Throughout his keynote speech this yr at Ignite, Satya made it clear: corporations have to undertake the newest applied sciences and concentrate on creating options that make them distinctive within the eye of their clients. Those that will select to waste time and power constructing instruments which might be already obtainable as a commodity from one other vendor will inevitably die.
From this attitude, we consider that a buyer-pushed mentality is among the keys to survival—not only for product groups, however for IT as nicely. For IT groups, being buyer-pushed means with the ability to perceive the job their customers want to perform and supply them with the best instruments to take action.
Work executed by Microsoft groups this yr additionally displays this shift within the firm’s imaginative and prescient. Nearly all of the model’s bulletins for Microsoft 365, and extra particularly Workplace 365, revolved round methods to make customers’ lives simpler—they usually have been greater than welcome!
Based mostly on the questions we get most frequently from our customers, we determined to place collectively a recap of Ignite 2018 highlights based mostly on what issues to you, now. It goes like this:
Learn the primary part when you’re in the midst of constructing a brand new intranet, coaching middle, or some other useful resource with SharePoint websites.
Leap to part Content material & Tenant Safety for those who’re frightened your content material won’t be 100% safe otherwise you’re battling compliance and safety.
Go to part Adoption and Collaboration in case your most important ache level is to extend the adoption of collaboration instruments.
Questioning what’s new for Azure value administration? Head straight to the final part.
That is not at all an exhaustive recap—there have been greater than 700 periods to attend at Ignite this yr. If we missed any that you simply assume can be value mentioning, you’ll want to add them within the remark part so all readers can profit!
The entire level of modernizing your intranet is to offer customers with the data they should keep productive and engaged. New instruments and options at the moment are (or quickly might be) out there to assist your group absolutely embrace the fashionable expertise. To rise up to hurry on all of the cool bulletins for SharePoint admins in Workplace 365, be sure you take a look at session BRK3097 – What’s new for Sharepoint directors in Workplace 365.
Based mostly on a few of our Gross sales and Help staff’s most regularly requested questions, right here’s an summary of the important thing bulletins made at this yr’s Ignite about SharePoint hub websites and communication websites:
Enhancements have been made to hub websites since their launch final yr to make them simpler to deploy. In case you’re new to hub websites or unfamiliar with their deployment and greatest practices, take a bit over an hour to observe session BRK3360 – Study SharePoint Hub Websites & Different Greatest Practices for an Intranet Info Architectures in Workplace 365.
In a nutshell, Microsoft is all about ‘groupify’ (attaching your group websites to Workplace 365 Teams) and ‘hubify’ (hub websites are changing subsites).
If you have already got a very good understanding of hub websites and are within the means of integrating them into your intranet infrastructure, take lower than 50 minutes to observe Susan Hanley’s session BRK1089 – Constructing a contemporary intranet with SharePoint and Workplace 365. Don’t have time to observe the complete session? Learn Hanley’s article 6 ideas for planning SharePoint hub websites for the important thing takeaways.
One upcoming function admins are positive to be glad about is the power to create and handle hubs from the Admin Middle. This addition, which must be rolled out by the top of this yr, is greater than welcome provided that customers will be capable of create websites from the hub. It isn’t onerous to image the potential mess which may trigger.
Hub websites are beginning to help increasingly enterprise instances. Microsoft elevated the utmost variety of hubs to 100 and plans to boost that restrict once more through the first half of 2019.
Check out the complete roadmap for hub websites under:
We have been comfortable to see that new and up to date assets at the moment are out there (together with ones designed for individuals with zero coding expertise, like me!) to assist create and design your intranet. Right here’s some additional studying on the subject:
We additionally advocate watching session BRK2286 – How one can construct a ravishing and reusable coaching middle with Communication Websites.
Having a ravishing intranet is nice, however you should take into consideration the people who find themselves truly utilizing it. The power to trace consumer exercise has all the time been considerably restricted and unintuitive. Whereas that is nonetheless largely the case, it’s value mentioning that a good desk view has been added to make it simpler to know your website utilization. This could enable you to ensure you’re posting information at a time the place its impression might be maximized.
When you’re at present engaged on transitioning to the fashionable expertise, word that the communication website expertise shall be enabled on the root of a tenant by the top of 2018. Different upcoming options to assist energy customers and admins create worthwhile intranets embrace:
Web page design to reuse and standardize content material (set to launch by the top of 2018)
Viewers concentrating on in Information and highlighted content material (set to launch by the top of 2018)
New tenants get communication website provisioned on the root (set to launch in the course of the first half of 2019)
Extra periods to observe in case you are presently rethinking your Intranet:
Content material & Tenant Safety
Our staff has frequent conversations with consultants and admins worldwide, and one concern we hear time and again is the worry of knowledge being compromised by staff accessing issues they shouldn’t. Exterior sharing and oversharing are inflicting these insecurities, and, let’s face it, it’s true that customers sometimes both lack coaching or aren’t overly involved about safety points (or each).
