Using MySQL database as a Datasource

How to connect to MySQL database from PowerPivot

One of the supported data sources that you can use to connect to your workbooks and create PowerPivot reports is MySQL database. But before creating such connection you need to make sure that the following requirements are fulfilled:

  • Make sure your MySQL server is binded on public IP address and accept traffic from PlexHosted`s SharePoint app server where your site is deployed, on default port 3306 (port 3306 used for demonstration purposes in this case).
  • You have a user that have read only permissions to required databases (root user is used for demonstration purposes in this case) GRANT ALL ON employees.* TO root@11.22.33.44′ IDENTIFIED BY ‘verysecurepassword’; or GRANT ALL ON employees.* TO root@’%’ IDENTIFIED BY ‘verysecurepassword’; (if you have a firewall)
  • Your Desktop machines which are building excel reports must have permissions to connect to your MySQL server using public IP address.
  • The MySQL Connector/ODBC has been installed on the machine from which you are going to connect to MySQL. You can download and install it from [here].
Creating a connection to MySQL database
  1. Open the Excel workbook you would like to connect to the database and go to the PowerPivot tab. In the PowerPivot tab click Manage.
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  2. When the PowerPivot for Excel window opened, click on From Other Sources button in the Get External Data section.
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  3. Choose Others (OLEDB/ODBC) option.
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  4. Type the name for your connection and enter the connection sting using the pattern below:
    Provider=MSDASQL.1;Persist Security Info=True;Extended Properties=”DRIVER={MySQL ODBC 5.3 ANSI Driver};UID=readonlyuser;Server=11.22.33.44;Database=employees;Password=verysecurepassword;Option=3DRIVER={MySQL ODBC 5.3 ANSI Driver}”;Server=11.22.33.44;Database=employees;Option=3;”;
    Where:
    UID=<user with permissions to connect to your database>
    Password=<your user password>
    Server=<your MySQL server public IP address>
    Database=<your database name.
    After entering the connection string click on Test Connection button.
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  5. Click OK in the connection status window.
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  6. Click Next.
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  7. In the Table Import Wizard choose the option Write a query that will specify the data to import and click Next.
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  8. Enter the query to import the required data from the database and click Validate. Once you query is validated click Finish.
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  9. The Table Import Wizard will start importing data from your database to the PowerPivot model. Once the status of the wizard changes to Success click Close.
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  10. You can see the data imported to the model and can start creating your PowerPivot reports by clicking on the PowerPivot table button.
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SharePoint 2013 BI and MySQL

SharePoint 2013 BI and MySQL, Multi-Tenant PowerPivot 2013 Hosting, PowerPivot data refresh in SharePoint 2013

 SharePoint 2013 BI and MySQL
SharePoint BI and MySQL
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PlexHosted is pleased to announce support for the connectivity of SharePoint hosted workbooks to open source MySQL database server. Now our customers are free to use MySQL as an external data source in their PowerPivot and PowerView reports with our multi-tenant SharePoint 2013 BI service.

PowerPivot data refresh in SharePoint 2013

PlexHosted PowerPivot solutions provide interactive and scheduled data refresh of PowerPivot workbooks from the latest information and data sources. The importance of receiving information in a timely fashion is obvious for business owners, isn`t it?

SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence and MySQL database server

As always PlexHosted continues to improve the quality and scalability of its services as well as its expertise in the SharePoint Hosting industry. Previously, data refresh from MySQL was available only in dedicated SharePoint environments. Now you can easily connect a workbook to your MySQL database, upload it to your hosted SharePoint site, and have your business critical data always up to date.

Real-time Business Intelligence 2013, integration of data from various data sources, analyzing large amounts of information, effective sharing and collaborating with the most recent data, great data visualization, exceptional performance, and customer support available 24/7/365 are among the capabilities available with PlexHosted and its SharePoint 2013 BI services.

Use SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence with PlexHosted – improve your business!

