Monday, August 4, 2014

EPC Group's Top Office 365, SharePoint 2013, Business Intelligence and Custom Development Blog Posts for July 2014

Web Content Management (WCM) Deep-Dive in SharePoint 2013 & Office 365

Posted by Miranda Salley on Jul 28, 2014 2:08:00 PM

Overview: SharePoint 2013 & Office 365 Web Content Management (WCM) Deep-Dive


EPC Group’s SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 information architecture consultants have recently worked on a large number of enterprise SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 initiatives with a strong client focus on Web Content Management and this blog post will provide a deep-dive around our recent “from the trenches” experiences.
SharePoint 2013 does come with a number of new Web Content Management (WCM) features as well as major improvements in features that were available in SharePoint 2010’s release.
The improvements around cross-site publishing as well as the ability to present powerful video to users while introducing new content embedding capabilities have been met with great feedback by end users and content owners.
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Posted by EPC Group on Jul 17, 2014 2:07:09 PM

Understanding On-Premises, Cloud, and Hybrid Environments in SharePoint 2013 & Office 365


The on-premises versus cloud environment debate about SharePoint started several years ago. That debate became much more heated when Jared Spataro, Director of SharePoint at Microsoft, announced during a conference that SharePoint 2013 was being developed using a “Cloud First” strategy and that Office 365 customers could expect to have access to the benefits of the new release sooner than on-premises deployments.
Note: Its key to always plan for future growth and scalability in your IT Roadmap and SharePoint Roadmap for a possible "Hybrid Cloud" implmentation.
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Key SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Methodologies and Best Practices

Posted by EPC Group on Jul 14, 2014 10:56:00 AM

Overview of Key SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Methodologies and Best Practices


EPC Group’s industry leading SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 consulting practices are driven by underlying methodologies, strategies and lessons learned that have stemmed directly from initiatives executed within organizations of all sizes and from all business.
There are key methodologies and matching granular questions that must be put in place in your SharePoint 2013 and/or Office 365 implementation and the following are examples of these:
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Developing and Implementing Your SharePoint 2013 and/or Office 365 Roadmap

Posted by EPC Group on Jul 13, 2014 4:15:00 PM

Overview for Developing and Implementing Your Roadmap


EPC Group cannot stress enough the importance of addressing mobilityscalability,compliance, and governance as soon as possible in your organization’s SharePoint 2013and/or Office 365 | SharePoint Online initiative.
SharePoint will more than likely grow in content and user requests at a much faster pace than planned. It is critical to have your SharePoint 2013 support model and defined processes in place for managing end-user requests in the early stages of your SharePoint initiative.
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My Sites & Communities: System Architecture Deep-Dive in SharePoint 2013 & Office 365

Posted by Miranda Salley on Jul 7, 2014 11:17:00 AM

Understanding the Underlying System Architecture Behind My Sites & Communities in SharePoint 2013 & Office 365’s SharePoint Online


When an organization deploys My Sites for their users, the underlying SharePoint 2013 system architecturecreate a web application, a My Site host site collection, an individual site collection, and several SharePoint service applications and features.
The individual site collection is created once a user provisions their My Site but the other moving pieces described are configured during the initial My Site deployment and shared among all the users who are part of the My Sites deployment.
My Sites consist of the following main functional areas:
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Data Breaches and Implementing Proactive Security Policies

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Jul 2, 2014 6:06:00 AM

Data Breaches and Implementing Proactive Security Policies


Over the past few, there have been some very high profile instances ofdata breaches in environments of all types. The NSA IT Administrator Edward Snowden, who accessed and shared classified NSA data, has been the most widely publicized incident around this and there has been an added push to mitigate future data breaches and examine how these types of incidences actually occurred.
Do you or the assigned person within your organization have reporting capabilities regarding user access and security levels? What about the ability to view “approved” security levels or have an available feature that sends out an alert if an unapproved security level is applied to an individual? Being more vigilant around securing your organization’s data should be one of the leading drivers of your SharePoint and overall IT roadmap as many organizations have become complacent in this area.
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Deep-Dive of SharePoint 2013 & Office 365 Proven Development Strategies

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Jul 1, 2014 12:05:00 PM

Deep-Dive of SharePoint 2013 & Office 365 Proven Development Strategies


This EPC Group blog post will cover the latest tools and technologies forperforming custom development on SharePoint Server 2013, Office 365,SharePoint Online and Windows Azure environments. We will also discuss development strategies for organizations who plan to have these technology assets deployed both on-premises as well as in the cloud and require applications that are compatible as well as secure in a hybrid cloud environment.
The new SharePoint app model, as shown in the first image below, has been designed in a distributed nature to support applications regardless of where they are hosted, as shown in the second image below, to ensure that SharePoint will be able adapt and evolve over time and scale with your business.
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