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How to Install and Configure BI Features on SharePoint 2016 and SQL Server 2016
Contents Setting Up Your Demo Infrastructure How to Install and Configure PowerPivot for SharePoint 2016 How to Install and Configure Advanced PowerPivot Features How to Install and Configure SSRS in SharePoint-Integrated Mode How to Install and Configure PerformancePoint Services The SQL Server 2016 BI stack for SharePoint 2016 adds many important enhancements. With the performance optimizations in SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), PowerPivot data models now load faster and client queries now return quicker, resulting in an overall more responsive BI experience. Additionally, enhancements to SharePoint-integrated Reporting Services (SSRS) include improvements with SQL Server 2016, such as new chart types, HTML5 rendering of reports, cross-browser printing, export to Microsoft PowerPoint, and an updated version of Report Builder. Deploying the new BI features to SharePoint 2016 requires careful preparation, as many considerations have changed, due to the new architecture. Excel Services no longer ships with SharePoint 2016, making it a key […]
Highlights and Comparison of SharePoint 2016 with Earlier Versions
With the new additions in SharePoint Server 2016, Microsoft brings the best of its cloud functionality to its on-premises systems. These new features allow organizations who haven't taken the advantage of Office 365 functionality, to now utilize it despite being in an on-premise environment. In this truly effective Hybrid model, organizations are able to have the best of the Cloud, while keeping all their important information and data stored on-premise. Microsoft's goal with this version of SharePoint is to introduce hybrid capabilities between Office 365's cloud-based SharePoint Online and the on-premises version so many enterprises have in production. SharePoint 2016 boasts incredible performance and simple maintenance procedures. The latest version also has reduced feature activation overheads and uses the copy operation at the content database level to improve the site collection creation performance. You can also take advantage of faster upload times, increased list view thresholds, and enhanced security compliance. […]
Gain Extra Hours in Your Day with SharePoint Online Productivity
SharePoint Online is the next generation of software as a service collaboration tools aimed squarely at increasing your productivity. SharePoint’s primary goals are – getting your enterprise, organization, company, enterprise or team on the same page and working together. As a collaboration platform, SharePoint has grown leaps and bounds and shown its worth. Yet, as we never sit still, and there seems to be more work than time, does this incredible collaboration tool actually help boost productivity? Absolutely! Below, we have listed some of the important features that support SharePoint’s incredible status as a collaboration platform that will make a fantastic productivity tool for your team. Here are some of the cool new tools and solutions that make SharePoint so powerful: Delve An incredible, personalized search and discovery tool. Backed by an intelligent system that finds out what information is relevant to you! Let the data find you, instead of […]
SharePoint Sandboxed Solutions are dead – Here’s how to save existing ones
SharePoint sandboxed solutions were introduced by Microsoft for the first time in SharePoint 2010. Sandboxed solutions enabled site collection users to upload their own custom code solutions. This feature was very useful for users who did not have SharePoint Farm privileges. Under this system, users simply had to develop a sandbox solution using Visual Studio, upload it to the solution gallery of the site collection, and then their solution was ready to start using after activation. Unfortunately, Microsoft announced deprecation of code based sandboxed solutions on January 14, 2014, and last week announced that they are going to completely remove code-based sandbox solutions. As part of the removal process, you will not be able to activate any new code-based sandbox solutions. Additionally, in the coming weeks, Microsoft is going to disable all code-based sandbox solutions from SharePoint Online multi-tenant environments. Customers can look at the Office 365 Message Center and […]
How to Add Completed or In-Progress Buttons to Workflows
Workflow task actions have been changed in SharePoint 2013 designer. Although you will not find an action to assign a to-do item in SharePoint designer, there is a workaround to achieve the desired functionality. This blog will show you how to add completed or in-progress buttons to workflows. Add a new content type Go to site settings. Click on “Site Content Types” Under Web Part Galleries. then Click on Create. First, you need to add a new content type with a similar parent content type i.e. Workflow Task (SharePoint 2013). Give your content type a name. Then under the parent content type section select “List Content Type” from “select parent content type form” and then “Workflow Task (SharePoint 2013)” for “parent content type” under List Content Type then hit ok. Add a column to content type add a new site column to the newly created content type by clicking on […]
Content Search Web Part [CSWP] – SharePoint 2013
CSWP is one of the features made available to SharePoint 2013 on-prem with availability on SharePoint Online closely following. This Web part uses the search results from a query and gives us the ability to load these search results and give an improved user experience for users of a publishing site. One of the primary usages of the CSWP is branding for publishing sites. As per MSDN - The Content Search Web Part (CSWP) is a Web Part introduced in SharePoint 2013 that uses various styling options to display dynamic content on SharePoint pages. How it works A CSWP query returns results and allows you to format the display so that it can be more meaningful for end users. We have multiple web part properties here. Search criteria, Display Templates, Property Mapping and Settings are the specialties of this web part. The rest of the properties window is similar to […]
Creating New Item Template for Content Search Web Parts