References:

SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence Overview
SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence

SharePoint 2013 BI and MySQL
SharePoint 2013 BI and MySQL, PlexHosted – Hosted PowerPivot Data in SharePoint 2013

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:

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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 Hosting. SharePoint Intranet Portal

SharePoint Intranet, SharePoint Hosting, SharePoint Intranet Portal, SharePoint Portals

SharePoint Intranet
SharePoint Intranet
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Hello,
An Intranet is an internal company portal that can be used to make team work more productive, effortless, cost effective and competitive. It is an essential part of the organization’s infrastructure. A successful SharePoint intranet usually has high usability because company owners have full control over the environment and know exactly who the users are and how they actually use intranet. Investments in intranet improvements are crucial since the intranet usability and high user adoption helps improve business productivity and therefore increase overall company profits.

SharePoint Intranet

SharePoint is one of the most widely used application platforms for a company’s intranet portal. According to the Nielsen Norman Group`s research, 70% of successful intranets are built on SharePoint. Additionally, Nielsen Norman Group determines 10 best intranet portals every year and the best ones for 2013 are:

    • Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (Biotechnology, U.S.)
    • American International Group, Inc. (Insurance, U.S.)
    • AT&T (Telecommunications, U.S.)
    • Hager Group, (Manufacturing, Germany)
    • Luzerner Kantonalbank AG, (Financial company, Switzerland)
    • ONO (Telecommunications, Spain)
    • Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) (Government, Saudi Arabia)
    • Swiss Mobiliar Insurance & Pensions (Insurance, Switzerland)
    • WorkSafeBC (Government, Canada)
    • XL Group plc (Insurance, Ireland)
These companies are of different sizes and from different countries. These intranets are used for their entire organizations and have been designed to take into consideration specific company needs in their particular sphere of business.
To read about these companies please see the following page – 2013 Intranet Design Award Winners.

This research helps to specify the latest trends in the development of successful intranet portals. Let’s take a look at them.

  • Time for intranet design – the average time to create and design a portal is 3.5 years, but lately it has decreased to 2.3 years. The process of designing a company portal is not a simple task.
  • The size of an organization – it has become simpler for small companies to develop good company portals using modern technologies. The SharePoint platform provides a number of features for great intranet implementation with its social features, efficient MS Office integration, information search and filtering capabilities.
  • Intranet management team – nowadays it is important to involve more people in building a successful intranet site. It is impossible for a small team to design and manage an intranet portal that will completely satisfy the needs of all company employees and help improve collaboration and work productivity. The more people involved in the building process – the better the result will be for end users.
  • Consulting companies and developers – external consultants are usually involved in helping with SharePoint planning, development, design and branding. They serve to complete particular tasks in which your company`s team does not have enough expertise.
  • The authors of intranet content – it is important to consider the primary requirements of the employees when designing the intranet. The best way to ensure usability, high user adoption rates and relevant content inside the portal is to involve people from different offices and departments, the people who will use the site.
  • Feature and design development – the latest trend in intranets is to use such features as personalized pages, extended profiles, video channels and mega menus. The additional new features widely used are integration with social sites like Facebook or LinkedIn, and extended filters on site pages.
  • Out-of-the-box SharePoint capabilities – the built-in SharePoint features allow improvements in search experience and make document management easier with Office integration.
  • Educating employees about social and enterprise features of the platform – intranet users need to know the main usage rules and it is a good idea to provide a short guideline for them. It is also important to establish communication between teams and motivate users for commenting, sharing and creating conversations.
  • Permissions – complex site permissions can be a nightmare for your intranet management team. Nowadays most of the companies tend to protect business critical files by using simple permission strategies to avoid the unnecessary complexity.
The practice of a great number of companies from all over the world shows that the SharePoint platform is a perfect tool for designing a company’s intranet portal. Taking into consideration the latest trends, advances from SharePoint consultants and experienced users, you can build a powerful portal for your team and achieve better results.
PlexHosted can provide you with a starting point for your successful intranet. From the planning stage, to SharePoint implementation and customization – this is something PlexHosted can help you with.

