Change isn’t a four letter word, but it can become one if you fail to prepare for the next phase of your career.

And when it comes to IT, change is upon us. Companies are re-platforming from the data center and into the Cloud with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) becoming new standards. Ditto for Content in the Cloud.

Yesterday the release of a SharePoint 2016 beta was a buzz among SPTechCon attendees in Boston. Among rumors of missing the deployment deadline, the beta release arrived. All the details available are interesting. We’ve been looking at earlier builds internally for a little while, prior to the Preview going live.

Content collaboration is always at its best when end users in any organization know when others have contributed to their work content. SharePoint and Office 365 offer several different methods to notify users when content has been updated but, admittedly, it’s not perfect for a generation of professionals that are more Facebook and LinkedIn savvy than sorting through files on various drives.

An increasing number of corporate employees use third-party cloud storage solutions like Google Drive and DropBox to store and share business content, potentially putting sensitive and confidential company at risk. But why is it taking IT so long to adjust to the needs of these users.

Well, consider these scenarios. First, IT can't pull out a credit card and commit to a three year investment in an enterprise cloud solution. And second, IT can't build out an internal infrastructure overnight without affecting other projects (aka “IT doesn't have a magic wand”).

Best of Breed isn't a popularity contest; it’s a recognition contest. It is about recognizing excellence and celebrating not only technology professionals who find new ways to use best practices but those who create new best practices for others to follow. They are the best of breed, those who make the right choices that not only move their businesses forward; they do so smarter and faster than the rest.

This is Part 2 of our migration readiness series. In Part 1: Architecture, we wrote about architecture and making your content as lightweight as possible before making the big move.

The Metalogix SharePoint and Office 365 Roadshow kicked-off last week with a trip to Microsoft Netherlands. Going into the second year of the annual Metalogix Roadshow the decision to start in Amsterdam wasn’t because it was the first alphabetically… no no no. It was because the community in Amsterdam is really alive and organisations in the region are considered early cloud adopters. We proved that assumption when we surveyed the crowd and over 90% of the attendees were either “All in” or adopting a hybrid deployment.

This is Part 3 of our migration readiness series. In Part 1: Architecture, we wrote about architecture and making your content as lightweight as possible before making the big move.

Recently in the middle of a conversation with an IT professional, I was asked if it was crazy to have a backup of Office 365 content saved in OneDrive or SharePoint. My answer was simple; you’re not crazy at all, it’s actually a smart question to ask.

It may seem contradictory due to the nature of saving items to the cloud but it comes down to the small amount of time when users can’t get to the cloud to access business content.

Something is going to go wrong. It always does. So here at Backup & Recovery Boot Camp, we treat recovery as “When” and not “If.”

Welcome to Backup & Recovery Boot Camp for SharePoint, Week 1.

During Boot Camp, a series of weekly blogs, you’ll learn everything from basic skills through advanced topics on all things related to backing up and recovering your SharePoint environment. Each week, we’ll tackle a new topic--building critical knowledge and instilling a recovery-first mindset that will carry you through even the toughest situations.


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