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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Goal Alignment in Hybrid SharePoint

I’m speaking in Wolverhampton next week on the importance of Goal Alignment in successful Hybrid projects, specifically for this talk focused on SharePoint 2013 Hybrid.  I’ll be covering how to introduce disruption by challenging convention, handling people and dealing with drive by management,  Perfect timing to accompany this from Mega on the Gartner Hype Cycle for Enterprise Architecture, 2013.   I like this paper and you should read it.

http://www.gartner.com/technology/media-products/newsletters/mega/vol1_issue2/gartner.html?goback=.gde_60545_member_5887915225943932928

Some very current messages in this paper, such as “EA practitioners must focus EA efforts first and foremost on delivering business outcomes” and “EA practitioners need to strive to understand the context in which y...

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Access Apps and Language Packs

install SharePoint2013 Server 2013 in your native language – in my case English.

Configure SharePoint for building Access Apps (http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/12514.sharepoint-2013-access-services.aspx)

Create a new Access App, test it as working

Install a language pack (you should have done this first by the way – not after you had started using SharePoint but we do occasionally consume/partner with other companies and face this stuff).

Created a second Access App and you will find it fails to initiate correctly even although the first app works fine still.

So, SharePoint initially creates a web for the Access-App with the initial locale of your native install whihc in this case is “en-US”...

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