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Ignite 2016 – My SharePoint takeaways!

04 Oct 2016
October 4, 2016

Ignite 2016 is over and we all were updated with tons of new features, announcements and insights in Atlanta – in this post I will try to give you a summary what I learned at Ignite 2016 SharePoint Conference it Atlanta.

Office 365 and SharePoint Online

I took that one from the official source because it pretty sums up whats coming:

The next wave of innovations to achieve the SharePoint vision (simple and powerful file sharing, mobile and intelligent intranet, open and connected platform, commitment to security, privacy and compliance) contains the following highlights:

  1. A significant update to the OneDrive browser experience, so that you can find, access, share and collaborate on all your files in Office 365
  2. OneDrive sync preview for SharePoint Online document libraries and folders shared with you
  3. Team news to keep your team up to date and informed of what matters
  4. People cards in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business that intelligently surface content and details from your colleagues’ profiles
  5. New integration with Microsoft Flow, PowerApps and Yammer
  6. Preview of the SharePoint mobile apps for Windows 10 Mobile and Android
  7. Enhancements for developers including new sites and lists APIs in Microsoft Graph
  8. New security controls including site classification and conditional access based on location and device
  9. Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016
  10. Expanded FastTrack services and tools to support hybrid configurations and migration

And the Roadmap for Q4 2016 and H1 2017 – I really like the transparency:

SharePoint Roadmap 2016 2017

Modern Pages / Modern Document Library / Refresh to Teamsites

I really recommend you to watch the entire session – some pretty good stuff in it:

In the next month we will see lots of updates to the modern document library experience, modern pages and updates to our beloved teamsites (about time!).

Every teamsite get a "News", "Activity" and "Links" section.

Every teamsite get a “News”, “Activity” and “Links” section. Tighter integration into mobile apps (right side)

And “modern pages” looks awesome, too. The promise here is that they will render on desktop, mobile browser and in the mobile apps – more on the apps late in this post.

People card

What I really liked is the new people card – more user-centric experience are always great. “Who is that person? What is he doing in the organization and what is he working on?” – cool!

SharePoint People Cards - a more user centric experience

SharePoint People Cards – a more user centric experience

 

Security & Compliance

As part of the Office news the following new security and compliance capabilities in Office 365:

  • Improvements to Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection
  • Threat Intelligence
  • Advanced Data Governance
  • Updates to Advanced Security Management

And more insights with lots of graphs:

More insights what our users are actually doing!

More insights what our users are actually doing!

App Launcher

The new version of the Office 365 App Launcher gives you access to these new features:

  • Additional customization options
  • search across all the services and applications
  • A tabbed layout
  • You can resize, pin and organize tiles
  • Support for Office 365 themes

And in a not so distant future it will list your recent Office documents:

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OneDrive for Business

Major updates to OneDrive for Business – as mentioned in this post, OneDrive caused a lot of service requests in the past – but it will massively improve with the coming updates!

  • Ability to sync SharePoint Online document libraries and OneDrive folders shared with you (preview available here).
  • An activity center has been added to the OneDrive sync client to allow you to view synchronization and file activity at a glance (preview).
  • Notifications to your iOS or Android device when someone shares a OneDrive file with you.
  • Access to SharePoint Online files in the OneDrive app on Android.
  • Multi-page scan enhancements in the OneDrive app on Android.
  • Ability to see over time how many people have discovered and viewed your files in OneDrive for iOS.
  • Enhancements to integration with Office 2016 (First Release).
  • Simple, flexible OneDrive user management in Office 365 (First Release).
SharePoint Online Sync Preview - finally you can sync the files from a teamsite

SharePoint Online Sync Preview – finally you can sync the files from a teamsite

These new features are in the pipeline:

  • Rich thumbnails and previews for over 20 new file types (rolling out before the end of 2016).
  • Ability to access and edit all your files in OneDrive and SharePoint Online from the OneDrive browser client (rolling out before the end of 2016).
  • Capability to download multiple files as a .zip file (rolling out before the end of 2016).
  • Dedicated OneDrive administration console in Office 365 (rolling out before the end of 2016).

