SharePoint 2014 was an amazing event for me in a couple of ways. First, for learning about the new Microsoft products and services announcements for SharePoint and Office 365, as well as Yammer. And second, for giving me and the team the opportunity to meet our customers on-site to develop and nurture personal relationships.
Below is a snapshot from Nik Patel, SharePoint Architect at Slalom Consulting and blogger, of some of the key announcements made by Microsoft during the SharePoint 2014 conference (See his full recap from the show here - it’s a great read):
- New personalized insight experiences with Oslo Windows App, Oslo Office 365 Web UI, and Office Graph – Coming soon to Office 365 in the summer months
- Next-gen pre-built portals like new Office 365 Video Portal (many more pre-built portals are coming down the road in Office 365) – Coming soon to Office 365
- Office 365 Power BI capabilities – Already available with Office 365
- Integrated Yammer Group experience in OWA, new Office 365 Video Portal, and Office Online (formerly known as Office Web Apps) – Coming soon to Office 365
- New Office contextual applications support introduced in SP1, Office 365 REST APIs for files, people, lists, mail, tasks, and calendars, new Android SDK for Office 365, newer version of Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013
- Cloud on Ramps features like Yammer and OneDrive integration for Hybrid scenarios in SP2013 SP1 and OneDrive for Business Standalone edition
- Major Office 365 announcements & reminders like Access Services for no-code cloud Apps, 1 TB Site collection limit, limitless tenant, multi-factor authentication support, and investments in new Office 365 unified Compliance & Discovery center across SharePoint & Exchange and industry known standard certifications like HIPPA
One of the highlights of the conference for Avanade was our panel session with six of our top customers including Procter & Gamble, Dow Chemical, Pfizer, Travelers Insurance, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Devon Energy. The dialogue between the panelists and the audience was rich and provided some unique insights to the many facets of deploying SharePoint in large organizations.
As outlined above, Microsoft unveiled some interesting product and features at SharePoint 2014 – here are some of the key conclusions derived from those announcements:
- Social collaboration is the de facto enterprise productivity tactic. With Yammer, social collaboration in the cloud is taken to a whole new level and enables mainstream scenarios.
- Videos are quickly becoming a media of choice for most companies to disseminate the corporate message. Collaboration solutions will include video portal services to promote the company priorities and disseminate information.
- There is a sea change in the way people work and in particular how they are now able to collaborate on the same documents at the same time. Office 365 and SharePoint 2013 are uniquely positioned to support these scenarios.
- Mobile applications have now become mainstream and companies are racing to adapt to this new normal, including corporate mobile devices and personal devices. Avanade has been in the forefront of developing native mobile applications and HTML5 based web-based solutions for our customers and will continue to leverage the work being done by Microsoft and the devices that Microsoft is going to produce in the future.
SharePoint 2014 was an outstanding conference and we look forward to engaging our customers with all of the great new features of SharePoint and Office 365, as well as looking forward to the next SharePoint conference.
*CORRECTION: Apologies, an earlier version of this post neglected to give credit back to Nik Patel’s original blog post recapping SharePoint Conference 2014. Nik – please forgive this oversight.