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Errin O'Connor

With over 25 years of experience in Information Technology and Management Consulting, Errin O’Connor has led hundreds of large-scale enterprise implementations from Business Intelligence, Power BI, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, IT Security, Azure and Hybrid Cloud efforts for over 165 Fortune 500 companies.

Application Development

Scalability Planning in Your SharePoint 2013 & Office 365 Roadmap

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Oct, 10, 2016 09:10

Scalability Planning in Your SharePoint 2013 Architectural Roadmap It is important to utilize an Office 365 roadmap to ensure your SharePoint 2013 and/or Office 365 (hybrid) platform and avoid some of the known pitfalls that degrade its performance such as: Having all SharePoint services are in the “default” service group Having redundant and JavaScript that […]

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Topics: Active Directory, Application Development, Data Breaches, Hybrid SharePoint Implementation, Information Architecture, IT Roadmap, Managed Metadata, Metadata - Content Types, Office 365 Consulting, Office 365 Hybrid, Office 365 Roadmap, Office 365 Roles and Responsibilities, Office 365 Search, Office 365 Security, Office 365 Support, Scalability, Search, Security Policies, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2013 Consulting, SharePoint 2013 From the Consulting Trenches, SharePoint 2013 Search, SharePoint 2013 Security, SharePoint Consulting, SharePoint Consulting Strategies, SharePoint Online, SharePoint Roadmap, Sharepoint Roles and Responsibilties, SharePoint Security, Sharepoint Support, System Architecture, Workflow Development

EPC Group’s SharePoint 2013 Development Best Practices

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Aug, 01, 2016 06:08

This EPC Group blog is intended for developers who want to create custom solutions for SharePoint 2013. The purpose of this document is to share EPC Group’s proven best practices for developing customs solutions for SharePoint 2013. BLOG SUMMARY This blog provides guidelines and practices related to development for a SharePoint 2013 environment. This blog contains […]

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Topics: Active Directory, Application Development, Data Breaches, Hybrid SharePoint Implementation, Information Architecture, IT Roadmap, Managed Metadata, Metadata - Content Types, Office 365 Consulting, Office 365 Hybrid, Office 365 Roadmap, Office 365 Roles and Responsibilities, Office 365 Search, Office 365 Security, Office 365 Support, Scalability, Search, Security Policies, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2013 Consulting, SharePoint 2013 From the Consulting Trenches, SharePoint 2013 Search, SharePoint 2013 Security, SharePoint Consulting, SharePoint Consulting Strategies, SharePoint Online, SharePoint Roadmap, Sharepoint Roles and Responsibilties, SharePoint Security, Sharepoint Support, System Architecture, Workflow DevelopmentApplication Development, Custom Application Managed Services, Custom Development, SharePoint App Model, SharePoint Branding, SharePoint Custom Development, SharePoint Development, Source Code Management

The REST APIs and OData in SharePoint 2013

Posted by Errin O'Connor on May, 12, 2015 09:05

REST APIs in SharePoint 2013 are now compatible with OData, the industry standard for creating and consuming data APIs. The official reference for OData, as well as to track updates regarding this industry standard, can be found at the following link: http://www.odata.org OData’s official description, in essence, states that OData builds on core protocols like HTTP […]

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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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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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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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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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SharePoint 2013 & Office 365 APIs & Development Options for Accessing Data

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Mar, 10, 2015 03:03

SharePoint 2013’s APIs allow apps, as well as other elements, to connect and integrate with SharePoint’s core features. EPC Group’s development teams use APIs, as shown in the image below, provide apps their ability to view content or integrate with a workflow or even perform searches. For example, if you were developing an app for a […]

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