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

References:

SharePoint Intranet
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PlexHosted - SharePoint Intranet 2013
PlexHosted – SharePoint Intranet 2013

Hosted SharePoint 2013 Licensing, SharePoint 2013 Hosting

Hosted SharePoint 2013 Licensing, SharePoint Hosting, SharePoint Licensing, SharePoint 2013 Hosting

SharePoint 2013 Licensing
SharePoint 2013 Licensing
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Hello readers,
Need to learn about SharePoint licensing for a new project? Want to know how to pay the minimum price for the best SharePoint hosting? You are at the right place. In today’s post I`ll tell you about SharePoint hosting plans and SharePoint 2013 licensing.

SharePoint 2013 hosting plans

There are different SharePoint hosting environments, dedicated and multi-tenant and three SharePoint editions. All this can confuse end users which have not worked with SharePoint before. At first look, SharePoint licensing seems difficult to understand. But if we take a look at it more deeply you will learn that SharePoint licensing is pretty easy to understand.

SharePoint 2013 CALs Licensing

PlexHosted offers SharePoint in three editions: Foundation, Standard, and Enterprise. The main difference between editions is in the various SharePoint features (see SharePoint Features Comparison) and pricing for the Client Access Licenses (CALs). SharePoint Enterprise edition offers an additional capability for Business Intelligence (PowerPivot Workbooks Hosting). In general, all SharePoint sites are licensed using a CAL model – CALs are required for each user accessing a SharePoint site. Let’s take a look at SharePoint 2013 hosting plans offered by PlexHosted.

  • SharePoint 2013 Foundation CALs – you can have an unlimited number of users without paying for CALs, so you pay only for the SharePoint site storage. More details are at PlexHosted SharePoint 2013 Foundation
  • SharePoint 2013 Standard CALs – deliver the core capabilities of SharePoint: sites, communities, content, people and expertise search. More details are at PlexHosted SharePoint 2013 Standard
  • SharePoint 2013 Enterprise CALs – deliver the full capabilities of SharePoint: sites, communities, content, people, video and expertise search, and include business solutions (Access, Excel, PerformancePoint, Visio and InfoPath services). More details are at PlexHosted SharePoint 2013 Enterprise
  • SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence CALs – deliver the full capabilities of SharePoint and includes Business Intelligence features: Power View, PowerPivot Hosting. More details are at PlexHosted SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence

The other point to keep in mind is the pricing for SharePoint CALs is the same for multi-tenant and dedicated environments.

SharePoint Hosting Environment Licensing

  • Multi-tenant SharePoint Hosting Environment – With multi-tenant SharePoint hosting you get access to the SharePoint site collection level without having to pay separately for SharePoint/SQL licenses and servers. It`s really great to have a SharePoint site and pay only for the site size and CALs
  • Dedicated SharePoint Hosting Environment – With dedicated SharePoint hosting you get root access to all servers in your SharePoint farm as well as complete access to SharePoint Central Administration. In this case the price for dedicated hosting includes all the necessary licenses and pricing for CALs (for the specified number of users), servers, and SharePoint/SQL licenses. Alternatively you can supply your own Microsoft licenses under Microsoft’s License Mobility plan

As I promised SharePoint 2013 licensing is pretty easy to understanding. So, now you know the difference between all SharePoint editions and environments. Hope my post is helpful and can help you to make a right choice in SharePoint 2013 hosting.

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

References:

SharePoint Features Comparison
PlexHosted SharePoint 2013 Foundation
PlexHosted SharePoint 2013 Standard
PlexHosted SharePoint 2013 Enterprise
PlexHosted SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence

SharePoint Hosting Licenses
SharePoint Hosting Licenses

PlexHosted Announces. Improved SharePoint hosting pricing.

Improved SharePoint hosting pricing, Dedicated SharePoint hosting, Multi-tenant SharePoint hosting, Hosted SharePoint 2013 Sites

Improved SharePoint 2013 Hosting Plans
Improved SharePoint 2013 Hosting Plans
PlexHosted Announces, Improved SharePoint hosting pricing, Dedicated SharePoint hosting, Multi-tenant SharePoint hosting, Hosted SharePoint 2013 Sites
Dear reader,
In this post we will talk about the SharePoint hosting. You should be happy to know that PlexHosted offers the best price for hosted SharePoint 2013. As always, you can learn about PlexHosted new prices New SharePoint Hosting 2013 plans or, firstly, learn about main changes in SharePoint hosting plans and after that review them.

