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PlexHosted SharePoint Merry Christmas
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SharePoint Hosting. SharePoint 2013 and Yammer – best social tools for your company.

SharePoint 2013 and Yammer – best social tools for your company

SharePoint 2013 Yammer
SharePoint 2013 Yammer
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Hello,
As you know, the future of big projects is in social collaboration. All large companies try to make communications inside of the organization simple and productive. So, the question is “Which tool should we use for social collaboration – Yammer or SharePoint 2013?” is the one most asked and discussed. Let`s try to understand this question and answer it in this post.

Yammer

Yammer is a private social network for your company. Please see the following list of the main Yammer features:

  • Yammer groups. You can setup a Group for all teams, projects or interests. There are two great features such as Quick Access and Announcements you can use in Groups.
  • Yammer user profiles. Share your knowledge or find the experts you need more easily. Add managers and reports to create a company chat together with your employees. Leader boards display people with the most messages, replied-to messages, and liked messages.
  • Yammer conversations. You can share an update, add documents, post pools and notify other co-workers by looping them into a conversation using @their_name. See who’s online now and start a private discussion with one or more employees.
  • Yammer document collaboration. Share MS Office documents, PDFs, images and videos across team and get feedback from them. Collect notes and view all the edits made to a document. Additionally you can email a file and mark files as official and read-only.
  • Yammer external communication. Great option! You can create a dedicated online workspace to collaborate with business contacts outside of your company and you can easily switch between internal and external networks.
  • Yammer security. Bring the look and feel of your company. Easily manage access to your Yammer network, sync directories, manage and export network data according to company policies. Set password policies and use the session management to see users devices are logged into with possibility to log them out.
  • Yammer Apps. Connect all of your business applications with Yammer.
  • Yammer devices. Access Yammer on Web, Mobile, Desktop.

Read more at Yammer features.

SharePoint 2013

SharePoint is a platform for a social intranet portals collaboration. Please read more about SharePoint 2013 features.

SharePoint 2013 vs Yammer. Microsoft social tools comparison.

Microsoft continues to release updates to both social tools and will continue to innovate no matter which platform you chose and use. As for the question I mentioned above, here is the most popular answer on it:

  • If you have no restrictions, use Yammer.
  • If your organization needs to use a dedicated hosting tool, using SharePoint 2013 social features is the best way to meet it.

Yammer is more flexible for collaboration with external partners or customers. If you want to initiate real-time participation and sharing events, meetings or reviews use Yammer with its out-of-box options. But if you want create an intranet portal with the same templates, structured information and web parts – the best tool for you is SharePoint 2013 with social features. SharePoint content is more structured and there are additional options you can use, like workflows, forms, web parts.

Currently, Microsoft is working on the integration between Yammer and SharePoint. After it is finished you would be able to get all best from these two social tools. But now, let your teams decide which of these social platforms is best to use. Please keep in mind that your team is the best decision maker of technologies for your organization.

PlexHosted has a great option for you! You can integrate Yammer with PlexHosted Dedicated SharePoint servers.

Start with the PlexHosted SharePoint hosting today and improve your business tomorrow!

References:

Yammer features
Dedicated SharePoint tool

SharePoint 2013 and Yammer integration
SharePoint 2013 and Yammer integration

SharePoint Hosting. Data visualization in SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013, SharePoint data visualization, SharePoint hosting, data visualization in SharePoint 2013

SharePoint data visualization
SharePoint data visualization
SharePoint 2013, SharePoint data visualization, SharePoint hosting, data visualization in SharePoint 2013
Hello,
Probably you know that SharePoint is a platform that can help you share and organize your company’s reports, documents, etc. But did you know SharePoint can also help you visualize data for your employees.

SharePoint 2013 Power View

You can use PowerView to build and share a dashboard that visualizes your data for your team. You publish the dashboard to your company’s site, so you don’t need to setup any additional security. Please see more details at the following Microsoft video:

Video: Discover – visualize data

PlexHosted’s demo site with PowerView and SharePoint data visualization

Please see PlexHosted’s demo site with PowerView and SharePoint data visualization using the following credentials
URL: http://powerpivot.plexhosted.net
Username: demo@plexhosted.net
Password: p@ssword1

PlexHosted free trial of SharePoint Enterprise with PowerPivot and Power View

Sign up today for a 1-month free trial of SharePoint Enterprise with PowerPivot and Power View data visualization to test all SharePoint business intelligence features for yourself.

Start with the PlexHosted SharePoint hosting today and improve your business tomorrow!

References:

PlexHosted’s demo site with Power View and SharePoint data visualization
Free trial of SharePoint Enterprise with PowerPivot and Power View data visualization
Video: Discover – visualize data

Data visualization in SharePoint 2013
Data visualization in SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013 User Password Management in PlexHosted

SharePoint 2013 Change Password, SharePoint 2013 User Password Management, SharePoint 2013 Change Password Feature

SharePoint Change Password
Change Password Feature
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Hello,
Today we have great news for you. PlexHosted is pleased to announce that a user password change functionality is now available with our multi-tenant SharePoint 2013 services.

SharePoint 2013 User Password Management

SharePoint user passwords are usually managed from the Active Directory with dedicated SharePoint server or using SharePoint’s Administrative Control Panel provided for multi-tenant service. Previously, multi-tenant users had no ability to change their passwords by themselves and this task has required an administrator to get involved. As a result, extra time was spent for managing passwords every day.

SharePoint 2013 Change Password Feature

Now, if an administrator wants to give users the ability to manage their passwords, a SharePoint “Change Password” feature can be enabled for the site collection.
SharePoint 2013 Change Password feature
SharePoint 2013 Change Password feature
PlexHosted’s new password change functionality helps to relieve your administrators from this mundane and time consuming task. Users can now change passwords for themselves directly from the SharePoint site without the need to callwrite admin and request a change. What is more, this new functionality allows keeping passwords even more securely than before.

SharePoint 2013 Change Password Web Part

Take a look at how easily users can change passwords for a SharePoint 2013 site with this feature:

They just need to click Change Password.

SharePoint 2013 Change Password
SharePoint 2013 Change Password

Then type old and new passwords, confirm and click Save.
SharePoint 2013 User Password Management
SharePoint 2013 User Password Management

It is simple and will greatly reduce the time administrators spend every day changing passwords so they can focus on the process of improving your SharePoint sites.

Start with the PlexHosted SharePoint hosting today and improve your business tomorrow!

References:

SharePoint 2013 User Password Management in multi-tenant environment

SharePoint 2013 User Password Management
SharePoint 2013 User Password Management in multi-tenant environment