It’s not possible to successfully implement a hybrid SharePoint computing solution without a plan. This plan should include a clear understanding of what a hybrid computing architecture for SharePoint can, realistically deliver. As well, a series of steps must be taken to prepare a group of users, as well as the computing services already in place, and, finally, the procedures users have defined to successfully complete tasks for the new architecture.
Our course on the topic of hybrid SharePoint computing, via a combination of on-premises and online components meets this requirement. Nearly 1.5 hrs of the 3.5 hrs included in this course (which I should note is led by Fabian Williams) is devoted to:
- defining a hybrid computing solution built with SharePoint Server, on-premises, and SharePoint Online, Office 365
- a presentation of popular rationales for implementing this type of hybrid computing solution
- an inventory of the computing components which need to be in place before starting the effort
- training on the importance of user roles for the success of an implementation plan, and how the hierarchy of these roles with regard to Active Directory, Federated Users, etc
- security considerations, and their impact on decisions about network architecture
Each of the above topics is covered in the first 6 video tutorials in this course. The intended audience for the course are SharePoint Administrators. Hands-on demonstrations are included on key concepts, so anyone studying the course material should be able to locally replicate techniques and, thereby, maximize the potential of assimilating the procedures correctly to ensure a successful effort.
I would also add business stakeholders in a hybrid SharePoint computing plan may want to study the same course material, if for no other reason than to ensure a consistent understanding, across an organization, of the steps to be taken to build the system successfully. An added benefit of a decision to include business stakeholders in the audience for this training content should be an easier process of getting the entire organization to correctly adopt the new computing methods once they have been defined.
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