New article for DIWUG E-Magazine – 10 tips to drive user adoption

I am really proud that the awesome DIWUG E-Magazine posted one of my articles. This time I wrote about user adoption and provided 10 tips to help you succeed! This is the introduction:

“Every technology stands or falls with user adoption! This is true regardless of the quality of the product. Remember Betamax? Or the MD player? I have seen SharePoint projects fail or SharePoint solutions not being used due to failed user adoption. During my years as functional SharePoint Consultant, I gained new insights into SharePoint user adoption while working with business users. This experience taught me how important user adoption is for the success of any kind of SharePoint solution”

Click on one of the following links to download the magazine:

Download DIWUG SharePoint eMagazine #14 (eReader Edition)

Download DIWUG SharePoint eMagazine #14

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I am speaking at SharePoint Saturday Stockholm 2015

This year I wasn’t able to attend or speak at SharePoint Saturday Stockholm because of the birth of my daughter Flora. Next year is a whole different story! I am fortunate enough to be speaking at SharePoint Saturday Stockholm 2015. I can’t wait! I have never visited Stockholm so I am very excited to visit and meet our Scandinavian friends.  I am doing one of my favorite sessions:

SharePoint Online: a Friend or a Foe?
Level: 100
Track: Business

This is an important question many customers ask themselves. Microsoft is heavily promoting their Cloud services with SharePoint Online as their showpiece. The SharePoint Online platform did mature over the years and has become a worthy and realistic replacement for SharePoint On-Premises. SharePoint Online offers Intranet and Extranet business solutions and contains the latest SharePoint features. Although this sounds great, many customers aren’t sure and are hesitant of the Cloud. What they really wonder: is SharePoint Online a friend or a foe? The presentation covers the following topics:

– A look at the history and evolution of SharePoint Online
– Real world SharePoint Online Intranet Solutions
– An Extranet business scenario with SharePoint Online
– Overcome Cloud challenges such as O365 Release Cycle, Staging & Life Cycle Management, Hybrid and Governance
– The main differences with SharePoint On-Premises

Key Take Away Points:

– Determine if SharePoint Online is a good fit for your organisation
– A clear overview of not only the benefits but also the challenges of SharePoint Online
– Learn about useful business scenarios and workloads suitable for SharePoint Online

Looking at the fact that Office 365/SharePoint Online is changing rapidly the content of my presentation is definitely going to contain some changes. Expect an up-to-date presentation with the latest Office 365/SharePoint Online developments.

All the latest news about the event can be found on the website. Click here. Hope to see you there!

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I am speaking at Office 365 Saturday 2014

I am excited to be speaking at the second edition of Office 365 Saturday Europe. For this years event I am talking about the following:

Office 365: The Year in Review and Next Year, too! – Jasper Oosterveld
OneDrive for Business, Office Online, Yammer, Power BI, Office for iPad, Delve, Office 365 Groups! 2014 has been an amazing year for Office 365 with a release of dozens of updates, fixes and new features. A new era of collaboration and connectivity is upon us, there is no stopping Office 365 and there is much more on its way. During this session we are going to take a look at this awesome year for Office 365 and review the biggest releases! We finish the session with a quick peek in the future and see what next year is going to bring us.

Don’t miss my session and the many other great sessions! Tune in at November 15th and embrace the power of Office 365. Click here to register.

I am speaking at SharePoint Connect Amsterdam 2014

I am proud to be speaking for the third time at SharePoint Connect Amsterdam 2014! This is one of my favorites events because its not to big, with great speakers and sessions. There is a lot of interaction between the delegates and speakers with the SharePoint and Office 365 community feel!

Here are my session details:

Office 365: The Year in Review and Next Year, too! – Jasper Oosterveld
OneDrive for Business, Office Online, Yammer, Power BI, Office for iPad, Delve, Office 365 Groups! 2014 has been an amazing year for Office 365 with a release of dozens of updates, fixes and new features. A new era of collaboration and connectivity is upon us, there is no stopping Office 365 and there is much more on its way. During this session we are going to take a look at this awesome year for Office 365 and review the biggest releases! We finish the session with a quick peek in the future and see what next year is going to bring us.

Please use the following code for a 25% discount code: TF494

Hope to see you in Amsterdam in a couple of weeks :) Please visit the website and sign up: http://www.nccomms.com/home.aspx

How to replace the note board web part with Yammer

One of my SharePoint Online customers required an internal wiki for sharing knowledge articles, procedures and how-to instructions. The Enterprise Wiki site template is suitable solution for this requirement. One extra requirement was the option for employees to leave comments. Normally I would use the Note Board Web Part because it’s easy to use, simple and does the job. For some mysterious reason the Note Board Web Part stopped working in the customers SharePoint Online tenant. I had to look for an alternative solution. Thanks to my awesome Sparked colleague Joran Markx I was pointed into the direction of Yammer. Of course, I thought about Yammer immediately but I didn’t think you were able to leave comments for one Wiki page only without seeing comments of Wiki other pages. Obviously I was wrong. Let me show you how this works.

