November 11th, 2013 8:30 am CDT
The cloud can be as simple or as in-depth as you like.
When we talk about the cloud, we’re simply talking about accessing resources from a location that is not within our own data-center. It’s a concept that’s been around for a long time and has only grown exponentially as data speeds increase and the demand for instant technology resources grow. So maybe it’s something you’ve been investigating for a while or maybe you’re just starting to look into it and need to be sold on why you should look further into cloud?
I think the benefits can go a lot further than just saving time and money. My position has me reviewing environments and examining business solutions every day, and it’s with that knowledge base that I’ve put together a list for you to chew on:
Five reasons you should seriously consider a Cloud deployment:
November 7th, 2013 9:07 am CDT
As the Fall season begins and the leaves turn orange and red, we start a new season here in St. Louis. Gone are the days sipping lemonade by the pool and shielding the sun from your eyes in the ballpark bleachers – now we replace shirts with sweaters, lemonade for pumpkin spice lattes (my favorite), and Cardinal baseball with Blues hockey.
The onset of each new season has its own excitement and feel. Which got me thinking about change… As excited as I get about the change of seasons I haven’t always accepted change in other aspects of my life quite as easily. When really, why not? Change can mean growth and new opportunities – a chance to improve. And this can be especially true when applied to the workplace.
So I admittedly do not like change, in any aspect of my life (hello?! I’m a Taurus!). I’m a creature of habit and comfort. And those traits don’t always mesh well in the workforce. Change is inevitable and if you can’t learn to go with the flow and adapt…well, you’re in trouble.
November 5th, 2013 10:16 am CDT
It’s been about a month, so that obviously means you need another ‘Fpwebinar’ in your life. An Fpwebinar, for the uninitiated, is the traditional webinar structure fused with the banter of a couple Fpweb.net experts to create short, high-level overviews of topics related to the cloud, IT and SharePoint.
If you have 15-20 minutes to get a better understanding of the topic covered – than these are for you. First we discuss the topic and then the floor is opened for your questions so we can address specific examples that you may have or advice you may need. We know that webinars can sometimes be a dirty word, so we do our best to get you the information that you need and get out before it turns repetitive or stale!
November 4th, 2013 8:45 am CDT
SharePoint on Azure, AWS or Fpweb.net’s Cloud?
You can easily move SharePoint to the Cloud with Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS or Fpweb.net. But what are the real differences between the three?
First you need to examine your business. How are you using SharePoint now and what are your plans for the future? Let’s look at the real world issues of moving SharePoint to any of the three SharePoint IaaS and PaaS providers by picking them apart one by one.
November 1st, 2013 8:22 am CDT
Microsoft Project Server 2010 is one of the great add-ons to SharePoint 2010. Microsoft describes Project Server as providing “innovative capabilities across the entire life cycle to help organizations effectively initiate, select, plan and deliver projects on time and within budget.”
We always praise Microsoft for continuing to make all of their products work well with one another. Project Server is no exception. Many of you (Project Managers or not) have probably at least seen the desktop version of Microsoft Project. Just like Office Web Apps, Project Server 2010 allows an end user to take advantage of many Microsoft Project features that the desktop version offers, without having it actually installed on your workstation.
The good news?
You can now manage your projects from just about anywhere.
The bad news?
You can now manage your projects from just about anywhere.
October 30th, 2013 9:00 am CDT
Organizing your lists and notes with Microsoft OneNote
I don’t know about you, but between grocery lists, daily workouts, meeting notes, or to-do’s for work and personal stuff, I like to be able to access everything from wherever I am with any device. Forget about leaving lists on the front of the fridge… That’s basically where my relationship with Microsoft OneNote got started. And that relationship would blossom as my trusted OneNote helped me organize many aspects of my life, and since it helped me, maybe it can help you too.
In this post, I will cover a scenario specific to my work life: Using OneNote with SharePoint.
In my scenario, I have access to both SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro. But let’s step back and start with a clear definition of those two products. I view SkyDrive as a place in the cloud to put my personal items. In this case for OneNote, I keep my grocery list, daily workout, and many other lists.
For work however, I want something a little more secure. And, being a SharePoint hosting company, we obviously have SharePoint. With SharePoint 2013, we have something set up called SkyDrive Pro. SkyDrive Pro is essentially your personal hard drive in the cloud where you can store, share, and sync your work files.
October 28th, 2013 9:21 am CDT
It’s the stuff billboards are made of: Lowered pricing, faster quotes and purchasing made easy.
This blog in a nutshell:
Fpweb.net has lowered our pricing for our SharePoint Foundation Hosting plans and made it possible to get instant quotes just by going to our website. If the quote suits your business, you can pull the trigger and purchase online right then and there. We immediately start architecting your environment once we get payment confirmation.
Experience fast, easy (and cheaper) SharePoint Hosting with Fpweb.net.
October 25th, 2013 8:30 am CDT
Take a Hint from Baseball… Hire Utility Players for Your Company!
As our beloved St Louis Cardinals take the field in the 2013 World Series, I’m reminded of how much I admire the organization for continually hiring guys that can be versatile. It comes in handy year after year, as we have to reach into our bench to cover a player that’s been hurt or traded. Knowing your job and being the best at it is important, yes, but so is being able to step up and help out in another position when needed.
Just look at Matt Carpenter. Wikipedia has a great entry outlining Matt’s career to date. Matt’s natural position is third base. After being drafted by the Cardinals in 2009 and playing in our minor league system for a couple of years, the departures of Albert Pujols and Nick Punto, along with an injury to Allen Craig, opened up an opportunity at the end of 2011.
During Spring Training, he worked at first base and in the outfield to increase his versatility. His tenacity earned him a spot as a bench player and spot starter for the Cards in 2012, culminating in his first post-season home run during Game 3 of the 2012 NLCS (when he was brought in to the game to replace an injured Carlos Beltran).
October 23rd, 2013 9:00 am CDT
Think of it as a SharePoint Cheat Sheet
Maybe you are new to SharePoint or maybe you’re starting to get a strong handle on it. I started using SharePoint earlier this year and right out of the gate, I found out it’s a very expansive platform that can lead you in many directions.
From my limited time using it, I’ve found a lot of common questions from new admins like myself. This blog will serve as a high-level overview of some common concerns I’d like to share, along with some tricks I’ve learned along the way.
User Passwords for SharePoint
One question that gets brought up quite often by new SharePoint administrators is, “How can I get my users to change their passwords?” And the simplest answer is 3rd party web parts. SharePoint doesn’t have any way out-of-the-box to do password resets or set password expiration. Google SharePoint Password web parts and you’ll find a myriad of different vendors who offer a web part that can change user passwords without bugging the SharePoint Administrator to go into Active Directory and change the password for them.
October 21st, 2013 8:26 am CDT
SharePoint IaaS is Trending!
I’m writing this blog in Orlando as Gartner’s 2013 Symposium IT Xpo wraps up. The Xpo is billed as the world’s largest gathering of CIOs and IT executives. (3,000 and 5,000 respectively.) Yes, there is some serious geek power here and with Gartner’s insight, it has been quite a week. Both SharePoint and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) were discussed and analyzed in depth and the results are rather interesting.
Let’s take a look at what your peers are saying and doing about SharePoint IaaS.
Growing and Growing
According to Gartner, IaaS will continue to be the fastest growing segment of Cloud services consumed by Enterprises through 2016. The other two major segments are Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).