Intranet for Office 365 – finally!!!

inWorks LLC has partnered with Blue Meteorite, a Gold Microsoft partner from Finland, to deliver outstanding Intranet solutions for Office 365 SharePoint Online.
inWorks LLC is the first Blue Meteorite partner to offer this Intranet-in-a-box product in the United States, and I am looking forward to getting the word out there about this affordable, easy to deploy, flexible, modern – and good looking – Intranet product for Office 365 SharePoint Online.
Building an effective Intranet may require a lot of investment from financial, time, and people perspectives – all of which contribute to the Intranet project languishing on the back-burner.
To solve this problem for our clients, we went in search of a product that not only would help take better advantage of Office 365 SharePoint Online, but do so in a manner that satisfies our fairly stringent criteria for Intranet competence.
We needed to find something that would be:
  • Fast to set up
  • Easy to configure
  • Simple to brand
  • Built using solid architectural principles
  • Developed using best practices and Microsoft’s latest guidelines
  • Robust and handle Office 365 SharePoint Online changes gracefully
  • Affordable
  • Supported by a world-class team

…and we found it. The Valo Intranet product from Blue Meteorite fits all those criteria, and I’m simply thrilled to be able to offer it as part of our services portfolio.

SharePoint Online has been a great collaboration tool for managing documents, but without appropriate Information Architecture it can be confusing to implement and navigate. Furthermore, without a structure in place it’s easy to configure it in a way that precludes the best use of its features.
Proper configuration, branding, deployment, etc of SharePoint Online as an efficient Intranet is possible to accomplish through the use of highly skilled consultants and developers – we know this process intimately.
With inWorks LLC, Valo Intranet helps you get more out of your Office 365 SharePoint Online infrastructure!
Check out the Intranets page on our site, and get in touch!

OneNote Class Notebook Creator app is amazing

If you’re in education or training sector, you should take a moment and review the OneNote Class Notebook Creator app – I just spent the few minutes checking it out and it looks like it offers a great set of features. Here’s the link to the article:

Here’s a summary of what the app allows you to do:

  • Create classes and set up notebook templates
  • Add students to the class and automatically create OneNote sections for their homework, assignments, etc.
  • Create shared content & collaboration libraries
  • Add other teachers / staff to the class notebooks
  • Secure students’ notebooks so only they have access
  • Manage students, teachers, content centrally
  • Notify students by email of notebook creation

 

I can easily see this being used in schools and in organizations that provide training with a (more-or-less) formal training curriculum. There are a couple of things missing from the app – such as being able to grade student assignments in a structured, reportable way; hopefully that’s something that can be added later – if there’s demand for it.

If you are an accredited educational institution, you can get everything you need to implement this for free, and businesses can get a free trial of Office 365 to check it out.

Get in touch if you’re interested in trying this out!

Microsoft SharePoint Online ups its storage max per site collection

This is a pretty big deal for SharePoint Online. Up until recently you could only have (for Enterprise plans) site collections up to 100GB in size. 100GB isn’t anything to sneeze at, but there are cases – quite a lot of them, actually – where storage accumulated over the last, say 10 years, exceeded that quite a lot. There are also folks who use SharePoint Online for storing lots of high-res imagery, and in any scaled operation, 100GB limit starts to become restrictive.

Good solution architecture and planning can overcome such constraints, of course. In many cases it is preferable to segment a solution across site collections – regardless of storage limits. There are scenarios, however (long term archiving), for example, where it may be preferable to let storage grow (and grow).

Microsoft announced (almost a month ago, actually) that SharePoint Online now supports site collections up to 1TB in size. In addition, you can grow your tenant almost without limits – creating as many of those 1TB site collections as your budget and business will allow (up to 10,000, which is the current limit).

Here’s the original blog post explaining the details: http://blogs.office.com/2014/03/14/sharepoint-online-announces-1tb-site-collections-and-unlimited-tenant-storage-scale/