Microsoft Teams – Disruption or Salvation for SharePoint?

According to a recent study by Spiceworks, Microsoft Teams Will Help Microsoft Dominate Workplace Chat Space. Businesses are ready to adopt Microsoft Teams, and within two years it will overtake Slack an Google Hangouts and when combined with market leader Skype for Business, Microsoft will account for over 50% of the enterprise chat market.

Microsoft Teams is taking many in the community by storm. People are saying this is the future of collaboration and will push SharePoint down the collaboration stack. I think this is worth debating and evaluating user interface designed based on this premise. When Microsoft Teams becomes the preferred interface for users for collaboration, SharePoint becomes a storage platform for lists and documents. Teams simplifies the other Office 365 productivity tools as that, simply tools that plug into the digital workspace of teams.

“Based on our early use of Microsoft Teams in Office 365, we believe it is the digital cockpit we’ve been waiting for,” said Andrew Wilson, CIO of Accenture. I don’t think that mantra of digital hub, digital workspace or digital cockpit has slowed down with Accenture and I believe many others have joined that bandwagon.

You can read more about the announcement of Microsoft Teams on the Office blog: https://blogs.office.com/2016/11/02/introducing-microsoft-teams-the-chat-based-workspace-in-office-365/

From an on premises SharePoint perspective there is yet to be seen much disruption with Intranets or hybrid use of Slack and Hybrid use of Teams simply snapping the SharePoint sites in as libraries. I think we haven’t seen the wave of disruption that will come from teams. I do expect Document Management and Records Management not to be impacted in the short term, but in the agile space, you’re going to see serious moves.

The fascinating thing is the marketing of Microsoft teams. Had they gone public with the solution as Skype for Teams, the adoption may have gone a different direction and simply tried to square up with the Slack use case, but no longer. Now I see Microsoft Teams squarely trying to play in the space where SharePoint lives. I expect to see serious adoption of Teams by SharePoint teams and of the community.

Talking with experts in the community we are seeing more overlap with SharePoint Team sites, as every new Team provisions a group which includes SharePoint with integration to the documents library. The question on many minds will be… is Microsoft Teams going to push usage of SharePoint, or will it become the preferred interface?

Looking forward to more! There is subtle confirmation of plans for external access and confirmed still on time Q1 launch. Expect more from this disruptive tech. Do you have thoughts? Reply in the comments below and we’ll link to your blog and potentially respond to your thoughts.

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New Pricing for 2017 Microsoft Premier Support Alternative

Interested in alternatives to Microsoft Premier Support? Fpweb.net has reduced its prices for its USA-based Premier Support, and still includes a 6-minute support SLA, 24/7/365.

If you think that 60 minutes is too long to wait to get help and you’re paying too much to talk to an overseas call center, check out how Fpweb.net compares to Microsoft Premier Support’s various levels.

On the most basic level, Microsoft Premier Support covers all products, gives you a shared technical account manager, and provides support from 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday with a 60-minute wait. With Fpweb.net, you can get a response within six minutes any time of the day or night. You’ll get a shared USA technical account manager, and we will handle Windows, SQL, SharePoint, Exchange, Office365, Azure, Skype, Project, System Control, Active Directory, Group Policy, .NET, and IIS. Unlike Microsoft, we will also provide you with advisory services, training, as well as upgrades and migrations.

The Standard support from Microsoft is a little more of a step up from its basic level, but Fpweb.net’s Premier Gold blows that out of the water. With still an average of six minutes for a response time (compared to Microsoft’s 60 minutes), Fpweb.net gives you a dedicated USA technical account manager and USA engineer, USA emergency support, upgrades and migrations, health checks, training, and advisory support while Microsoft does not. You can also get that dedicated USA-based support 24/7 at Fpweb.net.

While Microsoft ups their game with its Plus support by providing you with a dedicated technical account manager and engineer, emergency support, health checks, training, and advisory support, Fpweb.net does it for less and all from the USA. Our response time is still a whopping 90% faster than Microsoft’s, and we still provide upgrades and migrations whenever you’re ready to graduate to a new level.

For the top tier of support, you expect to get the very best. Where Microsoft falls short with their 30-minute response time, we excel. We also are proud to provide USA-based support for the same products that you get in all of our levels and will make sure that you receive the best possible service, no matter what time of the day or night.