We thought that this slide from session BRK3100 – What’s new in exterior sharing and collaboration with OneDrive and SharePoint (not but on-line) does an amazing job explaining the ins and outs of sharing throughout OneDrive, SharePoint and Groups:
From a content material perspective, now you can use Info safety labels to tag your SharePoint websites in accordance with their degree of sensitivity and monitor their exercise by way of analytics.
One announcement that basically obtained us excited as a advertising group with out IT professional expertise is the power for website admins to revive information for SharePoint and Groups. We had an episode recently the place one in every of our workforce members mistakenly deleted an entire folder as an alternative of a file… Suffice to say that this new restore perform would have saved the day!
Enhancements have additionally been made to the Admin Middle. It (lastly!) acts as a central location from which to handle all websites, whether or not they’re staff websites related to a gaggle, communication websites, or hub websites.
Study extra about safety, compliance and administration for SharePoint and OneDrive on this weblog submit by Invoice Baer. Navjot Virk additionally demoed a pair new functionalities throughout Jeff Teper’s Ignite session about content material collaboration within the trendy office. Begin watching at 37:00 right here.
Different periods of word:
To help and coaching your finish-customers with sharing functionalities:
Instruments and greatest practices to make life simpler for tenant admins:
Consumer Adoption and Collaboration in Workplace 365
In the event you’re studying this part, there’s one factor you might want to keep in mind: it’s all about Microsoft Groups! Groups is the quickest-rising enterprise app in Microsoft historical past, so we’re prepared to guess that a number of effort is being made to facilitate its adoption.
Talking of smoother consumer experiences, Microsoft is steadily integrating OneDrive, SharePoint, Yammer and Groups collectively to scale back the friction of getting to continuously change contexts from one app to a different. An fascinating sensible software of this integration is you could now add lists to Groups and (lastly!) simply format a view. The power to create a workforce from SharePoint and the arrival of widespread sharing settings in Groups are different good examples of how this could streamline routine duties.
To study extra, watch session BRK2102 – Higher teamwork, collectively: SharePoint and OneDrive integration with Microsoft Groups.
Apple customers can be glad to listen to that accessing their information ought to lastly not be a hurdle because of the launch of Information On-Demand for Mac.
See the complete SharePoint teamwork roadmap under:
We will’t speak about adoption with out mentioning self-serve. Customers should have the ability to create their Workplace 365 Teams and begin engaged on their new challenge shortly and simply. From an admin’s standpoint, this might sound a bit of scary; a few of you possible disabled this performance some time in the past out of worry that teams will unfold out and also you’ll lose management. It is a legitimate concern, however however, shadow IT is a much bigger drawback. So what are one of the best practices in relation to enabling self-serve on your customers? Discover out by watching session BRK3274 – Actual-world greatest practices for managing Workplace 365 teams.
Need extra Ignite takes on collaboration and Groups? We advocate these periods:
Azure Value Administration
A number of the knowledge that was beforehand solely accessible by way of the Enterprise portal is now obtainable within the Azure portal instantly. Watch session BRK2476 – Benefit from Azure by optimizing your cloud spend by means of Azure Value Administration and Reserved Situations for extra particulars.
The brand new Azure Value Administration function will allow you to take a deep dive into your knowledge to get fantastic-grained particulars on particular assets and their prices, all whereas maintaining a tally of outlined budgets. It additionally marks the introduction of Administration Teams, which can permit you to group a number of subscriptions collectively to generate an summary of prices throughout a number of subscriptions which are a part of the identical value middle in your firm.
Another session to take a look at when you’re simply beginning to wrap your head across the Azure portal and need to study extra about managing your prices effectively:
BRK1026 – Getting began with Microsoft Azure and Azure Portal
Wanting again at our expertise at Ignite 2018, we actually like how Microsoft has shifted from merely including options as they have been requested (or a pair years later) to offering their userbase with environment friendly, nicely thought out options to get their jobs achieved. OneDrive, SharePoint, Groups, Yammer—all these instruments are lastly coming collectively to let customers really collaborate with out having to modify contexts advert nauseum. Higher cellular integration and Information On-Demand for Mac additionally illustrate Microsoft’s renewed efforts to make life simpler for all their customers.
Now, how you can share all this excellent news together with your group? Submit it in your shiny trendy SharePoint communication website, in fact!