Articles

  • New Research Points to the Strategic Value of Hybrid SharePoint
      We recently had the opportunity to play a role in some amazing research led by Christian Buckley (@buckleyplanet) and the team from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. Our CTO, John White, helped the team understand the survey data through some awesome Power BI reports. As ... read more
    Source: SDean’s BlogPublished on 2017-04-24By Dean Swann
  • Use Power BI to Help Manage Your SharePoint Sites
    Note – This article first appeared on April 12, 2017 on the Microsoft Partner Network When it comes to Business Intelligence, SharePoint is most often used as a platform to access dashboards and reports. With the recent availability of the Power BI web part, Power BI joins SQL Server Reporting ... read more
    Source: The White PagesPublished on 2017-04-13By John White
  • The Results of Our Groups Survey
      The results are in from our survey on the organizational impact of Office 365 Groups. I would like to thank all of those who took part, your responses were insightful and in some ways surprising. Thank you for the richness of your comments, as well. We asked six questions ... read more
    Source: SDean’s BlogPublished on 2017-03-06By Dean Swann
  • Snapshot of Our Groups Survey
      We’re having some great internal discussions around the initial data from our Groups Survey (which you can take here). While I wouldn’t say that there are any huge surprises, it is always interesting to examine these kinds of results and validate your own thoughts. As I mentioned in my ... read more
    Source: SDean’s BlogPublished on 2017-02-27By Dean Swann
  • The Difference Between Reporting and Analytics is 42
    In his novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, Douglas Adams envisioned a giant supercomputer named “Deep Thought” that was built to solve the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything. For the 5 people out there that are unfamiliar with the story, I’ll relate the ... read more
    Source: The White PagesPublished on 2017-02-24By John White
  • The Problem with Navigation in Office 365 Groups
      Back in the early days of SharePoint, one of the most pressing issues for the steady growth of SharePoint environments (lovingly referred to as “sprawl”) was the difficulty in navigating these sites. And it wasn’t just that new Team Sites being created, but that you had to wade through ... read more
    Source: SDean’s BlogPublished on 2017-02-24By Dean Swann
  • The Organizational Impact of Groups
      Have you noticed an increase in community content around Office 365 Groups? It’s interesting to see the shift in messaging from Microsoft, and the reaction from the community. Initially, there was a lot of push-back from customers and even within the Microsoft MVP community around Groups, which is not ... read more
    Source: SDean’s BlogPublished on 2017-02-13By Dean Swann
  • Enabling the new OneDrive Sync Client for SharePoint
    I recently wrote about the fact that the new OneDrive sync client now supports the synchronization of SharePoint libraries, and the benefits that it brings. Since the release however, I have heard from several people that even though they have the new client, their libraries continue to sync with the ... read more
    Source: The White PagesPublished on 2017-01-27By John White
  • OneDrive and SharePoint – Together Again
    A little over a year ago I wrote a post entitled “OneDrive, TwoDrive, ThreeDrive” in which I took a slightly cheeky look of what has become known as the “Next Generation Sync Client” (NGSC) for OneDrive, and its many idiosyncrasies. I then turned that post into a speaking session (Changing ... read more
    Source: The White PagesPublished on 2017-01-24By John White
  • Analyzing Your WordPress Site with Power BI and Google Analytics
    I was recently asked by Christian Buckley what my top 2016 blog posts were. No problem I thought, I just went back to my output for the past year, and pulled out the posts that I knew have had a lot of discussion or impact, and forwarded them on. At ... read more
    Source: The White PagesPublished on 2017-01-20By John White
  • So, You Can Disable Office 365 Groups After All
    After my recent post “You Can’t Disable Office 365 Groups”, I received feedback from a few people, specifically Elaine Van Bergen,Martina Grom and Joe Stocker that some editing controls have been added in through the tenant that allows Group creation to be disabled in the Office 365 tenant, and that ... read more
    Source: The White PagesPublished on 2017-01-17By John White
  • You Can’t Disable Office 365 Groups
    As I’ve discussed before, Office 365 Groups are a very important feature in Office 365, and one that all organizations using Office 365 should fully understand as soon as possible. Groups are either required or they provide important capabilities for every product in the Office 365 stack. However, every organization ... read more
    Source: The White PagesPublished on 2017-01-16By John White
  • Understanding Office 365 Groups
    When Microsoft Teams was announced at the beginning of November 2016, I posted an article that attempted to explain the different social networking products available from Microsoft and the advantages/disadvantages of each. Since then, it has become apparent to me that there continues to be a lack of understanding about ... read more
    Source: The White PagesPublished on 2016-12-05By John White
  • Completing the Microsoft Reporting Roadmap
    In the recent announcement outlining the SharePoint integration strategy on the SQL Server Reporting Services Team’s blog, there was a statement that was almost hidden that I think deserves more attention. The statement was: “….in time, we aim to support web-based viewing of Excel workbooks in Native mode…” This may not sound ... read more
    Source: The White PagesPublished on 2016-11-18By John White
  • The Future of Report Integration with SharePoint
    Yesterday, Microsoft made official what many, including myself had been suspecting ever since the release of SQL Server 2016 – that SQL Server Reporting Services Integrated mode would not exist in the future. With the announcement, we now know the timeline of when that will happen. SSRS Integrated Mode will ... read more
    Source: The White PagesPublished on 2016-11-18By John White