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.

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 |2018-07-26T14:44:41-06:00July 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 |2018-07-26T15:37:16-06:00July 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 |2018-12-18T12:06:13-06:00May 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 |2018-04-06T09:48:40-06:00April 2nd, 2018|Collaboration|Comments Off on Microsoft Teams – Data Storage Diagram

O365 Retention Policies and SharePoint Online Information Management Policies – Is there peaceful coexistence?

With the introduction of the O365 Security & Compliance Center, Administrators have a new set of tools to manage data retention.  Can we effectively integrate existing SharePoint Online retention and governance tools with these new features?  What’s the best tool to use?  Let’s take a look. First, let’s review the new O365 features and some [...]

By |2018-02-19T15:05:44-06:00February 19th, 2018|Collaboration|Comments Off on O365 Retention Policies and SharePoint Online Information Management Policies – Is there peaceful coexistence?

SharePoint – Manage “Hidden” User Access from “Get a Link” Sharing

We had a client contact us recently asking about a mysterious permissions issue in SharePoint. The client had a document library with folders and sub folders. He needed to perform a common activity and wanted to adjust permissions in some of the folders so only a subset of the users had access to the subfolder. [...]

By |2017-11-15T12:11:54-06:00November 1st, 2017|Collaboration|Comments Off on SharePoint – Manage “Hidden” User Access from “Get a Link” Sharing

PowerApps – Filter SharePoint List Items

If your organization is like most, your employees’ primary computing device is their phone. The rise of mobile device popularity has forced technology companies and their customers to rethink how systems are accessed and engaged by users. However, not all companies can afford a development staff to create and support mobile interaction. Microsoft created a [...]

By |2018-09-26T16:06:03-06:00September 4th, 2017|Collaboration|Comments Off on PowerApps – Filter SharePoint List Items

Sharing Documents Externally via OneDrive

Recently, Microsoft updated the interfaces and options for sharing OneDrive for Business documents externally (outside your company). This new design is part of Microsoft’s “new experience” for OneDrive for Business.  If your Office 365 administrator has restricted external sharing to only allow access by those that “sign in as authenticated users” (requires a consumer Microsoft [...]

By |2017-07-31T11:58:27-06:00August 2nd, 2017|Collaboration|Comments Off on Sharing Documents Externally via OneDrive

Designing Dynamic SharePoint Workflows

In designing the Peters & Associates' HRPortal, one of the things we wanted to do was to make it easy for non-technical users to manage the content and processes our application provides. SharePoint lists and libraries make it easy for end users to add, edit and delete content, but managing business workflow gets tricky. We could [...]

By |2017-06-05T10:45:06-06:00June 5th, 2017|Collaboration|Comments Off on Designing Dynamic SharePoint Workflows

Information Architecture Design – Improving the SharePoint Experience

Most organizations implementing SharePoint fail to get the most out of the search and governance capabilities of the application. Why? Because they don’t configure the application with an information architecture that maximizes these powerful features. Here are some recommendations about how your organization can design a comprehensive information architecture design. It all starts with [...]

By |2017-06-13T08:10:27-06:00May 1st, 2017|Collaboration|Comments Off on Information Architecture Design – Improving the SharePoint Experience