What is a SharePoint Hub Site?

What is a SharePoint Hub Site?

By Bryce Finnerty

Microsoft has officially released SharePoint hub sites and is gradually rolling them out to Office 365 customers. The first announcement of SharePoint hub… Read More

Benefits of Using SharePoint & Office 365

Benefits of Using SharePoint & Office 365

By Bryce Finnerty

With the seamless integration of Office 365 and SharePoint Online, Microsoft has breathed new life into SharePoint, one of the most used platforms for collaboration,… Read More


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                    [post_content] => Microsoft has officially released SharePoint hub sites and is gradually rolling them out to Office 365 customers.

The first announcement of SharePoint hub sites was last fall at Microsoft Ignite.

What is a SharePoint hub site in Office 365?

SharePoint hub sites enable you to organize your intranet by associating multiple team sites and communication sites together in SharePoint. Hub sites provide common navigational structure, look and feel, and search across associated sites. You can use SharePoint Online hub sites in Office 365 to organize concepts, teams, divisions, or resources throughout your organization, making it easier to:
  • Search across all associated sites

  • Discover related content, such as news and other site activities

  • Apply common navigation and branding across associated sites
SharePoint hub sites combine news and activities from your different associated sites and display the roll-up on the hub’s home page. This could potentially have a significant impact on the way you construct intranets and departmental sites within your organization. The association can be changed whenever you like, meaning that making changes to the organizational structure will be as simple as adjusting a setting. Desktop SharePoint Hub Sites Mobile SharePoint Hub Sites

Searching for content across the SharePoint hub

When you search from a SharePoint hub site, content on the current hub site, as well as content on any associated sites, is displayed in the results. Users searching for items will only see results for which they have access to. This feature greatly simplifies the process of managing what information users have access to.

FAQs

Q: When can I expect to see SharePoint hub sites appear in my Office 365 tenant? A: SharePoint hub sites with begin rolling out to Office 365 First Release customers in the first half of 2018. Q: Can I join one SharePoint hub site under another hub site? A: No, you won't be able to join a SharePoint hub site to another hub site. Q: Can a team site or a communication site be joined to more than one SharePoint hub site? A: No. It will only be possible to join a site to one hub site at a time. It is possible to link to various unjoined sites in the top navigation. And it will be possible, within seconds, to join and/or unjoin a site as the business changes. Q: Can a hub site replace my current organizational portal? A: Hub sites are designed to let you dynamically organize closely-related sites, bringing together similar projects, binding related assets, and presenting common activity. Customers with portals that include customization beyond the web parts and extensions that the SharePoint Framework currently supports are likely to continue using the SharePoint publishing infrastructure, which continues to be fully supported in both SharePoint Server On-Premises and SharePoint Online. Q: When should I use a team site? When should I use a communication site? A: Your SharePoint team site lets you share content, knowledge, news, and apps with your group as you collaborate on a project. A communication site lets you tell your story, share your work, and showcase your product across the organization.

What's Next

We can't wait to start planning and constructing solutions with SharePoint hub sites in 2018. HingePoint believes hub sites will be most valuable in an intranet scenario because of the navigation abilities of cross-site collections that have been lacking in previous SharePoint versions. If you're trying to customize SharePoint hubs to meet your organization's unique needs, we'd love to hear what you're looking to accomplish! Feel free to start a live chat with our solution consultant on this page, email us, or call us at (214) 301-0000 to get started today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgeYRrKB5U8 --

About HingePoint

HingePoint offers cloud and mobile applications for construction and real estate that are easy to adopt and employees love. Specializing in the systems that run the construction and real estate business including SharePointSalesforceProcoreMS Dynamics, and Autodesk. Scale and grow profitably with Financial and Project Management Dashboards, document management, and workflow automation for field to office collaboration. HingePoint 8105 Rasor Blvd. Suite 241 Plano, TX 75024 (214) 301-0000 www.hingepoint.com [gravityform id="1" title="true" description="true"] [post_title] => What is a SharePoint Hub Site? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => what-is-a-sharepoint-hub-site [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-04-09 14:14:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-04-09 19:14:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=14259 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 14266 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2018-03-29 23:29:36 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-03-30 04:29:36 [post_content] =>

Construction Project Management: Stop Using Spreadsheets

Having and maintaining accurate, up-to-date employee data is crucial in the construction business. If your business is rapidly growing (like so many other construction companies in the Dallas area where HingePoint is headquartered) and you’re onboarding employees, vendors, and contractors, accurate data on who your employees are and what they are working on is critical for success. Although it sounds like a simple task, project management for construction companies can be quite challenging and lead to more serious issues if not managed properly.

The Spreadsheet Problem

Many of our clients in the construction industry previously used Excel spreadsheets to manage their financial data, employee data, project status, and assets. Some were using old versions of SharePoint with unorganized data. When working with software and older systems, data about employees are prone to be full of errors (out-dated and inaccurate). The trick is to get up-to-date, accurate information out of your data management system instead of old, error-prone data. Spreadsheets are great tools for handling smaller and more manageable datasets. But what happens when you start hiring 10, 100, or even 500 employees at a time while managing employee data in a spreadsheet or in multiple, unstructured databases? It gets unmanageable - fast. As your construction business grows, more departments need human resource employee data because more information is attached to each employee. And soon, just having the right name, address, phone number, and social security number across the enterprise become more challenging if you don’t have the right controls and organization. If this data is in an actual spreadsheet, then anyone can enter and change data in that workbook. (See: Why spreadsheets don’t manage big data sets well)

