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Speaking at the European SharePoint & Office 365 Training Week 2015

Thursday the 19th of February I am presenting a webinar for the European SharePoint & Office 365 training week. I am speaking about the Office 365 Video Portal. This is the abstract of my webinar:

The era of the NextGen Portals is upon us! Microsoft is committed to deliver intelligent, mobile, Social and ready to go portals for its Office 365 customers. This new and exciting era kicks off with the video portal. The video portal delivers an out-of-the-box and easy to use video portal for internal company video’s. During this webinar we are going to take a look at the latest features of the video portal.

The webinar covers the following topics:

  • Overview of the out-of-the-box features
  • The mobile experience
  • The roadmap for future developments

To join me, you can click here to register.

How to Disable Uploading Documents in Yammer

I am not ashamed to admit that I make mistakes. During my recent webinar for IT Unity about SharePoint Online, I talked about the collaboration between SharePoint Online and Yammer. One of my pain points with the current integration is the ability to upload documents in Yammer. Customers want to use SharePoint Online as their main document management and storage system. You can probably guess the downside of having documents stored in Yammer:

  • No document management features such as metadata and versioning
  • Documents are stored inside the Yammer data center in San Francisco
  • No Search integration from SharePoint Online such as document preview

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How to Change the Title of a Document in Office Online

One of my favorite SharePoint features is Office Online. I really like how easy it is to view, edit and create documents within the browser. For people new to Office Online, it can be a little bit confusing to find certain controls. For example, how do you change the document title after you created a new document in the browser? Let’s create a new document in OneDrive for Business:

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Working with Office 365 Groups on the iPad

My colleague, IT Unity author Jennifer Mason, wrote an article about Office 365 Groups last month, which I recommend reading. You get a great overview of what Groups are and what you can use Office 365 groups for. After reading the article, and preparing my SharePoint Connect Amsterdam 2014 session, I got curious about the integration with tablets such as the iPad. Let’s take a look!

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A New Milestone for Office 365 – Office 365 Video

At the SharePoint Conference, March 2014, we saw a sneak peak of what was then called the Office 365 Video Portal. That’s quite some time ago. The waiting is finally over because today (November 18, 2014), Office 365 Video is released and will begin rolling out to customers with the First Release option enabled in their Office 365 tenants over the coming weeks.

Thanks to my MVP status, I was lucky enough to play with Office 365 Video before the official release. In this article, I will describe my experiences with the video portal from both an end user and administrator perspective.

Welcome to Office 365 Video

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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


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!