-premises or online

Visio is usually seen as the successor to SharePoint Designer. The common understanding is Visio represents the “next generation” of workflow design tools. But it’s very important not to forget Visio is, if nothing else, a diagram tool. During Microsoft’s TechEd Europe 2014 event, last month, Ian White, EPM and Visio Technical Lead at Microsoft in the UK, led an hour presentation titled Interactive Visual Dashboard Solutions with Visio Services. It’s worth noting the venue for displaying these “visual dashboard solutions”, and providing dynamic data for them, is SharePoint on-premises, or SharePoint Online, Office 365. White points out how some…
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Use Office 365 Groups to consolidate collaboration efforts and simplify the Office 365 user experience

On September 25, 2014, Jared Spataro, General Manager of Enterprise Social published a post titled Delivering the first chapter of Groups in Office 365. With this post, and the short video embedded within it, Microsoft presented a new method for Office 365 consumers to use to collect users into groups. As Jared Spataro points out in his post, it’s not as if this type of method was at all lacking across the various components of the Office 365 tools. Lync, Outlook, and Yammer all offer methods of collecting users into teams and then pooling files, calendars, etc. The opposite is…
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SharePoint-Videos will host a webinar on hybrid, online, or on-premises SharePoint server options on November 19, 2014

As Satya Nadella made clear during Microsoft’s most recent quarterly earnings report, a strong driver of the success of Microsoft’s Azure and Office 365 products is the unique position of servers for Microsoft’s ubiquitous enterprise applications (not the least of which is SharePoint) at the so-called “edge” of the cloud, meaning on-premises. But how can business and organizations in the public and not-for-profit sectors get the most value out of the opportunities presented by the choices they have as regards serving SharePoint? On November 19, 2014, SharePoint-Videos will host a one hour webinar on this topic. The webinar is titled…
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Just how does Power BI bolt together with Office 365?

In a webcast titled Power BI for Office 365 Overview, Michael Tejedor, a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft provided his audience with some information about this data analytics tool, including: design features for business analysts a demonstration of likely benefits for organizations implementing Power BI today and a preview of new features to be added, along with a debut of Microsoft’s new web site:

Microsoft Project Pro is now available as an Office 365 subscription based client tool

This a third and final post to this blog on the first of several webcasts published from presentations held at Microsoft’s Tech Ed Europe 2014 event, which was held in late October 2014. The ultimate method of managing projects, per Raphael Ax and Alexandra Ciortea, two Microsoft Field Engineers leading this presentation, is to use Microsoft Project Pro. As of 2014, Ciortea explains, this tool is available as an add on subscription to Office 365. Ciortea notes an advantage of using Project Pro via Office 365 is ensuring clients are up to date on any updates to the application. With…
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Migrating project records out of Excel spreadsheets and into SharePoint 2013 is a good first step towards efficient project management

The schedule of presentations for Microsoft’s Tech Ed Europe 2014 event included a number of Microsoft Project Pro and Office 365. Raphael Ax and Alexandra Ciortea, two Field Engineers for Microsoft EMEA led the first of these, which is titled Efficient Planning, Reporting and Decision Making with Microsoft Project Pro for Office 365. Early in the presentation Ax points to SharePoint 2013 as a good method of moving a project management methodology forward for a typical organization. With a simple copy and paste procedure, Ax demonstrates how to migrate the key data from an Excel spreadsheet into a SharePoint Tasks…
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