December 11th, 2013 8:30 am CDT
First let’s identify if you are having compatibility issues:
- Did you upgrade IE?
- Is the SharePoint Ribbon not working properly?
- Are SharePoint Galleries not loading content?
- Are Web Parts are not displaying properly?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then you might have a compatibility issue. So let’s fix it!
December 10th, 2013 8:20 am CDT
So you have your company’s SharePoint in-house, hosted on servers within your building.
Well inside those servers are hard drives: mechanical, metal objects used to store the precious, valuable data that your company can’t function without. You take the time, effort, and most importantly, the money to build out your on-premises environment and hope that everything runs smoothly.
Then, it happens – one of your server hard drives fails. And, if your company was not prepared for just such a disaster, you could be sitting there with your head in your hands wondering what options you have left.
So, let’s look at the bad news and the good news when dealing with Hard Drive Failure:
December 6th, 2013 8:30 am CDT
Office 365 may be a popular subscription-based SharePoint hosting product, but their cloud can only take you so far. This has left many customers wondering how to get the full cloud functionality that their business needs.
Have you tried Office 365 and need more? You are not alone. Every conference that I attend, I have the same conversation with many different businesses. You want on-premises standard of control, access and configuration over your messaging and collaboration system. You need top-notch managed services and support as well to help lighten the load on your team (who often aren’t specialized in the technology that you’re hosting).
The claim is always the same: “My users are VIP.” And you’re right. You and your Enterprise deserve better – so why settle for a service that limits you? Let’s raise the bar and give your team what they’re asking for. By increasing the environment’s functionality, you can meet more of your business needs and, in turn, your team can increase their productivity and even start getting their work done faster.
I’m telling you that it is possible to have your Office 365 with all of the functionality that your business deserves.
December 4th, 2013 9:30 am CDT
What is SSL?
Just to provide a quick definition: SSL is an acronym for Secure Socket Layer.
What does this have to do with SharePoint? When you host sensitive information, you don’t want it easily accessed or transmitted in plain text over the web. On any normal website, information you’re reading, submitting through forms, or sending over various protocols is not encrypted making it easy for malicious or ill intended users to sniff out and view with special applications.
The SSL Certificate (like a caped superhero) stands between this sensitive information and those nefarious scoundrels by placing encryption on your connection and validating the owner of the site you are visiting.
December 3rd, 2013 8:48 am CDT
‘Tis the season for roasted chestnuts, yuletide, caroling and, of course, another Fpwebinar. This month, we’re focusing on those of you who’ve had the Cloud conversation within your business and are ready to involve a hosting provider. Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have made you an expert shopper, but it still helps to have a little direction when outsourcing your business needs to the cloud.
On Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11am (EST), Jesse Roche and Chris Schwab present Come Prepared: What to bring to the cloud conversation – your opportunity to learn from the experts (who have collectively designed hundreds of environments for every industry) what information you should have ready when discussing your hosting options. We shared the 10 Questions You Should Ask Every SharePoint Hosting Provider in the past, but this will dig deeper into how you can accurately present your business to the hosting provider.
Not sure if Fpweb.net’s special brand of webinars is for you?
Here’s what an attendee recently said about our Fpwebinars:
“This was a less-than-30-minute presentation with no fluff or sales pitch. Just stuff you thought we needed to know. Terrific! As a result, I can and will point everyone on our SharePoint administrative team to it and to any future presentations that are equally well done.”
November 27th, 2013 10:51 am CDT
How to determine if you are using SharePoint 2007, 2010, and 2013
What may seem obvious is actually more difficult to determine than you’d expect. Finding your version will depend on what operating system SharePoint is installed on and what build you are running, plus they all store the version information in separate places.
There are three places you can check for the version number: Control Panel Program and Features or Add and Remove Programs, Central Administration, or PowerShell. Not all of these will work depending on the SharePoint build, but one will certainly work for your environment.
Most of these examples will get you a build number and that build number will have to be looked up. At the bottom of the article is a list of build numbers and what version and patch level they relate to.
November 25th, 2013 9:28 am CDT
Every business has been presented with the idea that “The cloud is the answer”.
Some businesses raise an eyebrow and start asking questions, but there are still others who begin twitching at the mention of the word and shake their head vehemently – the cloud is not for them! But, why not?
Is your business immune to improvement? Is there no aspect of your business that couldn’t use an enhancement found within the cloud? This isn’t professional sports and giving your organization a boost with the performance-enhancing agility of the cloud doesn’t get you in trouble – it just gives you a leg up on the competition!
November 21st, 2013 9:23 am CDT
In a previous blog post, I provided a pretty high level overview of using the new MySites social feature in SharePoint 2013 and illustrated how following sites and documents can help you work faster. In this post, I’m going to dig a little deeper into these social features of SharePoint 2013, specifically the Newsfeed. After creating your new MySite in SharePoint 2013, you’ll be able to access your own Newsfeed.
Because we don’t need more of this in our lives…
Many people may initially dismiss the Newsfeed as a Facebook-clone. Well, it kind of is… I mean, at least it could be if people posted their political views and endless pictures of their culinary skills while trying to get you to join the latest mind-numbing game available. Hopefully, your co-workers won’t flood your Newsfeed with personal information…
Once you realize how this SharePoint social feature can benefit you, you’ll quickly understand how SharePoint’s Newsfeed has the potential of being a wonderful business tool that can quickly inform you of important changes to your co-workers, your team or department, and your enterprise.
November 19th, 2013 8:25 am CDT
Think, Don’t Sell
When the customer knows more than your sales guy, your company is in trouble. And we are all in trouble. Struggling to make numbers? Young reps testing well but not producing?
Well, my friend it’s a scary new sales world and the old ways just aren’t cutting it. Time to evolve and reinvent the sales model or die on the vine. Nobody wants to be a raisin…
Salesperson vs. Advisor
According to HubSpot 2013 data, once the customer reaches out to you, they are 60% down the sales funnel. They already know what they need. But they do have specific questions and they do need to establish trust with you. Are you real? Will you be there for them when things go wrong? They know when they are “being sold.” Listen and talk to them like a friend. A true friend. And don’t be afraid to say “no.” Nothing establishes trust faster than standing your ground and truly doing what’s best for the client.
November 18th, 2013 9:08 am CDT
I read an interesting Savvis report recently about Global IT Trends and what kind of decisions senior IT personnel are making. Since they found outsourcing to be the largest trend, and a driver of business growth, I thought I’d share some of their findings here.
First let’s talk about how Savvis defines outsourcing, pretty straightforward – the contracting out of a business process or function to a third party.
Traditionally this is seen as a way to simply reduce costs, but Savvis argues that in recent years there is in fact a better reason to outsource. Operational efficiency and the desire to focus on the core business has moved to the front of the line. After all, odds are that ‘priority number one’ at your business is not up-time, security, and backups – but that’s exactly the main goal of who they’re outsourcing to.
According to Savvis, within 5 years, 70% of IT will be outsourced. Which is actually the inverse of today’s model. Why is this? Because it’s the only way to truly fulfill the strategic goals of IT, which are controlling costs, finding cost effective infrastructure solutions, and of course, better collaboration across the business.