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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The Office 365 admin center provides tenants with a verbose log of activity

The Office 365 admin center also provides access to historical data about service health. The demonstration depicts the method of accessing these reports as simply a matter of clicking back to a prior screen. But I could only access the same reports for our Office 365 E3 tenant by returning to the home page for the admin center, and, subsequently, clicking on “Service Health” in the Quick Launch, and then “Service Health”, once again, in the drop down list served to me by the portal. The reports served went back 5 calendar days, in a horizontal depiction, like a spreadsheet….
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Congratulations, your company decides to implement cloud, but how do you begin to support the Office 365 service?

The day personnel within a larger organization receive management approval to leverage cloud, SaaS offers (including Microsoft’s Office 365) may be a cause for celebration. But if your team is responsible for support, planning for the Office 365 service to be up and running 7×24 can be a headache. So it makes sense to use the same occasion to kick off a support plan for Office 365. Microsoft offers a two part video tutorial on planning how to troubleshoot Office 365 via Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) and Channel 9. The first of the webcasts is titled Office 365 Troubleshooting: (01)…
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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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Microsoft pushes hybrid cloud computing into the sweet spot for cloud PaaS solutions

If Microsoft’s Q1 2015 earnings report can be taken as a reliable measure of where it makes sense for them to allocate resources and focus, hybrid cloud computing is now in the limelight. SharePoint on premises and SharePoint Online, Office 365 are great examples of this concept at work. Earlier this week this writer published some comments on Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO’s comments on the earnings report, specifically how he chose to answer an opening question posed by one analyst covering Microsoft. The analyst asked a big one, why Microsoft is benefitting better from Cloud, IaaS and PaaS than its…
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Implement a reliable enterprise social computing effort now to avoid having to do so later

Back in January, 2013, Gartner published a press release titled Gartner® Says 80 Percent of Social Business Efforts Will Not Achieve Intended Benefits Through 2015on the low likelihood of “social business efforts” succeeding by 2015. But the same press release makes clear the inevitability of success for these same efforts at some point in the future. So business should start to build out enterprise social computing networks like Yammer, now, to prepare. The inevitability of the success of these efforts is depicted in the very first sentence of the release: “Enterprise social networks will become the primary communications channels for…
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Be sure to include winning executive sponsorship as a core plank of your Office 365 adoption plan

Often stakeholders counting on a successful roll out of a new computing platform (like Office 365) for enterprise computing put together adoption strategies to hasten user adoption. But a core component of success, and, therefore, any adoption plan intended to support this goal, must be winning executive sponsorship. Microsoft offers a voluminous set of information on all topics relevant to Office 365. This reader identified an hour long webcast likely to provoke some positive thinking on this topic titled Rethinking the Business Benefits of the Cloud. The webcast is led by Joe Weinman, author of “Cloudonomics”. Readers should note the…
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Microsoft Joins in the Effort to Hasten User Adoption of Office 365

Microsoft recently announced its decision to directly participate in the process by which larger organizations, and their partners, in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors implement Office 365. This participation includes direct management of Office 365 on boarding for organizations purchasing at least 150 related SKUs. Of particular interest to this writer is some information included in a web page, titled Office 365 Adoption Offer. Per the terms of this offer, Microsoft will reimburse organizations qualifying to participate in the program a set dollar amount, per seat, towards the costs incurred by the organization to contract with either Microsoft Consulting…
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Microsoft Virtual Academy Presents the Office 365 Fast Track Deployment Process

Approximately 25 minutes into the first module of Microsoft Virtual Academy’s detailed introduction to Office 365, which is titled Managing Office 365 Identities and Services, Anthony Steven introduces the Office 365 Fast Track Deployment Process. The objective of this method is, as Mr. Steven states, “to get the customer (meaning an organization using the Office 365 Enterprise Client) on to Office 365 within a matter of hours”. Mr. Steven presents the key feature driving the rapid deployment benefit. With no need for server installation on premises, larger organizations can dispense with an otherwise mandatory risk assessment. The entire Office 365…
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