Heavily regulated businesses need the support of the kind of enterprise content management solution achievable with Microsoft SharePoint

SharePoint, like any other computing platform, offers stakeholders lots of capabilities. But successfully capitalizing on what, otherwise, may be hidden features often requires some work. Enterprise content management (ECM) is an example of one feature set achievable on either an on-premises SharePoint implementation, or even on Office 365. ECM may be a “nice to have” capability for most businesses, and a “mission-critical” foundation plank for any heavily regulated business looking to capitalize on office automation. ECM maintains the position it does with heavily regulated businesses because it is much easier for these businesses to collect, categorize, and report on their…
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Microsoft addresses the need to transform full trust solutions to conform with the SharePoint app model

Microsoft addresses the burning need most communities of SharePoint 2013 users will face when they consider eschewing full trust solutions for systems built with the new Office (SharePoint) App Model in a video tutorial titled Transform SharePoint Customizations to SharePoint App Model: (01) Introduction to App Model Transition Tasks. This video is led by 2 Senior Program Managers at Microsoft: Steve Walker and Vesa Juvonen The video is the first of a set of six video tutorials on this topic, which were all published on December 18, 2014. The intended audience are “IT pros, consultants, Office developers, and Microsoft partners”….
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While promoting the availability of Office 365 APIs, Microsoft also recently provided extensive video training on the SharePoint App Model

During the month of December, 2014, Microsoft published over 5 hours of video training content on the SharePoint App Model. This training has been packaged into 6 segments, each approximately 50 minutes in length. Each segment is led by two senior program managers who each bring extensive experience with SharePoint to the task: Steve Walker and Vesa Juvonen. I have already written a post to this blog on the second segment in this set. The title of my post is Microsoft recommends branding SharePoint Online, Office 365 with themes, alternate CSS and other CSOM methods rather than creating custom master…
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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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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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Social Groups and SharePoint promise big returns, but require a substantial effort

SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online, Office 365 have been designed with collaboration as one of the primary out-of-the box feature sets. So organizations can benefit by implementing Yammer groups, but should plan on a lot of effort to ensure success. We’ve recently published several posts to this blog about a new set of video training content exclusively offered on SharePoint-Videos: SP13-317 Making Enterprise Social Real in your Organization with Yammer and SharePoint. Naomi Moneypenny, who leads this curriculum, emphasizes the importance of Yammer groups for the ROI opportunity they represent. In her opinion, a finely tuned Yammer group can perform…
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If SharePoint is Implemented On Premises, It Makes Sense for SharePoint Users to Consume Training Content On Premises, As Well

There is considerable rationale in 2014, with what seems to be an ever-increasing volume of data breaches of ever more prominent web sites, for an organization to opt for a strictly on premises implementation of SharePoint 2007, 2010, or 2013. Once this decision is made, it makes sense to choose a strictly on premises training method for SharePoint users. SharePoint-Videos offers solutions for this type of requirement. We offer three solutions directly targeted to the needs of organizations implementing SharePoint on premises: SharePoint End User Training Sets for SharePoint 2007, 2010, and 2013 Corporate DVDs, which are specialized training sets…
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Building Workflows for No-Code Solutions Using External Data with the BCS in SharePoint 2013

In the eleventh and twelfth units of a set of fifteen units of video training content on building workflows for external data, in either SharePoint 2013, on premises, or SharePoint Online, Office 365, Fabian Williams, a SharePoint Server MVP, presents a set of procedures, and their underlying components, most likely to be useful for an audience of SharePoint, or Office 365 application developers. These video tutorials will not likely be useful to SharePoint power users. An experience set which includes extensive work with JavaScript, modern Open Protocols (including OAuth and OData), and Visual Studio is required to digest the information…
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Using the BCS to Pull External Data into SharePoint 2013 with Visual Studio

Microsoft is attempting to rebrand its code editor, Visual Studio, as a preferred method for developers to product Apps conforming to the Office 2013 App model. In a set of three video tutorials, Fabian Williams, a SharePoint MVP and widely acknowledged subject matter expert, demonstrates how the BCS can be used, via Visual Studio, to pull external data into SharePoint 2013. All three of these video tutorials are included in a new set of training content titled SharePoint 2013: Working with external data in SharePoint 2013 using BCS and Workflows. This set is available, exclusively, on SharePoint-Videos.com. In the first…
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Organizations developing custom apps to surface external data in SharePoint 2013, need to follow a specialized set of procedures

In a set of video tutorials on the topic of how to work with BCS to surface external data in SharePoint 2013, or SharePoint Online, Office 365, Fabian Williams, a SharePoint Server MVP provides a set of guidelines likely to be very useful for any organizations planning on developing custom apps for similar needs. The title of this video tutorial set is Working with External Data in SharePoint 2013 using BCS and Workflows – On Premises and Online. The first 3 video tutorials in this set of training content are full of references to the preliminary steps any developer should…
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