Archive for category: SharePoint 2016

Learn how to build a fast, responsive SharePoint portal in SharePoint Online

28 Sep 2016
September 28, 2016

Performance is key, who does not hate slow pages? In this session by Russ More and John Fan we will learn how to speed up SharePoint Online pages to build faster portals.


Here are my notes:

Measure, Measure, Measure!


You get what you measure!

Microsoft measures a lot of metrics internally and even compare them to competitors – they monitor their own dogfood service (fast ring) to see if there are regressions.

Nice fact: Average page in SharePoint loads in 3 seconds. I expected it to be much higher actually.

Personal note: If you want super easy measuring, try Azure Application Insights – I used it in several projects now and it really gives you great insights what people are using and where you are facing problems that must be improved.


Entry point with a lot of tips is:


Most of the performance issues are not server but client related – it just takes to long to deliver all content to the client so it can render the entire page. Lots of requests, large files, unminified js/css and usage of inline scripts and styles. The old http/1.1 protocol, or as John called it “waterfall requests” is part of the problem because the requests are not handled in parallel.

Lots of request? Minify and reduce, use CDNs – and use http/2 to bundle request. There is a nice test page to visualize the difference between http/1.1 and http/2:

Using CDNs in an online scenario like SharePoint Online is of course much easier.

SharePoint Framework SPFx

SharePoint Framework kinda evolved out of those problems (or at least inspired the solution), client-side only rendering with performance in mind.


I will definitely attend one or two deep dive sessions about this.


Phew, lots of input. Interesting facts and hints from John and Russ!

Need to fiddle with CDNs in one of my client projects with SharePoint Online where the pages are loading REALLY slow and see if the things can be improved/measured with the methods that haven been shown.

Dive into Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint Hybrid Scenarios

27 Sep 2016
September 27, 2016

Session with Bill Bear and Rick Taylor about all things hybrid.


Here are my notes:

Hybrid Scenarios

Bill started with hosting scenarios from traditional, private and public cloud options:


If you are in doubt check if there is a bigger company in your area that moved to the cloud

Business Needs

Different view to meet business needs is to look at the time to deliver:


and your application needs: dynamic scale required? uptime sla?

Why hybrid?

There are special scenarios where hybrid is a good idea e.g. limited bandwidth.


More hybrid functionality is coming

Unified Managed Metadata (yeah!!!)
Unified Auditing

Hybrid Workloads

  1. Search: Index onPrem data storages and unify them in the SharePoint Online Search Index.
  2. Business Connectivity Services: Complex to setup because of two-way authentication, only OData datasources
  3. OneDrive: redirect to the online service
  4. TeamSites: The site app shows tiles from both onPrem and SPO
  5. Social: basically Bill showed Yammer-embed here
  6. Auditing: Hybrid auditing unifies login, view of documents and more in a single place.


Room was packed full, Bill and Rick did a very solid session with tons of infos – good stuff!

If you start with hybrid, you might like my hybrid search post – hybrid search is a very good starting point and key for a sucessful hybrid strategy.

Discover what’s new and what’s coming to the SharePoint Mobile and Intelligent Intranet

27 Sep 2016
September 27, 2016

Session with Mark Kashmann (@mkashman) and Adam Harnetz (@adamharnetz) about whats coming for SharePoint intranets especially in regards to mobile.



Here are my session notes:

Customer usecase: Delta

Delta has 500 content creators; previously it was only posible to do that

80.000 employees, entire user base is 260.000 with externals.


Mobile is increasing

Replaced legacy technology

Delta is now starting to move to O365 SharePoint Online, but starts with OneDrive

Mobile App

Sites Tab is powered by Office Graph depending on your usage.

Once you open a site you see the new site experience in the app, starting with News, followed by Activity:


Popular & active content will be surfaced there.

Adam then showed end to end how to access SharePoint data from his iOS device, from list to user profiles.

The number one requested feature was “edit listitems”  – and thats coming to the mobile apps. The iOS is updated every second week, awesome.

“Intranet in your pocket” is the core idea of the apps – looks good.

“News” tab is brand new and not yet available:


It will show you news around you, not just from one teamsite.


The PowerApps will be integrated into the apps, they can be launced directly.


Links are coming document libraries, you get a flyout to add links to any url or to files you used based on Office Graph (?).


Again DocuSign is shown in the new document library experience, based on the new SharePoint Framework SPFx. More to come on this.

People Card / Profiles

Every User field now will be rendered as hover item called people card. It shows documents that the person created/recent documents and switch the full user profile (new experience!).

Outlook Integration

You can click on “get link” in SharePoint and paste the link into Outlook Online. It will then get rendered as a small preview with a small slug, neat!

Image Library

Images are now rendered in a lightbox, with slider controls to go to next/prev images.

Teamsite Sync with OneDrive Next Gen Sync Client

Thats a highly anticipated feature and its coming.

New Page Experience

The new editing experience is much better than the older – SharePoint, welcome to 2016! Its so much easier to customize a page, format text, add webparts. A big core component of SharePoint gets a major improvement. Awesome!


PowerApps #2

Simple option to request input from others, data is persisted in a SharePoint list.


Automate processes. Here a simple twitter integration was shown, need to look at this closer.



Busy year for the SharePoint team, lots of stuff was already shipped. Q4 updates look promising!

Q4 was about teamsites, 2017 will be about awesome publishing experience


2017: Improvements to addins are coming, responsiveness was mentioned! PowerApps and Flow get more power.

Teamsites works best when there is a hero in the organization




Great overview whats coming – mobile or not, it looks good and sounds promising! Go watch the recording once its available, I could not catch everything in this blog post and it’s definitely worth watching!

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