Josh Darragh

Josh Darragh
"Figuring out what a client needs and then working hard to craft a solution and handing that off to them."
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Staying Safe in the Cloud - Is Your Data Secure?

Posted by Josh Darragh on 05.30.18

Tailor Security to Business Needs

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Topics: The Cloud, Strategy, Security, cloud

How to Measure Your SharePoint Intranet Performance

Posted by Josh Darragh on 04.23.18

When your company has implemented a new intranet, the last thing you want your IT department to tell you is no one’s using it.

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Topics: SharePoint, Office 365, SharePoint Intranet

3 Ways SharePoint & Office 365 Enhance Lean Manufacturing

Posted by Josh Darragh on 02.09.18

It’s not easy getting lean, but it’s vital for manufacturers that are seeking a competitive advantage.

According to the Lean Enterprise Research Centre, 60 percent of manufacturing operations are considered waste, which means they add no value to customers.

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Topics: Office 365, SharePoint Intranets

What Content Should You Feature on the SharePoint Homepage?

Posted by Josh Darragh on 10.25.17

If you’ve decided on implementing a SharePoint intranet for your company, you’ll soon face a dizzying array of options for communicating with co-workers. 

Between Microsoft Flow, PowerApps, and the ever-expanding suite of Office 365 products, the possibilities for customization are nearly limitless. This can be a blessing and a curse when it’s time to divvy up the real estate on the most precious of resources -- the SharePoint homepage.

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Topics: SharePoint, Corporate Intranet

Using Video to Communicate with Employees on SharePoint

Posted by Josh Darragh on 09.14.17

You’ve heard the cliché: “A picture says a thousand words.”

I’ve got a better one: “Video says it all.”

Whether you are launching a product, offering training, or announcing an upcoming event – there’s no better way to deliver the news to your people than with video. Years ago, corporate video was the sole province of enterprises with the deepest of pockets. Now, it’s so simple your kids are editing them on your iPhone. Crazy times. 

Even better, you can post and share videos with your colleagues on SharePoint using Office 365, and more improvements are on the way.

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Topics: SharePoint Intranet, Microsoft Stream, Office 365 Video

Using Your SharePoint Intranet to Praise Employees

Posted by Josh Darragh on 08.17.17

You are sitting in your office, going through revenue projections, when the phone rings.

It’s your Sales Manager, calling to share some good news. Jill, one of the company’s senior account executives, just closed a major new account, crushing her quarterly goal and sending the company into fourth quarter in style.

It’s high time Jill received a well deserved shout out in front of the whole organization. Why not do it on the intranet homepage?

One of our manufacturing clients asked us this very question.

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Topics: SharePoint Intranet

The Future of Intranets is Here!

Posted by Josh Darragh on 10.21.15

It’s any consultant’s job to build or recommend solutions that are extensible and compatible with future releases and evolving technology. While it’s not always black and white, some of the publicized information regarding SharePoint 2016 has me more confident than ever that the intranet of the future is already here. If you Google SharePoint 2016 you’ll find at least one article with the word ‘Hybrid’ in the title. Microsoft appears (rightfully so) to be pushing to make hybrid deployments easier and 2016 will provide an improved experience. I won’t go into the details since there are a million articles available already, but this does help shed some light on the intranet of the future.

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Topics: SharePoint, The Cloud, Office 365, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Online, Content Search Web Parts, Intranet, , SharePoint 2016

Why Don't You Like Microsoft?

Posted by Josh Darragh on 06.16.15

I know this is old news, but I’ve recently rediscovered how much end users dislike Microsoft. I spend a lot of time at client’s offices and there is always a contrarian who suggests that Google Docs is a much better approach than SharePoint. Or Mac guy speaks up to make sure you aren’t swapping out his iPad for a stupid Surface!

If it were high school Apple would be Slater, Google would be Zack, and Microsoft would be Screech. Apple is so cool and Google is so easy to get along with but when you get stuck on your homework who do you call?

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Topics: The Cloud, Office 365, SharePoint 2013, Exchange, Strategy

Promoted Links on Steroids With MetroJS

Posted by Josh Darragh on 04.20.15

If you've read any of my blogs you know I've been focusing a lot of attention on search-based intranets, content search web parts, and display templates. You can read Dan Sonneborn's blog, Why SharePoint 2013 Search Based Intranets Aren't What you Think, for more information about search-based intranets or my blog, Content Search Web Part: Custom Display Templates, for more information on CSWPs. Today I want to focus on MetroJs and how you can integrate it into CSWPs to make your links much more attractive and fun.

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Topics: SharePoint 2013, Content Search Web Parts, Development

SharePoint Hosted App - Using REST in a Workflow

Posted by Josh Darragh on 03.04.15

The Scenario

I’ve been working on a SharePoint hosted app that requires a daily workflow to run to count the number of vacant and occupied homes in each building and create a list item for each day. From there we can use this data to create occupancy charts and graphs with chartJS or Power BI but first thing’s first, I needed to write a workflow that will get me this data in a list called Occupancy Data.

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Topics: The Cloud, Visual Studio, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Apps, SharePoint Online, Development

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