Author : Bob German

Written on Jul, 16, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

I’m thrilled to be part of an early adopter project building a new intranet for Shire Pharmaceuticals based on the forthcoming SharePoint Communication Sites. Shire is an exciting and innovative company with (at least) two Intranets, based on a recent merger, and they really wanted a modern and engaging site that would bring the whole company together with a shared vision and access …

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Written on Dec, 13, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

“The time has come”, the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of template files, cascading styles, And bundles made of strings, And why SharePoint is boiling hot, And whether pigs have wings.” As you may know, the cornerstone of Microsoft’s new modern SharePoint sites is a technology called the SharePoint Framework. This framework allows you to write web parts …

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Written on Oct, 27, 2016 by in , | Leave a comment

Over the last few months, Microsoft has turned around its SharePoint platform and embarked on a mission to modernize the popular collaboration and portal product. This is great news for customers, who can look forward to a number of improvements, including a complete overhaul of SharePoint’s aging web user interface. However all the change introduces a lot of uncertainty. While it’s …

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Written on May, 09, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

(cross-posted to Bob German’s Vantage Point) This week Microsoft mapped out a bold new plan for SharePoint. Microsoft is investing heavily to modernize the product to make it work as well in the Device and Cloud era as it once did in when the Web was still shiny and new. This article will explain how these changes could affect your …

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Written on Sep, 25, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Microsoft has recently taken a new approach in developing portals for Office 365. They’re called “NextGen Portals”; Microsoft’s Office Product Management GM Julia White says that they are “intelligent, collaborative, mobile and ready to go”. The first NextGen portals to be released are the Video Portal and Delve, a portal that uses machine learning to connect people with content and people …

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Written on Sep, 17, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

BlueMetal’s Content and Collaboration team has been busy building solutions ranging from portals to intranets to structured collaboration with forms and workflow. Here are a few recent articles from our team members that may be useful to you and the greater community. A series of articles on JSLink by Julie Turner JSLink is a powerful new technology that allows you …

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Written on May, 13, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

At the Ignite conference last week, Microsoft laid out a new vision for collaboration and portals that is a major departure from the site-based approach that has been the core of SharePoint for more than a decade. Microsoft still fully supports SharePoint in its current form and will continue to do so, both on premises and in Office 365, even …

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Written on Mar, 22, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Like notes on a piano, web parts (or any kind of web widgets) are combined in new and unexpected ways on a page. Yet often they don’t play well together. Seemingly every example of an Angular Web Part posted on the web assumes it’s the only thing using Angular on the page. A second instance of the web part, or another …

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Written on Feb, 01, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Microsoft is cleaning house. Now that it has to maintain SharePoint for thousands of enterprises and millions of users in Office 365, Microsoft is working to clean up all the odd and messy bits of its flagship collaboration product. In a recent training course on Microsoft Virtual Academy, Microsoft urged developers to change the way they package and deploy their code in …

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Written on Oct, 08, 2013 by in

In case you didn’t notice, Microsoft seriously moved the cheese for SharePoint developers in SharePoint 2013 with its new “App” model. Since the beginnings of SharePoint, developers have deployed code that runs on the SharePoint servers themselves, yet with this new model, code runs in the browser, on an external server, or in Windows Azure – pretty much anywhere except …

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