More of that in my “OneDrive for Business – key feature and roadmap” summary.

PowerApps & Flow

That’s what excited me the most – whats coming after InfoPath, lots of clients asked me about guidance here. And well, the answer could be PowerApps.

I attended 2 sessions to see whats coming for PowerApps and Flow – and I will soon play with it because there is so much demand in forms and simple workflows. Having the same functionality even in a mobile app will be awesome (try that with InfoPath…).

  1. PowerApps works only if an internet connection is available
  2. Its currently in preview
  3. You can connect to data sources onPrem if you install a gateway service

Flow on the other side looks like the implementation of if this then that / IFTTT – simple workflows are possible here e.g. approval and all that stuff. The power of that come into play when you connect different tools with that (Salesforce, Twitter, Slack, SQL, etc).

Groups & Yammer

  • Better integration of Yammer in Office 365 groups
  • Uploading of files directly from SharePoint/OneDrive for Business sites, and edit them directly in the browser.
  • Share content by mail with Yammer groups
  • Manager Yammer within O365 admin center
Share files from SharePoint or OneDrive

Share files from SharePoint or OneDrive

More on that in the announcement blog post.

SharePoint Framework

Apparently I could not make it to any SharePoint Framework (SPFx) session at all – the conference was packed with so many good sessions that I had to make compromises. But lots of the Framework was already announced at May, 4th event.

My Analytics

Delve Analytics was renamed to MyAnalytics – the change of the name is already live in my tenant.

  1. Pinning of important contacts so you can easily see if you are loosing touch with important peers
  2. Share metrics with peers to get a review or opinion about your work habits
  3. Adjust your priorities to get better results

More on that here: Create better work habits with MyAnalytics (formerly Delve Analytics)

SharePoint onPrem

Feature Pack 1 was announced and will available in November – and not in Q1 2017

  • Logging of administrative actions performed in Central Administration and with Windows PowerShell
  • Enhancements to MinRole to support small environments (see my post here for more details)
  • A new OneDrive for Business user experience
  • Custom tiles in the SharePoint app launcher
  • Unified auditing across site collections on-premises and in Office 365
  • Unified taxonomy across on-premises and Office 365
  • OneDrive API 2.0

Q4 2016:

  • Feedback driven updates to doclibs, lists, pages, sites and apps
  • Team news
  • Intelligent People Cards
  • SharePoint mobile app WW Release (Android, Windows)
  • Next generation sync of team sites
  • Simple, fast site creation
  • SharePoint Framework WW Release

First half of 2017:

  • Feedback driven updates to doclibs, lists, pages, sites and apps
  • More web parts
  • Publishing Sites
  • More Flow and PowerApps integration
  • SharePoint Add-in improvements
  • Modern team site extensibility
  • Performance-focused CDN integration with publishing sites

SharePoint Mobile Apps

The mobile apps got a lot of love recently – and lots is on the roadmap for them. The “intranet in your pocket” with native apps on every platform is a great driver for user adoption.

SharePoint Roadmap

SharePoint Mobile Apps Roadmap

More details in my summary post Explore whats new and whats coming with the SharePoint Apps

Spirit

SharePoint is alive! It was a blast to see how much attention (and love) SharePoint got at the Ignite 2016 – that hasn’t been always the case. The following PowerBI analyzed the hashtags on twitter during the Ignite – #SharePoint clearly ruled. I doubt that it’s because SharePoint people tweet more – the many announcements and huge amount of sessions must be the cause for that:

Microsoft Ignite 2016 delivered so many promising updates to current and planned developments nobody could doubt that SharePoint has a bright future! SharePoint ain’t dead!
If you want to see more about the general roadmap, visit https://fasttrack.microsoft.com/roadmap for more insights.

If you have questions about Ignite 2016, please let me know in the comments. If wrote about every session I attended at Ignite 2016, please see the archives if you want more details.

