Dan Sonneborn

Dan Sonneborn
Dan Sonneborn 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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3 Office 365 Security Protections You’re Probably Not Using

Posted by Dan Sonneborn on 06.13.16

With an unprecedented number of organizations moving to Office 365 and Azure, more and more questions about the security of Microsoft cloud solutions are coming to the forefront.

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Topics: Office 365, Security

Office 365 Discount Pricing - Now Available to Everyone

Posted by Dan Sonneborn on 02.01.16

The Opportunity:

At Aerie Consulting, we’re always looking for ways to make our clients more productive. And while saving money doesn’t actually make organizations more productive, who doesn’t want to save money?

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Topics: SharePoint, Office 365, Exchange, Licensing

Principles to Intranet Sucess- Part 5: Customizations

Posted by Dan Sonneborn on 10.29.15

Okay, I said earlier, in part 3, that Search represents the most significant change to information architecture design in forever. I still stand by that statement but one of the most transformative elements of modern Intranets is a new approach to SharePoint customizations. It used to be your I.T. department would tweak the Intranet to include anything from tailor font styles to omelet making apps. But administrators and business managers became reluctant to implement these customizations because they made upgrades and maintenance cumbersome and weren’t focused on productivity.

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Topics: Information Architecture, SharePoint Apps

Principles to Intranet Success- Part 4: Branding & UI Design

Posted by Dan Sonneborn on 10.06.15

Have you seen some of the Intranets out there? If you haven't, let me summarize the appearance of standard an out of the box Intranet like SharePoint, Jive or Office 365: Meh. Meh is okay. Meh isn't terrible or great. It just is.

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Topics: Strategy, Leadership, Branding

Principles to Intranet Success- Part 3: Search

Posted by Dan Sonneborn on 09.23.15

So far I have touched upon two vital principles of intranet success: Governance and Information Architecture. Continuing onto Part 3, I will discuss the importance of search capabilities.

Search is that crazy cousin of Information Architecture. Related but not really a descendant or a sibling. It also represents the most significant change in Intranet design since Intranets became a thing.

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Topics: Information Architecture, Strategy, Intranet

Principles to Intranet Success- Part 2: Information Architecture

Posted by Dan Sonneborn on 07.29.15

So, you're driving down an eight lane highway headed east and you see off in the distance an eight lane highway heading north and south. Without a bridge, an off-ramp, or any signs, things could get messy. Hopefully, engineers considered how many people need to change direction at that intersection, and came up with a clear way to communicate to drivers how to reach their destination. I'm hoping you see a parallel with intranet design & planning.

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Topics: Information Architecture, Leadership

Principles to Intranet Success, Part 1: Governance

Posted by Dan Sonneborn on 07.16.15

All intranets share common objectives: unify people, process, and information. Achieving these objectives relies heavily on early stages of planning and design. There are seven principles that are considered the key elements to a successful intranet, the first being governance.

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Topics: Leadership

Wait - 'Office Graph' Doesn't have any Graphs?

Posted by Dan Sonneborn on 12.31.14

What is Office Graph?

Office Graph is a highly touted toolset Microsoft released allowing structured queries across several applications within Office 365. If you're an Office 365 user, you may have noticed the first of Microsoft's offerings that uses Office Graph: Delve. The idea behind Delve and more significantly Office Graph is to enable machine 'learning' to understand relationships between actors and content. Want to know how your colleagues are collaborating on your content? Office Graph enables this within Delve, and also allows app development to provide a custom user experience surrounding social interactions.

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Topics: SharePoint, Office 365

Office 365 DLP is coming Q1 2015

Posted by Dan Sonneborn on 11.24.14

Last month Microsoft announced some sweet changes that will enable Data Loss Prevention (DLP) features within SharePoint Online and OneDrive. Available in the first quarter of 2015, this advanced toolset is yet another sign that Microsoft is no longer targeting just small and medium sized business for the Office 365 platform. The move to integrate Data Loss Prevention strategies into SharePoint and OneDrive means there's now a consistent and unified approach to managing DLP across all Office 365 storage units. Shobhit Sahay does a great Channel 9 video on this topic here.

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Topics: Office 365, SharePoint 2013

Why SharePoint 2013 Search Based Intranets Aren't What you Think

Posted by Dan Sonneborn on 11.18.14

Okay. If you've heard of SharePoint 2013, you've probably heard that one of its greatest improvements over SharePoint 2010 is Search. But, here's the thing. Most people I run into don't know what that means. I can't tell you how many people I've talked to that just assume SharePoint 2013 has a better search engine than it used to. That's true, but not what differentiates the platform from others. SharePoint Intranet design isn't what it used to be, and here's why…

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Topics: SharePoint 2013

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