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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.