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Modern Reporting with a SharePoint Data Source

Ready to create modern reports using SharePoint as a data source? If so, then once again, you’ve come to the right place. For those familiar with SharePoint, you know that SharePoint offers many different data store types, including SharePoint lists, SharePoint libraries, and documents (such as Excel files stored in SharePoint that contain data within them). And where there is data, there is a need to report on it in order for you to uncover…

FREE WHITEPAPER: Using Power BI with Complex SharePoint Field Types

If you have ever used SharePoint lists before, you know they provide a very simple way for users to store and share list-based items.  Simple text and number fields are straightforward, but complex field types in SharePoint (such as lookups, managed metadata, rich text, locations, etc) can present several reporting challenges that SharePoint by itself can’t solve. This is where Microsoft Power BI comes into the picture. Power BI provides specific tools to aid with…

Modern Dashboarding with SharePoint and Teams

If you’re ready to build modern dashboards in SharePoint Online, Microsoft Teams, and SharePoint Server, then you’ve come to the right place. For more than a decade, SharePoint has been the platform of choice for business intelligence dashboards, originally leveraging features like Power Pivot for SharePoint, SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), and PerformancePoint. Fast forward to 2019, and SharePoint can seamlessly bring content together from Power BI, Excel, and many other data sources into rich…

Microsoft Power Platform: What It Is and Why You Need It

Businesses are generating more data than ever before. That data is now connected and available to almost every part of each organization. And all of that data offers great opportunities. Taking advantage of those opportunities, however, requires the ability to access, analyze, and use that data. Traditionally, creating reports and applications to do just that fell into the hands of a few specialists and developers. Each specialist created their own piece of the technical solution,…

Why Businesses Choose SharePoint for Their Enterprise Content Management System

Too many businesses spent the last decade trying to go “paperless,” only to realize that finding, organizing, managing, and capturing documents electronically is just as complicated. Whether it’s an important email, a picture of a receipt taken with a cell phone, last month’s sales numbers spreadsheet, or even a quick note taken in a text file, capturing and keeping these important business documents is a constant challenge. For all too many users, the solution is…

Live Events Now Available in Microsoft Teams

Looking to host a live or on-demand event to reach massive online audiences? Well, you’re in luck. Microsoft just announced that Live Events are now generally available in Microsoft Teams.  Live Events in Microsoft Teams enables you to schedule, produce, and stream content that is both rich and interactive for up to 10,000 live attendees. Live Events in Microsoft Teams enable an intuitive, end-end event experience for the ALL end users, from event organizers, producers,…

Create and Manage Mind Maps in Microsoft Teams

Many of you are already familiar with Microsoft Teams, the Office 365 hub for team collaboration that integrates the people, content, and tools your team needs to be more engaged and effective. But did you know that Microsoft Teams also has a powerful collaborative mind mapping feature? This integrated tool from MindMeister can help you visualize ideas and create plans with your team members, all in real-time within Microsoft Teams. Figure 1: https://www.mindmeister.com/blog/meister-news/2018/12/14/manage-mind-maps-microsoft-teams/ Mind Mapping…

Top 8 Business Benefits of Microsoft PowerApps

PowerApps is Microsoft’s entry into the world of so-called low code development platforms. Like other offerings in this category, the idea is to provide non-professional developers a way to create business solution apps via an interface that minimizes the overall amount of actual coding required. PowerApps can also be leveraged by professional developers to crank out apps more quickly and with less complexity than traditionally done. If you aren’t already using PowerApps, then you’re missing…

Better Organize Your Sites with SharePoint Megamenus

Good site navigation can make or break a website – be it a public website, intranet, extranet, etc. Effective navigation experiences present end users with a full picture of what is available on the site and allows them to quickly find what they need. On the flip side, poor site navigation can rapidly lead to end user frustration and poor user adoption. As part of their mission to modernize SharePoint, Microsoft announced the upcoming release…

Microsoft Pushing Forward with SharePoint Modern April 1st

It has been announced that Microsoft will be removing the opt out option for Modern design within SharePoint Online on April 1st, 2019. If your tenant has been configured to use the Classic SharePoint 2013 interface using the opt out option, you will be switched over to Modern on April 1st. The Modern interface has come along way since it was first revealed and continues to improve at a rapid pace. There are new Web…

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