#SharePoint @EvoConf Offer + Win a #Drone

27 02 2015

@EvoConf DroneDid you know that the SharePoint Evolution Conference 2015 is set to be the largest SharePoint conference this year?

This will be the 7th consecutive year, Combined Knowledge has run a SharePoint Conference. They are now recognised globally as being The SharePoint Conferences to attend. In fact based on other conferences I have attended both as an attendee and as a speaker they are one of the best organised and run as well.

SharePoint User Group UK attendees can get a discount when they book just give them a call. If you register before 31st March 2015 you could win a Drone!

If you do attend please come to my session Migrating your Intranet and Managing your Documents in SharePoint.

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My SharePoint Saturday UK 2014 Slides (#spsuk)

1 12 2014
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SharePoint Saturday Events

SharePoint Saturday UK 2014 was great. A big thank you to the organisers. My slides are below and on SlideShare (http://www.slideshare.net/sharepointrandy/information-and-records-management-in-sharepoint-sharepoint-saturday-2014)

My session slides from last year can be found here: http://raps.cc/spsuk13.





SharePoint Saturday UK 2014 (#spsuk)

20 10 2014
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SharePoint Saturday Events

I am glad to say I will be speaking at SharePoint Saturday UK 2014.

It is at Hinckley Island Hotel again, which is a great venue. Details including registration info can be found here: http://raps.cc/spsuk14.

My session slides from last year can be found here: http://raps.cc/spsuk13.





Why @Office365 Matter Center for @SharePoint Matters

22 08 2014

Created for Office 365, in keeping with Microsoft’s mantra:

mobile-first and cloudfirst

Matter Center for Office 365 is aimed at Legal professionals.  Basically it enhances and adds to the features in Office 365

Don’t get me wrong Matter Center is not basic and I am surprised the announcements (Microsoft Matter Center for Office 365 boosts law firm productivity and Boost law firm productivity with Matter Center for Office 365) didn’t get more attention. This is one of the biggest DMS/EDRM moves by Microsoft since the release of SharePoint itself.

What it allows law firms and legal departments to do is work in a way they are use to now but in the Cloud. Users can collaborate easier as files are organised  by client and matter. What is key is they can do this from within Microsoft Word or Outlook.

Since Matter Center is based on existing Microsoft technology it still gives:

“legal professionals secure access to the information they need – anywhere, any time, and from any device”

 Automatic version control is included. This may or may not be liked depending on how lawyers like to version docs.

Using metadata allows users to perform matter and document search queries that result in more accurate results.

Microsoft states that users can “Track or pin frequently used or recent matters” how this is done is yet to be seen, but likely similar to how you bookmark web pages or pin docs in Microsoft Word.

The ability to “Drag, drop, and save emails and attachments from Outlook into the right matter (likely a form of Site Collection) is something we have seen from the likes of harmon.ie and Colligo. What is nice though and what will save lawyers time is the fact metadata, permissions, and version control is handled automatically.

We all know that in SharePoint you cant say, don’t give access, in Matter Center you can! This is a big chance and helps with ethical walls. Historically tools like IntApp WallBuilder dealt with this, I still see a gap for these tools as well as for the likes of ControlPoint by Metalogix.

Lets face it building, supporting, running as well as upgrading any DMS Is not cheap. But compared with on-prem version I see Matter Center reducing the cost by 70%. That means lawyers can earn even more money and/or invest the savings back into improving other parts of IT.

Microsoft say:

“Matter Center can be deployed in the cloud, in a hybrid scenario, or as part of an on-premises SharePoint environment based upon a firm’s needs and existing infrastructure”

Which to me means there will be no on-prem version but they are happy to help move you to the cloud.

Summary

Assuming you can get over any legal issue not to go to the cloud and the functionality meets your requirements then Matter Center is likely right for your firm 

However I personally see this initially being adopted by large firms ready to take the leap of faith to the cloud or smaller firms, perhaps legal departments  who are agile enough to move over. Everyone else will wait to see what others have done, in other words learn from others.

If you are interested to learn more keep an eye out for more posts or contact my company Perkins-Smart Consulting.





SharePoint Saturday UK 2014 (#spsuk)

11 08 2014
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SharePoint Saturday Events

SharePoint Saturday UK 2014 has just been officially announced. It is at Hinckley Island Hotel again, which is a great venue. Details can be found here: http://raps.cc/spsuk14

Registration opens around mid-October so keep an eye for future announcements.

My session slides from last year can be found here: http://raps.cc/spsuk13