I’ve been involved with SharePoint for probably 12 years, and as a consultant daily for 9 years. In all of that time, I would say the most common thing I see my clients and others struggle to understand is the concept of metadata. What is it? What does it mean? I’ve often times explained it only to have someone say “Can I come by your office later and you explain it to me?”
Today I will do my best to put it in simplistic terms for relevance to SharePoint.
According to AIIM and Gartner, companies report that 53% to 80% of their content is ROTII (Redundant, Outdated, Trivial, Inaccurate or Incomplete). ROTII results in poor search results, duplicated work, decisions made on bad information, and frustrated users - in other words it destroys productivity, profits and satisfaction. Let's look at how to identify and clean up your ROTII.
I recently had an interesting issue with a client’s SharePoint environment that I wanted to hopefully help someone else out as it wasn’t the most intuitive cause. What do you do when you try to save list items or InfoPath-customized list items and it fails? It turned out to be really simple if you know what to look for.
When it comes to task management in Office 365 and SharePoint Online, you have three choices:
Which you use really depends on your requirements and how many people you are collaborating with.
Ever wish you could resize columns in a SharePoint view? In Office 365, your wish has been granted. But in SharePoint 2010-2016, it’s not.
One of the hardest things to do is to train users on how to query SharePoint search effectively. Here's a quick way to give users a helping hand when using search to automatically include a wildcard * in the query. Small steps add up to great adoption!
If you’re reading this, I am assuming you already know that Microsoft Flow is the future and replacement of workflows in SharePoint. It is an extremely powerful process automation and integration platform helping to bridge the gap between many Microsoft services and many others. After using Flow for a while, you soon notice this other option called “Add a Scope”. What does that do?
Microsoft has deprecated the not-so-beloved Site Content and Structure in SharePoint (for Office 365 users). What does this mean to your organization?
Do your users ever see the message "Hmm...looks like this file doesn't have a preview we can show you."? In this blog I'll offer a quick fix that might work for you.
Troubleshooting active directory user profiles for SharePoint? I've found that AD Explorer (Active Directory Explorer) is an time-saving and often-overlooked item that should in every SharePoint administrators bag of tricks. In this article we'll look at what it is, how it works, and why it is important.
Many of our clients want to track a metric over time against a goal using Power BI. Let's take a look at how to add a Goal Line to your bar charts in Power BI for this purpose.
You're using Office 365 Groups to collaborate, and to share a calendar. And you're using SharePoint to share files associated with that group. But when you add a SharePoint calendar to the site, it doesn't display the Office 365 Group calendar. What gives?!?
In this article we'll look at where Office 365 Group calendars are stored, and how to get them to show up in your SharePoint site.
Welcome to part 2 in our journey of knowledge to seek the true meaning of SharePoint. in Part 1 I got things started by explaining the WHY you should care what SharePoint is. In this part we will look at the different versions of SharePoint (Online and On-Premise) and the ways to access SharePoint.
In this article, I will introduce you to 5 different tools and methods you can use to gather SharePoint user adoption information so you can continuously monitor and improve your SharePoint intranet.
This is another issue from the trenches as I was working with a client of mine recently with a disconnect between the SharePoint User Profile Service and Search.
The fix is surprisingly simple, and you will face palm once you realize what the cause is but I thought it was important to document for others.
Without SharePoint adoption metrics, you may as well be driving blind-folded, with no steering wheel, and on a winding foggy dirt road! Under those conditions, it would be a miracle if you didn't drive off of a cliff! In this article we take a look at how to quantify SharePoint adoption, satisfaction, and success.
Many people have trouble keeping up with the latest trends and changes in technology, whether its computers, smartphones or TVs. This is also true if we look at most of the big software companies like Apple, Google and of course Microsoft. It’s even faster with certain Microsoft services like Power BI, Azure and of course their flagship collaboration service Office 365.
Office 365 is constantly changing, and it can be difficult to know what’s going on. I’ll show you 5 quick and easy ways to know what is happening in the Office 365 ecosystem.
Has this ever happened to you? You are minding your own business when you need to remote to your SharePoint server desktop to fix the User Profile Service (who hasn’t?). You open Central Administration and go to the UPA and to your horror you can’t edit the profiles!
Read on for the simple and easy fix!
As of today I’ve been consulting on SharePoint for almost 8 years, and I get asked a lot of questions. A lot of our clients already have SharePoint and we’re either engaging on rescue projects, migrations or break/fix type support. But then there are some clients we speak with who don’t use SharePoint at all, and are potentially looking to evaluate SharePoint or other collaboration platforms. It’s in those times I get reminded that not all folks already know what SharePoint is!
My aim with this 3-part series is to help answer this question and give some context of how SharePoint can benefit organizations. In this initial post I will set the stage and give you some context for our discussions.
Have you ever thought to yourself “I need an anchor tag in my SharePoint navigation and that must be easy”. But instead you're met with frustration! I’m going to show you a little trick I stumbled across that is SUPER simple and it works with no code! Did I mention this works in Office 365?
When you work with SharePoint permissions, you quickly figure out that you want to touch them as little as possible. With a lot of things in SharePoint, permissions inherit top down. So this means that it’s a best practice to always use that inheritance as much as possible. But in today's post, I'll show you how to use PowerShell to change those permissions for all libraries, folders and files in the site!
I’ve had this come up multiple times lately, and I thought I’d put up a post to help get the information all in one place. Now that we’re moving away from SharePoint 2010 and dealing with SharePoint 2013/2016/Online more often, folks still want SharePoint Designer but are confused which version they need. You want to be sure to get the latest and most patched version, which requires more than one download.
One of the things that I think most companies struggle with is governance, specifically in context of an intranet. If you read my blog you know I talk about mostly SharePoint, but good governance can and should apply to really to any platform.
We actually devote a whole section of our Building a Better Intranet workshop to governance because it’s that important, and yet so many companies don’t even think about it. In today’s post I wanted to pull out 3 tips that are important aspects of balanced governance.
Instead of another blog about PowerShell, I wanted to share a quick trick with CSS. It’s quite common in a SharePoint branding design to include a breadcrumb navigation. In SharePoint 2007 there was a simple horizontal breadcrumb separated by arrows, and SharePoint 2010 incorporated a tree-style drop down breadcrumb. The site to site breadcrumbs were removed starting in SharePoint 2013.
There are many blogs on how to bring either the “up-folder” or simple horizontal breadcrumb back. But sometimes, you want to hide the root node and the separator. In today’s post I’ll show you how to do that with just CSS.
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Whether you are upgrading to SharePoint Online, 2010, 2013 or the latest 2016, this checklist contains everything you need to know for a successful transition.