Beau Cameron

Beau Cameron
Beau no longer works at Aerie. We are thankful for his many contributions and wish him happiness and success in the future. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions regarding this blog by filling out one of our contact forms.
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How To: Hyperlink to missing pages in modern SharePoint

Posted by Beau Cameron on 10.19.20

If you ever used the classic Wiki pages in SharePoint, there was a really cool feature that allowed users to link to pages that did not exist yet. In SharePoint Wikis, you could link to another page on your site using the double bracket syntax. Example:

Please go to the [[Announcements]] page.

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Topics: SharePoint, SharePoint Intranet

Diagnosing Changes with the Modern SharePoint Page Version History

Posted by Beau Cameron on 03.19.20

If you love SharePoint, then you already know about its rich document and information management capabilities. Version history is a feature of SharePoint that is extremely powerful if you need to look back in history at the changes of an item. This works great if you are working with list items only, as you can see how the fields have changed on a specific item over time. For documents and pages, SharePoint version history is unable to show us exactly what has changed within those pages.

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Topics: SharePoint Online

Rendering multi-value Choice fields vertically using JSON Column Formatting

Posted by Beau Cameron on 02.21.20

Recently I was working on some formatting with SharePoint lists and I found a really cool feature of Column Formatting that many users may not know about. If you need a refresher on Column Formatting in SharePoint, have a look here.

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Topics: SharePoint Online

How to Link to a Planner Task Using Microsoft Flow

Posted by Beau Cameron on 09.07.18

Microsoft Flow and Microsoft Planner are both relatively new technologies in the world of Office 365. If you've spent some time with the Microsoft Planner connector, you may have noticed there are some pieces of functionality that are missing. After looking in the support forums, I found that a lot of people have been looking to use Flow to direct link to a Planner task (similar to when you get the over due notifications out of the box). There is a lot of confusion about having to use the Group ID to link to a task, but in fact there is another way. The method proposed below is similar to what is used in the SharePoint Starter Kit personal tasks web part. With this in mind, here is a method I use to direct link to a planner task in flow.

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Topics: SharePoint Online, Office 365 Planner, Flow, Microsoft Planner

The Myth about Manufacturing Efficiency

Posted by Beau Cameron on 08.06.18

You've seen it, we've all seen it. Robots.

Manufacturers have done something incredible. Ever since the industrial revolution, manufacturing companies have invested so much into improving manufacturing efficiency. We've seen investments into the development of machine tools instead of manual tools. Subsequently, companies introduced products with interchangeable parts, which could be used across new and old devices. Interchangeable parts led to the popularization of the assembly line.

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Topics: document management, setpoint, efficiency, manufacturing

Hubify your root site collection in Office 365

Posted by Beau Cameron on 04.03.18

Modern Office 365 has led to a lot of confusion about what to do with the root site collection your Office 365 environment. Communication sites and Office 365 Group sites are new site templates created by Microsoft to provide a brand new publishing and editing experience in Office 365. However, your root site collection in Office 365 is a classic SharePoint site and cannot be converted to a Modern site (yet?). A user voice exists to support this, I suggest you  vote here! So what are we to do with the default root site collection in your tenant? Why not give it some meaning and Hubify it!

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Implement security trimmed navigation in your Hub Site

Posted by Beau Cameron on 03.30.18


Whats all the hubbub about!? You may have heard that Microsoft has recently deployed Office 365 Hub sites to  targeted release tenants! Hub sites are a new way to organize and join your existing SharePoint sites into a centralized hub to allow for rolling up content, sharing themes between sites and maintaining a consistent navigation across multiple sites. This post will focus entirely on the shared navigation that lives on the hub site and why I think it needs a little bit of improvements in it's current state.

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Topics: SharePoint Framework, SharePoint Intranets

Auto Provision Office 365 sites in a Hub Site using Site Designs

Posted by Beau Cameron on 03.26.18


Last week Microsoft started releasing hub sites for Office 365. Hub sites are a long awaited feature in the new Modern Office 365 experience. The introduction of Communication sites and Office 365 Groups sites has brought about a new flat architecture for building sites within SharePoint. While sub sites are still available, it is now becoming common practice to build new sites as separate site collections (Groups & Communication sites). However, when you build sites without a hierarchy, it's often difficult to understand which sites may be connected or even how the sites are connected. Hub sites will fix this issue by allowing admins to create a "hub" or a collection of sites under a single global navigation with some very cool content roll-up features. To learn more about hub sites click here.

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Topics: Corporate Intranet, SharePoint Intranets

SharePoint Framework - Don't fear the toolchain

Posted by Beau Cameron on 01.24.18


Change is good. Being prepared for change is even better. Recently, I put out a poll online to see whether or not developers have adopted the SharePoint Framework yet. Many responses for not adopting SPFx included that the new development pattern requires a complete new toolchain for development. This is true, but I recommend trying to crawl before taking your first step.

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Topics: SPFx

Create Modern Sharepoint site templates using Office 365 Site Designs

Posted by Beau Cameron on 01.12.18

One of the biggest questions I see is, "How do we create site templates using Office 365 groups?". It is no surprise that site templates were one of the most widely used features in previous versions of SharePoint. Site templates give site owners and SharePoint admins a way to incorporate some governance into the creation of team sites and expedite the creation process. However, this out-of-the-box functionality, until recently wasn't available for new modern sites.  In this blog, we'll step through creating our own using an Office 365 group.

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Topics: Development, SharePoint Framework, Microsoft

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