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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why is Enterprise Software Underutilized?

With the megatrends of cloud computing and managed services transforming IT, why is Enterprise Software still underutilized?  Wall Street continues to report the quarterly market growth of Amazon, Salesforce.com, and Microsoft’s cloud business but the journey to the cloud for customers to realize the value of software as a service continues to lag.  Here are […]

Best SharePoint Migration Software Products

Many Xgility customers ask us for advice on which SharePoint migration product they should purchase.  Others call us after they are having trouble migrating and ask if they purchased the wrong software product.  We counsel our customers that, due to customizations, SharePoint migrations are much more complicated than upgrading to the latest version of Windows […]

There is No Document Information Panel in Word 2016

On Tuesday, we conducted a demo and showed the Microsoft Cloud productivity experience for a City government.  The envisioning session showed them the art of the possible including Office 365, SharePoint for ECM (Enterprise Content Management), and Office Pro Plus. In our SharePoint demos we talk about how important it is to the user experience to create documents in SharePoint versus creating documents outside of SharePoint, including uploading and […]

Microsoft OneNote vs. the Legal Pad

The Microsoft Office Suite is full of some fantastic applications and features that enable users to collaborate and be as productive as possible.  Few individuals take advantage of all the features available with Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.  Even fewer business users understand how SharePoint and the Microsoft cloud tie all of these applications together to […]

Cloud and Mobile Device Security and Protection

Are you using cloud applications?  Are you concerned about security? There are several good solutions on the market for single sign-on, mobile device management and data loss prevention. In 2015, Gartner named AirWatch to the top right magic quadrant for mobile device management. Our customers have also used Okta, Ping, Centrify and IAMCloud for Indenity and Access Management including single sign-on (SSO). While Okta, AirWatch and […]

7 Ways City and County Governments use SharePoint and Office 365

Almost all city and county governments we have spoken with have moved or are planning to migrate their email to Office 365.  Most are interested in other features of Office 365 but don’t know where to start.  Others might be concerned about security.  Below are 7 ways City and County Governments use Office 365. Community […]