Hosted SharePoint site

A hosted SharePoint site delivers to end users the powerful features of SharePoint. If you choose a multi-tenant environment of PlexHosted SharePoint hosting, you can avoid the associated overhead of managing the SharePoint infrastructure yourself. This solution eliminates the need for IT staff to monitor and manage SharePoint servers. Flexible management options of SharePoint hosting ensure that you can get the SharePoint site control you need to meet all requirements of your business.

New SharePoint Hosting plans from PlexHosted

So, you want to know about main changes in SharePoint Hosting plans from PlexHosted. The one main change from old SharePoint hosting plans to new SharePoint hosting plans is that the price for SharePoint 2013 hosting has been lowered! This change has been applied for multi-tenant SharePoint hosting as well as dedicated SharePoint hosting.

SharePoint Hosting environments: Multi-Tenant and Dedicated

Multi-tenant SharePoint Hosting Environment

With multi-tenant hosting solutions you can get access to the SharePoint site collection level without having to pay for a dedicated SharePoint hosting environment. The new price for SharePoint Multi-Tenant hosting starts from $7.95/Month for 0.5GB of site storage. For more details please click: New SharePoint Foundation hosting plans

Dedicated SharePoint Hosting Environment

With dedicated SharePoint hosting you get root access to all servers in your SharePoint farm as well as complete access to SharePoint Central Administration. In addition full white label customer branding is also available. For those customers who need to add additional custom software to meet business requirements that exceed the out-of-the-box SharePoint solution, a dedicated hosting environment will work best for you. The new price for dedicated SharePoint hosting starts from $380/Month, more details you can read here: New Dedicated SharePoint 2013 plans
If you are not sure what plan is the best for you, please read more information about dedicated vs multi-tenant SharePoint hosting in the overview Dedicated or Hosted SharePoint hosting
To read more about SharePoint hosting, please visit PlexHosted site page SharePoint Hosting Overview

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

References:

Multi-tenant SharePoint Hosting | Foundation 2013 price
Multi-tenant SharePoint Hosting | Standard 2013 price
Multi-tenant SharePoint Hosting | Enterprise 2013 price

New SharePoint Hosting Plans
New SharePoint Hosting Plans

Improved SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence Plans, Multi-Tenant SharePoint 2013 PowerPivot Hosting, Dedicated SharePoint Business Intelligence Solutions

Improved SharePoint 2013 BI Hosting Plans, Multi-Tenant PowerPivot 2013 Hosting, Power SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence Solutions

Improved SharePoint 2013 BI Hosting Plans
Improved SharePoint 2013 BI Hosting Plans
PlexHosted announces Improved SharePoint 2013 Business Inteligence Hosting Plans, Power SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence Solutions, Multi-Tenant PowerPivot 2013 Hosting
Hi SharePointer!
Today I want to tell you about new and improved PlexHosted PowerPivot 2013 Hosting plans.
You can go ahead and view them here – Improved PowerPivot Hosting 2013 plans, or read about changes in SharePoint PowerPivot plans, inspect and keep in note more attractive prices for PowerPivot hosting after reading.

Hosting PowerPivot 2013 Workbooks in SharePoint

You can work with PowerPivot data with powerful new ways. Easily share PowerPivot 2013 workbooks to the SharePoint site, search, discover, and access data within and outside your organization. Analyze a large amount of data in a few seconds, show reports to your clients or bosses anywhere, and collaborate from anywhere, on any device.

SharePoint Business Intelligence 2013 Improving

So, you want to know about main changes of SharePoint Business Intelligence 2013 Hosting plans. Let`s try to clarify them together.
There are many changes were made to improve PowerPivot Hosting services for PlexHosted clients. Please see the main of them below

    • PowerPivot Hosting is offering in two environments: Multi-Tenant and Dedicated.