Comparison of Microsoft Premier Support alternatives

While our Premier Support isn’t for everyone, if you feel that you are able to order from our menu of services, you will get faster, personalized, USA-based, 24/7 support, save up to 38%, and best of all, your support hours won’t expire.

Fill out this form, email sales@fpweb.net, or call 866-780-4678 to order Premier Support from Fpweb.net.

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Fpweb Community Support

We recently sent our 2016 fourth quarter donation to charity: water on behalf of our clients!

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Fpweb.net expands global infrastructure with Tokyo data center

Fpweb.net has expanded its global infrastructure to include a data center in Tokyo, Japan.

Fpweb.net adds this Asian location to its global infrastructure that already includes data centers in São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, Frankfurt, London, St. Louis, and Kansas City. All Fpweb.net data centers boast enterprise-grade security that includes physical measures like guarded entry with access cards and biometric registration, as well as cyber protection that is built into the entire network’s security framework.

Fpweb.net’s global infrastructure is highly available, fault tolerant, and scalable. It meets the Tier III Uptime Institute Data Center Standard and SSAE 16 SOC I Type II certification. Each data center includes redundancy in all critical systems, on-site Network Operations Centers (NOCs), backup power generators, advanced fire detection and suppression, temperature-controlled environment, raised anti-static floors, and 100% financially-backed uptime.

The Tokyo data center lowers latency for Asian clients with lightning-fast, fiber-optic networking and helps meet regional compliance and data residency requirements.

Please contact Fpweb.net at sales@fpweb.net or 866-780-4678 for more information about its global infrastructure and to discuss simplifying your infrastructure in a dedicated cloud or a hybrid cloud model.

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Fpweb.net Adds Managed Database Service

Fpweb.net has added managed database to its managed services. The managed database offering is available on-premises, or in any cloud, with around-the-clock, USA-based support and a six-minute response service level agreement.

Fpweb.net is a Microsoft Network Partner with 1.9 billion logins managed since 1999. Its 24/7 database administration provides support across all database systems, including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, MongoDB, and DB2.

Included within the database administration and support of its managed database service, Fpweb provides query tuning, performance and SAN setup, warehouse and BI, .NET development and business value translation, Amazon RDS for SQL Server, Azure for SQL Database, SQL Server upgrades, disaster recovery strategies implementation, high availability, and data type conversions.

Fpweb offers managed database as part of its managed services plan, Absolute Support®, which provides 24/7 access to expertise, up to $22,000/month multi-role savings, and frees up IT teams to innovate.

A 30-minute webinar about managed database that Fpweb.net recently recorded is posted at https://youtu.be/Ho5s37fLAJ8. Visit fpweb.net/managed-database for more information about Fpweb.net’s managed database service and its other managed services.

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Most problematic IT tasks in 2017

This graph in a recent Spiceworks Tech Career Outlook caught our attention:

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Infographic: Moving to the Cloud

Moving to the Cloud | Fpweb.net

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Fpweb.net expands global infrastructure with São Paulo data center

Fpweb.net has expanded its global infrastructure to include a data center in São Paulo, Brazil.

Fpweb.net adds this South American location to its global infrastructure that already includes data centers in Singapore, Sydney, Frankfurt, London, St. Louis, and Kansas City. All Fpweb.net data centers boast enterprise-grade security that includes physical measures like guarded entry with access cards and biometric registration, as well as cyber protection that is built into the entire network’s security framework.

Fpweb.net’s global infrastructure is highly available, fault tolerant, and scalable. It meets the Tier III Uptime Institute Data Center Standard and SSAE 16 SOC I Type II certification. Each data center includes redundancy in all critical systems, on-site Network Operations Centers (NOCs), backup power generators, advanced fire detection and suppression, temperature-controlled environment, raised anti-static floors, and 100% financially-backed uptime.

The São Paulo data center lowers latency for South American clients with lightning-fast, fiber-optic networking and helps meet regional compliance and data residency requirements.

Please contact Fpweb.net at sales@fpweb.net or 866-780-4678 for more information about its global infrastructure and to discuss simplifying your infrastructure in a dedicated cloud or a hybrid cloud model.

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