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Knowledge Management Series - Introduction to SharePoint Syntex


With Microsoft Ignite 2020 (Sep 22-24) came more Knowledge Management news and the biggest one of these (at least as far as most people were concerned) was the first widely available service from Project Cortex. Rather than release one big service to organisations, Microsoft has listened to feedback and will be releasing different services under the Project Cortex banner and from October 1, you will be able to add SharePoint Syntex to your E3 and E5 licenses - but what is it?

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Knowledge Management Series - Creating a culture of knowledge


Culture - something many people are accused of lacking and something organisations strive to have. It’s a hard thing to actually define though. When it comes to knowledge management though, it’s a little simpler as what I am talking about is does your organisation encourage the sharing of information? Are people rewarded for working collaboratively and retaining the knowledge for the good of the organisation? Or are people encouraged to focus on themselves, hoarding information and not understanding the culture of sharing?

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Knowledge Management Series - Creating a culture of knowledge


Culture - something many people are accused of lacking and something organisations strive to have. It’s a hard thing to actually define though. When it comes to knowledge management though, it’s a little simpler as what I am talking about is does your organisation encourage the sharing of information? Are people rewarded for working collaboratively and retaining the knowledge for the good of the organisation? Or are people encouraged to focus on themselves, hoarding information and not understanding the culture of sharing?

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Knowledge Management Series - Organising knowledge


Organising can seem such a boring word. Organising is the opposite of spontaneous, it’s the planned dinner you can’t be bothered with instead of the quick pint after work that turns into an epic night out. It’s what the young you is terrified that you will turn in to. It is also what makes things just work. It is what makes you be able to be productive, to be able to get on with what you need to do and be the most effective you can be. It’s the front-row seats at the O2 after hours spent with multiple windows to get the tickets. But yeah, it is still a bit boring.

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Knowledge Management Series - Considering where knowledge is stored


There are many ways to start a knowledge management journey such as starting in one specific area of your organisation, focusing on a set of key stake holders or just building a business case for the value of a large scale program of work. For this series, I will focus first on where your knowledge is stored, considering the different areas and ways that information can be held. This will help you later to consider how you make use of that information to help the right people at the right time.

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Knowledge Management Series


Have you heard about Project Cortex? The upcoming service from Microsoft that will help organisations to better manage their internal knowledge by using the best of breed content services such as SharePoint, OneDrive and Microsoft Search. Your current reaction probably sits in one of three places if you live in the Microsoft space:

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Using Microsoft Search with a SPA


Microsoft Search was announced as the single search for finding items across the whole of the Microsoft 365 world back in 2017 during the Ignite that year. One backend to reference so that no matter where you search from, you get the same results back. That’s the promise and that is gradually coming to fruition. I will cover more on how this looks in SharePoint but this post will look in to the Dev side - how can Microsoft Search be used in a SPA (aka Single Page Application - sorry, no massages here)?

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The Etiquette of Microsoft 365 - a GreyHatBeard initiative


Have you ever wanted a set of policies around how people should use Office 365/Microsoft 365? Do you find yourself repeating the same little bits of advice to people again and again and again? We’re not talking about adoption specifically here, more about “Hey, you should always make sure you reply to a conversation in Teams rather than starting a new one” or “Keep files just for you in OneDrive and move them to the appropriate team’s SharePoint when you want to work together”. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a place to get all these useful suggestions in one place?

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You know what, it’s damn hard chatting to random people


Ignite, Build, ESPC, Future Decoded, Collab Summit, SharePoint Saturday - you might be like me and look at that list and think “I wish I could have been at all of those, I’ve seen the superstar speakers attending and know they’ll be my drinking buddies forever if only I had the chance to go cos they love the same things I do”. And then you get to go. And the events are great. The sessions are amazing, you learn so much…from afar. You see those people who go up and ask a question at the end and consider it but decide that your question isn’t quite worth it. So you head back to the expo floor and consider chatting to someone but think that maybe you don’t have enough to say. And someone might find you out. Then you see your favourite MVP over there, maybe Karuana Gatimu, Christian Buckley or Andrew Connell. They liked your tweet once so you should say hello. Bit you worry about interrupting them. You don’t want to spoil their day. So you go and have another coffee and head back to wander round the expo floor.

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2010s - my retrospective


2010 - that feels a lot longer than ten years ago. I was not long back from Singapore, still adjusting to non-expat life, fighting the ever-worsening commute from Kent up to London, juggling childcare duties with wanting to be out drinking. My twenties had just gone and responsibility had hit in a big way. At home with a 3 year old and at work as I took on more and more running of the whole SharePoint farm for a 30k seat investment bank that was the only company I’d ever worked for. One of the things I was learning more and more about was how to run things in an agile way effectively and my favourite things that have come from almost twenty years of the Agile Manifesto (http://agilemanifesto.org/) is:

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Some thoughts for 2020


Blimey - it’s almost 2020. All those 2020 visions now need to be reviewed and likely refocused. All those visions of the past can be checked and realisation that we still don’t have flying cars or our own jet packs (most of us anyway). So will the world change massively next year? Probably not. It will carry on but those small changes we don’t notice will continue their trickle in to our daily lives. The ease that AI is starting to bring, the emergence of voice interfaces will continue, Internet will be everywhere and the ability to consume what media you want, when and where you want will keep the diversity of content at a high. What about in the world of Microsoft 365?

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Creating a SharePoint Communications Site on the Office 365 root without Invoke-SPOSiteSwap


Almost since SharePoint Communication Sites were first announced, the clamour has been there to be able to have the root site be a Communications Site. An image driven, good looking site at the natural place for an Office 365 tenancy. Then, at this year’s SharePoint Conference, Microsoft announced that the PowerShell commandlet Invoke-SPOSiteSwap was coming and would allow admins to swap out the current root site with another one (with a few provisos that I’ll let you read in detail).

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