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Aaron Seals

Lotus Notes to Exchange Online - Best Practices

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Everything has its time. For your Lotus Notes deployment, sadly, the glory days are long past.
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When it comes to migrations and understanding specific organizations environments needs and goals – we are the experts and have many best practices in place.

Technology is constantly evolving. Years ago, Lotus Notes met and exceed organizational needs, both as a groupware mail system and as an app platform. However, increased demands and innovations in the industry have made this software no longer enough to help organizations stay productive and work optimally.

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Mike Wilson

Improving and Developing Last Minute Remote IT Strategies

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Learn how your organization can effectively develop and improve strategies for working remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. 

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Interlink's CTO and Vice President, Mike Wilson, participated in an online roundtable discussion with experts in medicine, finance, employment law, IT, and public relations regarding some important ways you can prepare your business to deal with the fallout of the coronavirus. (You can view the entire roundtable webinar here!) While most of us haven’t felt the direct impact of someone we know becoming infected, most are experiencing indirect impacts. Many employees have been sent to work from home, schools have closed, major community events have been postponed, and travel plans are canceled - just to name a few.

In this article, we summarize some of the key IT takeaways that can help you maintain business continuity while balancing business risk versus IT security. It is our goal at Interlink to offer aid and assistance to businesses and organizations struggling with transitioning, even temporarily, to a remote office setting. 

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Stephanie Donahue

How the 2017 SharePoint Summit Announcements Impact Your Organization

How the 2017 SharePoint Summit Announcements Impact Your Organization

As we write this, dozens of blog posts are being published talking about all the new awesome features and changes coming to OneDrive and SharePoint. At the end of the day though, our customers care about one thing.

"How do these changes affect me?"

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All the stats in the world mean nothing to Doug in accounting who needs to create new form and he’s slowly reaching for InfoPath like a scene from a horror movie. Or Nancy, in marketing who needs to create a new site to communicate with executives but doesn’t have a technical bone in her body and

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Top 5 Reasons You Should NOT Use Cloud Storage

Top 5 Reasons You Should NOT Use Cloud Storage

The value and benefits of cloud storage are so clear and compelling that I have found it difficult to understand why a business would choose not to embrace the cloud as a means of solving file sprawl. In the past, cloud fear was a major obstacle, but this is no longer the case. So I tried to put myself in the shoes of a change-averse enterprise to better understand their thinking. The result is a list of the top five reasons you should not move files to the cloud.

1. You love running big hardware datacenters.

We are all still kids at heart and a massive datacenter is essentially a giant playroom filled with very expensive and complex toys.

These toys, otherwise known as servers, do not take care of themselves. You get to oversee the maintenance of both the datacenter as a whole and the actual hardware. Heating, cooling, electricity, disaster planning – that’s all yours.  As time goes by and your employees and applications generate more and larger files, this hardware will start to run out of capacity.

But don’t worry about consolidating your data center. You can always buy a whole new set of big, shiny, expensive servers when you need more space. This makes your storage environment more complex. 

And don’t forget the budget planning that goes along with it – what’s not to love about complex financial spreadsheets?

2. Migrations are a joy!

Speaking of fun, who enjoys a good migration? 

Nothing is more thrilling than sitting at your workstation and managing the movement of files from one storage volume to another.  No matter which solution you have in place, migrations can be very complex affairs.  And IT professionals love nothing more than performing challenging, pull-out-your-hair tasks on nights and weekends when all their friends and families are doing normal activities (e.g. having a life). 

Don’t worry, you will not be going through this misery alone. You get to interact with your peers when they call you about the inevitable permissions problems that keep them from their data. Then you can be a hero and solve the problem they blamed you for in the first place.

3.  You have no need for backups.

Your users may have lost access to their files before.

Maybe they deleted a document they needed, or suddenly wanted an old project back. But you know that files are files.  Your users can always create new ones. In fact, you and your colleagues have been wondering whether it’s necessary to protect company files at all.  Sure, you may have heard about how the cloud can eliminate the need for backup, generating significant cost savings and improving protection, but why not just leave everything to chance instead?

Writing to tape is the Russian roulette of the IT world.  So go ahead, scrap protection, and inject a little do-or-die drama into your work place. 

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4.  Your users work only at their desk.

Employees are constantly on the go. They need access to their files from any device or location. The right enterprise cloud storage solution makes this possible. 

But when you don’t use cloud storage, you’re operating as though your employees work only at their desks.  In fact, they never:

  • Go home at night
  • Visit clients
  • Work in conference rooms, common areas or off-site
  • Travel for business

You might as well shut your servers down at night while you’re at it.  

5. None of your employees collaborate on work. 

This especially gets complicated with users in different branches or those working remotely. When collaborating, users will need to access the same files that others are also working on. But in a company without cloud sharing, these collaborations are intensely more difficult, stressful and time-consuming.

On those rare occasions when a project requires the input of an employee who works in a different region, the standard operating procedure is to charter a jet, fly that person into the office for a few hours, then whisk them back again. If something comes up the next day, and that employee’s input is needed again, there are always more jets.

