Speaker: Jeff Teper, Microsoft Corporate VP of SharePoint and OneDrive
Date: Monday, September 26, 2016
Time: 2:15 - 3:30pm
Hello SharePoint Community :)! If you missed Jeff Teper’s session on SharePoint’s vision, roadmap updates and how the product us reinventing content collaboration look no further; it’s all here.
Currently, SharePoint usage is moving online—trending upwards wherein 60% of new seats in SharePoint are simply that, online. Teper notes that the reason for this is plain value. When organizations move to SharePoint Online, usage increases two-fold with massive increases in content production. Why? Because it easier to access and more accessible anytime, anywhere.
Other interesting stats Teper mentioned:
- The SharePoint market is now $10B+ Solutions ecosystem
- There are 50K+ SharePoint partners worldwide
- And, my personal favorite stat…9/10 of the best intranets are built on SharePoint
So, what makes SharePoint the leading intranet or digital workplace? Teper highlights the four main building blocks:
- It’s a mobile and intelligent intranet
- It’s an open and connected platform
- It offers simple and powerful file sharing via OneDrive
- It complies to global security, privacy and compliance standards
#1 OneDrive on Mobile (iOS app)
SharePoint’s move towards being a true and native mobile experience is one of my favorite points Teper touched on. By 2020, it is predicted that more than half of knowledge workers will be working remotely. Work will no longer be a physical place, but rather a digital space in which we can conduct business as usual. Therefore, it is imperative that our mobile tech allows us to work intelligently, on the go.
A few of SharePoint/Office 365 mobile advancements include:
- Ability to see file analytics including # of views and % increase in the past week
- Activity views to see previous versions of documents
- Native apps that allow you to navigate and search hybrid environments to discover activities and people, and view team news
- An identical experience in team sites on your mobile device
#2 Open & Connected: The New SharePoint Experience
An intelligent mobile experience isn’t the only thing SharePoint has brought to the table. There is also a new profile editing experience which will allow employees to digitally connect in new ways. You can now see people profiles when you hover over people columns in lists and libraries so you don’t have to leave your current page to see a co-worker’s profiles. This means you can get quick access to the creators and department owners of documents for greater context.
The SharePoint team has opened their framework for a modern client-side development experience. The SharePoint Framework will support: modern java-script (like React and Angular) and open source tooling. SharePoint’s framework will continue to extend so that developers like yourself can create responsive and mobile-friendly apps in ecosystems from .NET and beyond.
#3 New and Exciting functionality in OneDrive includes
In the session, they also ran us through a host of updates in OneDrive that makes it a much more user-friendly cloud storage system. Such updates include:
Preview of files including streaming videos (don't need to download to view it)
Support of many more files including Photoshop (you don’t need to have Photoshop installed to preview Photoshop files)
Copying files to SharePoint directly from OneDrive
Working with SharePoint files from sites directly from OneDrive browser (no need to navigate to SharePoint to see them)
Ability to see Sync activity progress
Choose on demand which files to synchronize
Additionally, he noted the coming availability of:
Sync SharePoint and shared folders - in preview, ship by end of 2016
Access to all your files in Office 365 - next few weeks
File previews for >20 new file types - next few weeks
OneDrive administration console - TBD
#4 Security, privacy, compliance (SharePoint Admin centre)
Microsoft SharePoint has always been top notch for security purposes but Microsoft unveiled the addition of control mechanisms that allow you increase security from a user-perspective.
You can control access based on the type of device your user is using (work PC vs. home PC)
You can limit the ability for users to sync, print or download files from personal devices (so they don't accidentally leak confidential information)
You can limit access based on the network location you are on so that systems cannot be accidently or intentionally compromised when users leave your network
The net-net, SharePoint is making some exciting new advancements and moving online, or to a hybrid environment is that way to go from a business value perspective. This leaves many we have met at Microsoft Ignite a touch stressed thinking about the massive amount of work and costs associated with migrating SharePoint. Luckily for you, we have developed a solution that saves you time and money to do so. My next article will explain how but if you’re at Ignite, stop by booth 2449 and we can chat in person.