SharePoint Hosting. SharePoint Intranet Portal

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SharePoint Intranet
SharePoint Intranet
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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!

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SharePoint Hosting 2013. Considerations when choosing a SharePoint Hosting 2013 Provider

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SharePoint Hosting 2013 providers
SharePoint Hosting 2013
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Are you looking for a trustworthy and cost effective SharePoint Hosting 2013 Provider? Do you want a SharePoint site that does not lose your business data? Please read the following SharePoint hosting provider overview and so you can choose the best SharePoint hosting provider.

Considerations when choosing a SharePoint Hosting Provider

How to choose a qualified SharePoint Hosting provider?

Company owners and other decision makers can choose among several alternative SharePoint services that will be best for their company and provide the best return on investment. Here’s what to consider when choosing SharePoint for your business:

  • SharePoint Edition – First of all, you need to select the SharePoint version (2010 or 2013) you need and what feature edition, Foundation, Standard or Enterprise, has the most relevant features for you. Take a look at PlexHosted’s feature comparison page and see what features are best for your company and employees. This will help to determine what SharePoint edition works best for you.
  • SharePoint Storage and Users – How much storage is required for your site and how many users will be using it? Determine how many employees will need access to your site, and for what purposes it will used. This will help you to decide whether you need 500 Mb for simple document repository, or several GB for pictures, videos, forms, records, databases, and workbooks. Note that for a large storage requirement (from 100 GB) it may be more convenient and cost effective to setup a dedicated server. In addition PlexHosted has no user limits, so you can have 1, 2 or any other number of SharePoint users with the ability to increase/decrease the number of users and/or amount of storage at any time.
  • SharePoint Internet or Intranet site – Will you need to open your site to the public by enabling Anonymous access? The license for this feature is costly for Standard and Enterprise editions, so you should pay attention to this requirement. When choosing the proper SharePoint edition, SharePoint feature set and anonymous access are important to think about.

So now you know three main options that will assist you in choosing the best SharePoint hosting provider. Not all SharePoint hosting providers offer all SharePoint hosting plans with all the necessary features. It might be good for them, but will probably not work for you. PlexHosted offers four different SharePoint hosting plans: Foundation, Standard, Enterprise and Enterprise with PowerPivot which should meet your requirements. PlexHosted also offers multi-tenant hosting as well as dedicated servers for SharePoint hosting.

How to make sure you have chosen the best SharePoint hosting company with SharePoint experts?

The following guidelines will help you make sure you are working with SharePoint experts.

  • SharePoint support should be available 24/7/365 to help you resolve any issues or clarify configuration options.
  • 99.99% availability for SharePoint servers.
  • No hidden fees for SharePoint hosting services and support, and no hidden SharePoint limits.
  • Free SharePoint installation and configuration, free migration from other SharePoint hosting providers.

After answering these questions and putting together the necessary information, you will know what is needed for your business and find a perfect solution for you. But, if you still have questions, you are always free to ask PlexHosted’s SharePoint experts for their help. Since PlexHosted meets all these requirements you can be assured that you will be working with SharePoint experts.

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

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Real time Business Intelligence, PowerPivot Data Refresh in SharePoint 2013

PowerPivot Data Refresh in SharePoint 2013, Real time BI 2013

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I`m sure that you have heard about PowerPivot 2012 and SharePoint 2013. The question is how to combine these product together. I would like to give you an answer in this post and tell you about the Business Intelligence 2013 in real time.
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Real time Business Intelligence 2013

Real time Business Intelligence 2013

Real time Business Intelligence is extremely important in today’s business life. Company owners tend to use the features of real time business intelligence to get the latest information, analyze big amounts of important data and structuralize it to make the most effective business decisions. SharePoint Business Intelligence 2013 helps to gain insights from the data with proven and familiar Microsoft products deployed in PlexHosted’s cloud architecture and provides the ability to explore, visualize, control information and achieve the best results.

PowerPivot for SharePoint 2013

One or the most powerful feature of SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence is PowerPivot for SharePoint 2013. It gives you the ability to store workbooks with PowerPivot data at the BI 2013 SharePoint site; load and analyze large amount of data using SharePoint 2013 analysis services within few seconds; create PowerPivot workbooks with interactive tables, graphs, charts, timelines and trend lines; create a highly interactive data presentation, specific reports, bar charts, bubble charts and a lot more with Power View and access the data from virtually any resource.

PowerPivot Data Refresh in SharePoint 2013

But what is the most important in decision for business owners in modern fast moving industry is getting the latest data when it’s needed. This allows making the most effective decision in a timely fashion. And here we come to the one of the greatest improvements of PowerPivot 2013 hosing services. SharePoint 2013 Analysis services has a new architecture for the data refresh in PowerPivot workbooks, so you use two options to refresh PowerPivot data – Interactive and Scheduled.

Interactive PowerPivot Data Refresh in SharePoint 2013

Interactive Data Refresh is something available out of the box in SharePoint 2013 and refreshes PowerPivot data models with data from the original data source. This type of PowerPivot data refresh only refreshes the data in the current user session, uses the identity of the currently logged-on user or stored credentials to connect to the PowerPivot data source and the information is not automatically saved back to the workbook.

Scheduled PowerPivot Data Refresh in SharePoint 2013

Scheduled Data Refresh gives the ability to configure PowerPivot data refresh to schedule an automatic import of updated PowerPivot data from connected and external data sources. It could be external databases or other data files that you can access from remote servers or network file shares. You can easily create a default schedule for PowerPivot data refresh, specify the credentials used to run PowerPivot data refresh, and choose the data sources that will be included in the refresh operation.
This great improvement of the SharePoint 2013 Analysis services will help you to always receive the latest information from data sources, make the most efficient business decisions, get better productivity results and predict future outcomes.

Use Real time Business Intelligence with PlexHosted – improve your business!

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