SharePoint 2013

Cloud really is changing the way that enterprises do their business. And while Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure fight for the opportunity to help clients get to their cloud services, Microsoft is still the powerhouse brand for enterprise applications and since many enterprises already run Microsoft servers it has a traditional advantage.

Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) are essential cornerstones of any disaster recovery (DR) or backup plan. In fact, attempts to formulate a DR/Backup plan without RPO & RTO are little more than best-guesses. So what are these concepts and why are they important?

UPDATE: Moving to SharePoint 2016? Read the latest version of this blog, "Yes, You Can Move Straight From SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2016"

recent survey showed that a large number of SharePoint customers are still using versions of SharePoint older than 2010. So how do they move to the SharePoint 2013? This is a common question currently being asked on SharePoint forums. Worryingly, most answers are either wrong or not completely correct.

It's no secret that third party BLOB externalization solutions have provided tremendous value to organizations with growing SharePoint environments. The capability first appeared in SharePoint 2007 as BLOB Storage (EBS) and later in SharePoint 2010 as Remote BLOB Storage (RBS).

The NSA security data breach by Edward Snowden (much of it leaked from a SharePoint server); Sony Pictures hack of personal information; and a number of other high profile private and government system breaches in the past year have been a wakeup call for businesses and the public sector to review their security strategies. These attacks proved successful because privileged credentials were compromised and exploited. And the stakes are getting higher – perpetrators are no longer lone hackers, but organized groups, some allegedly sponsored by nation states.

May 4, 2016 benchmarked the launch of SharePoint Server 2016 - the first Microsoft on premise offering to be reengineered and “born from the cloud.” I spent the day at Microsoft’s Times Square building attending a partner expo hosted by harmon.ie . After listening to the webcasts, I participated in a roundtable panel with other SharePoint experts to discuss what it all meant to SharePoint developers, end users and CIOs.

Last week I returned from Davos, Switzerland and the World Economic Forum (WEF) where the explosion of the internet and data sharing in the cloud for expanding education, collaboration and social media were highlighted as keys to improving work force productivity, lowering the financial bar to help developing nations enter the modern economy and improving the voice of democratic people.

Did you know that file size limits will increase from 2GB to 10GB in SharePoint 2016. What does this mean to you.

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.

A few weeks ago, Adam Levithan was a guest on Josh Bland’s Expert Interview Series. The series, hosted by TechnologyAdvice in conjunction with SPTechCon events, explores a variety of business and technology landscapes through conversations with industry leaders.

Below are 4 insights Adam discussed about planning for a systems migration, the changing role of IT, companies living in multiple clouds, SPTechCon 2016, and more.

1. Businesses live in multiple clouds now.

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