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 […]

Office 365 vs SharePoint Server and Exchange Server

Is migrating to the cloud the best option? As you are most likely aware, the information technology industry has been going through a transformation from software installed on servers in your office to services that run from massive, global datacenters.  As consumers, we went from buying books in stores to downloading them as eBooks and […]

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 […]

Office 365 Updates are on the way, early look

Customers who have a managed services agreement with Xgility experience a proactive approach to information architecture, governance, and adoption of new technologies in Office 365.  Our team keeps an eye on what is coming down the road in Office 365 and other Microsoft technologies to ensure that you can be ready to take advantage of […]

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 […]

Why Can’t I Download this Presentation from OneDrive?

OneDrive for Business is part of Office 365 and is the modern replacement for the User Share (H:/users/user) on the old file server. OneDrive for business is a cloud-based application used to store and manage online and offline documents.  One Drive is part of the Office 365 collaboration features which include user storage, groups, team […]

SharePoint Developers: Staffing or Consulting vs. Managed Services

Options for SharePoint Intranet, Azure, & Office 365 Support “IT people are expensive!” said the client sitting across the desk from me. He continued “We are not an IT company and I don’t have the experience to hire an intranet specialist and even if I did I am not sure that we could find one with all of the skills we […]

OneDrive for Business – Pros, Cons, and Governance Considerations

OneDrive for Business is a place where you can store, sync, and share your work files. As part of Office 365, OneDrive for Business lets you update and share your files from anywhere and work on Office documents with others at the same time. For organizations with strict content security, retention, and sharing policies OneDrive for Business […]

Top 10 SharePoint Consulting Companies in DC

Below is a list of what I believe are the top 10 SharePoint consulting companies in the Metro DC area including Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington D.C.  The ratings are based mostly on industry insider knowledge, including factors such as the satisfaction of known customers, consultant turnover, and knowledge of key 3rd party products.  The top SharePoint consulting companies are active speakers in local user groups and organizations such as SharePoint […]

Contract Tracking Part II, Invoice Approval

A few months back, a general counsel of non-profit organizations wanted to see examples of how their legal and contracts team could use SharePoint. Our team built this proof of concept to show how SharePoint forms and workflows can be used to build a system to track contracts and invoices against those contracts. This is part two of the video series.  Part one of […]

10 Reasons HR Departments Use SharePoint

Most organizations have SharePoint and almost all organizations can afford SharePoint if purchased as part of an Office 365 package in the Microsoft cloud.  In our video, Tips for SharePoint Adoption, we recommend that information technology (IT) departments involve business users early on in the process of building an intranet in SharePoint.  The human resources […]

Contract Tracking Part I

A few months back, a general counsel of a non-profit organization wanted to see examples of how their legal and contracts team could use SharePoint.  Our team built this proof of concept to show how SharePoint forms and workflows can be used to build a system that tracks contracts and invoices against those contract.  This is part one of the video series.  Part […]