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

Customize The Text of The Column Headers in Your SharePoint Tables

Posted by Gary Levine on 10.15.15

Content Search Web Parts and their Display Templates offer great power and flexibility for aggregating and displaying content. There are some areas where this system falls short. It would be nice, for example, to allow the end user (in this case the Page Designer) customize the text for the column headers in a table. Sure some of the column names such as “Title” are fine. Others, like AuthorOWSUSER or LastModifiedTime, could use a little help.

Here’s a little trick. 

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Topics: SharePoint, JavaScript, Tutorial

Is OneDrive for Business Replacing SharePoint Lists?

Posted by Beau Cameron on 09.08.15

It should be no surprise that Microsoft is pushing OneDrive for Business as the central location for users to store their documents. As a part of Office 365, OneDrive for Business lets you update and share files in the cloud. The benefit is obvious, you can always access your files no matter where you are. Storing your files in the cloud, replaces the threat of losing your files if something happened to your file system on your computer.

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Topics: SharePoint, The Cloud, Information Architecture, SharePoint 2013

This Dynamic Duo is the End of the SharePoint Adoption Gap

Posted by Dave Fisher on 08.20.15

There’s a gap between deployment and adoption when it comes to SharePoint. Everyone who knows what SharePoint is, knows what I’m talking about… Let’s start with the easy part – deployment.

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Topics: SharePoint, Strategy, Leadership

Your New SharePoint Intranet is Your Chance to Host the Olympics

Posted by Beau Cameron on 07.22.15

Recently I have been reading a lot about the World Cup stadiums in Brazil and noticed that Brazil is facing the same issues that every country faces when hosting a worldwide sporting event. The minute a country is chosen to host the Olympics, they start breaking ground for years to come in order to support the event. Countries pour billions of dollars into infrastructure; they build roads, hotels, stadiums, upgrade rail/traffic systems. The sad story however, is for many countries after the event… The stadiums are no longer used and slowly crumble. Money that could have been spent to build up and maintain an infrastructure was instead put into an event and subsequently lost the years following.

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Topics: SharePoint, Strategy

SharePoint Content Types+ Parent/Child Relationships = Improved Search

Posted by Josh Darragh on 02.11.15

Planning content type relationships is an essential part of improving search functionality. Layering content types by building parent/child relationships will make life much easier when building search queries to render your content.

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Topics: SharePoint, Content Search Web Parts

SharePoint Fields: Name, StaticName and DisplayName

Posted by Beau Cameron on 02.02.15

Recently I had been working on a SharePoint provider-hosted app which required me to create an abundance of SharePoint site columns and content types. As I was building them out I realized so many attributes that a developer has access to. When building columns in Visual Studio, you have much more control and flexibilty when editing properties of the SharePoint column. Below is an example of a Multi-lookup site column called ResidentAsset. A few of those attributes look very similar don't they? Name, DisplayName, StaticName. You  may ask what the difference between these attributes are.

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Topics: SharePoint, Troubleshooting

What is SharePoint Again?

Posted by Doug Underhill on 01.14.15

Tell Me about SharePoint – What Is It Again?

SharePoint is a Microsoft client-server software product, which makes it more involved to use than one of their client products like Microsoft Word. However, you can leave the server details to Microsoft and use SharePoint as easily as Microsoft Word by signing up for Office 365 online. Unlike Word, SharePoint does not have a desktop version and is only accessible through a browser or mobile device. This blog will help you understand SharePoint from a user’s perspective and leave you on solid ground next time one your friends asks “what is SharePoint again?”…

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Topics: SharePoint, Office 365, Information Architecture, SharePoint 2013

Managed Navigation. It's all in the Name!

Posted by Josh Darragh on 01.06.15

Managed navigation or structural navigation? Google ‘Managed’ and ‘Structural’ and look at the definitions. Manage is to be in charge of. There’s your answer. If you want flexible navigation that’s easy to manipulate and directs users to the content they need quickly, you should start researching managed navigation. Structural navigation will provide your users with a rigid path that mimics your data structure, which can work in some cases; however, most users want a fluid experience that is logical and gets them their content quickly and easily. This often fails to align well with the data structure, especially when related data is scattered amongst various sites.

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Topics: SharePoint, Information Architecture, SharePoint Online

Shameless Reuse of 3rd Party Code to Enhance SharePoint Functionality

Posted by Doug Underhill on 01.02.15

SharePoint is awesome! You know that in your heart of hearts, but you also know SharePoint is not fancy. If you want fancy, you have to take what Microsoft gives you out-of-the-box and then add your own bells and whistles. But wait, they don’t have to be your own! Someone else has probably already developed that cheerful bell or happy whistle you need. It may even be shared as open source. I usually start by looking for free stuff, but time is money so I am also willing to pay for functionality that will save me the time it takes to create it myself. If Real Estate is all about location location location; then SharePoint customization is all about reuse reuse reuse.

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Topics: SharePoint, Information Architecture

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