Many organizations are reaching the same decision: it makes sense to support SharePoint server, on-premises, and SharePoint Online, Office 365, simultaneously. This decision makes even more sense when a hybrid computing architecture is implemented to extract benefit from services common to both platforms.
Microsoft has published some technical training information on the hybrid computing concept. I’ve written some comments about this content in a few posts to this blog. But now I’m pleased to announce the immediate availability of a set of video tutorials compiled from an online class, which was led by Fabian Williams, a SharePoint Server MVP and widely recognized expert on the hybrid computing topic. Fabian’s class was offered by VisualSP™ in November of 2014.
More information about this new set of video training content, titled SharePoint 2013 DVD Package: Implementing SharePoint 2013 Hybrid for Search, Business Connectivity Services, OneDrive for Business and Yammer. Approximately 3.5 hrs of technical training content is included in the set, which is available for purchase for unlimited local viewing by individuals, and/or organizations.
In my opinion, the most important underlying theme about this set is the notion of building a hybrid computing architecture upon common services available via SharePoint server, on-premises, and SharePoint Online, Office 365. Efforts to construct the same type of architecture on scopes common to both platforms do not promise the same return on effort. The services Fabian focuses on in this course are:
- Business Connectivity Services
- OneDrive for Business
- and Yammer
OneDrive for Business and Yammer are only available for SharePoint Online Office 365. But the content stored in the former, and the status alerts, and conversations transpiring in the latter, should be available to users opting to use the SharePoint Search service to consume them. So the topic lineup for this course should make sense to most readers.
On the topic of Business Connectivity Services, it’s worth taking a paragraph to highlight the importance of this SharePoint service for any effort to pull external data into either on-premises, or online computing processes. Simply put, it’s not possible to pull this type of data into either environment without this service. Therefore, any discussion about how to extend the power of SharePoint search needs to include a discussion on this “bridge” service. By the way, Fabian has led another course on the topic of SharePoint’s Business Connectivity Service, for SharePoint 2013, on-premises computing.
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