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SharePoint Fest Coming to Seattle

March 31, 2015

SharePoint training and education is essential for any SharePoint manager and daily user. The updates and changes are so constant that a concerted effort must be made to stay on top of the latest news. One way to stay in touch is to attend a conference, which provides a concentrated burst of information. SharePoint Fest is one notable event and the details of SharePoint Fest 2015 are available in the Benzinga article, “SharePoint Fest Announced for Seattle Washington August 18-20.”

The article begins:

“After an attendance setting record conference in Washington DC, SharePoint Fest will be setting its sights on Seattle. This 13th iteration of SharePoint Fest will take place in Microsoft’s backyard at the Washington State Convention Center . . . The event will consist of pre-conference workshops on August 18th, followed by a two-day conference August 19-20.”

For those who are interested in a daily, low-investment way to stay on top of the latest SharePoint developments, consider Stephen E. Arnold is a long-time expert in search, and his dedicated SharePoint feed is a concentrated place for SharePoint news, tips, and tricks. Consider adding an ArnoldIT reading it to your daily routine.

Emily Rae Aldridge, March 31, 2015

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Microsoft Changes Its Tune on SharePoint Server Update

March 30, 2015

In February, Microsoft announced an unpopular decision to push future SharePoint server product updates through Windows Update. The concern was that the service would automatically install “important” updates, which could pose a threat if no prior testing had been done. However, it appears that Microsoft has heard the frustration and repealed that decision. Redmond Magazine covers the latest in their article, “Microsoft Rescinds Windows Update Policy for SharePoint Server.”

The article quotes Microsoft’s Stefan Gossner:

“In response to a question in his post, Gossner clarified that ‘now the decision was made to only release security fixes through Windows Update.’ In other words, the new policy is now the same as the old one. Microsoft won’t push down product updates through its Windows Update service. The rollback decision may give IT pros some peace of mind as they regain a modicum of control over their production environments.”

Without forced pushed updates, IT pros have the time to test updates before launching them. For organizations that are affected by Microsoft’s policies and decisions, stay tuned to Stephen E. Arnold a lifelong leader in all things search. His Web site features a devoted SharePoint feed, where the latest tips, tricks, and news is shared. It is a simple way to keep an eye out for the good, bad, and the ugly of SharePoint.

Emily Rae Aldridge, March 30, 2015

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Need to Remove SharePoint Results?

March 26, 2015

I read “SharePoint 2013 Items Removed with Search Result Removal Return from the Dead!” The article explains how to remove results from a user’s search results. If a user cannot locate specific information, that is a benefit, right? The write up includes links to two Microsoft documents that provide more detail. Are your search results comprehensive? Heh, heh, heh.

Stephen E Arnold, March 26, 2015

Glimpses of SharePoint 2016 on the Way

March 26, 2015

The tech world is excited for the upcoming SharePoint 2016 release. Curious parties will be glad to hear that sneak peaks will be coming this spring. Read more in the CMS Wire article, “Microsoft Leaks Offer a Glimpse of SharePoint 2016.”

The article lays out some of the details:

“Microsoft has started leaking news about SharePoint 2016 — and they suggest the company plans to showcase an early edition at Ignite, its upcoming all-in-one conference for everyone from senior decision makers, IT pros and “big thinkers” and to enterprise developers and architects. In a just released podcast, Bill Baer, senior product manager for SharePoint, said the company will offer a look at the latest version of SharePoint at the conference, which will be held in Chicago from May 4 through 8.”

Some experts have already weighed in with predictions for SharePoint 2016 features: hybrid search and improved user experience among them. Stephen E. Arnold will also be keeping an eye on the new version, reporting his findings on his dedicated SharePoint feed. He has devoted his career to all things search, including SharePoint, and keeps readers informed on his Web site Stay tuned for more updates on SharePoint 2016 as it becomes available.

Emily Rae Aldridge, March 26, 2015

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SharePoint’s Evolution of Ease

March 24, 2015

At SharePoint’s beginning, users and managers viewed it as a framework. It is often still referred to as an installation, and many third party vendors do quite well offering add-on options to flesh out the solution. However, due to users’ expectations, SharePoint is shifting its focus to accommodate quick and full implementation without a lengthy build-out. Read more in the CMS Wire article, “From Build It and Go, to Ready to Go with SharePoint.”

The article sums up the transformation:

“We hunger for solutions that can be quickly acquired and implemented, not ones that require building out complex and robust solutions.  The world around us is changing fast and it’s exciting to see how productivity tools are beginning to encompass almost every area of our lives. The evolution not only impacts new tools and products, but also the tools we have been using all long. In SharePoint, we can see this in the addition of Experiences and NextGen Portals.”

SharePoint 2016 is on its way and there will be addition information to leak throughout the coming months. Keep an eye on for breaking news and the latest releases. Stephen E. Arnold has made a career out of all things search, including enterprise and SharePoint, and his dedicated SharePoint feed is a great resource for professionals who need to keep up without a huge investment in research time.

Emily Rae Aldridge, March 24, 2015

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SharePoint Gets Serious with Information Governance

March 19, 2015

SharePoint has enjoyed continued success over the last 15 years, but it has not been without some bumps along the way. Information governance is one of the noted areas in which Share has fallen flat. Read more in the CMS Wire article, “Keeping SharePoint In Check with Information Governance.”

