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Differences between Enterprise Content Management & Records Management in SharePoint 2013 & Office 365

Understanding and Overcoming Records Management Challenges So many organizations throughout the globe have not implemented successful records management initiatives because of the inherit difficulty applying retention policies to content

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eDiscovery Best Practices in SharePoint Server 2013 and Office 365

eDiscovery Best Practices in SharePoint Server 2013 and Office 365 "From the Consulting Trenches" Not only do records stored on users devices and in SharePoint become relevant in legal and compliance related cases and incidents, but emails as well as even Lync conversations also fall into eDiscovery requests more and more every day. The new eDiscovery features and functionality in SharePoint Server 2013 and Office 365's SharePoint Online provides improved methods to help protect your organization as well as its team members

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Web Content Management (WCM) Deep-Dive in SharePoint 2013 & Office 365

Overview: SharePoint 2013 & Office 365 Web Content Management (WCM) Deep-Dive EPC Group’s SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 information architecture consultants have recently worked on a large number of enterprise SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 initiatives with a strong client focus on Web Content Management and this blog post will provide a deep-dive around our recent “from the trenches” experiences. SharePoint 2013 does come with a number of new Web Content Management (WCM) features as well as major improvements in features that were available in SharePoint 2010’s release

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Hybrid Office 365 Search Deep-dive: SharePoint Server 2013 & Office 365 Integration

Hybrid Search Deep-dive: SharePoint Server 2013 & Office 365 Integration One of the most common configurations that is starting to emerge into today’s IT landscape is that of a hybrid cloud architecture and is something you must plan for in your organization's long-term SharePoint and/or Office 365 roadmap . SharePoint Server 2013 can integrate with cloud-based solutions such as Office 365 and/or SharePoint Online in a secure and federated manner that will allow a user with proper permission’s search to return results from both on-premises in SharePoint Server 2013 as well as in Office 365 in the cloud, as shown in image below. Hybrid Cloud (Hybrid SharePoint 2013 & Office 365) Architecture Summary Overview The following is a summary of a hybrid SharePoint Server 2013 and Office 365 search integration and the related components: The remote SharePoint Index allows for the search to be federated between the on-premises SharePoint Server 2013 environment and the cloud-based Office 365 environment for a hybrid cloud environment architecture This sample configuration provides query capability and additional configurations can be implemented to support crawl Hybrid Cloud Architecture Overview The hybrid cloud architecture requires: Configuration of an OAuth trust between your on-premises SharePoint 2013 farm and your Office 365 tenancy The creation of a result source for the remote farm An externally addressable endpoint for the on-premises farm (reverse proxy) that can be reached via the Office 365 sites This sample configuration allow you to query the result source directly or create a query rule to also allow for user queries to the cloud-based Office 365 or remote farm when needed A token is created for the user and security trimmed results are returned which requires 2-way AD synchronization between the SharePoint Server 2013 on-premises environment and Office 365 By using a query rule you can integrate the results from both farms into a single display for users and tailor the UI as desired The results of a hybrid cloud search from a user searching both SharePoint Server 2013 and Office 365 : Search Web Parts in SharePoint 2013, Office 365 and/or SharePoint Online There are several new web parts for Search in this latest release of SharePoint that allow users an entire new experience when conducting search

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Security & Identity Management Considerations for Application Development in SharePoint 2013 & Office 365

Security & Identity Management "From the Consulting Trenches" There are a number of security, identity management and authentication considerations when developing custom applications and related features in SharePoint 2013, Office 365, SharePoint Online and Microsoft Azure

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Understanding Operating in the Hybrid Cloud - Office 365 & SharePoint 2013 - An EPC Group Case Study

Understanding Operating in the Hybrid Cloud - EPC Group Case Study This blog post will provide "from the consulting trenches" ( Hybrid Cloud ) strategies and granular details of EPC Group’s approach to the new Hybrid Office 365 and/or SharePoint 2013 architecture's growing proliferation and how it may affect your organization. New Hybrid (Office 365) Governance Fundamentals Users that Ignore Governance and Planning for the Real World If it’s easy to get around it, they will: To ensure it will happen, enforce it transparently If it’s to complex, it won’t happen Strike a balance between: Note: Always consider compliance around HIPAA, PHI, and PII related data in Office 365 and/or SharePoint 2013

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Graphical Overview: Scalability Best Practices for a Hybrid SharePoint 2013 & Office 365 Environment

This post is meant to provide you with a visual overview of the underlying scalability considerations and related best practices for a Hybrid SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Environment . SharePoint Farm Resource Hierarchy SharePoint 2013 | Hybrid Office 365 Web App Resource Hierarchy Deployment Impact Examples - IIS Reset (EPC Group Example) Deployment Impact Examples- App Pool Reset (EPC Group Example) Maintenance Windows (Backup, code promotion, etc.) Understanding Isolation Modes in SharePoint 2013 & Office 365 Hybrid Deployments In SharePoint 2013: Each “customer” = one site collection under managed path Similar to today Each Web Application = one app pool Similar to today Each Web Application = one URL Similar to today Exception Process for Host Header named site collections (vanity URL’s) Along Side or in an Office 365 Hybrid Deployment: BYO Servers Leverage existing architecture Hybrid Considerations (Seamless SharePoint 2013 On-Prem \ Office 365 Cloud Search Integration) Scaling Web Front-ends and Understanding When to Scale App Scale and Tipping Points EPC Group’s Nationally Recognized Practice Areas EPC Group leading SharePoint , Office 365 , Infrastructure Design and Business Intelligence Practice areas continue to lead the way in providing our clients with the most up-to-date and relevant information that is tailored to their individual business and functional needs. Additional "From the Consulting Trenches" strategies and methodologies are covered in EPC Group's new book, " SharePoint 2013 Field Guide: Advice from the Consulting Trenches" covering not only SharePoint 2013, Office 365 and SharePoint Online but Information Management, ECM\RM and overall compliance strategies in this ever changing world of " Hybrid IT

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