Thursday, April 21, 2016

PremierPoint Solutions’ President Discusses ExCM 2013 R2 and Its Major New Features

 Don Beehler, PremierPoint Solutions’ marketing director, recently interviewed President Jeff Cate about the company’s ExCM 2013 R2:

Jeff Cate, President
PremierPoint Solutions
Question: An R2 is a major new release of a software product. Why did you conclude it was necessary to release a new version of your award-winning Extranet Collaboration Manager for SharePoint (ExCM)?

Answer: ExCM is deployed by hundreds of organizations around the world and is the most popular way to enable SharePoint to be used as an extranet. Even with the availability of the Cloud, people still like the security and control that an on-premises extranet provides. So, because we have a lot of active, committed customers, we wanted to make sure the software is kept up-to-date and provides the best user experience possible. That’s why we built R2.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Is SharePoint On-Premises Really a Cloud?

Let me relate a quick story to you. We had two separate IT security incidents last week. One individual had ransomware that encrypted a good number of documents. Another individual had a crash related to windows updates with continual, unfixable reboots. These machines eventually were reloaded to fix the problems.

How does this relate to SharePoint though?

Monday, April 11, 2016

New Release of Extranet Collaboration Manager (ExCM) Raises the Bar on Extranet Features

PremierPoint Solutions is pleased to announce a major new release of our Extranet Collaboration  Manager for SharePoint 2013 (ExCM 2013). ExCM 2013 R2 has major improvements that will delight current customers and prospective customers alike.

External Access for Your Business Partners

There’s never been a better time to deploy a SharePoint 2013 extranet! ExCM 2013 R2 makes it
simple and secure:

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Why an On-Premises SharePoint Extranet Makes So Much Sense (and Can Be Easy to Set Up)

You’ve already invested in your on-premises SharePoint 2013 farm. You have already paid Microsoft for the server licenses and CALs for all of your employees to use SharePoint.

Did you know that there is a secure and easy way to also use your farm to provide an extranet for collaboration with customers, vendors, and other business partners – without paying Microsoft another penny?

Let’s take a quick look at how you would accomplish this – in as little as 30 minutes.

In Central Administration, your list of web applications might currently look something like this:

SharePoint Web Applications List

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

FLEXclass -- A Whole New Way to Learn

This week we launch our first week of FLEXclass training.

What is FLEXclass training, you ask?

FLEXclass is a whole new way to learn SharePoint

The FLEXclass model retains the high quality and effectiveness of PremierPoint Solutions training, while introducing a new level of convenience, flexibility, and depth. And, best of all, our new 3- and 4-day FLEXclasses are just $995!

Monday, February 22, 2016

ChangeBot Challenge at SPTechCon in Austin!

PremierPoint Solutions is at SPTechCon in Austin this week!

Come see us at Booth 601 if you're there too. Come take the ChangeBot Challenge to enter for a chance to win a BB8. We'll show you the droid you ARE looking for.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Cloud Warning! The risk of online services

I ran across a dark underbelly of cloud services
picture taken by cjohnson7
this week. It was fairly unexpected but I think that it emphasizes one of the key problems when looking at cloud services.

Who really owns the data?

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Can You Migrate SharePoint FBA SQL External User Accounts and Passwords to Office 365?

SharePoint FBA SQL Accounts and Office 365
The short answer is: there is no way to do this and likely never will be.  Read on if you are interested in more details.

Background on SharePoint FBA and SQL External User Accounts

Using SharePoint’s forms-based authentication feature along with the SQL Membership Provider feature has been a very popular way to use SharePoint as an extranet platform for many years.  In many cases, after a company got their Intranet up and running on SharePoint, the next logical step was to provision a new Web Application for use as an extranet for collaborating with customers, vendors, etc.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Should a Business Extranet Application Run on a Cloud Service?

business extranet application
Because we make an extranet-enabling add-in for on-premise SharePoint, we are getting this question more and more.  People are wanting to know why they should even consider running their extranet applications on-premise any more when “everything is moving to the Cloud”?

(Aside: our definition of a business extranet application is an application that is designed for secure and private collaboration between a business and a business partner such as a customer, vendor etc.  On-premise SharePoint has long been an excellent and popular platform for this type of application when securely published to the Internet using Forms-based Authentication.)