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

Building a Digital Workplace: What can go wrong?

I was invited to speak at an event recently and decided to include a slide in my presentation on the things that can go wrong when building a digital workplace. I’ve made many mistakes in my career and sometimes claim to have a Degree from the University of Hard Knocks! This slide has sparked many conversations so I thought I’d blog about the slide and … Continue reading Building a Digital Workplace: What can go wrong?

Adding Bookmarks to Microsoft Search

Using the Microsoft Search admin centre to configure Bookmarks is a great way to improve the search experience for your Office 365 users. I’ve made a short video to show how bookmarks are added and where they show up and a where they don’t. Here are some ideas for the sorts of things you could create bookmarks for: Important company documents e.g. strategic plan, budgets, … Continue reading Adding Bookmarks to Microsoft Search

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

SharePoint Migration File Share to Cloud

Moving from file server based document storage to SharePoint Online opens a world of capability for users. Lower barriers to working remotely, better collaboration internally and externally, document management functionality, better compliance and many would argue better security. Before you begin Before you start the migration it is important to develop a plan. Is your infrastructure up to scratch? Do you have the licensing you … Continue reading SharePoint Migration File Share to Cloud

My first 10 Years of SharePoint

Ten years ago, I was working as a Systems Engineer in an IT services company. Back then a lot of the work involved implementing physical server hardware (HP ProLiant servers), installing and configuring Windows Server, network infrastructure and implementing Exchange and SQL Server. An opportunity came up to work on a project implementing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS 2007) for a client. My only exposure … Continue reading My first 10 Years of SharePoint