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The comprehensive licensing guide to Microsoft Flow and PowerApps

[Last update: July 25, 2019: I’ve added a new section on the upcoming and major licensing changes due October 2019] [Last update: June 22nd, 2019: I’ve added more details on multiplexing and connection pooling as it relates to licensing, and also some additional thoughts on the ramifications of the license change.] [Last update: Jan 31st, 2019: I’ve updated bits and pieces with additional details and clarification – I’ve marked those with a timestamp in the guide] In 2006 I applied to work at Microsoft, in their Dublin, Ireland office. I was offered a job and moved immediately to Ireland from Finland. On my first day, I was handed a respectable pile of paper by my manager with links to all… Read More »The comprehensive licensing guide to Microsoft Flow and PowerApps

Embracing the future: Integrating SharePoint Portal Server 2001 with Microsoft Azure Functions

During Christmas break in late 2016 I started planning for my upcoming presentations and demos for the first half of 2017. I’ve held talks on a wide range of topics, including all things SharePoint, Microsoft Azure Security, PowerApps and Flow, and Azure App Service to mention a few. I like the challenge of learning about new technologies, platforms, frameworks and approaches for productivity and modern work. So once again in December it was time to think about something new. My first presentation was yesterday in Paris, for the Microsoft Cloud Summit. I knew I wanted to touch a bit on PowerApps and Flow, since they’ve progressed hugely in the past few months. In addition I’ve been using Azure Functions quite… Read More »Embracing the future: Integrating SharePoint Portal Server 2001 with Microsoft Azure Functions
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Thoughts from beta certification exam 70-339: Managing SharePoint 2016

I’ve been waiting for the first IT Pro exam on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 to become available – the 70-339 Managing SharePoint 2016. I might have missed the beta announcement, but I noticed from Pearson VUE, that you are able to book the exam before the official release date of June 23rd. Without really having time to prepare I took the exam today (20th of June), after a huge cup of coffee. Studies possibly show that adequate levels of caffeine might boost your short-term memory. I cannot go into details on the questions themselves, so here are some initial thoughts after completing the beta exam. I don’t know yet if I passed or not, but I have a fairly good… Read More »Thoughts from beta certification exam 70-339: Managing SharePoint 2016

SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate and Project Server 2016 Release Candidate are now available

SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate and Project Server 2016 Release Candidate versions were released today, January 19th. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been working with SharePoint since the earliest versions in around year 2000, so after so many generations it’s very nice to see the latest release being feature complete and closer to the final 2016 version. I wanted to write a few thoughts on SharePoint Server 2016 while spinning up my VMs to update with the latest RC build. You can download bits for both release candidates here. Where are we today? After SharePoint releases in 2001, 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013 we’re finally very close to SharePoint 2016. Here’s the helicopter view with the history and the… Read More »SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate and Project Server 2016 Release Candidate are now available

Thoughts on the next generation of Microsoft MVP award

I’ve been a Microsoft MVP for a little less than 2 years now. It’s been a great journey so far, and I can’t wait to see how next year will turn out with the 2016 wave of releases from Microsoft. It has also been the next logical next step after I completed the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) certification program in 2012. I’ve been working in IT for 25 years, and each year feels more exciting than the previous to work with Microsoft technologies! Ever since becoming an MVP in 2014 I felt that I should be concentrating more on the single discipline I was awarded for, SharePoint Server 2013. Being a small-business owner however, I tend to and enjoy working… Read More »Thoughts on the next generation of Microsoft MVP award

Goodbye, SharePoint 2010 and thanks for everything

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010 mainstream support ends October 10, 2015. You can verify this on Microsoft’s Lifecycle page for SharePoint 2010. Weeks go by so fast nowadays, that I actually had to stop for a moment to reflect the fact that it’s been 5 years, and almost two releases since SharePoint 2010 was all the rage. So what does this mean for a company that is still running SharePoint 2010 (Server or Foundation)? It’s not the end of the world, and your SharePoint 2010 farm will not stop on the 11th of October because of this. Microsoft is simply phasing out from mainstream support for SharePoint 2010, also in anticipation of SharePoint 2016 next year. As… Read More »Goodbye, SharePoint 2010 and thanks for everything

Recommended approach to provisioning content types in SharePoint 2010, 2013 and SharePoint Online

Much has been written and even more has been discussed about content types in SharePoint. Since there’s so many ways to provisioning content types, I wanted to capture the essential information for anyone in need of clear advice on this topic. This article is aimed for all roles of a given SharePoint deployment: site collection admins, IT Pros and developers. And as always with SharePoint, things vary and depend on many factors. What is a content type? Instead of re-hashing what’s already written very nicely on MSDN, here’s a nice quote explaining what a content type is. Note that this is for SharePoint Foundation 2010 but the same information applies to newer versions. A content type is a reusable collection… Read More »Recommended approach to provisioning content types in SharePoint 2010, 2013 and SharePoint Online