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Understanding REST APIs in Office 365, SharePoint 2013 & Custom Development

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

The REST APIs are very straightforward and easy to use and allow for a platform-agnostic development approach. Each query that is submitted is done via a unique URL, and the returned results can be cached by proxy servers. The REST APIs are easier to utilize than a SOAP-based web service and provide for higher productivity when JavaScript […]

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Topics: Application Development, Hybrid SharePoint Platform, Identity Management

Scalability Best Practices for SharePoint 2013’s Architecture

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

It is important to implement a highly available as well as scalable SharePoint 2013 platform and avoid some of the known pitfalls that degrade its performance, such as the following: No related posts.

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Topics: Uncategorized

Modifying Lists and Libraries in Office 365 & SharePoint 2013

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

All organizations will need to make updates or changes to their Office 365 and/or SharePoint 2013 lists and libraries as the business and organizational requirements change and SharePoint evolves. Whether the need is to add a column, change the name, or even delete a list, this section provides insight into the settings available for lists and libraries that enable […]

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Topics: Office 365 Change Management, Office 365 Consulting, Office 365 Governance

SharePoint 2013 as a Service and a Solution (SPaaS)

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

As the Information Age reaches a new level of maturity, many organizations 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 the potential for the organization. With consumer electronics and network […]

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

Understanding Office 365 API Tools for Best Practices Office 365 Development

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

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 access SharePoint 2013 on-premises. It also extends the platform in Office 2013 […]

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

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 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. For example, if you were developing an app for a business intelligence initiative, SharePoint 2013’s APIs would […]

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Topics: Application Development, BCS, Custom Development

Security & Identity Management Considerations for Application Development

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

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, as well as in discussions with the business about their custom requirements. With SharePoint […]

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Topics: Application Development, Azure Consulting Services, Custom Application Managed Services

SharePoint 2013 – Enterprise Content Management & Records Management

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

SharePoint Server 2013, and its Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and/or Records Management (RM) capabilities, continues to be recognized as an enterprise platform leader and in the magic quadrant that many organizations look for when measuring the capabilities of a technology platform. ECM and RM efforts have also one of the biggest pushes for SharePoint 2013 initiatives as […]

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Topics: ECM-Enterprise Content Management, eDiscovery, ERM-Enterprise Records Management

Term Store & Managed Metadata in SharePoint 2013 & SharePoint Online

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 08, 2015 10:05

The Managed Metadata Service enables you to define a term store, as shown in the first image below, with related term sets and terms. The Term Store Management Tool, as shown in the second image below, enables you to perform the actions to build the appropriate configuration for your organization. SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Online allows for […]

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Topics: Information Architecture, Managed Metadata, Metadata

Building a Best Practices Information Architecture for SharePoint 2013 and Office 365

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 08, 2015 01:05

EPC Group approaches the architecture and design of SharePoint 2013 and/or Office 365’s Information Architecture (IA) using a the three-prong approach that provides placeholders for the requirements that must be documented but also sets expectations for the SharePoint project team to design an IA that is scalable and has organization’s long-term SharePoint roadmap in mind. The Context, […]

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Topics: Business Requirements Gathering, Hybrid Cloud Strategies, Hybrid SharePoint Implementation

Web Content Management (WCM) Deep-Dive in SharePoint 2013 & Office 365

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 08, 2015 01:05

EPC Group’s SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 information architecture consultants have worked on a large number of enterprise SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 initiatives with a strong client focus on Web Content Management and this blog post will provide a deep-dive around our recent “from the trenches” experiences. SharePoint 2013 does come with a number of new Web Content Management […]

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Topics: ECM-Enterprise Content Management, Metadata - Content Types, Office 365 Consulting

Hybrid Search Deep-dive: SharePoint Server 2013 & Office 365 Integration

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 07, 2015 05:05

One of the most common configurations that is starting to emerge into today’s IT landscape is that of a hybrid cloud architecture and is something you must plan for in your organization’s long-term SharePoint and/or Office 365 roadmap. SharePoint Server 2013 can integrate with cloud-based solutions such as Office 365 and/or SharePoint Online in a secure and federated manner that will allow a user […]

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud Strategies, Hybrid SharePoint Implementation, Hybrid SharePoint Platform

Understanding SharePoint 2013 and Office 365’s Logical Architecture

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 07, 2015 05:05

To drill down into the overall logical architecture of SharePoint 2013, the underlying technical components and features that factor into the design of SharePoint 2013’s Information Architecture are as listed here: Service applications Application pools Web applications Zone(s) Site collections Sites Lists and libraries SharePoint 2013 allows for individual services to be configured and controlled […]

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

Understanding Document IDs & Document Sets in SharePoint 2013 & Office 365

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 07, 2015 05:05

SharePoint 2013 & Office 365’s SharePoint Online Document IDs capabilities allow you to manage and track items regardless of where there are stored. Being able to track important content such as a legal contact, even if it is moved from one document library to another for appropriate reasons, that legal contract will retains its underlying Document ID. Document ID capabilities […]

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Topics: ECM-Enterprise Content Management, ERM-Enterprise Records Management, Office 365 Consulting

SharePoint and Office 365 Upgrade and Migration Consulting Services

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 07, 2015 05:05

EPC Group delivers the critical expertise needed to modernize and transform your organization’s technology. EPC Group’s experts utilize proven and tested strategies that help our clients upgrade, migrate and refresh their IT infrastructure and applications. Organizations across industries currently run older versions of technology, unable to experience the benefits, enhancements and features from the latest […]

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Topics: Office 365 Consulting, Office 365 Hybrid Migration, Office 365 Migrations

Implementing Records Management in SharePoint 2013 & Office 365 Using a Strategic & Proven Approach

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 07, 2015 04:05

Over the past 15+ years,  EPC Group has found that records management initiatives can be successfully accomplished by following a framework of defined guidelines and principles driven by compliance, collaboration, associated cost, and business continuity. It is key that the initiative has executive buy-in to both promote and enforce the overall records management initiative. You should also assign specific […]

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Topics: ECM-Enterprise Content Management, ERM-Enterprise Records Management, Information Architecture

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