Team work for community good

I’ve been working on a very interesting project to help a group of community service organisations work better together. Here are a few thoughts and lessons I’ve learnt that others might benefit from too. This is a great example of how technology can benefit NGO’s. In Canterbury, New Zealand where I live, these organisations tend to be small and want to spend their budget on … Continue reading Team work for community good

Using SharePoint with Microsoft Teams

One of the most common questions I’ve been asked recently is ‘should we use Teams or SharePoint?”. Being a consulting it is always tempting to say “well it depends”…The good news is you can use both together. The video below explains how to surface pages and libraries from SharePoint into Microsoft Teams. If you need to migrate content into Teams from your old on-premises SharePoint … Continue reading Using SharePoint with Microsoft Teams

Flow Approvals with SharePoint Document Publishing

UPDATE: Since writing this blog, Microsoft have rebranded Flow as PowerAutomate. Creating a Flow from a SharePoint Online document library reveals a template “request managers approval for selected file” Flow. Once configured, a Flow becomes available form the Flow menu that send starts and approval process, however it is missing one key feature. It doesn’t actually approve a draft item and publish it. SharePoint document … Continue reading Flow Approvals with SharePoint Document Publishing

SharePoint Newsletter

If you’ve found yourself reading this then chances are you’re interested in SharePoint. One of the real challenges of Modern SharePoint is keeping current. These days SharePoint doesn’t just mean SharePoint, it’s a combination of SharePoint and a wide range of Office 365 and Azure features that make up the tool kit. As a SharePoint Consultant I see a new wave of people either coming … Continue reading SharePoint Newsletter

Building a SharePoint Search Solution with React Search Refiners

I needed to find a nice way to build a SharePoint Online Search solution for a marketing team recently. They had some requirements that weren’t easily achievable with SharePoint Online out of the box search options. This is where the React Search Refiners solution saved the day. SharePoint UserVoice has some good news about the Modern Search Centre, but it isn’t ready just yet, so … Continue reading Building a SharePoint Search Solution with React Search Refiners

Create multipage SharePoint new item form with PowerApps

SharePoint Online allows you to customise a list forms using PowerApps. Creating a simple form is a piece of cake, but their are a few things you need to do when making a multipage form. Starting with a SharePoint list, choose the PowerApp option at the top of the list view. In PowerApps studio create a Screen for each section and then build your custom … Continue reading Create multipage SharePoint new item form with PowerApps

Microsoft Flow, linking email to SharePoint List items

Using SharePoint and Microsoft Flow, I built a system for sending emails to external people and then processing the replies, including extracting attachments and linking back to the original SharePoint List Item. Here’s the process: User creates a new List Item with the email address of an external person (can be internal also) Using Flow, send an email to the external person’s email address: Subject … Continue reading Microsoft Flow, linking email to SharePoint List items