An added benefit of deciding to purchase VisualSP, the help system for SharePoint

VisualSP™, the help system for SharePoint, includes an in-context access method for SharePoint end users to consume training content uniquely useful on demand. The best example of this type of technical training content are short video tutorials. The combination of these two features has been shown to deliver high value benefits: SharePoint end users can actually start to manage themselves, which rewards them for their efforts to process computing tasks in a SharePoint computing environment. An added benefit is a reduction in support demand. But what about training for the personnel responsible for supporting these SharePoint end users? Can a…
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Windows Phone 8.1 includes improved browser performance for SharePoint sites, lists, and libraries

Microsoft’s new smart phone operating system, Windows Phone 8.1 includes an improved web browser. SharePoint lists published from Access 2013 databases can now be resolved correctly on Lumia smart phones. Mobile consumers of SharePoint 2013 and/or SharePoint Online, Office 365 will likely be pleased with this improvement. This writer uses a Lumia 925 Windows Phone with a cellular data plan and telephony services from T-Mobile. After a protracted wait (an upgrade to Windows Phone 8.1 was expected back in June 2014), the Lumia 925 was finally upgraded to Windows Phone 8.1 in early November. One of the most welcome changes…
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Consider using coaching to provide the expertise your SharePoint, or Office 365 project requires if it is to be successful

SharePoint-Videos offers consulting services. Referred to as Corporate Consulting, these services are offered in blocks of 10, 20, or even 40 hours. A quick read of our description of the consulting services we offer indicates a number of advisory services: “[g]uidance on SharePoint strategy and best practices”, “[o]ne-on-one training to help you ramp up in areas of SharePoint that you are not familiar with”, and, finally, [g]uidance on vendor solutions that would fit your need”. Research has shown the value of advisory services as a contributor to the success of IT projects. Simply running a query on the string “effectiveness…
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Understanding how Power Pivot and Power Query contribute to a successful Business Intelligence project built with Power BI

For readers familiar with Microsoft’s Power BI suite of tools for Excel, but not clear as to how Power Pivot, and Power Query interact within a Power BI project, a webcast from TechEd Europe 2014, titled Overview of Business Intelligence in Office and Office 265 may be worth watching. The webcast is led by Peter Myers, a subject matter expert on the topic, and runs about 1.25 hours. Myers identifies the target user for the Power BI suite: a business analyst from a Line of Business (LoB) unit within an organization. He explains how research has shown analysts are the…
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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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Hybrid scenarios for SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online Office 365 were presented at Microsoft’s TechEd Europe 2014

Hybrid computing scenarios for SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online, Office 365 were presented at Microsoft’s TechEd Europe 2014 event last month. The webcast of this presentation, which is led by Paolo Pialorsi, and titled Overview of Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Hybrid Scenarios is of interest to us. We recently an online course on the same topic, which was led by Fabian Williams, a Microsoft MVP. We will also host a one hour panel discussion next Wednesday, November 19, 2014 on the topic, as well. Anyone interested in this topic who would like to attend our webinar next week…
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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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