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Key SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Methodologies and Best Practices

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Jan, 16, 2015 08:01

Overview of Key SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Methodologies and Best Practices EPC Group’s industry leading SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 consulting practices are driven by underlying methodologies, strategies and lessons learned that have stemmed directly from initiatives executed within organizations of all sizes and from all business. There are key methodologies and matching granular questions that must be […]

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Topics: Uncategorized

Security and Identity Management Considerations for Application Development “From the Trenches”

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Jan, 16, 2015 07:01

Introduction – Security & Identity Management There are a number of 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 […]

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Topics: Application Development, Identity Management, Office 365 Development

SharePoint 2013 BYOD Best Practices

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Jan, 15, 2015 11:01

Introduction (BYOD | MDM) Remote workers and internal or onsite workers empowered with “bring your own device” (BYOD) policies can push the boundaries of IT and the typical IT-driven culture. A lot of IT organizations are playing catch-up around governance and their information management policies and have pushed back on BYOD due to the added complexity it […]

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Topics: BYOD - Bring Your Own Device, Identity Management, Mobility

Reviewing Metadata “Content Types” in SharePoint Server 2013 & Office 365

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Jan, 13, 2015 02:01

Reviewing Metadata “Content Types” in SharePoint Server 2013 and Office 365 | SharePoint Online A content type is a reusable collection of settings and rules applied to a certain category of content in SharePoint.Content types define more granular attributes for documents, content, and library or list items. They allow you to associate information management policies to […]

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Topics: ECM-Enterprise Content Management, ERM-Enterprise Records Management, Metadata - Content Types

SharePoint 2013: What Should You Do? Where Are You Currently? What is the Truth? Help! No B.S. Please

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Nov, 29, 2012 01:11

SharePoint 2013: What Should You Do? Where Are You Currently? What is the Truth? Help! No B.S. Please Overview Have you ever seen the video where a guy in a cubicle (Office Space-esk) decides his computer software has put him over the edge? He takes his keyboard and gives the monitor a nice “wack” to […]

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Topics: Business Requirements Gathering, Consulting From the Trenches, Office 365 Roles and Responsibilities

SharePoint 2010 or 2013 Roles, Responsibilities & Support Policies from a SharePoint Consulting Perspective

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Oct, 10, 2012 09:10

SharePoint 2010 or 2013 Roles, Responsibilities & Support Policies from a SharePoint Consulting Perspective Purpose The purpose of this article is to share EPC Group’s consulting experience to standardize the nomenclature and define the responsibility of individuals who participate in SharePoint 2010/2013 projects, support and users of the overall SharePoint Enterprise Ecosystem. This is a […]

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Topics: Consulting From the Trenches, Office 365 Roles and Responsibilities, Office 365 Support

SharePoint Problem & Change Management Procedures Governance – Consulting Best Practices Example

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Sep, 20, 2012 08:09

I.T. – SharePoint Problem and Change Management Procedures   I. Introduction The purpose of this example “document” from EPC Group is to define the procedures used to manage SharePoint 2010 / 2013 support requests, assign resources to those requests, and implement solutions to those requests, as well as provide ongoing support to ensure reliability and […]

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Topics: SharePoint 2010, Sharepoint 2010 Consulting, SharePoint 2013 Consulting

Managing Your Current SharePoint 2010 Initiative with 2013 in Mind

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Jul, 17, 2012 01:07

SharePoint 2013 Preview Summary – Managing Your Current SharePoint 2010 Initiative with 2013 in Mind Overview With the SharePoint Server 2013 Preview being released yesterday there are a lot of organizations who are currently involved in large SharePoint 2010 deployments who are wondering how best they can adjust or minimize any system architecture or information […]

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Topics: Business Intelligence (BI), Communities - SharePoint 2013 | Office 365, eDiscovery

Dissecting a Decade of SharePoint Consulting Success – Article 2 of 2: Whiteboarding

