One of the interesting and sometimes difficult part of Office 365, is the speed at which updates are rolled out. As an administrator of your Office 365 environment you are tasked with making sure systems are continually available to your users. You also need to understand the feature sets the platform provides and then help the business understand the impact. As part of a comprehensive communication plan around Office 365, the Office 365 Roadmap is used to communicate as new features are developed, rolled out and launched. They also make available any additional details or links to blog posts. Office 365 Roadmap.
If you are a SharePoint person, you love it when things fall within the realm of governance comprehension. Everything conforms within your information architecture and permissions are nice and neat. So imagine the confusion that Office 365 Groups is making as this is being rolled out to the SharePoint tenants. This feature allows an Office 365 user to create a group through the Office 365 Outlook Web App to be able to see a group conversation or specific content around that group. Additionally the confusion comes when you go into Files associated to the group and it displays a sub-set of the information within the users OneDrive for Business content area. But wait, that content also surfaces within Search and you better tack on Delve. Ugh!
Questions that come up around Office 365 Groups typically include relationship to security and where this fits into my overall navigation structure of SharePoint Online. These are ad-hoc groups that can be configured by the end users that do not figure into an already established Information Architecture. The only security is based on the people who are in the groups. This ad-hoc flexibility is what can give the organizations a way to quickly assemble different types of content into a meeting space that then can be moved to a final storage location in the near future. Ultimately, training is going to a big part of what organizations will need to do when implementing this feature.
In this podcast, Stu King interviews Don Donais, Customer Experience Engineer at Avtex, regarding today’s mobile workforce. Today’s workforce is becoming more mobile than any other time in history. Research has found that there will be 1 billion devices 4 years sooner than predicted. With up to 75% of companies allowing personal devices for work use there is a need help make the organization more dynamic and mobile friendly. Being able to ask questions, find expertise, form communities and groups, exchange ideas, and collaborate on documents across all devices and platforms can help organizations become more agile and mobile. It is also important that as devices and technology advance in features, organizations can quickly access the latest technologies to ensure continued access to their information. Discussion topics include:
- Office 365 platform including: SharePoint, Exchange and Lync Online
- Office 2013
- Dynamics CRM Online
- Microsoft Azure including Power BI and OneDrive