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SharePoint 2013 as a Service and a Solution (SPaaS)

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 10, 2015 09:05

SharePoint as a Service and a Solution (SPaaS) As the Information Age reaches a new level of maturity, many organization are finding that the data and content they have been storing, both physically and electronically, have become both an immense administrative burden as well as a security risk and a key to unlocking potential for […]

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Topics: Consulting From the Trenches, SharePoint 2013, Sharepoint 2013 Migration

Deep-Dive of Microsoft’s Power BI for Office 365

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 10, 2015 06:05

Deep-Dive of Microsoft’s Power BI for Office 365 Microsoft Office 365’s Power BI contains a collection of features and services that enables organization to visualize data and share these discoveries in a very similar manner as SharePoint 2013’s on-premise business intelligence environmental capabilities.

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Topics: Business Intelligence (BI), Business Intelligence Center, Office 365 Consulting

Understanding and Overcoming SharePoint 2013 Records Management Challenges

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 10, 2015 06:05

Understanding and Overcoming Records Management Challenges   EPC Group will share several new blog posts this week on SharePoint 2013, Office 365, and Records \ Enterprise Content Management (RM\ECM) strategies. So many organizations throughout the globe have not implemented successful records management initiatives because of the inherit difficulty applying retention policies to content. Another main issue IT has faced is […]

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Topics: ERM-Enterprise Records Management, Information Architecture, Office 365 Consulting

Graphical Overview: Scalability Best Practices for a Hybrid SharePoint 2013 & Office 365 Environment

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 10, 2015 05:05

Hybrid Office 365 | SharePoint 2013 Scalability: Graphical Overview This EPC Group blog post is meant to provide you with a visual overview of the underlying scalability considerations and related best practices for a Hybrid SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Environment.

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Topics: Business Requirements Gathering, Hybrid Cloud Advisory Practice, Hybrid Cloud Strategies

Public & Hybrid Cloud Governance Strategies Deep-dive

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 10, 2015 05:05

Public and Hybrid Cloud Governance | Office 365 | Microsoft SharePoint 2013 | Azure Organization’s across the globe are wondering how the cloud will impact their business and whether a hybrid SharePoint / hybrid Office 365 / SharePoint Online or Microsoft Azure environment makes sense for their IT strategy and related technology roadmap.

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Topics: Azure, Hybrid Cloud Advisory Practice, Hybrid Cloud Strategies

Understanding Office 365 API Tools for Best Practices Office 365 Development

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 10, 2015 04:05

Understanding Office 365 API Tools for Best Practices Office 365 Development Microsoft has recently introduced the next step in the evolution of the Office 365 platform by releasing the Office 365 API Tools, as shown in the image below. This continues to extend the platform and opens up more possibilities around the hybrid cloud with the capability to […]

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Topics: Application Development, Consulting From the Trenches, Custom Development

Should I Prepare for a Hybrid Office 365 & SharePoint Platform?

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 10, 2015 04:05

Hybrid Office 365 & SharePoint 2013 Strategy In previous posts, EPC Group has discussed the differences around SharePoint 2013 on-premises (private cloud) vs. the hosted (public cloud) as well as a hybrid SharePoint 2013 deployment which allows for a middle ground for you to tailor based on specific requirements, concerns, security requirements, as well as custom development strategies. There is an inherent […]

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud Managed Services, Hybrid Cloud Strategies, Hybrid SharePoint Implementation

SharePoint 2013 and/or Office 365 Upgrade Checkpoint: Does your Information Architecture Align with Your IT Roadmap?