Let’s start by creating a new Yammer group within our Yammer network:

ReplacementNoteBoard_1

We need to copy the ID of the group and save it. You can find the ID in the URL:

ReplacementNoteBoard_2

Let’s leave Yammer for now and go to our Enterprise Wiki site. Edit the Wiki page and add the Script Editor Web Part:

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You are probably using a custom page lay-out for your Wiki pages. In that case, add the Script Editor Web Part in the page lay-out so it’s always available within every new Wiki page. In my example that’s not the case so let’s just add the Web Part to the page:

ReplacementNoteBoard_4

You need the following code:

<script type=”text/javascript” src=”https://c64.assets-yammer.com/assets/platform_embed.js”></script>

<div id=”embedded-feed” style=”height:400px;width:500px;”></div>

<script>

 

yam.connect.embedFeed({

container: “#embedded-feed”,

network: “networkname.com“,

feedType: “open-graph”,

config: {

defaultGroupId: groupID,

showOpenGraphPreview: false,

promptText: “Comment on this article”,

header: false,

footer: false

}

});

 

</script>

<div id=”embedded-feed”></div>
Please add your Yammer network name and group ID to the designated bold marked text. Copy the code, click on Edit Snippet, paste the code and click on Ok. The Yammer widget appears:

ReplacementNoteBoard_5

Let’s leave a comment and see what happens:

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You probably notice a couple of things. First, you can mention colleagues and you see a Sign in to Office 365 notification. The Sign in to Office 365 notification appears because you are sending a link from the SharePoint Wiki Page to Yammer. This is a really ugly link but unfortunately there is nothing you can do about it. Please let me know if there is a fix because it would be awesome to leave it out are make a bit prettier. Let’s see the Wiki page from Garth’s perspective:

ReplacementNoteBoard_7

Garth can reply to Sara’s message or leave a comment of his own. Pretty cool right? Now let’s see what is happening in the Yammer group:

ReplacementNoteBoard_8

All the comments and replies are saved within the Yammer group. You can respond directly from Yammer if you want to but it’s probably easier to do this from the Wiki Page. I actually prefer this method instead of the Note Board Web Part because of the integration with Yammer. We all know that Yammer is the Social platform of SharePoint so let’s use the benefits.

You can also visit the following page to configure the Yammer Widget yourself:

https://www.yammer.com/widget/configure

 

This post is originally posted at IT Unity.

 

 

MVP

Proud to be an Office 365 MVP

Last April I was proud and happy to receive to SharePoint MVP award. My time as a SharePoint MVP was short because I am now an Office 365 MVP :-) My main focus has been SharePoint Online for a long time so Office 365 is a good match for me. Happy to join the team!

How to remove the hover panel within the SharePoint 2013 Search results

For one of our customers I had to create a table of contents of all the site collections within one web application. Thanks to my good SharePoint buddy Benjamin Niaulin, I knew how to do this. I used the Search Results web part and added the following query:

path:”https://contoso.sharepoint.com” contentclass:”STS_Site”  Site<>{SiteCollection.URL}

This resulted in the following:

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All the site collections, apart from the one where the web part resides, is shown! Nice :-) The only thing that kind of annoyed me was the hover panel with the preview of the site. I really didn’t need this and it really made the web part slower. So how to get rid of the hover panel? Follow me:

  • Go to the home page of your site collection
  • Go to Site Settings
  • Click on Master pages and page layouts
  • Click on Display Templates
  • Click on Search
  • Download a copy of the Item_Site.html display template
  • Edit the template and rename it within the <title> tag
  • Remove the following two lines:

ctx.currentItem_ShowHoverPanelCallback = Srch.U.getShowHoverPanelCallback(itemId, hoverId, hoverUrl);
ctx.currentItem_HideHoverPanelCallback = Srch.U.getHideHoverPanelCallback();

  • Save the template
  • Upload it back to Search folder within Display Templates and don’t forget to publish
  • Edit the Search Results web part
  • Click on Display Templates
  • Click on Use a single template to display items and select your Display Template

This is the result:

SP2013SearchNoHover_2

The site preview is gone. Awesome!

 

How to reference your custom CSS within a Search Display Template

Display Templates are incredible powerful within SharePoint 2013. You can create a new one based on an existing display template. To change the look & feel you create your own CSS. To reference to this CSS file you have to add the following code under the <body> tag:

    <script>

        $includeCSS(this.url, “~sitecollection/Style Library/YourCSS.css”);

    </script>

 In some cases a script tag already exists referencing a JavaScript file, just add the CSS reference within this tag, no need to create a new one.

Hope this helps you save some time and create awesome display templates :)