PowerApps is Microsoft’s technology for building no-code forms, not only for SharePoint lists, but across many LOB systems. This session teaches you how to create forms, and how to get around in the design interface, in order to make your job and processes more efficient for workers on the go. PowerApps can also be used as an InfoPath replacement for forms, and Laura draws parallels and comparisons for those moving from InfoPath. In this session geared towards business users, the components of a form are demonstrated, as an app is built and deployed. The management of PowerApps from an admin perspective is also covered.
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Microsoft Ignite was possibly the biggest Microsoft event ever – and it was a very important event, if not the most important event, from the perspective of findability and discovery. Microsoft announced Office Graph and Delve (codename Oslo) at the SharePoint Conference last year and rolled them out to the Office 365 customers in the last few months.
That only marked the beginning. Microsoft will continue to improve and enhance Office Graph and Delve, and they will add new features. What’s is really amazing is Microsoft’s new approach: they have a very open communication with the customers and users. They listen and pay attention to community feedback – this means community feedback has an impact on the products’ future.
But why these new tools are so important? Why are the common Enterprise Search solutions not enough? Microsoft has invested a lot in this area in the last couple of years – which shows the importance of Enterprise Search. But as we have information overload more and more, day by day, we have to be more conscious of our content.
If we analyze the content we have in the enterprise as well as our relationship to this content, we can identify the following quadrants:
Content I know about: documents, emails, database entries, etc., which I am aware of, either because I get notified (by someone or automatically by the system) or because I found it some proactive way. Researches show that the amount of new content we get every day is about the size of a novel.
Content I don’t know about: documents, emails, database entries, etc., which I am not aware of at all.
Useful content: content that helps the user to get his/her job done, which has business value.
Content with no value: content that doesn’t help the user to get his/her job done at all.
The goal is to maximize the ratio of useful content and filter out as much low-value content as possible.
Traditional Enterprise Search solutions help in the “Content I know about” / “Useful Content” segment the most. To be able to proactively find some content needs, the user needs to know something about the content: some property, some characteristics, etc. – these make the query work and tailor the proper content into the result set.
In the “Content I don’t know about” / “Content with no value” segment we don’t need too much to do, except we need to make sure we don’t surface any low-value content that makes the “content noise” bigger.
We can do the most in the “Content I don’t know about” / “Useful Content” segment with discovery tools. These tools help to discover (find) content even if we don’t know anything about. Some real-world examples include:
- A manager can find content that has been created though not his/her department, but “trending” in the company – even if he/she hasn’t received notification about it. This might be useful to stay updated.
- Marketing Department can use Delve to discover what’s going on in the company. They could use Delve as a “newspaper” that automatically surfaces the relevant content.
- Even without opening the libraries or documents, a user can track if there’s any progress in the content. I personally use Delve to do this when traveling – if a document “stays” on the top of my personal page in Delve, my colleagues keep working on it. If not, I have to check and maybe remind them.
- Documents that a user has to pay attention to will stay on the personal Delve page, too. This might be useful to check what he/she has to work on, review, provide feedback, etc.
And these are only the use cases for the basic functionality of Delve. If we add the new features like Boards, Groups, and the new People experience – it gives us much more. Moreover, we can get even more by creating our custom applications on Office Graph. The sky is the limit…
Ignite had several sessions on these topics. I’ve collected the related session recordings below, as well as some follow-up blog posts. Enjoy!
Search, Office Graph and Delve sessions on Channel 9:
Office Delve and Office Graph Vision and Roadmap by Cem Aykan, Fredrik Holm, Ashok Kuppusamy
Break Down Organizational Silos and Gain New Insights with Office Graph and Office Delve by Gary Danoys, Steve Nguyen
A New People Experience in Delve: Discover People Through Content, and Content Through People by Stefan Debald, Welly Lee
Building Solutions with Office Graph by Jon Meling, Helge Grenager Solheim
Implementing Next Generation SharePoint Hybrid Search with the Cloud Search Service Application by Kathrine Hammervold, Manas Biswas
MVP Panel: Sample Apps and Intelligent Solutions Showcasing Office Graph and Delve Extensibility by Bill Baer, Alexandre Cipriani, Chris Givens, Waldek Mastykarz, Mikael Svenson
Big Bang: The New Universe of Findability and Discoverability by Dan Holme, Agnes Molnar
Search Extensibility in SharePoint 2013 by Matthew McDermott, Corey Roth
Event summaries and other useful links:
MS Ignite “Effective Search Deployment” Session References (BRK3176) by Kris Loranger and Brian Pendergrass
Office Graph goes CRUD by Helge Solheim
SharePoint 2016 Hybrid Search: “One Search to Rule Them All” by Search Technologies
Ignite from a Search Perspective by Jeff Fried, BA Insight
by Chris Bortlik
Enterprise Search Europe takes place in London in just 5 weeks’ time. Here, we answer a few of the questions you’ve been asking about this business-focused search event.
What is Enterprise Search Europe and why should I attend?
Now in its fourth year, Enterprise Search Europe is the only conference in Europe to focus on search in a business context. If you have a website, intranet, documents or file sharing in your organisation then finding and delivering to or from those multiple content streams quickly and cost-efficiently is critical, not just for your employees but for your customers too. Put simply, duplicating information costs money, and information that is difficult to find in your organisation probably means you’re losing customers to someone who does it better.
Is the conference relevant to my business?
Search is at the centre of every successful business and has become a priority for organisations that understand, among other things, that effective search solutions make decisions easier to make. Enterprise Search Europe guides you through the selection, implementation and management of those solutions.
Do I need technical knowledge to attend?
No. Enterprise Search Europe is not a conference for the developer community, though many do attend. Most of our delegates have a management role where search is critical to meeting business objectives. Enterprise Search Europe is about making search work better and not about how search works.
What can I expect to learn at Enterprise Search Europe?
You’ll leave Enterprise Search Europe with a roadmap for your company’s search needs, as well as the technology and the skills needed to put search to work and manage it in the future. All of our speakers are practising search pioneers from a wide range of industries, including aerospace, financial services, automotive, pharmaceutical, academic and publishing environments. You’ll learn through real-world global case studies, interactive workshops and plenty of networking and social opportunities. You’ll also meet the providers of this year’s latest search technologies, products and services too.
Okay, sounds great. When, where and how much?
Enterprise Search Europe takes place in just 5 weeks at Park Plaza Victoria London on 29 & 30 April. The conference workshops take place on Monday 28 April. Flexible registration packages mean you can choose to attend all or part of the conference and start from as little as £195 plus VAT. Register here (don’t forget to use the code MOLNAR20 to get 20% off).
Who will be there?
Keynote speaker is Dale Roberts, on Decision Sourcing.
Sessions will be led by: Airbus, AstraZeneca, BA Insight, Ernst & Young, France Labs, Majedie Asset Management, MAN Truck & Bus, Press Association, Reed Business International, University College London.
And I’ll be speaking there, too!