Empower discovery in SharePoint 2013/2016 with Hybrid Search, Delve and the Office Graph #BRK3034

28 Sep 2016
September 28, 2016

I’m reading Search, Search and Search in the description of the session by Neil Hodgkinson (@Nellymo) – so what could go wrong? 🙂

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Why hybrid?

Everything in one search index is a great solution for global spanning enterprises. No more spinning up VPNs to connect and search for company data is of great value.

Line of Business (LOB) data can be indexed, too  – and you dont have to migrate the entire application to make the data available.

Challenges

Datatypes, Enable access, Compliance, Availabilty.

Fact is that data is created on a massive scale and the business have very high expectations (mobile!) while respecting corporate regulations. Demand for hardware in classic environments is very high, too.

Hybrid Search

Unified search index is awesome. Access to all your onPrem data no matter where in the world it is stored (hidden) once indexed can save so much money and creates measurable values.

The next picture pretty much sums that up:

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Refiners work across onPrem and online results.

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You can have multiple search service applications and mix cloud and classic search service applications depending on your requirements.

Its distinguishable where the item is coming from by its url – actually I do not care where its stored – but you could change it with a simple display template and refiner or group them in  verticals.

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Hybrid Search, I can’t stress it enough, is a great way to start every hybrid engagement. If you want to read more, you might like my full article about hybrid search experiences here.

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Flow

Neil created a simple flow to collect tweets from twitter and persist them in a sharepoint list onPrem. After that he started a crawl in the cloud search service application. One or two minutes later the tweets were searchable via the SharePoint Online Search Center and through Delve

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Roadmap

Things that are planned and might come in regards to hybrid:

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Summary

Solid show, good insights by Neil – room was almost full, so there is definitely a hugh interest about hybrid scenarios!

Search all the things!

Ignite 2015 Recap – with SharePoint Search in Mind!

11 May 2015
May 11, 2015

So Ignite is over – and I am pretty impressed how fast the content is available! I followed the first conference (we even had a community hangout during the first keynote) of this style closely via twitter – and the feedback there was quite interesting! Most importantly for me as a SharePoint guy, was of course the announcements of SharePoint 2016. And well, you can be of different opinion of the rescheduled release – but lets focus on the positive side: It’s the first time that we publicly hear what is coming and what will be changed: over a year ahead! I like the new, innovative and open Microsoft – big change!

This post will be about the changes I see in regards to SharePoint Search – and some topics around it – you could call it my Ignite Homework if you want to. I have some long train trips ahead – that helps a lot catching up.

SharePoint 2016 and Search

The next version of SharePoint will be a release that supports and enables the transition to the cloud – others would say hybrid is the cool kid now.

So with that in mind, I filtered the Ignite Video Page and filtered on SharePoint, Search, Development, Delve, Office Graph – and from the 586 session (phew, what a number!) I downloaded ~25 sessions to watch them when my time allows it. And I am somewhat obsessed with level 400 sessions……

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And some of them here as link list, I will update them once I am trough (not chronologically). My comments and thoughts are below.

  1. The Evolution of SharePoint: Overview and Roadmap
    The Evolution of SharePoint: Overview and Roadmap
  2. What’s New for IT Professionals in SharePoint Server 2016
    What's New for IT Professionals in SharePoint Server 2016

    1. A must see by Bill Bear, very informative what is coming and what we can expect of the new release. He mentions hybrid a lot.
  3. MVP Panel: Sample Apps and Intelligent Solutions Showcasing Office Graph and Delve Extensibility
    MVP Panel: Sample Apps and Intelligent Solutions Showcasing Office Graph and Delve Extensibility

    1. That was the most entertaining session so far with 4.5 smart guys (Bill Baer, Alexandre Cipriani, Chris Givens, Waldek Mastykarz, Mikael Svenson) crafting solutions around Office Graph – even tho I knew that Mikael Svenson would win the challenge Smile.


      All 4 contestants came up with really creative solutions, I like that style of session, must have been good fun!

