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15 questions answered about business problems solved by SharePoint

July 25, 2016

The SharePoint experts at fpweb.net did a webinar recently about the top business problems solved by SharePoint 2016 that expanded on an earlier blog post. The webinar generated several great questions from the participants that we transcribed to share.

  1. If we have workflows setup in SharePoint 2010, will those continue to work after upgrading to SharePoint 2016?

Yes. A majority of the SharePoint Designer and Nintex created workflows should migrate seamlessly from 2010 to 2016.

  1. Can all of these platforms mentioned be created with standard SharePoint features, or are third-party solutions required?

All of the examples we described throughout the webinar can be done with out of the box SharePoint features. Some additional software, such as Office Web App Server or Office Online Server, may need to be installed for more advanced features and reporting, but those are just add-ons to SharePoint.

  1. If we migrate our existing SharePoint 2013 on-premises environment to Office 365, will our project management and reporting system still function properly?

Yes. With power BI and Project already being incorporated with many editions of Office 365, those systems should migrate without any issues as well.

  1. Since Microsoft will stop supporting InfoPath, is there any out of the box option in SharePoint 2016 to customize forms?

Microsoft has actually extended the support of InfoPath 2013, and it can be used in SharePoint 2016 for the foreseeable future.

  1. Are there any demo implementations?

Fpweb.net is currently offering demo servers for SharePoint 2016.

  1. Are these things easy to implement in SharePoint 2016, or can SharePoint 2013 do these things too?

All features we talked about in the webinar can be done on both 2013 and 2016.

  1. Does an extranet system require outside vendors to register, or can it be an anonymous site?

Either. It can be an anonymous site, or you can set up authentication for external users.

  1. In the webinar are we looking at both out of the box solutions and fpweb.net solutions?

All out of the box solutions. These are not unique to fpweb.net or our development team.

  1. How is security handled for extranet and intranet users?

You can either create all users in AD or implement other authentication providers such as ADFS, forms-based, etc.

  1. Are these things that can be done over a multi-tenant environment?

Yes and no. It depends on what you need. Some of the sites we showed can be done without access to Central Administration or the SharePoint server.

  1. What are the benefits that one gains by upgrading from SharePoint 2013 to SharePoint 2016?

Check out this infographic with the top 10 reasons to upgrade to SharePoint 2016 that Joel Oleson helped us put together, a webinar we did with him, and another webinar we had about what’s new with SharePoint 2016.

  1. Can we migrate directly from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2016?

Yes. With a third-party tool you have the ability to skip versions.

  1. Are there any issues moving from 2007 SharePoint?

If you do not have a third-party migration tool, you would need to migrate to SharePoint 2010, then migrate to SharePoint 2013, and then migrate to SharePoint 2016.

  1. Can you synchronize the contact list to Outlook?

Yes. You can sync contacts, tasks, calendars, document libraries, etc. to Outlook

  1. If we have a custom application page, would you migrate service support this scenario?

We would need to review your custom application page to determine what options we have regarding the migration, but fpweb.net has handled thousands of custom migrations.

 

Fpweb.net has your Microsoft apps covered with Absolute Support

July 18, 2016

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July 11, 2016

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Due to a sizable capital infrastructure investment, or due to compliances, security issues, or other regulations, you’re keeping your data in-house.

Our Solution

Fpweb.net will handle your monitoring, maintenance, patching, upgrades, and support. We can add to your IT talent pool with a full team of Microsoft platform specialists. Fpweb.net will remove specific Microsoft burdens that keep you from focusing on your core business.

The Situation

You want to outsource your Microsoft applications and support, but keep control of your servers so you can customize it.

Our Solution

Empower your environment with enterprise security, availability, and performance from fpweb.net. Lower your TCO while boosting your ROI with inherent cloud savings and benefits. Rapidly deploy your environment and easily manage your budget with predictable billing. Increase your scalability and keep total control over your dedicated servers.

The Situation

You want to complement your sensitive data kept in-house with an offsite disaster recovery plan, or even attach different cloud services to it.

Our Solution

Adopt power and agility of the cloud while guarding intranets and information in-house. Fpweb.net provides a comfortable alternative to an all-in approach that gives you room to grow. Employ an outsourced IT infrastructure with specialized support and resources. Mix public cloud scale and cost savings with private cloud security and performance.

Fpweb.net is a Microsoft Gold Partner and has 20 years of experience hosting and managing Microsoft apps. We have managed 1.8 billion logins to Microsoft apps. Fpweb.net provides expert, five-star-rated, USA-based, 24/7 Absolute Support on-premises, or in any cloud, with a 6-minute ticket response.

Fill out this quick form, send us an email, or call 866-780-4678 to put our expertise on your team so that you can focus on your business.

 

4 Big Ways Hybrid Clouds Are the Best of Both Worlds

June 27, 2016

As a business owner, it can be tough to determine which cloud architecture you would like to have for your organization. After all, there are advantages and disadvantages to both public and private clouds. Your decision will depend on several different factors, including security, redundancy needs, required speed of implementation, latency, and many others. We have a simple solution for you – get the best of both worlds by going hybrid!

