Monday, 5 December 2016

Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016 now available


When Microsoft launched SharePoint Server 2016, they shared their vision that it would be a foundational release, born in the cloud and built for continuous innovation. On 8th November Microsoft announced their next step on this journey with the availability of Feature Pack 1.

Through the November 2016 Public Update for SharePoint Server 2016, Microsoft delivered several new features based on customer feedback, extending support for hybrid scenarios and developer needs, including:

  • Administrative actions logging for common SharePoint administrative actions.
  • MinRole enhancements to support small and medium-sized farms.
  • A OneDrive for Business modern experience.
  • Custom tiles in the SharePoint app launcher.
  • SharePoint hybrid auditing unified across site collections on-premises and in Office 365.
  • Hybrid taxonomy unified across on-premises and Office 365.
  • OneDrive API for SharePoint on-premises.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Collaboration platforms vs. best-of-breed. What to Consider When Planning Your Collaboration Infrastructure

Why Your Organization Should Buy a Collaboration Platform Instead of Best of-Breed Solutions?

Collaboration platforms vs. best-of-breed solutions


“Should we use a group of products from a single vendor or purchase different features from multiple specialized vendors?” This question, otherwise known as “suites versus best-of-breed,” is one of the oldest and most important that IT decision makers have to answer. But is the question still valid?

A recent study from Constellation Research, Inc. argues for the suite approach. Read the report to see why.


Saturday, 9 April 2016

What's new for admins in SharePoint Server 2016

Here is a demonstration of what's new in SharePoint Server 2016. If you've been testing the Release Candidate or Preview releases of SharePoint Server 2016, you'll be aware of the foundational updates we've made. Bill Baer shows what's been recently added - durable links, new admin experiences and updated hybrid capabilities when connecting to Office 365 services.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

SharePoint Server 2016 and Project Server 2016 Release Candidate available

Building on the announcement of SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 in November, here is SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate (RC). SharePoint Server 2016 RC is mostly feature complete and represents an important milestone for customers and partners looking to deploy and evaluate SharePoint Server 2016 before general availability in Spring 2016.


Sunday, 17 January 2016

Beware!! Jan 2016 Security Patch MS16-004 (KB3124585) Breaks SharePoint 2013

January Security Patch Can Break SharePoint 2013.

Please be mindful that just applying the security update for SharePoint servers, without the full SharePoint/Project Server CU can cause issues. I would high recommend that user don't enable Automatic Updates on SharePoint Server, but instead, download and install them manually. Be in control of what is being applied to the servers. Not only does a 'bad' patch break SharePoint, it cannot be uninstalled.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Project Management and Red Tape - Holding back Creativity

This is an excellent article from HBR;
Project engineers possess a wealth of good ideas and creative solutions, but too often these ideas are just not able to carry the day inside the bureaucracy of large capital projects. Project executives also understand that entrepreneurial and creative engineers can be their best allies in delivering quality, cost-efficient, timely new builds. So what is holding these engineers back?


Some of the most common barriers are the unintended consequences of well-intentioned efforts to mitigate risk:
  • A sense that blanket design philosophies, technical standards, and previous designs cannot be questioned. While common standards across companies and industries foster consistency, they can blind stakeholders to potential breakthroughs — unless a culture of healthy challenging and questioning is encouraged.
  • Removing responsibility for key technical decisions from the project team. Most organizations that undertake capital projects centralize the ultimate arbiters of technical design decisions (the very best subject-matter experts and engineers) in order to leverage economies of scale and achieve consistency. This can often mean that the most talented engineers have no skin in the game on any single project (except to ensure there are no major technical shortcomings) and develop a bias toward conservatism.
  • An inability to easily determine the value of ideas. The rigmarole required to financially model most projects can make evaluating ideas extremely difficult for engineers, so they often assume that any deviation will produce nominal (or negative) value.
  • A preoccupation with benchmarking against other projects. Comparing project costs can create a false ceiling by inherently casting doubt on innovative ideas that create value beyond the benchmark.
  • Missing the forest for the trees. In managing the tremendous volume and complexity of work required to develop and build a large capital project, the notion of creating value is often lost in the flurry of activity to complete engineering deliverables.
Read More about this on HBR>>>>