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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.

Information Architecture

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

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: 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 DevelopmentInformation Architecture, Managed Metadata, Metadata, Metadata - Content Types, Office 365 Consulting, RM-Records Management, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2013 Consulting, Term Store, Web Content Management (WCM)

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: 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 DevelopmentInformation Architecture, Managed Metadata, Metadata, Metadata - Content Types, Office 365 Consulting, RM-Records Management, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2013 Consulting, Term Store, Web Content Management (WCM)Business Requirements Gathering, Hybrid Cloud Strategies, Hybrid SharePoint Implementation, Hybrid SharePoint Platform, Information Architecture, Information Management, IT Roadmap, Office 365 Consulting, Office 365 Roadmap, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Online

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: 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 DevelopmentInformation Architecture, Managed Metadata, Metadata, Metadata - Content Types, Office 365 Consulting, RM-Records Management, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2013 Consulting, Term Store, Web Content Management (WCM)Business Requirements Gathering, Hybrid Cloud Strategies, Hybrid SharePoint Implementation, Hybrid SharePoint Platform, Information Architecture, Information Management, IT Roadmap, Office 365 Consulting, Office 365 Roadmap, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint OnlineHybrid SharePoint Implementation, Hybrid SharePoint Platform, Information Architecture, Information Management, Scalability, Search, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2013 Private Cloud, SharePoint 2013 Search, SharePoint 2013 Security, SharePoint Roadmap, Sharepoint Roles and Responsibilties, System Architecture

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: 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 DevelopmentInformation Architecture, Managed Metadata, Metadata, Metadata - Content Types, Office 365 Consulting, RM-Records Management, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2013 Consulting, Term Store, Web Content Management (WCM)Business Requirements Gathering, Hybrid Cloud Strategies, Hybrid SharePoint Implementation, Hybrid SharePoint Platform, Information Architecture, Information Management, IT Roadmap, Office 365 Consulting, Office 365 Roadmap, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint OnlineHybrid SharePoint Implementation, Hybrid SharePoint Platform, Information Architecture, Information Management, Scalability, Search, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2013 Private Cloud, SharePoint 2013 Search, SharePoint 2013 Security, SharePoint Roadmap, Sharepoint Roles and Responsibilties, System ArchitectureECM-Enterprise Content Management, ERM-Enterprise Records Management, Information Architecture, Information Management, Office 365 Consulting, RM-Records Management, SharePoint 2013

Core Records Management Features in SharePoint 2013 & Office 365

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Mar, 23, 2015 08:03

In the article, I will provide details of the records management (RM) capabilities available within SharePoint Server 2013 as well as Office 365 | SharePoint Online from over 50 projects implemented by EPC Group over the past year. It is key to ensure you have a deep understanding of the licensing model and capabilities available to you and your organization so that you […]

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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 DevelopmentInformation Architecture, Managed Metadata, Metadata, Metadata - Content Types, Office 365 Consulting, RM-Records Management, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2013 Consulting, Term Store, Web Content Management (WCM)Business Requirements Gathering, Hybrid Cloud Strategies, Hybrid SharePoint Implementation, Hybrid SharePoint Platform, Information Architecture, Information Management, IT Roadmap, Office 365 Consulting, Office 365 Roadmap, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint OnlineHybrid SharePoint Implementation, Hybrid SharePoint Platform, Information Architecture, Information Management, Scalability, Search, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2013 Private Cloud, SharePoint 2013 Search, SharePoint 2013 Security, SharePoint Roadmap, Sharepoint Roles and Responsibilties, System ArchitectureECM-Enterprise Content Management, ERM-Enterprise Records Management, Information Architecture, Information Management, Office 365 Consulting, RM-Records Management, SharePoint 2013ECM-Enterprise Content Management, Information Architecture, Metadata - Content Types, Office 365 Consulting, RM-Records Management, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Online Search

What is a SharePoint “Private Cloud”

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

To first describe and baseline a “private cloud deployment, the following items and elements will typically be considered and implemented: Hosting SharePoint as infrastructure for a specific or a combination of workloads such as: o   Enterprise Search o   Application Platform for Line-of-Business (LOB) application o   Business Intelligence Implementations o   Collaboration, community and/or project sites o   Internet […]

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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 DevelopmentInformation Architecture, Managed Metadata, Metadata, Metadata - Content Types, Office 365 Consulting, RM-Records Management, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2013 Consulting, Term Store, Web Content Management (WCM)Business Requirements Gathering, Hybrid Cloud Strategies, Hybrid SharePoint Implementation, Hybrid SharePoint Platform, Information Architecture, Information Management, IT Roadmap, Office 365 Consulting, Office 365 Roadmap, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint OnlineHybrid SharePoint Implementation, Hybrid SharePoint Platform, Information Architecture, Information Management, Scalability, Search, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2013 Private Cloud, SharePoint 2013 Search, SharePoint 2013 Security, SharePoint Roadmap, Sharepoint Roles and Responsibilties, System ArchitectureECM-Enterprise Content Management, ERM-Enterprise Records Management, Information Architecture, Information Management, Office 365 Consulting, RM-Records Management, SharePoint 2013ECM-Enterprise Content Management, Information Architecture, Metadata - Content Types, Office 365 Consulting, RM-Records Management, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Online SearchBusiness Requirements Gathering, Information Architecture, Office 365 Consulting, Private Cloud, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2013 Private Cloud, SharePoint Roadmap, System Architecture