This week saw the release of SharePoint Server 2016 Preview to build on previous releases and investments, primarily addressing the following areas:
1. Lower IT costs with a cloud inspired infrastructure and scalable collaboration platform
2. Better manage risk by safeguarding your business with secure and reliable capabilities
3. Deliver modern collaboration experiences across devices and screens
From my experience, the challenges that organisations face working with managing information is always present despite technologies. The people and cultural behaviours are really the keys with strong support of change management to have SharePoint adopted successfully in the new cloud world of business!
The key features and improvements SharePoint Server 2016 Preview delivers are:
· MinRole feature – SharePoint farm administrators can define each server’s role in a farm topology, automatically configuring the services on each server based on the server’s role, and optimising performance of the farm based on that topology. The server roles are: Front-end web, Application, Distributed Cache, Search and Custom.
· Compliance features – includes the document deletion and in-place hold policies.
· Document library accessibility features
· Durable Links – Resource-based URLs retain links when documents are renamed or moved in SharePoint
· Encrypted Connections – TLS 1.2 connection encryption by default
· Fast Site Collection Creation
· Hybrid – integrate your on-premises farm with Office 365 productivity experiences
· Data Loss Prevention – Identify and search for sensitive content
· New Recycle Bin in OneDrive and Team Sites – adds a link for the Recycle Bin in the left navigation area of the OneDrive and Team sites.
Chirag Patel @techChirag
I am excited to have been selected to deliver a SharePoint session at the inaugural SharePoint Saturday London event in Imperial College (University of London) on 11 July 2015. Its my pleasure to contribute and catching up with SharePoint enthusiasts and training along the way! I want to thank the organisers and sponsors for bringing this event and the volunteers who contribute endless energy – well done folks! This year there are 4 session tracks (Business, End User, Developer, IT Professional) and some sessions will be delivered by well-known speakers.
My session ‘Evolving with Office 365 and SharePoint Online Collaboration Tools‘ is going to focus on with plethora of features and productivity tools from Microsoft on constant release, this session will focus on tools such as Delve, Office 365 Groups, Office online and many features driving optimum SharePoint productivity experience with nuggets of demos!
For those who have never visited SharePoint Saturday event before, SharePoint Saturday Events (SPSEvents.org) are FREE one-day events held in different cities around the world, featuring sessions from influential and respected SharePoint professionals for End Users, Power Users, Project Managers, Business Analysts and many more. So what are you waiting for? Get registering and hope to see you on 11th July!
This week on Thursday 25 June, I had a pleasure of presenting a SharePoint session at SharePoint User Group UK (London) event hosted at Microsoft Offices in Victoria, London. Just wanted to say thanks to the organisers (Symon Garfield, Paul Hunt and Nigel Price) for putting the event together and pizzas sponsored by Combined Knowledge Ltd.
My session Replacing your Fileshare with SharePoint 2013 Farm slides are uploaded at Slideshare and hope you found the session informative.
Thanks for attending my session!
In a couple of weeks time I will be delivering a talk on replacing a file share with SharePoint 2013 farm at SharePoint user group in London (thanks to organisers in advance!).
This lessons learned session focuses on real world scenario on what went wrong with implementation and the steps SharePoint expert recommended and actioned to bring the project back on track to drive the replacement of fileshare with SharePoint 2013 and paving the way for better end user adoption.
The Time: Thursday, 25 June 2015 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM –
The Place: Microsoft UK, 80-100 Victoria Street, London UK
To register your place head over to eventbrite site and hope to see you there!
Last weekend I had a pleasure in attending and speaking at an inaugural SharePoint Saturday Paris 2015 and it was a sold-out and successful event! The marketing of this event compared to other SharePoint Saturday events was very well planned and executed by the organisers. It was very special for me because my wife travelled with me for the first time to one of these SPS Events, especially where I speak in SPSUK every year so that made worthwhile and meeting with the fellow speakers and sponsors and the attendees.
I presented one session “Validating your SharePoint 2013 Farm before Go-Live” which was a session based on my recent work within a public sector organisation in which IT service provider has delivered a SharePoint platform and left with end-users responsible for the rollout to the whole organisation and I was brought in to support improvements and steer the rollout. During my time there I identified many gaps and problems which affected the rollout so this session was very much to raise awareness of the things to watch out and identify risks early on.
Finally, I would like to thank the attendees, staff, sponsors and the organisers for having me in what was a fantastic event – well done to all! Hopefully see you all next year!
Below are two slide decks one from my session and another one the event summary – pretty much in the pictures, so enjoy and hopefully see you all next year.
Well! the moment we had been waiting for the inaugural Microsoft Ignite conference in Chicago this week arrived today. Whilst the event was a sell-out with approx. 23,000 attendees, I had the pleasure of tuning into MSDN Channel 9 for the keynote on what was a UK bank holiday weekend!
Prior to the keynote broadcast, there was a pre-keynote show with Joey Snow, visiting the demo rooms by Brad Anderson and featuring few eye catching tweets, which coincidentally one of them was mine!
Below are few screenshots from the keynote that was delivered by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella outlining the strategic direction and some big announcements.
Hopefully you have the flavour of the keynote and announcements from MS Ignite conference and no doubt there will be plenty of content coming our way to consume!
The full keynote recording can be found at Channel 9 video channel.
Chirag Patel @techChirag
I am excited to have been selected by the committee of SharePoint Saturday Paris (Patrick Guimonet, Benoit Jester, Gokan Ozcifci) to present a conference session covering SharePoint topic. This is an inaugural event which adds to a huge list of worldwide SharePoint Saturday events and want to thank the organisers for making it happen – so well done!
For those of you not aware of the event series, according to the SPSEvents site SharePoint Saturday Events (SPS Events) is a FREE one-day event held in different cities around the world, featuring sessions from influential and respected SharePoint professionals.
My session details are as follows:
Session I05: Validating your SharePoint 2013 Farm before Go-Live for the SharePoint Infrastructure and Core Business track.
Session Abstract: You are at a mercy of your IT service provider who has delivered SharePoint to your organisation and you are ready to go live… but your newly appointed SharePoint expert has found plethora of issues!This session focuses on real world scenario on what went wrong and the steps SharePoint expert recommended and actioned to bring the project back on track to drive the replacement of fileshare with SharePoint 2013 and paving the way for better end user adoption.
Session Date & Time: 30 May 2015 at 11:15-12:00 (CET)
I will be joined by international SharePoint experts consisting of MVPs, MCSMs & MCTs and looking forward to meet & share experiences with all the attendees and of course the sponsors, in which the event would not happen without their support – thanks!
See you there and get registering!
Chirag Patel @techChirag