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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Topics: SharePoint 2013