Thursday, May 07, 2015

Nano Server and Hyper-V goodies

Along with the scoop on SharePoint 2016 from yesterday, I
got a load of information on two related technologies. While not directly integrated with SharePoint there is a good chance that as a SharePoint Administrator you work with Hyper-V or servers in general. I got to take a look at the Nano Server and the new Hyper-V goodies that are in the pipe to be released. If you want to play with them now, look up Technical Preview 2 from Microsoft.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

SharePoint 2016 from Ignite!

Wow! That's the first thing I want to say.
I was fortunate enough to attend the SharePoint conference 3 years ago and the difference from then to today is just amazing.  I attended three sessions here at Microsoft Ignite and the next generation is just beautiful.  The TL:DR version is that Microsoft has been forced to use their own products for the last 3 years and are now giving users the corrections for all the headaches they found.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Microsoft Ignite: Day 1 complete and Day 2 started

Day 1 of the Microsoft Ignite conference was incredible.  It was amazing to see and talk to so many people that had the same needs and experiences with SharePoint.  Even more incredible was being able to discuss possible solutions using our software.

Friday, May 01, 2015

PremierPoint Solutions at Microsoft Ignite!

We'll see you at the Ignite conference next week!  Come by the booth and take the SharePoint Systems Administrator Changebot Challenge!  You might just win a T-shirt!  #MicrosoftIgnite

Monday, April 20, 2015

Office 365 Enterprise Content Management? Yes, we can!

Our course, Designing SharePoint Enterprise Content Management and Records Management Systems (formerly Creating SharePoint Document Management Systems), is one of the most practical and effective that we offer.  This course takes you from square one to SharePoint Content Management Power User in just 4 days. And if that weren’t enough, I've just confirmed that you can do it all in Office 365 too!

Friday, April 17, 2015

SharePoint 2016, not till Q2 of 2016

A friend forwarded this article from ZDNet about Microsoft holding off of SharePoint 2016 release until almost the middle of 2016.  The beta should be out this year still, but...

I was really hoping to see it shortly after the Ignite conference next month. According to that article and other references, Microsoft will still be demoing 2016 at the conference.  Anyone else think they are pushing off the on-premise release till after all the capabilities are released on Office 365?

Regardless, hope to see you at Ignite!  We'll have a booth, come find us!

Friday, April 10, 2015

SharePoint Naming Conventions "Best Practice"

SharePoint makes life really easy with being able to create new sites, lists, libraries, columns, etc.  In fact, it makes the process too easy. A little knowledge can be dangerous and the ability to jump into creation in SharePoint leaves developers with some problems.

Friday, April 03, 2015

The Top 5 Free SharePoint-Related Software Products

Some of the most powerful, most useful, and most versatile business software is available at no cost.
That fact, in and of itself, is mind-blowing.

Below, you’ll find links to free SharePoint-related products that are capable of accomplishing a myriad of sophisticated tasks with minimal effort.

There is no reason you shouldn’t take advantage of these free products. Help yourself!

SharePoint Foundation 2013 – The king of free downloads. This is the free edition of SharePoint itself. For many small businesses and organizations, this may be all the SharePoint you really need. Download it here.

SharePoint Designer 2013 – Use this powerful tool to create sophisticated workflow automation solutions and a whole lot more. Get it here.

ChangeBot Free Edition – The automated change attendant from PremierPoint Solutions. ChangeBot handles SharePoint requests submitted by users – from request to approval to execution. The free edition is limited to automatic creation/provisioning of sites and site collections. Download it here.

The SharePoint Color Palette Tool – This free tool from Microsoft allows you to set your SharePoint color scheme down to the tiniest detail. Get it here.

PowerPivot for Excel – This free add-on for Microsoft Excel allows the user to conduct powerful Business Intelligence analysis. Using this tool, you can work with extremely large data sets; combine data from different sources (including SharePoint lists); create visually appealing analytical models; slice and dice data with DAX; and publish dashboards to SharePoint. Download PowerPivot here. (To publish dashboards to SharePoint, you need another piece, Microsoft SQL Server PowerPivot for SharePoint, available here at no charge.)

In addition to all THESE freebies, you can access a large library of Help and How-To articles and resources at no charge on our PremierPoint Solutions website, here.

And don’t forget our library of free SharePoint training videos, also available on our website, here.

They're all useful, they're all powerful, and they're all yours for the taking. Download and enjoy!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Changes in SharePoint? No problem!

SharePoint has the capacity to allow “tweaking” to make it do more and more precisely what you need for it to do. For that reason, users are constantly requesting changes to their SharePoint environment.

Handling those change requests usually falls squarely on the shoulders of the SharePoint Farm Administrator. But not anymore! Meet ChangeBot.

ChangeBot is the new automated change request attendant who can process those SharePoint change requests from request to approval to task completion -- automatically!

 If you’ve been processing SharePoint change requests manually,
then ChangeBot is your new best friend!

ChangeBot - the nw automated SharePoint change request attendant