Welcome to Frank Daske's Office 365, SharePoint & Azure Blog

Welcome to the new way to work together. Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint introduce new ways to share your work and work with others, organize your projects & teams and discover people and information. Microsoft Office 365 gives you virtually anywhere access to the Microsoft Office tools you know and rely on, plus first-class business IT services like email, real-time communication, web sites and document management. It's your complete office in the cloud. Please read more about specific topics below.

SharePoint Knowledge Management

The Layer2 Cloud Connector can solve many issues with Office 365 out-of-the-box local file synchronization regarding number of files allowed (>5.000, >20.000), file names and path lengths allowed, file types allowed and many others. It also comes with flexible sync options to support subfolders in data source and destination, source filter options and more. All Office 365 plans are supported.

SharePoint Knowledge Management

Organizations are slowly waking up to the value that enterprise social knowledge networking can unlock. With the Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and 2013 Knowledge Management becomes an approach to enable organizational intelligence in small, medium and large enterprises. The following videos can help to jump-start your SharePoint Knowledge Management project.

SharePoint Data Integration App

It's a long way to have external data surfaced in SharePoint. But what about a seemless integration with ALL list features available, e.g. views, search, metadata, attachments, change notification, workflows on external data change, high performance for large data sets? There is an app, just a minute away. Read more here.

Windows Azure in your own data center

The Windows Azure Pack Microsoft announced today delivers Windows Azure technologies for you to run inside your own datacenter, enabling you to offer rich, self-service, multi-tenant services that are consistent with Windows Azure. The Windows Azure Pack could be the missing part of the SharePoint 2013 apps puzzle, because it allows to host Azure-based apps in the customers own datacenter without any security and compliance issues possibly exist in the Azure cloud.

Is SharePoint 2010 the new Windows XP? Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 seems to offers a lot of new features and ideas. But will customers (and vendors) take care about? Will they follow Microsoft, e.g. into the cloud, to Yammer, to Azure? A thrilling view into the magic crystal ball about a possible future of SharePoint.

Pinpoint is the leading Microsoft Marketplace for 3rd party services and applications in the Microsoft ecosystem today. Do you know the highest ranked SharePoint Apps at Microsoft Pinpoint? As a SharePoint expert you definitely should take a look.

There is no technical book today without a keyword index or glossary of terms. But what about SharePoint portals? This nice little app can help. It simply renders existing term sets, right from the term store, but grouped alphabetically, with term description as a tooltipp and linked flexible to hashtag pages, wiki pages, custom pages or directly to the classified content.

SharePoint Integration

Integration of external data is one of the hottest topic in each and every SharePoint project. Many issues still exist using Business Data Connectivity Services (BCS) and Web Services, especially with SAP: Configuration is quite complex, at some points programming is required and – it still remains “external” data. That means, not all SharePoint list features are available. This tool simply connects native SharePoint lists to close all this gaps. 

A data-integration strategy needs to be within the foundation of every cloud computing plan. This integration needs to be innate to the architecture; it can’t be something you’re reminded of at the rollout meeting. 3rd party tools can close the gaps that still exist in case of Office 365 and SharePoint Online data integration.