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09.07.18 by Beau Cameron

How to Link to a Planner Task Using Microsoft Flow

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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08.06.18 by Beau Cameron

The Myth about Manufacturing Efficiency

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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04.03.18 by Beau Cameron

Hubify your root site collection in Office 365

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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03.30.18 by Beau Cameron

Implement security trimmed navigation in your Hub Site


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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03.26.18 by Beau Cameron

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


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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01.24.18 by Beau Cameron

SharePoint Framework - Don't fear the toolchain


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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01.12.18 by Beau Cameron

Create Modern Sharepoint site templates using Office 365 Site Designs


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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12.13.17 by Beau Cameron

Debug Modern Web Parts using Maintenance Mode

Did you know modern SharePoint has a maintenance page for modern web parts?  That's right!  Have you ever had a need to figure out what versions of front end frameworks your modern SPFx web parts use or find specific internal properties of your web parts? In this post I am going to show you a surprisingly uncommon (many devs aren't aware this exists) feature built into modern SharePoint web parts! 


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12.08.17 by Beau Cameron

Clippy365 - Your Office 365 assistant is back


It's true. Clippy is back! I've come to find that there are three types of people when it comes to opinions of our favorite Microsoft Office productivity friend. The first type of person is "oh no, please don't!". The second type of person is "Wow, this is great! Very retro!". Followed up by the people who are too young to even know who Clippy is. 

Well it's 2017 and it's about time he came back to our Microsoft products. A few months ago, a friend tempted me to incorporate Clippy into a SharePoint Framework application customizer. It didn't take long before I found a Clippyjs Library online. This was quite fantastic and it even lets you configure multiple agents, I fell in love.

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11.13.17 by Beau Cameron

Augment People Fields using Column Formatting in SharePoint


Column Formatting is a new feature that is rolling out into first release tenants in Office 365. Column Formatting provides a new way for users to format the physical appearance of columns within a SharePoint List. To learn more about column formatting, please follow this post.

In this blog post, I am going to show you a very cool way to improve the out of the box column formatting for person/group fields in SharePoint

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