Unifying Communication with Microsoft Teams

Unified Communication is an extremely important aspect to any organization, but unfortunately can also be an overused buzzword. While the term is used in many different contexts, generally, Unified Communication refers to breaking down communication barriers between people and devices, sometimes through software with a single user interface across multiple devices. You might receive an [...]

By |2018-04-11T12:37:47-06:00April 13th, 2018|Collaboration|Comments Off on Unifying Communication with Microsoft Teams

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 List Column Formatting – Part I

Many of us have used custom code to format the columns in SharePoint, either to display color-coded data or display images instead of text based on the scenario. It has often been very complex to implement the desired requirements. Microsoft has finally provided us with a column formatting feature that does not require client site [...]

By |2018-02-05T09:53:34-06:00February 7th, 2018|Collaboration|Comments Off on SharePoint List Column Formatting – Part I

How do I Resolve the HTTP Unauthorized Error in SharePoint 2013 Designer Workflow?

Many of us have experienced errors when starting SharePoint 2013 Designer for Workflows. One of the most common errors is: “Retrying last request. Next attempt scheduled in less than one minute. Details of last request: HTTP Unauthorized to /_vti_bin/client.svc/SP.WorkflowServices.InteropService.Current/StartWorkflow Correlation Id: abeacd31-09ba-4a4e-8fdf-79eb7af480fe Instance Id: 9c909563-00c1-4b66-b3b4-d48c6da06b22” In starting to troubleshoot, you will see messages like the [...]

By |2018-01-02T10:00:21-06:00January 3rd, 2018|Collaboration|Comments Off on How do I Resolve the HTTP Unauthorized Error in SharePoint 2013 Designer Workflow?

Exposing SQL Data in SharePoint Online

For many years, users of SharePoint on-premises have enjoyed the ability to tap into their local on-premise SQL Server to expose tables and reports to their SharePoint site.  This was easy to use, as it only required creating a connection from the SharePoint Business Data Connectivity Service to the local SQL server. However, as organizations [...]

By |2017-11-20T12:03:49-06:00December 1st, 2017|Collaboration|Comments Off on Exposing SQL Data in SharePoint Online

Let’s Talk Turkey – Overstuffed with Too Much Data?

It has been said that more data has been created in the past two years than in the entire previous history of the human race.  We are now using terms like Big Data and zettabytes on a daily basis.  Business Intelligence tools make it easier than ever to mine through the massive amounts of raw [...]

By |2018-12-18T10:57:42-06:00November 24th, 2017|Business Intelligence, Collaboration|Comments Off on Let’s Talk Turkey – Overstuffed with Too Much Data?

SameTime to Skype Migration: 1, 2, 3

The Change Let’s be real.  We’re not really “migrating” from SameTime.  Instead, we are providing our employees a new platform for communications and conferencing called “Skype for Business.” There are some elements of SameTime we might miss in Skype for Business Online: SameTime group chats – organizations might use these for support or customer service [...]

By |2017-11-08T15:46:58-06:00November 9th, 2017|Collaboration|Comments Off on SameTime to Skype Migration: 1, 2, 3

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

Similarities between Skype and Teams

Skype and Teams share a lot of the same features and capabilities that you are probably leveraging today. Below are just some of the major features that both applications share: Instant Messaging Presence File Sharing Group chat Make and receive calls Integration with Outlook calendar Share Skype for Business server as backend (online) Differences It [...]

By |2017-10-23T13:08:23-06:00October 23rd, 2017|Collaboration|Comments Off on Similarities between Skype and Teams