SharePoint 2013 Cloud – Add-on’s

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Has anyone transitioned to SharePoint 2013 that is 100% cloud based? If so, are you using this as your content management solution for your company? Did you have to purchase or are you looking to purchase any additional add-on’s?

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General Mills
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Hi Mary,
Are you referring to Office365 (O365)/SharePoint Online? Or do you mean just an externally hosted SP2013 instance?

 


We have been using O365 (SP2013) for over a year successfully.

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Global Hyatt Corporation
Chicago IL
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Office 365 SP Online.

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General Mills
Minneapolis MN
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Hi
The cloud version of SharePoint 2013 is called SharePoint Online and it comes with Office 365. It’s also provided by different hosting services like Rackspace, Go Daddy, etc. as a hosted platform for Collaboration and Content Management.

We use O365 within our company and the Services and Solutions we offer to our clients also evolve around Microsoft Technologies. Most of our clients use SharePoint for Content / Document Management features while others concentrate more towards the collaboration and social functionality it offers.

Enadoc is one of the products we have built which provides comprehensive solution towards Document Imaging and its Lifecycle, Tagging, Doc Security, Doc Recovery, Compliance, Records Management, etc. The best part is that it works like a plugin for SharePoint Online (or On premise) and has a very simple integration. We have done quite a lot of successful implementations of our solution across the world.

Enadoc Website: www.enadoc.com

Do let me know if you would like us to schedule a demo for you to show how Enadoc works with SharePoint Online as an add-on.

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Enadoc LLC
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Hi,
We have been using it in-house for the last 3 years now as our content management solution and it works for us.

As a consulting company we also develop it as a platform for Business Applications, Knowledge Management and Collaboration Initiatives, Workflow Automation and IM Initiatives.

We only advice add-ons after we’ve exhausted its out of the box functionalities, more common add-ons we recommend are the workflow and outlook integration add-ons.

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DataCo Ltd.
Aberdeen
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We, like a lot of organizations I suspect, are running a hybrid scenario. SharePoint Online – part of the Office 365 cloud hosted by Microsoft – is a major part of our internal employee digital workplace. It provides the spaces and sites for collaboration and project teams, as well as the ability to do light-weight and ad-hoc document management and workflows within the enterprise context. SharePoint Online’s integration points are defined by Microsoft’s “app model”, so it is quite a different approach than traditional 3rd party add-ons to previous on-premises versions of SharePoint. It is a newer and more modern approach, but consequentially, the add-on market is still growing and there may not the same level of functionality available from familiar enterprise level 3rd party vendors. For instance, in our hybrid environment, our On-Premises 2013 farm has Nintex Workflow licensed. But the Office365/SharePoint Online version of that product is significantly different than the on-premises version (it is more difficult to use basic provisioning workflows online, etc.). The underlying development approach and available APIs are just different, so even now, the market is trying to catch up. Add to that Microsoft’s really aggressive and fast pace to updates and improvements to their SharePoint Online platform, and 3rd party vendors may have a harder time keeping up with evolving their more elaborate and powerful products.

Because of all of that, I think a lot of organizations are splitting the workload of their SharePoint (and broader digital workplace) tools among on-premises, hosted, and pure cloud services straight from Microsoft. Each place a tool can run (each option for the way it is implemented and hosted) has pluses and minuses, so you just have to align the strengths of each with your goals as best as you can, then direct resources to bridging gaps for the end user experience. In our case, SharePoint Online is great for “wild west” collaboration and document storage, where people can share and manage files easily without being over-governed. The content still lives in the broader enterprise framework and can be indexed and tagged fairly easily, but the governance does not get in the way of productivity. Meanwhile, on premises SharePoint 2013 is our main publishing layer for “official” content (news, policies, etc), as well as deeper integrations with line-of-business systems and 3rd party products. Additionally, our main SharePoint term store and taxonomy is managed on-premises and replicated to SharePoint Online (via PowerShell) so that there is at least the potential for consistency and governance around content management everywhere. The two major areas are connected through a robust SharePoint 2013 on-premises search solution (which is itself supported by 2 3rd party solutions as well). To our users, there is a connection through experience and IA and navigation, but also through search.

Whew– A long reply. Sorry. I just wanted to spell out our approach and to clarify a bit on how we view and use 3rd party add-ons. Hope that helps!

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KCTCS Versailles KY
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