Personally, I still think cloud storage makes more sense, and Cloud NAS in particular, but this has been a helpful exercise for me. I am starting to understand why companies choose to avoid moving files to the cloud. That said, if you are the sort who would rather avoid migrations, reduce your dependence on expensive hardware, enhance protection and extend file access, you might want to take 90 seconds to watch this quick video on our complete storage solution leveraging the cloud.

 


Nasuni is a partner of Interlink. If you need help with a cloud storage solution, Interlink can help - contact us today.

 

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Mark Rackley

A New Commitment to Microsoft SharePoint

A New Commitment to Microsoft SharePoint

As I mentioned my last article The Future of SharePoint – My Verdict, I had the honor of attending the Future of SharePoint event in San Francisco. At the event, I was able to get a sneak peak of where Microsoft is headed with SharePoint. If you didn’t get a chance to read the article, I gave my insight on Microsoft’s renewed commitment to SharePoint, along with some great links to resources and what others in the community are saying about the future of SharePoint.

The below article further explains the direction of SharePoint based on what was shared at another SharePoint event - SharePoint Saturday Nashville on May 14, 2016.

Evidence of a new commitment to SharePoint came when Jeff Teper, Corporate Vice President for OneDrive and SharePoint, stopped by SharePoint Saturday Nashville to very candidly answer questions about SharePoint. Here are some highlights of Microsoft’s very transparent commitment to the future of SharePoint.

The Future of SharePoint On-Premises

As stated in the “The Future of SharePoint” keynote, Microsoft has heard their users and are committed to on-premises. It was even stated there would be another release of SharePoint on-premises. Microsoft has also explained that on-premises SharePoint 2016 deployments will get online functionality in Feature Packs starting in 2017. Jeff stated that Microsoft hopes to be able to announce a more definitive timeline for those feature packs at Ignite this year.

The Future of Add-ins

There was a discussion about some of the angst ISV’s were experiencing with the announcement of the SharePoint Framework and Jeff noted that they could have done a better job at the Future of SharePoint event about pointing out that the Add-In model is not going anywhere. This is completely valid-- the whole point of the SharePoint Framework is that Microsoft was analyzing how we were developing functionality for SharePoint. The saw and heard how many of us were injecting script into pages using JS Link and Content Editor Web Parts. The SharePoint Framework is a direct result of Microsoft listening to us and making script development more manageable, controllable, and less likely to break the page. This is very positive news.

The Future of Yammer

Yammer is still alive and well, but that most of the changes lately have been behind the scenes integration, so there wasn’t really anything to “show” at the event. Jeff made mention of efforts to merge Yammer Groups and SharePoint Groups.

The Future of SharePoint Designer and InfoPath

When asked about the future of SharePoint Designer and InfoPath, Jeff stated that he sees PowerApps and Microsoft Flow replacing these technologies within a couple of years. He was very clear to state that they do not replace them today and that these tools have a way to go before they have the functionality of their predecessors. This is the first time we at Interlink have actually “heard” this so definitively from someone at Microsoft—we are elated to see that Microsoft has a plan.

The Future of Forms

When asked about customizing list forms from within the SharePoint UI, Jeff stated that PowerApps will be able to be used in the future within the SharePoint UI to launch forms for list items. He followed that up by stating PowerApps would likely never completely replace the functionality offered by third party forms tools like Nintex, K2, and StratusForms.

The Future of Microsoft Graph

There have been frustrations amongst our SharePoint developers that Microsoft Graph does not have full feature parity with the SharePoint REST API. When asked about the plans for Microsoft Graph to have the same features as the SharePoint REST API, Jeff stated that this was indeed the plan and they are working on it; however, their focus at the moment was WebHooks.

The Future of Branding

Another big concern we have for our clients and the new SharePoint Framework is the ability to brand sites effectively and to be able to deliver a “world class” design experience while still following the accepted patterns and practices of the new framework. Jeff explained that there will indeed be a railed branding experience for Team Sites. This makes sense as the new Team Sites need to work in the mobile application and we can’t expect to do whatever we want and still have them work in the app. Jeff also stated that if clients need a fully branded site they will still be able to do that using the Publishing template. We see a future with a lot of Intranet Home Pages created with Publishing templates linked to department sites created with Site Templates. Branding will be changing but is by no means dead.

Finally…

We have had a chance to reflect on the changes seen within Microsoft and the SharePoint product team the past few months, on the upcoming changes to SharePoint, on the transparency of Microsoft, their willingness to hear feedback (and criticism), their willingness to own mistakes, and their sudden embracing of the community. We just can’t seem to find anything to be negative about right now. With the efforts of Jeff Teper and team, Microsoft has built up a lot of good will. I’m willing to see where things are going. I feel like I’m being heard and I’m excited for the future. Have we drunk the Kool-Aid? We don’t think so. We just think Microsoft is finally getting it…

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