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 […]

Creating Excel Surveys in Office 365

Are you looking for a way to take a survey of people in your office, customers, or partners?  While there are many ways to accomplish this with SharePoint and other SaaS technologies, this is a simple way to get survey results if you are not a SharePoint power user. The image below is what a survey would […]

How To Use Agile Email To Manage Customer Expectations

The Agile Development Methodology is a fairly well known, proven method for taking a large deliverable and breaking it down into smaller pieces (Sprints).  Then, using an iterative, incremental approach, each Sprint is completed in a relatively short period of time.  This allows the goal to be reached in tiny, flexible, responsive steps instead of […]

Collaborate, Don’t Compromise

Xgility helps companies achieve transformational results in their business.   Our consultants use technologies like SharePoint, Office 365, and other cloud technologies as enablers for those transformational results.  We deliver those technologies with skilled consultants using industry leading best practices.  Unfortunately, those transformational results are not equal across all of our customers. Since the technology and […]