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 …
A Few Reasons Why SharePoint 2013 Needs Governance

A Few Reasons Why SharePoint 2013 Needs Governance

Whether it’s SharePoint 2013 or any other content management platform, the necessity for and the approach to governance is the same. Given its technology neutral status in the realm of website and intranet evolution planning and governance is largely applicable to any technology platform and as such is generic to start. While generic in nature, there are some components of SharePoint 2013 that require specific consideration. SharePoint 2013 brings a more complex model than its predecessors. In SharePoint 2010, for instance, there was not a deep integration with social integration or the ability…Read more …

Microsoft Office 365 email encryption is coming

I've always felt Office 365 was lacking a few features. A big one is a set of security tools built into Office 365. Office 365 administrators and security professionals should have the same set of  resources available in on-Premise Exchange and Outlook.  Microsoft posted on their blog last Friday that Office 365 Message Encryption will be released in November. Here are some of its main features: Send encrypted email messages to anyone, regardless of the recipient's email address. Provide strong, automated encryption with a cost-effective infrastructure. Eliminate the need for certificates and use…Read more …
How to get more likes on Facebook, By The Oatmeal

How to get more likes on Facebook, By The Oatmeal

The Oatmeal gives a step by step "How-to" on getting more likes on Facebook. This advice applies to life in general. Good things will come your way, don't force it.                 100% Credit to: The Oatmeal Matthew Inman P.S. RSVP for his Fall Book Tour Here  Read more …