A new type of web part, Content Search Web Part (CSWP), was introduced in SharePoint 2013. The CSWP functionality is only available when your site is a publishing site, otherwise, you may not be able to see the HTML page for an item template. This article will discuss how to change item templates in Content Search Web Part, according to your needs and requirements. (Assuming basic fundamental knowledge of CSWP to start). Let’s get started! Locate the item template closest to your requirements. To see the item template in action, add a CSWP to a page and try applying all of the item templates from the web part properties. Go to /_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Content Web Parts/ using SharePoint designer where you can see all the item templates HTML and their JavaScript files in the designer. Please Note: Do not edit the JavaScript files. As a developer, we are only allowed to […]
Alternative Solutions to the Deprecated Features in SharePoint 2016
Bill Baer from Microsoft disclosed several deprecated features of SharePoint 2016. But have no fear! There are alternatives to still use these features. The following is a list of those deprecated features. 1. SharePoint Foundation 2. Stand-Alone Installation 3. ForeFront Identity Manager Client (FIM) 4. Excel Services in SharePoint 5. Tags and Notes 6. Sharepoint BI capabilities 7. Stsadm.exe 1. SharePoint Foundation SharePoint foundation was included in SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013. It is the free version of SharePoint with almost all of the basic and core functionalities. But it is not available in SharePoint 2016. As an alternative, for users with limited requirements, there is a version of SharePoint Online that provides a limited feature set with a small associated cost. 2. Stand-Alone Installation SharePoint Release 2016 does not support a standalone installation. Therefore, the MinRole approach is introduced in SharePoint 2016. If you are working as a developer, in a […]
Perks of a SharePoint IT Assessment
  Many business owners and technology stakeholders have ideas on the benefits of Microsoft SharePoint but don’t know how to start a project or what to expect during it. To help ensure the success of a new SharePoint implementation or a new project to an existing system, it is recommended to complete a full SharePoint IT assessment. An upfront assessment provides the client with the most control over cost, delivery time and scope. This two-step approach provides stakeholders with the following benefits: A more accurate project scope, cost and timeline An opportunity to work with a vendor on a small but strategic project before inking a larger opportunity. This blog will provide information on what to expect in a SharePoint IT assessment. What’s included in a SharePoint IT Assessment? Not all SharePoint consultants offer or approach assessments the same way. The following outline provides the general framework for a SharePoint assessment, which is […]
Performance and Development Workflow Updates in SharePoint 2013
SharePoint 2013 introduced exciting workflow updates that increase the reliability and scalability of workflows. Before we discuss SharePoint 2013 workflows it’s important to first understand the 2010 workflows. The 2010 workflows are not as reliable as the new 2013 workflows due to their lack of scalability and availability. However, one of the major benefits of SharePoint 2010 workflows is that you can send emails across domains which wasn’t carried over in SharePoint 2013 through the send email action. Microsoft improved SharePoint 2013 workflows in two ways: Performance and Development. Development Updates Let’s discuss development first, and then we will look into the performance part later. Two major features in 2013 workflows was adding loops to the workflow actions in SharePoint designer, and supporting workflow designer in Visual Studio. Leveraging visual diagrams makes it a lot easier to present and understand workflows. (Please note that visual designer needs Visio 2013 professional). […]
When Employee Terminations Go Off the Rails – Legal Discovery
We’ve all experienced it – an employee termination process goes off the rails and legal discovery ensues. This can occur at any time during the employee termination process, including prior to a termination. Or, you may find yourself needing to do some legal discovery for merger and acquisition transactions, patent or copyright infringement investigations, etc. Regardless of scope or the timing of legal discovery, you are presented with the daunting task of collecting Electronically Stored Information (ESI) in a process known as electronic discovery (eDiscovery). But how do you do this in a cost-effective manner while still running your business, focusing on customer loyalty and improving your products and services? Fortunately, Microsoft’s rapidly growing Office 365 suite of solutions includes Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery, which incorporates significant eDiscovery enhancements, including: High value, cost-effective eDiscovery of emails, files, Skype instant messages, and SharePoint sites Court approved machine learning solutions developed by […]
New Features in SharePoint 2016
SharePoint 2016 is built on the same core as SharePoint 2013 online, but with improved scalability, performance, reliability and user experience. The new update also comes with a handful of new and exciting features. This blog builds upon the new features that were announced in the SharePoint 2016 IT Preview. Improved Provisioning Capabilities SharePoint 2016 is designed to help manage administrative tasks more efficiently by reducing the processing time of each individual task. The new and improved provisioning capabilities will free up your IT department to focus on other mission critical projects. Mobile Experience The new SharePoint 2016 update also includes an improved mobile navigation experience. The touch-friendly experience incorporates industry standards for mobile push and information synchronization. It also empowers screen consistency across different devices such as desktop, mobile, tablet or slate. Hybrid Cloud Search Hybrid search makes content finding easy. If there is an environment in which content […]
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