What the difference between these two options? – probably you said.
The answer is pretty simple: with Multi-Tenant solutions you can get access to the root site collection and the price is more acceptable for small companies. And the dedicated PowerPivot servers are more expensive but you can get access to all servers (SharePoint PowerPivot and SQL as well) and install any additional software there.
More detailed PowerPivot 2013 plans comparison you can see here
Multi-tenant vs Dedicated PowerPivot Hosting.

    • The price for the multi-tenant PowerPivot 2013 hosting has been lowered!

You can see the new price at this link Multi-tenant PowerPivot Hosting 2013 price. Hope you will be impressed when see the new lower price.

    • PlexHosted offer a PowerPivot 2013 site customization and branding as additional options.

To read more about it, please visit PlexHosted site page about PowerPivot 2013 site customization.

Let`s start with the PowerPivot 2013 hosting today to improve your business tomorrow!

References:

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Multi-tenant vs Dedicated PowerPivot Hosting
PowerPivot site customization

Improved PowerPivot 2013 Hosting Plans
Improved PowerPivot 2013 Hosting Plans

SharePoint 2013 Customization, SharePoint 2013 Branding, SharePoint 2013 Design, Custom SharePoint 2013 site

Custom SharePoint 2013 Design and SharePoint 2013 Branding.
Why SharePoint 2013 customization is important for your company?

SharePoint 2013 Design and branding
SharePoint 2013 Design and Branding
SharePoint 2013 Customization, SharePoint 2013 Branding, SharePoint 2013 Design, Custom SharePoint 2013 site, Custom SharePoint 2013 Design and SharePoint 2013 Branding

Hi dear readers,
Today, I want to talk about the SharePoint 2013 branding. When you access SharePoint 2013 site for the first time you will see the out-of-the-box SharePoint design without any other references to your company. Probably you can get the custom site URL and a title at the SharePoint site, but most hosting providers offer this as paid option (please note that with PlexHosted you can get it for free!), but you need to know that this look and feel has been designed by Microsoft for the common uses. Now you can decide for yourself how you want to use this site and whether you want SharePoint 2013 site leave “as is” or to build your own environment to enrich your company’s identity.

SharePoint 2013 Branding

SharePoint Branding is the essential part of every business strategy that helps your company to show its personality, values, projects, attitude to business and brand promise. If you are going to use SharePoint 2013 as your company’s intranet or internet public facing site, company`s SharePoint 2013 branding is always important and should not be overlook.

So, why it is so important to brand SharePoint 2013 site for your business?

SharePoint 2013 Branding Benefits

Please see main bullets to take into consideration while making your choice below:
  • SharePoint 2013 Branding. Decreasing time required for the user`s adaptation – one of the most important parts of your company’s SharePoint site is how it could be used by your employees. The customized SharePoint 2013 site allow you to get an intuitive interface and do exactly what you need at the SharePoint site. So when we say “SharePoint 2013 branding” – we mean the SharePoint user-friendly interface which is approachable for understanding. Visually impactful, interesting, easier to use, trendy and modern looking site will definitely increase overall traffic, help your employees relate to the website and use it on a daily basis. SharePoint 2013 collaboration platform is often used as a tool for company`s communication.
  • SharePoint 2013 Branding. Developing company`s working culture – a customized SharePoint site shows company`s attitude to employees, shows your business strong identity with a world-class services and products, helps to establish trust and faith outside your organization, better understand the corporate goals and inspire them to do their best and make your business more and more successful. Well-designed SharePoint 2013 portal used for company`s team communication and collaboration makes people dedicated to the working process, better and easier accomplish their daily jobs and use this platform to its maximum.
  • SharePoint 2013 Branding. Improving the information architecture – the information architecture of your SharePoint 2013 site helps to create that page layout that meets company`s needs, makes the SharePoint site easier to use and search, helps to arrange business information logically and provides a positive experience of the company to company`s employees and partners. Making users happy will always increase their productivity and the overall income in the result.
  • SharePoint 2013 Branding. Avoiding mess at the SharePoint site – well organized and branded SharePoint 2013 site will help you mess all data, without clear ownership, styles, fonts, themes, consistency, images and company identity. Well-panned, organized and governed SharePoint site will show your attitude to your employees and their work.
  • SharePoint 2013 Branding. Instilling confidence – when the SharePoint 2013 site is well managed and planned, users always know that you take care of them the same as you take care about customers, partners and show that your company is serious enough to create the best working place for employees with the accurate and updated data.
  • SharePoint 2013 Branding. Senses of belonging and pride – this is last but, definitely, not least. Creating a rich SharePoint brand and strong company identity and building a special place comfortable for employees will give them a sense of belonging to the great successful organization, sense of partnership and make them proud of the place they work. And this in its turn makes people more involved, attached and excited to what they do and inspires them to leverage all their potential in order to achieve company’s goals.
And what is the great for all this, PlexHosted can provide you with starting point for your site – SharePoint 2013 platform in hosted or dedicated environment and help you to brand the SharePoint 2013 site in the way you want. In addition to the excellent customer support, available 24/7/365, PlexHosted offer customization and branding services and gives the ability to create your unique and rich company identity.

