Microsoft Outlook App for iOS

In a previous YouTube video, Dean Virag showed you how to setup two-factor authentication using Azure AD premium.  The setup for two-factor authentication using the Outlook iOS app is very similar to any of the Office desktop apps. The Outlook app is an alternative to the native mail, calendar, and contacts apps on your iPhone or […]

Microsoft PowerBI

5 Reasons You Should Be Using PowerBI

PowerBI is a set of online services and tools that enables you to view, share, and collaborate on the data that is important to your organization.  PowerBI can be enabled through your Office 365 portal and is available as a free or Pro Version (stand alone).  The pro version is also available as part the Office 365 E5 bundle.  Making […]

Governance Features Available for Office 365 Groups

Governance and security are important aspects on customers’ minds when it comes to collaboration tools.  Microsoft Groups, which are a new feature in Office 365, are of course, no exception.  Although there are many safeguards already in place, there are some noticeable governance gaps that Microsoft is rapidly working on resolving and releasing as soon […]

Microsoft Stream – an Office 365 Video Replacement

Microsoft recently announced Microsoft Stream – a video sharing service for Microsoft users.  As some of you may know, Microsoft already has a video application called Office 365 Video.  Stream builds on what Microsoft learned from Office 365 Video, creating a more engaging, secure, and efficient place to store and collaborate with videos.  Stream will […]

Does Our Government Contractor Need to Move to Gov-Cloud?

If you work in the DC Metropolitan area, you are aware that there are thousands of companies who serve the needs of the Federal Government.  If you doubt these numbers, FOIA lists contractors in SAM.  Government Contractors often have to adhere to many of the same security and compliance standards of the Federal Government, especially […]

Microsoft Delve to Stay Connected

A lonely leaf on a tree…. That’s the feeling that I have experienced in the past while working remotely on long-term client engagements. It’s easy to feel disconnected from the goings-on at company headquarters when you are only there a few times a month or year. I know the opposite to be true as well. Companies […]

Microsoft Office 365 Flow General Availability

Many SharePoint power users learned to love and depend on the 2010 version of SharePoint Designer for their workflow needs.  However, many had a love/hate relationship with it.  Although it empowered users to automate business processes without using code, it was plagued with performance issues.  For SharePoint 2013, Microsoft addressed this by changing the framework […]

Using Calculated Columns to Display Weekly Items

This post details how to display the current week’s items.  Displaying current calendar events and tasks can help keep your site’s home page dynamic and fresh. My example uses a calendar list, but this solution can be used in any library or list with a date field.  For non-calendars, substitute the “Start Time” and “End […]

Top Budgeting Mistakes When Comparing Office 365 to SharePoint and Exchange On-Premises

Under-Estimating the Cost of SharePoint 2016 On-Premises This is the most common mistake I see.  First, many information technology managers forget that SharePoint 2016 does not have a foundation license and therefore will need to purchase Standard or Enterprise client access licenses.  Second, information technology managers should budget for four or five servers to install […]

Slack vs Office 365 Groups

Communication through email is vital in every organization.  However, sometimes email can be quite distracting to what is most urgent and important.  This is why services such as Slack and Office 365 Groups were created.  Slack launched back in August of 2013 and has had exponential growth since.  In just 6 months, Slack reached over […]

InfoPath and SharePoint Designer Replacements: What Are My Options?

Our managed services team frequently gets asked about options to replace InfoPath and SharePoint Designer.  InfoPath forms libraries still work in SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2016, but many of our customers are looking to decrease their use of InfoPath in SharePoint due to the long-term roadmap.  SharePoint Designer 2010 and SharePoint Designer 2013 workflows also […]

Column Functionality – Interaction with Key Filters, Search, InfoPath List Forms, and Lookup Availability

Overview: This post details the differences in functionality between the four column types:  Lookup, Managed Metadata, Single Line of Text (SLT), and Multiple Lines of Text (MLT). A lookup is a way to create a relationship between two lists.   For instance a site adminstrator might want to be able to select from a list of […]

5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Document Management System

Microsoft’s SharePoint is a leading vendor in the enterprise content management market.  There are also other document management solutions that have been successfully used in the past including those from Oracle (WebCenter), IBM (FileNet/Lotus Domino), and OpenText.  Some of our customers have chosen to configure SharePoint as an enterprise document management solution and others have […]

Content Query Web Part and Links – Navigation Solution

Overview: This post details how to use a Content Query Web Part (CQWP) and a list to create a more visually appealing link solution for a site’s welcome page, or another web page in the site.  This solution may be useful for site owners and designers who are still working in a SharePoint 2010 environment.  […]

Security, Information Protection, and Governance in the Cloud

Trust in the cloud continues to grow as the capabilities of the cloud mature, in some cases, beyond what IT teams could accomplish On-Premise.   Information Protection Take Windows Rights Management Services for example.  First introduced in Windows Server 2003, it gave administrators the ability to enforce company policy directly in file servers, emails, and […]