How Many Servers Do I Need for a Medium Size SharePoint 2013 Farm – Whiteboard Saturday

In short...many Its easy to get caught up in the "I only need one server for SharePoint". Not only is that not best practice, but you could be putting your organization at risk. Having only one server to work as your application server, application sever and SQL server means you have only a single failure zone. If anything goes wrong your entire SharePoint will go down. In most organizations that's not an option. In under 10 minutes I explain whats the best way to setup servers for a medium sized organization while also…Read more …
11 Tips to Help You Master SharePoint User Adoption

11 Tips to Help You Master SharePoint User Adoption

Set Expectations Early To your users, SharePoint is this large system that can do many things for their department. You want to set the expectations early on what the organization will support and what the users will be able to do with SharePoint. If possible, involve your executive sponsor in meetings to highlight his or her support and the importance of SharePoint to your company. Don't Overwhelm the Users SharePoint role outs are normally handled by IT and what is easy for an IT departments to understand may not be so easy for,…Read more …
Why So Many [insert technology here] Enterprise Projects Are Doomed from the Start

Why So Many [insert technology here] Enterprise Projects Are Doomed from the Start

Over the years, I have seen some pretty horrific enterprise projects, and they all had one common denominator. I'm coming from more of a Microsoft Enterprise applications perspective, but I'm sure the same problems exist in just about any case where enterprise software has to be purchased from a vendor. It’s the same scenario each and every time. Sales people work extremely hard to set meetings with senior management and the C-suite to better understand their technical needs and challenges. After months of proposal preparation, slide decks, and meetings with senior management on…Read more …
OneNote Class Notebooks – Will It Play Nice?

OneNote Class Notebooks – Will It Play Nice?

OneNote has been around for a long time as a Microsoft Office note taking application. Now Microsoft is taking the next step and bringing the same tool to the classroom. According to Microsoft “OneNote will allow teachers and staff to collaborate more effectively on curriculum development internal policies and administrative duties”. OneNote Staff Notebook for Education lets education staff leaders — like principals or faculty heads — set up shared workspaces for teachers and administrators and enable them to organize and share internal information, event and meeting schedules, student progress, parent feedback, lesson…Read more …

Are you still using Windows Server 2003?

In July Microsoft will no longer support Windows Server 2003 and you'll basically have three options. Cross your fingers and hope that legacy application running on your old Dell Windows Server 2003 rack can live for another couple of years, pay for custom support or start your migration plan. Going with the former (just wing it) is risky not to mention a direct violation of your IT governance plan. Without updates and constant patches from Microsoft your organization is open to hacks from all over the world. Is it worth the risk?  Zack…Read more …

Do You Understand Sarbanes-Oxley?

As a CIO of a financial organization you have way more to think about than just asset management and document management. Your main concerns are keeping your organizations data safe and having navigating the rules of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Sox is not the new kids on the block. Legislation passed in 2002 in response to notorious accounting scandals at Enron, WorldCom, and other public companies. The premise was that if we could ensure the quality of corporate financial reporting based on secure internal controls, we could enhance the integrity of our records management and…Read more …
Implementing Compliance and Governance with SharePoint

Implementing Compliance and Governance with SharePoint

Over the years I've seen some pretty bad SharePoint implementations. Some was the fault of the consulting company, some was the fault of the organization. Each of the implementations had the following in common: Unrealistic Goals and Requirements (too much, too soon) Limited Budget Jack of All Trades , Master of None Consultants Lack of Corporate Involvement Lack of Corporate Communication and Adoption Undefined Governance Plan and Strategy In "Implementing Compliance and Governance with SharePoint" I discuss how to take SharePoint serious as an organization and design a governance plan that is aligned…Read more …
Thinking About Using Chrome As Your Default Browser, Think Again

Thinking About Using Chrome As Your Default Browser, Think Again

It has never been a secret, Microsoft does not like you using any other browser, but Internet Explore for their applications. Applications like Office 365, SharePoint, Dynamics and the now discontinued  InfoPath forms rely heavily on your web browser and Microsoft has always taken the stance it can not guarantee  the performance of its applications if you are using unsupported browsers such as Chrome.  On last checked Chrome has surpassed Internet Explore in market share.  Microsoft is not giving up without a fight. While logging into Office 365 this morning I received the…Read more …
Can you store 21 CFR Part 11 documents in SharePoint 2013

Can you store 21 CFR Part 11 documents in SharePoint 2013

Short answer: Yes Let me make sure everyone understands what 21 CFR Part 11 means: 21 CFR Part 11 was created as a response to paper documents and the archiving of paper documents. It was later amended to respond to the many records management systems that popped up on the market for the Pham vertical market. Systems on the market at the time where simply a database and a web or desktop front end and allowed for unauthorized users to change records without any type of audit controls. The systems were sometimes just File Maker…Read more …