March 7th, 2014 12:15 pm CDT
Part 1: Getting Familiarized with the Visio and SharePoint Designer story for building SharePoint 2013 Workflows
Designing SharePoint 2013 workflows with Microsoft Visio 2013 Professional provides a powerful way for business users to visually define and map their business processes in order to automate them using SharePoint workflows.
While following the general process of creating a SharePoint 2013 workflow, this series will start with an overview of the workflow design tools available in Visio 2013, move on to data-binding the workflow with SharePoint Designer 2013, and conclude with publishing the workflow to a SharePoint 2013 site.
March 4th, 2014 12:20 pm CDT
Microsoft’s SharePoint Conference 2014 is almost at the midway point and, other than sleep, there’s quite a bit to show for it.
With Sunday’s winter storm threatening to delay our arrival, the Fpweb.net Road Crew was forced to change flights from an early Sunday departure to Saturday afternoon, landing us at the Venetian reception right before dinner.
And dinner ended up being a tasty Manhattan at the Bourbon Room followed by a Makers Mark with Ginger Ale for dessert. The conference kicked off the second we walked into that unofficial SPC meeting space where we were greeted by old friends and new ones as everyone began arriving to Sin City.
February 28th, 2014 8:30 am CDT
They’re more similar than you think…
There are rarely times that I am taken completely off-guard, but a very interesting infographic that compared moving to the cloud with being attacked by zombies certainly made me do a double take.
What do they both have in common?
Well actually, zombies and the cloud are quite similar because they both involve preparing for a potential disaster (and people will pretty much read anything that has to do with Zombies). The reason for creating such a catchy infographic is to explain that, if you plan well enough, you can be prepared for any type of disaster, whether it’s a natural disaster that takes your data center down or a horror movie that’s come to life.
So… will you be ready if disaster strikes?
Keep these seven steps in mind when preparing for a Cloud migration or a zombie holocaust:
February 26th, 2014 9:01 am CDT
Have you heard the news?
Yesterday, Microsoft officially released Service Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2013. Actually, not only just for SharePoint, but the entire Office 2013 Suite, but since we’re primarily a Managed SharePoint provider, we’ll stick with that for now. The new update seeks to improve security, performance and stability issues.
Download the Service Pack 1 for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 to get started.
Below is a list of issues that were found with RTM that are resolved with the installation of Service Pack 1. This list came directly from Microsoft and can be found here.
What Issues are Fixed with the SharePoint Server 2013 Service Pack 1:
February 25th, 2014 8:45 am CDT
Fpweb.net brings familiar faces, and some new ones, to the SharePoint Conference
So far, we’ve kept you pretty up-to-date with SharePoint Conference 2014.
We let you know the top five reasons you should be looking forward to the event; we explained how SPC14 has tailored the sessions to your specific SharePoint role; we broke down the SPC14 events you should be getting excited about; heck, we even let you pick your own Swag!
So I guess you’ve put two and two together and realized that Fpweb.net has a pretty big presence this year, but what familiar faces will you see at this year’s event? Well, sit back and relax, because it’s my pleasure to introduce…
The Fpweb.net’s SPC14 Road Crew!
February 21st, 2014 9:15 am CDT
Typically when the term outsourcing comes up in conversation, members of IT departments all over the world quietly clench their fists and raise their eyebrows – they likely associate outsourcing IT needs with the fear that their jobs will be going the way of the Dodo (as Peter Cartier would say).
This fear, however, is not backed by facts, and, in reality, the opposite is true. Outsourcing certain IT responsibilities can actually help (not hurt) your internal IT team.
And while your skepticism may be common, I offer you five clear reasons why your IT department will actually love coming to work post-outsourcing.
How Outsourcing IT Needs Actually Empowers Your IT Team:
1. More time for fun projects
No one wants to spend each and every day completing mundane tasks. People would rather achieve that sense of fulfillment in the workplace that comes from using your skills to the fullest and to the benefit of the company. When your IT department isn’t spending all their time focused on tasks that aren’t within their particular skill-set, they are able to work on bigger projects that can have large positive impacts on the company.
February 19th, 2014 8:33 am CDT
SPC14 might as well be tomorrow because it is approaching at the speed of… of a Las Vegas Motor Speedway racing car thing?
(Is that analogy topical enough?) Well, it should be since that’s the SharePoint evening event you can expect from this year’s SharePoint Conference 2014.
But if you’re like me and don’t know enough about NASCAR to even make a clever analogy, there’s PLENTY more where that came from.
Guys, Bill Clinton is going to be there (true story) and if his SharePoint skills are half as sharp as his seductive saxophone serenades then we are all in for a treat as he delivers the SPC14 Keynote on Monday morning this year.
February 17th, 2014 8:41 am CDT
Free Demo Servers are available to test our Managed SharePoint services
Mom always said: “When you have a great product or service, why not show it off?”
Okay, maybe she didn’t, but I certainly do and, here at Fpweb.net, I’m always talking about the benefits of our SharePoint hosting services. And while I often hear potential customers ask a lot of great technical questions, I’m surprised by how few ask about taking a test drive in our demo environments.
Take the Cloud for a Test Drive
Not many people will buy a car without a test drive, and it shouldn’t be any different when considering a hosting provider. You have to trust a car to keep you and your family safe, and a hosting provider to keep your data safe. If the safety of your business is at stake, you definitely don’t want to end up with a lemon. But beyond the dramatic implications, you need to make sure the basic look and feel is something you will love for years after you sign up.
February 14th, 2014 10:13 am CDT
A regular SharePoint Romeo and Juliet tale
Ok, so there are no feuding Montagues or Capulets in this tale. Sorry to burst your bubble (especially on Valentine’s Day) but I assure you, this is still a love story.
Albeit this story has no Jack Dawson or Notebook Noah in it and there’s not even a single shade of grey to be seen. This is the story of a SharePoint Administrator playing matchmaker between his users and their new SharePoint environment. Please join me (or bear with me) as we shout our story from the terrace…
A SharePoint Love Story
Once upon a time, in a land far far away, there was a young and aspiring SharePoint Administrator. Having recently purchased a SharePoint environment from Fpweb.net (it’s not a shameless plug if it really happened, right?), he longed for his users in the Kingdom of Corporate America to start using his environment.
After creating endless templates, lists and workflows, he could not get his users to fall head over heels in love with his environment. No matter what theme or web part he used, users still wouldn’t embrace the entire environment.
February 12th, 2014 9:00 am CDT
Microsoft has crowned their next CEO.
On February 4, 2014, Microsoft named Satya Nadella as the successor to Steve Ballmer’s Chief Executive Officer position and changed Bill Gates’ title from “Chairman of the Board” to “Technology Advisor.” Nadella has been around Microsoft since 1992 and his 22 years with the tech giant saw some formidable success within his cloud and enterprise division.
But Microsoft’s announcement comes with the reminder that these are shaky days – competition is raging, consumer success is lagging and important decisions must be made that will have a rippling effect on Microsoft’s future.
So, it shouldn’t surprise you that everyone has an opinion on what Nadella should do to get the $78 billion dollar behemoth back on track as a technology leader. And since my professional world revolves around Microsoft, I’m ready to weigh in with mine from the perspective of a consumer, business vendor, partner and student of business.