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Jun, 07, 2012 08:06

Whiteboarding Your SharePoint Road Map This is the 2nd of a 2 part blog post as EPC Group has embarked on and completed our 650+ successful SharePoint implementation. Part 1 of this blog post can be found here. In most any enterprise SharePoint implementation, SharePoint 2010 or SharePoint 2013, one of the single most valuable tools […]

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Topics: Business Intelligence (BI), BYOD - Bring Your Own Device, Consulting From the Trenches

650 Successful SharePoint Implementations – Dissecting a Decade of EPC Group Enterprise SharePoint Success – Article 1 of 2

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Apr, 28, 2012 02:04

Background This is the 1st of a 2 part blog as EPC Group has embarked on and completed our 653 successful SharePoint implementation. In the sections below, we are going to dissect how an Enterprise or Global SharePoint implementation project can become a success 99% of the time. With SharePoint being one of the most […]

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Topics: Consulting From the Trenches, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013

High Level Best Practices: SharePoint Source Code Management and the Related Deployment Process

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Mar, 21, 2012 04:03

50,000 Foot Overview This article describes the source code management and deployment process for SharePoint 2010 initiatives and provides the current-state of SharePoint 2007 deployment analysis as well as listing the various options and associated best practices for SharePoint 2010. This is a high-level EPC Group process we put in place for our clients but […]

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Topics: Custom Development, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013

Implementing Global Intranet Governance with a Proper Long-term Roadmap

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Jan, 10, 2012 02:01

Implementing Global Intranet Governance with a Proper Long-term Roadmap   Introduction You have probably been flooded with external sources telling you what SharePoint Governance really is and EPC Group is here to state our definitive and we believe true way to implement Global Intranet Governance with a forward looking roadmap to match. For Global organizations […]

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Topics: Consulting From the Trenches, Metadata - Content Types, SharePoint 2010

Developing a SharePoint Steering Committee

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Nov, 29, 2011 01:11

Overview Within an enterprise SharePoint deployment, a key best practice to ensure your organization’s long-term SharePoint’s success, is the creation of a SharePoint Steering committee and engaging and\or including your organization’s key business and technology leaders to this committee. The SharePoint Steering Committee is the overall governing body of Microsoft SharePoint that ensures the technology […]

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Topics: SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Consulting

Best Practices for SharePoint Cultural Change Management – From the SharePoint Consulting Trenches

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Nov, 11, 2011 01:11

Introduction It is not unusual for those implementing SharePoint 2010 to experience a fair amount of change and conflict as part of their deployment process. Other than e-mail, no other product that you will implement will have as wide or personal “touch and feel” as SharePoint 2010 if you intend to implement this product in […]

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Topics: Consulting From the Trenches, Office 365 Change Management, SharePoint 2013 Upgrade

SharePoint 2010 Web Standards, Accessibility, and Usability Quick Reference Guide

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Oct, 14, 2011 09:10

SharePoint 2010 Web Standards, Accessibility, and Usability Quick Reference Guide The following is a SharePoint 2010 Web Standards and Usability Quick Reference Guide following EPC Group’s best practices for SharePoint user interface (UI) development (master page) and configuration best practices. SharePoint 2010 Accessibility A way to guarantee interoperability of the website o    SharePoint 2010 Supports […]

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Topics: Responsive Web Design (RWD), SharePoint 2010, SharePoint Branding

Selecting the Right SharePoint Consulting Firm: Comparing Apples to Apples, or Apples to Oranges

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Sep, 19, 2011 02:09

Background on One of Many Similar Situations I Have Come Across in the Past 24 Months In working with clients and gathering their business requirements as well as their detailed functional requirements as well as listening to their past experiences in working with SharePoint consultants on previous versions such as SharePoint 2010 or SharePoint 2007, […]

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Topics: Consulting From the Trenches, Hybrid SharePoint Implementation, Hybrid SharePoint Platform

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