Many organizations are considering how best to support parallel SharePoint computing efforts, both on premises, and SharePoint Online via a cloud SaaS provider. But what if it were possible for these organizations to get the maximum return on this effort by capitalizing on complementary features of both platforms, which can be safely interconnected?
On October 9, 2014, SharePoint-Videos will host a class exploring topics on how SharePoint on premises and online can be implemented in a complementary manner. The title of this online course is Implementing SharePoint 2013 Hybrid for Search, Business Connectivity Services, OneDrive for Business and Yammer. This course will be led by Fabian Williams, a SharePoint Server MVP and a widely acknowledged subject matter expert on this topic.
Almost any enterprise IT organization will acknowledge there is no harm integrating purely online services like Yammer with an on premises SharePoint implementation, as long as the decision does not create security issues, or diminished productivity. Ditto for an enterprise search service capable of returning results both from online EDM, ECM and on premises versions of the same processes. For businesses functioning in heavily regulated industries the latter requirement is not an option. It is a mandatory requirement if an organization is to maintain its compliance with regulations.
At the same time, many enterprise IT organizations have adopted an accommodative policy about online computing, in large part, to provide the support BYOD programs require and the overall trend towards consumerized IT. So it makes sense for these organizations to complement SharePoint on premises, with an online component. But, as is the case for almost any IT project, it will likely be required for these organizations to demonstrate return on the investment. So any opportunity to safely interconnect the two computing environments should constitute a topic worth studying.
Fortunately, our class, scheduled to be held this Thursday, October 9, 2014, promises to provide a lot of the detail required to actually address the task of making connections between platforms, where it is safe to do so. Anyone interested in registering for this class can do so via the link provided above.
Ira Michael Blonder
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