SharePoint Goes Mobile

Many would argue this isn’t really a new thing and some will even tell you they spent a fortune on making SharePoint responsive and thus have a great mobile experience.  Its all tosh as we have kinda struggled with mobile access to SharePoint since its inception as a product.

Well, its set to change with SharePoint 2016 with a suite of new SharePoint apps for iphone and Android.  We could finally see full access to files, calendars, announcements and news feed, from any device.

One to read about: http://uk.businessinsider.com/microsoft-sharepoint-cvp-jeff-teper-interview-2016-5?utm_content=bufferafd5c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer?r=US&IR=T

 

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IT Community Roadshows

The IT Community Roadshow is a series of free training events focusing on next-generation technologies including Microsoft Azure, Windows 10, and DevOps. The sessions will focus on real-world challenges, along with a comprehensive set of solutions and expert guidance.

What you’ll get:

These unique events are led by the community, and designed to offer all who attend the skills and real world knowledge to work with tomorrow’s technology. All sessions will feature live demos, and you may receive a free Microsoft Azure pass for some courses.

Hear about the latest technology from some of the best technical community experts in the country:

In just one free, half or full day technical training event, you’ll discover how to build a more flexible infrastructure with Open Source (OSS), Microsoft...

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PowerApps is here

I’ve been involved in the closed pilot around PowerApps and finally the information about it is going public.

PowerApps is an enterprise service for innovators everywhere to connect, create and share business apps with your team on any device in minutes. And PowerApps helps anyone in your organization unlock new business agility.

PowerApps will dramatically accelerate how business apps are built, reducing time to solution from weeks or months to minutes and empowering a new category of app creators. It balances power between IT and business users, arming those closest to business needs with tools and services to not just envision but also implement the solution...

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Supporting material for the Rethinking Project Cost blog posting

Supporting material for the Rethinking Project Cost blog posting:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mvpawardprogram/archive/2015/11/03/rethinking-sharepoint-project-cost-estimation-with-azure-machine-learning.aspx?linkId=18482750

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Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics

Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) provides a solution to help protect your organization from advanced attacks. Its sofyware, that sits within your network and monitors your users and systems normal usage patterns and alerts you for something that appears to be out of the ordinary.

It can do Behavioral Analytic analysis by learning the normal patterns of users and the devices they use. Patterns outside the normal are flagged such as using different devices than normal or a user working longer hours than typical, or unusual hours implying a change to a pattern of behaviour...

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SharePoint 2016 Preview is available for download

SharePoint 2016 Preview – finally:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48712

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Tech Days Online UK

There is a very special edition of Tech Days Online coming up.  If you are unfamiliar with these sessions it is a series of free digital events about the latest Microsoft technology.  This time delivered from the Microsoft UK Campus on June 2nd, 3rd and 4th:

As well as a keynote, there are at least 15 deep dive sessions:

  • Community keynote sessions with respected industry figures showcasing what others are doing with Microsoft Azure
  • Deep technical sessions spanning Azure 101, Apps & Architecture, Data & Machine Learning and Cloud Infrastructure & DevOps delivered by Microsoft UK experts
  • The opportunity to ask your questions to all of our experts though live Q&A
  • A live mystery Microsoft Azure challenge and a competition to win a drone

(I’ll be entering that so you don’t need to bother!)

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Whats New in SharePoint 2016

So, not much in me trying to trump the mighty Bill Baer and Seth Patton in telling you whats on the horizon for 2016, given their session from Ignite is recorded.  This is the session you need to watch:

https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/FND2203

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Azure Sexy services

The range of Azure services is growing very rapidly.  A couple of the vast list are really quite interesting indeed if your an IT Pro, or an Enterprise Architect.

Azure HDInsight brings an Apache Hadoop solution to Azure, allowing us to connect data sources like SharePoint (yes – a data source!) to gain value from all of that potential Big Data you have stored within it as a cloud-based data platform, and it can pretty much manage data of any type and any size.

Azure Machine Learning (AML) allows you to easily design, test, operationalize and manage predictive analytic solutions in the cloud.  So, take your data from SharePoint and feed to to Azure for consumption by AML, you can do some really amazing prediction with this tool – and it actually works...

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ExpressRoute in Azure

ExpressRoute is a service that enables you to create private connections between Azure data centers and infrastructure that’s on your premises or in a co-location environment.

A bit like having a dedicated point to point VPN, ExpressRoute connections do not go over the public Internet, and offer more reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies and higher security than typical connections over the Internet.

There are two ways to use the ExpressRoute service to establish a private connection to Azure – via an Exchange Provider or via a Network Service Provider. The associated charges are different for these two cases so pay attention.

Its an alternative to Point to Site, or Site to Site without requiring any additional fire-walling infrastructure and without these needing to be in differ...

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