  4. Transforming Your SharePoint Full Trust Code to the Office App Model
    Transforming Your SharePoint Full Trust Code to the Office App Model
  5. Setting Up Your On-Premises SharePoint Environment for Custom App Development
    Setting Up Your On-Premises SharePoint Environment for Custom App Development
  6. Properly Scale and Deploy Enterprise Search | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Properly Scale and Deploy Enterprise Search
  7. Effective Search Deployment and Operations in SharePoint Server 2013 | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Effective Search Deployment and Operations in SharePoint Server 2013

    1. I watched that session last year at SharePoint Conference – this session evolved in one year, very nice!
    2. There are some pretty handy PowerShell scripts in there.
  8. Big Bang: The New Universe of Findability and Discoverability | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Big Bang: The New Universe of Findability and Discoverability
  9. Properly Scale and Deploy Enterprise Search | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Properly Scale and Deploy Enterprise Search
  10. Adding Search Capabilities to Your Business Applications Using Microsoft Azure Search | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Adding Search Capabilities to Your Business Applications Using Microsoft Azure Search

    1. That’s an interesting one. For my next talk at this years ShareCamp I will prepare a session with the working title: “SharePoint Search vs. Azure Search” – that ignite session really gave me quick start. Good stuff!
  11. Advanced Analytics: Navigating Your Way There | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Advanced Analytics: Navigating Your Way There
  12. Information Management Strategy with Microsoft Office 365 in Mind | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Information Management Strategy with Microsoft Office 365 in Mind
  13. Building Business Apps Like They Do in the Valley with AngularJS, Node.js, and More | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Building Business Apps Like They Do in the Valley with AngularJS, Node.js, and More
  14. Behind the Scenes: Engineering NextGen Portals | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Behind the Scenes: Engineering NextGen Portals
  15. Office Delve and Office Graph Vision and Roadmap | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Office Delve and Office Graph Vision and Roadmap
  16. Intelligent, Ready-to-Go NextGen Portals in Office 365 | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Intelligent, Ready-to-Go NextGen Portals in Office 365
  17. Troubleshooting Hybrid Configurations and Workloads with SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 (video not yet available)
  18. Microsoft SharePoint Server with SQL Server: Now Better Than Ever (video not yet available)
    Microsoft SharePoint Server with SQL Server: Now Better Than Ever
  19. Designing and Applying Information Architecture for Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365
    Designing and Applying Information Architecture for Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365
  20. Future-Proofing Your On-Premises SharePoint Development
     Future-Proofing Your On-Premises SharePoint Development
  21. Implementing Next Generation SharePoint Hybrid Search with the Cloud Search Service Application
    Implementing Next Generation SharePoint Hybrid Search with the Cloud Search Service Application
  22. Best Practices for Design and Performance in SharePoint Online
    Best Practices for Design and Performance in SharePoint Online
  23. Search Extensibility in SharePoint 2013
    Search Extensibility in SharePoint 2013
  24. Troubleshooting Hybrid Configurations and Workloads with SharePoint 2013 and Office 365
  25. SharePoint UNPLUGGED! Questions Answered on Anything You Heard This Week
  26. The New Knowledge Management Portal in Office 365
    The New Knowledge Management Portal in Office 365

Early Takeaway

Over 25 hours of awesome stuff – that’s awesome! And it really helps me compensating that I couldn’t meet a lot of friends at this years Ignite. The parts where search is covered is quite extensive, so much that I couldn’t have covered them at the conference. One pain point that I miss from last years conference: The questions after the sessions are not in the recording – and I really learned a lot last year by listening to the questions/answers afterwards. Well, a reason to attend next year, right?

I really like where Office Graph is heading – from Org View, Discovery, Relevancy, Context – the product is so versatile that I really want to see more of it. The potential of it goes through the roof! And with the Cloud Search Service Application and extensibility it can totally rock. Looking forward for future projects here!

Last sentence: Search is everywhere!

What are your favorites?

I am always open to new stuff – maybe I missed an awesome session – if so, please leave a comment!

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