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 10, 2015 04:05

Ensuring Your System & Information Architecture Architecture Strategy Aligns with Your SharePoint Roadmap When an organization is near the point of kicking off and performing a upgrade and/or migration initative to SharePoint 2013 and/or Office 365, it is key to ensure core elements have been designed and put in place to meet not only the current needs of the organization […]

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Topics: Hybrid SharePoint Implementation, Hybrid SharePoint Platform, Information Architecture

SharePoint 2013 Administration Considerations “From the Consulting Trenches”

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 10, 2015 04:05

SharePoint 2013 Administration Considerations Overview SharePoint 2013 administration encompasses a wide range or tasks and topics from ensuring security related best practices and maintenance to ensure your sites are secure to reviewing the underlying performance and reviewing the backup and DR jobs to ensure the processes are functioning as expected.

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Topics: Consulting From the Trenches, Disaster Recovery, Office 365 Governance

SharePoint 2013’s APIs, Office 365 API Tools and Development Options

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 08, 2015 04:05

SharePoint 2013’s APIs, Office 365 API Tools and Development Options – Part 1 SharePoint 2013’s APIs enable apps, as well as other elements, to connect and integrate with SharePoint’s core features. The APIs, as depicted in the image below, provide apps the capability to view content or integrate with a workflow or even perform searches.

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Topics: Application Development, BCS, Custom Development

Keys to the Design Process of SharePoint 2013’s Underlying Technical Architecture

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 08, 2015 03:05

Introduction and Getting Started – EPC Group Strategies One of the first questions you should ask yourself when designing your SharePoint 2013 is “What are my organization’s compliance policies?” That question is typically not asked until later on in an initiative but it should be at the forefront of your planning and architecture design from […]

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Topics: Active Directory, Business Requirements Gathering, Data Risk & Compliance

EPC Group’s Hybrid Cloud Advisor Services – Office 365 Consulting

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 08, 2015 03:05

HYBRID CLOUD: SYSTEM & INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE DESIGN EPC Group’s Hybrid Cloud Advisory practice is led by industry experts to assist your organization in reviewing the underlying granular capabilities of the Public, Private, and Hybrid Cloud offerings available to you and then architecting and deploying a tailored solution for your organization that will stand the test of […]

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud Advisory Practice, Hybrid Cloud Managed Services, Hybrid Cloud Strategies

Office 365 and SharePoint 2013: Preparing for Governance

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 08, 2015 03:05

Office 365 and SharePoint 2013: Preparing for Governance Office 365 and SharePoint 2013’s out-of-the-box core end-user features, such as lists and libraries as well as apps, web parts, and the sites and site collections they exist on, will be the most used areas of SharePoint, but using them and deploying them with governance in mind is key to your […]

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Topics: IT Roadmap, Office 365 Consulting, Office 365 Governance

Development Tools & Related Strategies for Public, Private, and Hybrid Environments

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 08, 2015 12:05

Development Tools and Related Strategies for Public, Private, and Hybrid Environments There have been many improvements as well as options added to Visual Studio 2013 to address the new technology releases of SharePoint 2013, Office 365, SharePoint Online, and Microsoft Azure. EPC Group highly recommends that your organization’s developers have both on-premises and cloud development environment tools available so that they can […]

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Topics: Application Development, Azure, Custom Application Managed Services

Security & Identity Management Considerations for Application Development

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 08, 2015 12:05

Security and Identity Management Considerations for Application Development – Office 365, SharePoint Online, SharePoint 2013 There are various security, identity management, and authentication considerations when developing custom applications and related features in SharePoint 2013, Office 365, SharePoint Online, and Microsoft Azure. You should always keep in mind SharePoint 2013’s “claims first” authentication architecture during your development, […]

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Topics: Application Development, Azure, Custom Application Managed Services

Data Breaches and Implementing Proactive Security Policies – Office 365 & Azure

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 08, 2015 11:05

Data Breaches and Implementing Proactive Security Policies – Office 365 & Azure Considerations Over the past few, there have been some very high profile instances of data breaches in environments of all types. The NSA IT Administrator Edward Snowden, who accessed and shared classified NSA data, has been the most widely publicized incident around this and there […]

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Topics: Azure, Data Breaches, Data Risk & Compliance

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