About Chris Cummins

As Solution Architect at Peters & Associates, Chris Cummins is responsible for design in Peters & Associates development and business intelligence practices. This includes ensuring the team delivers to our standards of successful design, implementation, and satisfaction of our clients. He has over 25 years of industry experience, and has delivered over 375 Microsoft SharePoint projects for Peters & Associates. Chris has an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois (Urbana), a MBA from Lewis University and industry technical and project management certifications. Chris’ primary role with our clients is aligning technical solutions to business needs.

How To: Back out of SharePoint Online “Turn off sharing for non-owners on all sites in this site collection”

Microsoft continues to adjust security around the “sharing” features in SharePoint Online.   One recent update provides a feature in the “Classic” SharePoint Online Administration console to adjust sharing for individual site collection so non-owners (Full Control role) cannot share files or sites.     The interface is a bit confusing, however.  At first glance, it looks like [...]

By |2019-07-17T10:05:04-05:00July 16th, 2019|Collaboration|0 Comments

How should we use Office 365 applications?

Many clients and prospective clients ask me: What Office 365 (O365) applications should we use in our business?   That’s a hard question to answer, because every organization has its own business processes, culture, experience in existing Microsoft applications, and familiarity in using a cloud-based system. In my experience, an organization will have much better adoption [...]

By |2019-05-21T14:53:56-05:00May 21st, 2019|Office 365|Comments Off on How should we use Office 365 applications?

Oh no, my Office 365 trial tenant was deprovisioned! What can I do?

I recently ran into a scenario where we assisted a client in setting up an O365 Trial Tenant while they worked out licensing with their volume reseller and several internal application compatibility issues.  We set up AD Connect, synced their user accounts, and waited for licenses to be associated from their Enterprise Agreement.  And waited.  [...]

By |2019-01-21T10:38:42-05:00January 22nd, 2019|Collaboration, Office 365|Comments Off on Oh no, my Office 365 trial tenant was deprovisioned! What can I do?

PowerApps: Adapt to Big Data (4:43)

PowerApps is one of the simplest, most useful tools available to Microsoft users. It allows you to customize Office 365 and Dynamics 365 with powerful apps that span productivity and business data. You can tailor SharePoint Online with PowerApps, use it with Microsoft Teams, and build applications on Dynamics 365. The possibilities are endless! Register [...]

By |2019-05-03T12:27:00-05:00December 19th, 2018|Collaboration, Office 365|Comments Off on PowerApps: Adapt to Big Data (4:43)

Beware the Auto-Save!

It saves all your edits and you may not know it!  It changes your original behind the scenes!  Run away, run away! Just Kidding! Content auto-save is a feature that automatically saves real time edits to Microsoft documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).   Auto-save was introduced with Office Online, and impacts files stored in Office 365 [...]

By |2018-11-29T15:54:54-05:00November 22nd, 2018|Collaboration|Comments Off on Beware the Auto-Save!

Get Started with HR Portal Recap

SharePoint Online is a powerful platform for information sharing, collaboration, document management and business workflow. But where can you start to get the most out of SharePoint for your organization’s needs? Our HR Portal solution focuses on streamlining common business processes to alleviate pressure on your human resources department. Release the power of SharePoint Online [...]

By |2018-12-18T10:46:25-05:00November 21st, 2018|Collaboration|Comments Off on Get Started with HR Portal Recap

The State of “Modern” Pages in SharePoint Online

Modern pages represent Microsoft’s updates to make SharePoint Online more responsive and browser-compatible.   As part of a staged reworking of SharePoint Online, Modern pages are still a limited set of functionality in existing SharePoint deployments.   In this blog, we will look at where Modern pages stand as of this writing. One important item of note [...]

By |2018-07-26T14:44:41-05:00July 13th, 2018|Collaboration|Comments Off on The State of “Modern” Pages in SharePoint Online

5 Migration Approaches for SharePoint Online

Migration from SharePoint on-premises to SharePoint Online is typically conducted using a migration tool.   This is because Office 365 (O365) SharePoint Online does not support the “Database Attach” approach used in on-premises upgrades or migrations. There are a number of 3rd-party migration tools available.   Popular ones include: Metalogix Essentials for O365 (https://www.metalogix.com/product/essentials-office-365), which provides a [...]

By |2018-07-26T15:37:16-05:00July 6th, 2018|Collaboration|2 Comments

O365 Custom Sensitive Information Types – A Business-Person’s Guide

Microsoft’s Office 365 Security and Compliance Center provides a broad toolset for identification and protection of business content.   One of the really powerful capabilities is Sensitive Information Types which allow organizations to identify specific content based on matching patterns of words, characters, and spacing within documents, emails, and conversations. For fast adoption, Microsoft provides a [...]

By |2018-12-18T12:06:13-05:00May 9th, 2018|Security Solutions|Comments Off on O365 Custom Sensitive Information Types – A Business-Person’s Guide

Microsoft Teams – Data Storage Diagram

If you haven’t figured out already, Microsoft Teams uses existing O365 applications in the background to provide mail, chat, and file management functionality.   But where exactly is the data stored?   We recently had a prospective client ask this exact question.  Their concern was driven by the need to meet content governance compliance rules in their [...]

By |2018-04-06T09:48:40-05:00April 2nd, 2018|Collaboration|Comments Off on Microsoft Teams – Data Storage Diagram