The hybrid cloud has become a core strategy for countless organizations of all shapes and sizes. You’ll find that it has some distinct advantages over both public and private cloud models. In fact, here are 4 big ways that hybrid clouds really are the best of both worlds:

Deployment Options – One of the most distinct advantages that hybrid clouds have over both public and private cloud architectures is the fact that they have many options for you to choose from. As you probably know, public clouds aren’t perfect for every situation, nor are private clouds. Hybrid clouds allow you to pick and choose where you can place your various data and enterprise resources.

Decreased Production Time – Hybrid clouds can give you the ability to choose to deploy new applications and tools in either a public or private setting. This can give your IT crew a great amount of control over deployment, especially if they’re in a bit of a time crunch.

Various Security Options – Public clouds can be quite handy; however, many business owners are concerned over storing sensitive data in a cloud that isn’t as secure as a secure private cloud. If you feel similarly, the hybrid approach can really work for you. You can still store your sensitive data and intellectual property within your private cloud while allowing the not-as-important information and applications to live in a public cloud setting.

Improved Redundancy – Smart business owners know that it’s foolish to keep only one copy of important documents. Since hybrid clouds give you the best of both cloud worlds, you can easily store critical data and applications inside both to improve your user access, increase redundancy, and reduce your overall risk. Additionally, if one part of the cloud is down, you will have the ability to fall back on the other part for the time being.

We at fpweb.net believe that the hybrid cloud is an excellent choice for enterprises of different shapes and sizes. If you’re ready to take the next step, call on the experts at fpweb.net. We can find the cloud-based solution that fits your business needs! Call us today at 1-866-780-4678 or learn all about us at www.fpweb.net.

 

5 Reasons You Need to Upgrade to SharePoint 2016 Today

June 20, 2016

Have you ever had an old car that was really past its prime but you loved and drove anyway? Maybe you had gotten used to the old CD player shorting out or the hand-cranked windows. Perhaps you already had accepted your V4 engine, faulty air conditioning, and superfluous hail damage. You were used to that car, so you drove it.

Now imagine that we take your old clunker and fixed the dings and scratches, gave it a fresh coat of paint, and cleaned out the interior. Not only did we make it look great, but you’ll find once you step inside or peek under the hood that we built it to last. The engine is a super-speedy Tesla special that will require much less maintenance and can run on clean energy while getting you where you need to be faster. But that’s not all – we’ve also updated the safety features, giving you a backup camera and 10 strategically-placed airbags to protect you should an accident occur. We bet your salivating right now over this souped-up dream car!

This is pretty much what happens when you upgrade your old SharePoint farm to SharePoint 2016.

Here are some of the major improvements you’ll experience when you migrate to SharePoint 2016 with the help of Fpweb.net!

Improved User Experience – While you’ll get the SharePoint Server you know and love, the user interface has been vastly improved in many ways. Hybrid customers will see almost direct parity in the UI experience of SharePoint 2016 through Office 365 with SharePoint Online, reducing user friction in hybrid environments. Meanwhile, on-premises-only customers will finally see the value accrued in Office 365 with an improved document library experience and many other UI improvements. Best of all, these improvements can be experienced equally on screens of all sizes, including mobile devices!

Tighter Compliance, Greater Insight – While there has always been great security in SharePoint and Office 365, the latest SharePoint Server installment has quite a lot more to offer. For those who seek tighter compliance, authorization and auditing are more centralized in SharePoint 2016. IT can now locate and manage your company’s sensitive data as well. Hybrid customers have the ability to take advantage of a new set of features that provides insight into analytics streams for both compliance and usage reporting purposes. This allows you to have the ability to understand who is accessing what, from where, and when.

Lose Nothing Again – Unlike previous versions of SharePoint, there are no user-facing deprecations in SharePoint 2016. InfoPath still functions as it did previously, and you can use InfoPath 2013 as your client application. Additionally SharePoint Designer 2013 can still create workflows in the style of either SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint 2010. Finally, with Office Online Server, you can find what you need and more with Excel and other Office programs!

Outstanding Quality – There’s no doubt about it, SharePoint 2016 delivers with significant quality improvements for both hybrid and on-premises farms. Not only will you see higher capacity boundaries and performance improvements, but you’ll also have the opportunity to patch well-architected SharePoint farms with miniscule downtime and much more.

Support When You Need It – When you specifically choose fpweb.net to migrate your SharePoint farm to SharePoint 2016, you’ll experience customer service like no other. Our SharePoint experts are only a call away, 24/7/365, and they are an attentive, U.S.-based team that can answer your questions and respond to your ticket in under 6 minutes. Just because you call before 9 a.m., after 5 p.m., or on a weekend or holiday doesn’t mean you will be subjected to waiting in a queue. Fpweb.net is dedicated to taking care of our customers!

Ready to migrate to the latest and greatest SharePoint version? Put your business in the driver’s seat of that souped-up dream car by upgrading to SharePoint 2016 with fpweb.net! Call the experts at fpweb.net today at 1-866-780-4678 or learn more by visiting www.fpweb.net!