SharePoint 2016 is alive and well.

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This is rather good news. In a recent post on the Office Blogs, Julia White, general manager for the Office Product Management team, details the future roadmap of SharePoint Online and SharePoint on premise. Although the posts spends most of the time detailing Office 365 (which is the direction Microsoft are pushing), it also mentions the need to support on …


SharePoint 2013 Vertical Promoted Links

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One of the most popular and effective out of the box elements of SharePoint 2013 is the promoted links app. You must have seen them. The pretend live tiles that are inserted into every new team site you create in SharePoint 2013. Pretty isn’t it? So this is a great way to get you started. But as research suggests, many …


Inbox Zero.

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As more communications strive for the holy grail of real time, we are put under more and more pressure to provide instant gratification. People expect real time responses to real time messages. But how do we fit this into our already busy lives. One way to help the constant flow of messages and data is to implement a Inbox Zero approach. This does not mean that you respond to every email you receive instantly, it is more about how you manage the messages and create a process for response times and ensuring the right messages are deal with.

SharePoint 2010 – Hide fields from users

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SharePoint has a very powerful security model. Enabling fine grained security right down to the item/document level. But it does not go far enough. I have come across the need to have column level permissions many times. A typical scenario might be the approval of an item or document. The SharePoint way to do that is to create and approval …


10 Tips on the Value of Collaboration

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A nice short sharp list of how collaboration can help you, and where the benefits are. Although the full name of the article is 10 Tips on the Value of Collaboration in Startups, I think this list applies to everyone. 1. Consensus is the enemy of collaboration. Collaboration leaves everyone with a feeling of “win-win,” while consensus is “win-lose” or …


How to choose a collaboration tool.

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Lifehacker is a constant source of how to make your life more productive with tips and hints on saving time and being more organised. I won’t labour this point too much, but one of the trends in collaboration today is the tools that come out almost on a daily basis. So this article on LifeHacker can be quite useful on …


Hello Trello.

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The metaphor of a pinboard or whiteboard is not a new one. There are many online systems that try to mimic the use of a whiteboard. Personally, my favourite is still the physical whiteboard for ease of use, but you cannot collaborate with people who are in different locations. This is where Trello comes in. Trello is an online service …


Cloud Computing

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Cloud Computing is the concept of running software and services on the internet. This can be any form of computing including email (gmail, hotmail etc), file storage (SkyDrive, Dropbox, Gogle Drive etc), data storage and manipulation (Amazon web services) and applications (Google Docs, Office Live, Salesforce.com etc). Orginally applied to the telecoms networks, the cloud diagram represents a group of …


The Blind Team

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There is a very famous saying when it comes to teams. “There is no I in TEAM” and added to this is the rather more cynical “but there is a ME”. Teamwork is hard, there is no denying it. When any group of people have to work together towards a common goal, there will be challenges. But we can make …



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Skydrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage offering. SkyDrive (also called Microsoft SkyDrive or Windows Live SkyDrive) is a free-of-charge file hosting service that allows users to upload files to a cloud storage and then access them from a Web browser. It is part of Windows Live range of online services and allows users to keep the files private, share them with …


Collaboration in Office

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Now here is a cool tool to get you up and running. OneNote is a weird hybrid of a product that is designed to create what they call notebooks. It is sold as a note taking application