Start to use a SharePoint 2013 sites with custom branding today!

References:

SharePoint 2013 Branding

PlexHosted SharePoint 2013 Branding
PlexHosted SharePoint 2013 Branding

SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence Demo Portal, Custom Development and Branding, Restricted Downloading

SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence Demo Portal, Custom Development and Branding, Restricted Downloading in SharePoint

SharePoint Business Intelligence Portal Customization
SharePoint Business Portal Customization
SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence Demo Portal, Custom Development and Branding, Restricted Downloading in SharePoint, SharePoint Branding 2013
Dear readers,
I would love to tell you about the PlexHosted demo business portal in this post. So you can grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy this post.

SharePoint Portals with PowerPivot

After release of the Microsoft SharePoint 2013 PlexHosted was pleased to announce the availability of the SharePoint 2013 Enterprise with PowerPivot service. And now this service proved it popularity and necessity among multiple companies. Many customers have already appreciated high quality of SharePoint with PowerPivot solution and its great impact on their business process. This service provide users with the full spectrum of Business Intelligence features and helps to get critical information from the insights, increase productivity and collaboration, improve decision-making and gain profits to the company.
PlexHosted service provider as an unquestioned expertise in SharePoint is always ready to prove the quality, exceptional performance, reliability, protection, and scalability of the services. We provide users the access to the PlexHosted Business Intelligence Demo Portal to evaluate the service by themselves, see how it looks like and works. On these portals you can find demo Excel and PowerPivot workbooks, with rich dashboards, scorecards, timelines, slicers, filters, DAX and PowerView reports.
Custom Demo SharePoint Portal
Custom Demo SharePoint Portal

SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence Demo Portal

Now take a look on now is how PlexHosted BI Demo portal looks like. You can see the customized start page, custom theme and master page. Doesn’t it look great? Moving further you can see pages with workbooks, Business Reports gallery, Demo Reporting BI Portal custom page without standard SharePoint snippets, buttons, and ribbon. This gives a great user experience and cleaner interface for read only users.
Demo SharePoint 2013 Business Portal
Demo SharePoint 2013 Business Portal

Restricted Downloading in SharePoint PowerPivot

What is the most important and magnificent in this customization is that users cannot download the workbooks and reports from this site. This is provides read only access to the data, higher level of protection and convenient demonstration of the data. Very useful customization for sharing workbooks and reports.
The main idea here is that if you want to customize your SharePoint site and create new fresh look for it – this is not the problem. PlexHosted team can easily do it for you. Change master pages, apply the same design as at our Demo site, restrict to download content for read only users – all this and more is the option for you. PlexHosted can help you to make your SharePoint to look like and behave in the exact way you want.
All this and more is what PlexHosted provide to all our customers. Great service and flexibility in customizations, solution that meets you needs and excellent customer support available 24/7/365 you achieve when subscribing to our services.

Start to use a custom SharePoint Business Portal today!

References:

Custom Demo SharePoint Business Portal
SharePoint 2013 Enterprise with PowerPivot

PlexHosted SharePoint Customization
PlexHosted SharePoint Customization