When SharePoint was first introduced almost 20 years ago, the world was a very different place. The landscape of enterprise content management and web portals is almost unrecognizable today. With the release of SharePoint 2016, the rise of Office 365 and ability to host on Azure or Amazon Web Service, the SharePoint landscape has never looked so diverse.
In this modern era almost everyone has a SharePoint story to tell; some good, some bad.
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Microsoft's march to the cloud is well documented and relentless, but with the introduction of SharePoint 2016 they are also restating and re-affirming their commitment to on-premises software. This is also evident in the large engineering investments made in SQL 2016 & 2017. The cloud is not for everyone, but it does have some cost based benefits at present, with a hybrid approach you can offload some of the heavy technical burden while still keeping control in your on-premise data center.
A great example of this is the hybrid search connector, which takes a technically complex component to manage and maintain (the search provider) and does it automatically in the cloud. There are great new things coming in the way of hybrid SharePoint and we are always working with Microsoft to keep involved as things are released. The new hybrid Metadata Service is also a great way to keep data tagged and cataloged with the same taxonomy across environments. The other starlet in this arena is the new OneDrive for Business which allows your content to be stored in the cloud but your infrastructure to remain in place. This gets rid of any scaling issues with regards to capacity.
For more information and guidance on whether or not hybrid is right for you, contact us today.
Azure has undoubtedly become the flagship of cloud technologies. Its scalability and uptime is very hard to beat, but most customers don't realize that it can be used to host a private version of SharePoint. Think about it as having your own on-premises installation stored on Azure servers. This gives you the benefits and control of on-premises, mixed with public cloud scalability, and the flexibility of a private cloud. To see if Azure is the right platform for you, contact us today.
Office 365 is a whole product stack created for the enterprise which includes the SharePoint platform. As well as SharePoint, you can choose other products including Exchange and Skype for Business as well as a whole host of other new features that are constantly being rolled out.
We have experts familiar with Office 365 migration paths, and knowledgable in all areas of Office 365. Office 365 is licensed on a per-user basis and is scalable and flexible to allow you to license only which pieces you need. You can even opt to include the latest office suite, which can be installed on up to five devices including Android and Apple devices.
From a SharePoint perspective, Office 365 is set in a way that you share the Microsoft farms for your geographical location with other tenants. All data is segregated and cannot be accessed by other tenants. This approach allows you to pay a hugely reduced fee for a product with a vast array of features.
The past eight years in the SharePoint space have all been about the cloud and Office 365. The truth of the situation is that having your IT infrastructure owned, maintained and operated by someone else is not the best path for everyone.
Regardless of Microsoft's internal desire to have everyone running in their datacenters, it might not be right, or indeed legally compliant for you and your organization. A very large proportion of SharePoint licenses are for on-premises users. With SharePoint 2019 knocking on our door, this means that SharePoint still has a very significant footprint in the localized datacenter and will continue to do so. The command and control of local data centers is its biggest benefit, allowing for total control over the entire stack giving you the ability to customise your projects, systems and portals to the exact requirements for your business needs. Contact us to let us help you create your systems and products to the exact specification that you and your business demands
Upgrading platforms is never an easy task and SharePoint is no different. SharePoint does not support "Version Skipping", so any upgrade needs to be done by processing the content through the next verion until the final version is reached. Every single SharePoint upgrade is unique and must be treated as such; there are no short cuts.
There are many vendor tools out there that claim to do this "Correctly", but the reality is the majority of these tools complete the task in hand (upgrading) without any consideration to the future technical path of the product - often causing issues later on in the product lifecycle where engineering time is spent fixing the third party tool rather than actually completing the upgrade.
All of our upgrades are done swiftly and accurately across any version using the correct native processes and procedures as supported and endorsed by Microsoft.Contact us to find out more.