Office 365, Program Framework, Project Online, Project Server, SharePoint Online

Office 365 Planner – is it for you?

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People have developed a whole series of expressions about overkill – a ‘sledgehammer to crack a nut’, a ‘bazooka to kill a fly’, or (as in Russian), ‘to shoot sparrows with a canon’. Overloading and saturating can be just as damaging as starving. This principle can be applied practically anywhere – from growing a plant to filling a vehicle engine.

In the workplace, this principle definitely applies to project management. Continue reading >>

Project Management Practice, Project Online, Project Server, Project Server 2013, SharePoint, SharePoint Online

Release Candidates for SharePoint & Project Server 2016 close to the finished product

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Since we last wrote about SharePoint 2016, Microsoft – on January 20thannounced the release candidates (RC) for SharePoint Server 2016 and Project Server 2016, which are now available for download. This will be the final release of both the SharePoint and Project platforms in preview form before the full release in spring 2016. The Release Candidates have benefited from over 5,000 downloads of previous previews and the feedback gathered from these customers has helped to make these RCs high quality and largely feature complete. In fact, we don’t expect much change from now until the full release. Continue reading >>

Program Framework, SharePoint, SharePoint Online

What we learned about SharePoint 2016 at Microsoft Ignite

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At the Ignite Conference back in May, Chicago witnessed the gathering of many big thinkers. IT professionals, enterprise developers, architects and CEO’s all had the unique opportunity to feel inspired, challenge their existing knowledge and visualise the future of technology. Microsoft Ignite 2015 was a massive event where a range of new products and services were showcased, introducing a new era of enterprise computing enabled by a number of next generation applications and solutions. Among the key announcements was the much anticipated news surrounding SharePoint 2016. Can it really empower organisations to achieve more? We take a closer look. Continue reading >>

Project Online, Project Server, SharePoint, SharePoint Online

Wow! You can now use your Deployment Planning Days to plan a Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) solution!

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If you have an Enterprise Agreement for licensing software from Microsoft, you may not be aware that there is a benefit that comes with it, which allows a number of days free of charge for a partner to help plan a solution for you.

The number of days depends on the size of your Enterprise Agreement, but those free days can be used in a number of ways, and one of those ways is SharePoint Deployment Planning. Continue reading >>

SharePoint, SharePoint Online

SharePoint Online: The future of social?

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Enterprise Social Networking, a.k.a. “Social” has become an important part of enterprise collaboration. With Gartner estimating that “by 2016, 50 percent of large organisations will have internal Facebook-like social networks”, and that “30 percent of these will be considered as essential as email and telephones are today”. Social can yield great benefits to organisations that use it correctly, but as with any technology project there are considerations and risks to mitigate. One of those is the choice of platform. Continue reading >>