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Insights and developments for SharePoint experts and others just getting interested, regardless of your department or job function.

SharePoint Is Not Dead, It Will Continue to Dominate

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Gartner analyst Jeffrey Mann spoke at the 2013 Gartner Symposium on SharePoint and declared its inevitable demise. But, his assessment shows a distinct lack of understanding of what SharePoint is, what enterprise collaboration is and the fact that many companies will not go to the cloud for their content management needs. Mann’s presentation was confusing and misleading. By instructing CIOs to look to a post-SharePoint future, Mann displayed a distinct lack of foresight when it comes to collaborative solutions, SharePoint… continue…

Software, Data Skills Key to Bigger Paychecks in 2014

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Though few packages are on par with Twitter’s $10 million engineer Christopher Fry, pay is on the upswing for IT occupations, according to a Robert Half Technology salary survey. The survey projects that while salaries will rise an average 3.7 percent in 2014 across a number of sectors — accounting/finance, technology, legal, creative and administrative jobs — the positions with the highest jumps will be engineering, software development and programming. For instance, mobile applications developers and software developers will see… continue…

A Brief Intro to SharePoint’s New App Model

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One of the most significant new features of SharePoint 2013 is the introduction of the App Model. We are all familiar with the App Model from Apple’s App Store and Google Play. An online store where users can purchase and install an app that will help enhance a device (like a smartphone) or a platform (like SharePoint). This new SharePoint functionality is redefining how companies procure, develop and distribute customized solutions. Every company will have the ability to expose the… continue…

SharePoint as an Architecture Repository

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Over the past decade, enterprise architecture as a practice has gained quite a bit of traction. Where EA hasn’t taken root yet, solution architecture is often practiced. One of the biggest challenges to the adoption of any type of IT architecture practice or department is the ability to integrate it into the larger solutions lifecycle of any given organization. This is typically a challenge because: The culture of the organization isn’t sure about the value proposition for architecture. The working… continue…

The Environments Needed for Smart SharePoint Development

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What environments SharePoint developers utilize as a part of their solution delivery life-cycle is crucial. The model outlined below is meant to empower the developer to the greatest extent possible, while also safeguarding SharePoint. Every month, more enterprises begin using this approach. The Development Environment The Development environment should have only one server, even if your production SharePoint farm has multiple servers. The reason for this is simple: Visual Studio does not play nice when debugging a multiple-server farm. If… continue…

Interview Questions for SharePoint Architects

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Though many job postings refer to “SharePoint Developer/Architects,” the two roles require different skills and responsibilities. When you’re interviewing, you have to be able to address the differences. Sam Sabel, guide of the Dice SharePoint Talent Community, previously contributed interview questions for SharePoint developers. Here, he poses questions for architects, based on SharePoint 2010. How would you a set up SharePoint farm for our 800 active users? What would the network topography look like? What most people say: “We can… continue…

An Intro to SharePoint Community Events

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SharePoint is all about online engagement and collaboration. And yet, some of the most dynamic and engaging experiences related to the platform happen offline — and for free. Possibly best of all is that some are probably happening not too far from where you are. In other words, you can take advantage of meeting colleagues and sharing information, without it costing you an arm and a leg to travel and participate. It’s nice to see these growing alternatives. SharePoint User… continue…

Interview Questions for SharePoint Developers

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Microsoft SharePoint’s value isn’t about ease of development, but empowering users to manage their content effectively. And because it’s so widely used, the skills needed to implement and maintain the platform come at a premium. (SharePoint skills rank No. 7 on Dice’s list of the most difficult tech positions to fill.) One complicating factor is that many job postings seek a “SharePoint Developer/Architect,” even though those are roles with different functions and responsibilities. It’s a common situation that SharePoint professionals… continue…

Migrating SharePoint to the Cloud: The Pros and Cons

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SharePoint 2013 poses a challenging question for IT directors and SharePoint architects. Traditionally, the core questions regarding a SharePoint migration could be summarized as “when and how.” With Office 365 as a new and viable option for hosting SharePoint in the cloud, “where” becomes a significant question. While there are very attractive motivating factors for going to the cloud, there are also serious risks and considerations that you’ll have to assess. Saving Money The cloud option offers two main attractions:… continue…

Companies Can’t Find Enough SharePoint Talent

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The job market can’t keep up with the overwhelming demand for SharePoint. Large and mid-size companies have been flocking to it, and in 2011 Microsoft said that 20,000 workers became new SharePoint users every day during the previous five years. With SharePoint going online as a part of Office365, small businesses are beginning to move in that direction. This demand for SharePoint is driven by the clear success many companies have had with it. Add to that the fact that most… continue…