The article begins:

“Historically, SharePoint was thought to cause as many information governance problems as it solved. The 2001 to 2003 versions did not show Microsoft putting much effort into helping customers with information governance. But after the massive take up of SharePoint Portal Server 2007 licenses, and the often negative conversations coming out of the sizable SharePoint user community, Microsoft started to take governance issues seriously.”

In addition to keep an eye on your news feed for the latest SharePoint buzz, staying tuned to experts in the field is a great way to save time and get pointed information pertaining to improving a SharePoint installation. Stephen E. Arnold has one such SharePoint feed on his Web site, Focusing on tips, tricks, and news, Arnold collocates much of content that users and managers alike will find helpful for navigating day-to-day SharePoint operations.

Emily Rae Aldridge, March 19, 2015

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SharePoint User Resistance Rises

March 17, 2015

Only one in ten organizations feel that their use of SharePoint has been a true success. This and other hard truths come out in the latest research by AIIM. The Globe Newswire covers all the latest news in their article, “SharePoint Projects are ‘Stalling’ as User Resistance Rises Says New AIIM Report.”

The report begins:

“Nearly two-thirds of enterprises say that their SharePoint project has either stalled (26 percent) or isn’t meeting their original expectations (37 percent), according to new research by independent information management analysts, AIIM. Adoption of business social tool Yammer is slow too, with 18 percent of respondents saying it has been adopted in their organization, but only one in ten of those reporting widespread and regular use.”

It is no surprise that such a large and complicated infrastructure as SharePoint has a high failure rate. Yet, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the platform is without merit. Most satisfied companies find that customization and third-party add-ons allow for significant improvement in satisfaction numbers. Stephen E. Arnold has made a career out of all things search and often covers SharePoint on his Web site, His SharePoint feed is a great resource for organizations that are looking to make the most of out of their current implementation, or plan a new installation.

Emily Rae Aldridge, March 17, 2015

Assessing SharePoint Content Security

March 17, 2015

With the volume of content housed in SharePoint implementations constantly growing, security threats are becoming an increasingly large problem as well. For organizations that are not sure how to measure the security of their SharePoint infrastructure, Metalogix may have a solution. CMS Wire covers the news in their article, “9 Metrics To Assess SharePoint Content Security.”

The article begins:

“Is your SharePoint content secure? More importantly, do you know how to assess your content security? Given the number of SharePoint environments, it’s likely that a lot of people would answer ‘no.’ Metalogix, however, has just released a new tool it claims will help. The new Insider Threat Index (ITI) offers SharePoint managers insight into their content security based on nine metrics.”

A lot of resources are devoted to helping organizations make the most of their SharePoint solution. Security is not the only concern, but also efficiency, structure, and user experience. To keep up with these and other topics, consider the SharePoint feed on Stephen E. Arnold has spent his career following all things search, including SharePoint. His expert-run Web site allows users to find lots of tips, tricks, and news pertaining to the enterprise.

Emily Rae Aldridge, March 17, 2015

Stephen E Arnold, Publisher of CyberOSINT at

SharePoint Often Comes Up Short

March 12, 2015

Although SharePoint has an unwavering hold on the enterprise market, recent studies show that it comes up short when it comes to meeting expectations. A surprising number of organizations report that the solution does not meet their needs or expectations. Read all the details in the Network World article, “Microsoft SharePoint Coming up Short for Most Enterprises, Study Finds.”

The article reports the study’s findings:

“The AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management) Web-based survey of 409 member organizations found that nearly two-thirds described their SharePoint projects as either stalled (26%) or not meeting original expectations (37%). The associated Yammer social business tool has also been slow to catch on, with only about 1 in 5 organizations using it, and only 10% of them using it regularly and on a widespread basis.”

Stephen E. Arnold has also found similar levels of dissatisfaction in his reporting. His Web service,, is devoted to all things search. His dedicated SharePoint feed is a great resource for all the latest tips, tricks, and news related to the enterprise installation. Additionally, users may find some helpful workarounds for fixing installations that are not meeting their organization’s needs.

Emily Rae Aldridge, March 12, 2015

SharePoint Problems Chocked Up to Management

March 10, 2015

A large percentage of SharePoint installations are reported to have stalled or not lived up to expectations. Despite those numbers, approximately 75% of organizations report that they will stay with SharePoint, regardless. They are committed to making it work and looking for solutions. CMS Wire gives more details in their article, “Blame the C-Suite for Your Failed SharePoint Project.”

The article begins:

“About two out of three organizations complain their SharePoint projects have stalled (26 percent) or failed to live up to their expectations (37 percent). And it gets worse, according to new AIIM research. A majority of respondents blame those SharePoint failures on lack of support from senior management.”

For those organizations and users who feel stuck in an ineffective or stalled installation, outside resources are invaluable. Stephen E. Arnold offers a helpful collection of resources on his Web site His dedicated SharePoint feed features the latest tips, tricks, and news regarding Office 365 and SharePoint specifically.

Emily Rae Aldridge, March 10, 2015

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