The Situation

For example, a manager could get access to a Human Resource spreadsheet with employee names and other important information. Let’s say the manager has an employee named Suzanne, but she likes to be called Suzy. The manager changes the data because they can and there are no restrictions preventing it. But there is a big problem. Now the source data – the system of record – is not consistent/accurate. Suzanne will be called different names in different versions of spreadsheets. (Check out our FREE eBook on The Secret To Systems Integration: The System Of Record.) Throw time in there, too. Perhaps “Suzy” is a contractor who is keeping her time in a spreadsheet that gets sent to her manager. The manager sends Suzanne’s hours and all contractors to Human Resources so they can get paid. The manager’s project data is being merged with HR’s data. The problem is that we have two different names in the system. “Suzanne” and “Suzy”. No VLOOKUP formula or Pivot Table is going to solve this. It’s going to take someone to manually go in and fix the data. This might not seem like a big deal, but as the company grows, these smaller errors will multiply in other departments. Once this happens, the employee data cannot be trusted, and it will take a lot of manual work to fix the errors each pay period. The data problems can become so big that businesses end up just not trusting their data, causing a lot of rework, manual data entry, etc.

The Solution

A lot of construction companies we work with the hope that the software an IT company is going to install will solve the data problem. Unfortunately, this just adds another layer of complexity to the original problem. The problem that needs to be solved is how you're going to clean up your data, actually collecting it, and then showing it in a way that lets you see the data in a new light. Ideally, you want to make decisions with information that automatically reports to you. Seeing year-over-year and month-to-month views of data can quickly identify trends. With the right devices collecting the data and the right systems transposing it into information, humans can focus on making strategic decisions that will make their customers happy. That is how technology should work. And that what HingePoint can help you acheive! If you're looking to solve your company's HR and Project Management employee data problem, we'd love to hear what you're looking to accomplish! Feel free to start a live chat with our solution consultant on this page, email us, or call us at (214) 301-0000 to get started today. --

About HingePoint

HingePoint offers cloud and mobile applications for construction and real estate that are easy to adopt and employees love. Specializing in the systems that run the construction and real estate business including SharePointSalesforceProcoreMS Dynamics, and Autodesk. Scale and grow profitably with Financial and Project Management Dashboards, document management, and workflow automation for field to office collaboration. HingePoint 8105 Rasor Blvd. Suite 241 Plano, TX 75024 (214) 301-0000 www.hingepoint.com [gravityform id="1" title="true" description="true"] [post_title] => Best Practices for Construction Companies to Control Employee Data [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => best-practices-for-construction-companies-to-control-employee-data [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-04-09 12:53:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-04-09 17:53:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=14266 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 14234 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2018-03-13 10:00:31 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-03-13 15:00:31 [post_content] =>

With the seamless integration of Office 365 and SharePoint Online, Microsoft has breathed new life into SharePoint, one of the most used platforms for collaboration, document management, team collaboration, IT support, web portals, project management, financial reporting, forms routing, and much more. The problem is very few companies take the time to maximize what Office 365 can do!

SharePoint Online improvements over the last year include upgrades that drastically impact users in terms of transporting cloud-based Office 365 capabilities onto the SharePoint platform. HingePoint identifies a few improvements we use to get the most out of Office 365 and SharePoint.

  1. The ability to leverage Office 365 Groups, which deliver a means of group communication, is a solid alternative to popular messaging applications, such as Slack. Using Groups gives your team the ability to view, edit, share all group files, view and schedule group meetings with ease allowing for better communications among team members. Read more about Microsoft Teams here.Microsoft, Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft Teams, Mixed-use Reality, Artificial Intelligence, HingePoint, SharePoint
  2. Using Microsoft Planner to your company’s teams or groups to create multiple task lists associated with different projects or daily to-dos. Microsoft Planner has many of the same filtering capabilities as SharePoint lists, so it is a niche replacement for tools that previously had to be built from scratch or customized from other list templates. Read more about Microsoft Planner here.
  3. The new workflow capabilities of Microsoft Flow feature code-free interaction with hundreds of third-party services such as Salesforce, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, OneDrive, SharePoint, Microsoft Dynamics, and more. Microsoft Flow puts real power in the hands of regular users by easily connecting and automating services vital to your business.
  4. SECURITY: Limit who, outside your organization, gets to see your content. Granting external access in SharePoint Online is a breeze and no longer a time-consuming inconvenience. Simply connect a Microsoft account to their company e-mail or create guest links to give users access to folders, individual files, and sites within your environment. Don't want anyone with a gmail account to have access, no problem! Share your content with a specific group of people in your organization by setting permissions through Active Directory Security Groups. Use policies that will allow or block certain user behavior (such as documents with credit card info or employee salaries). Create a policy that blocks people from sharing that kind of information between one another.
  5. A new layout that includes rich text, images, videos, news, highlighted content, customizable dashboard, and recent site activity allows for a more mobile-friendly content display. Mobile SharePoint access used to be a nightmare due to the lack of responsive You can now access SharePoint from anywhere and communicate with your team remotely to get more work done with ease.
  6. Embedding Power BI reports to a SharePoint page - display charts, dashboards, reports, KPIs, etc. on your SharePoint site to make the information readily available to users. Additionally, the analysis/metrics tools are now available within the program instead of having to import them; so significant time is saved on importing data from other sources.

We have guru developers and architects that have ALL the Microsoft certifications. Create your own Web Parts, .Net, Office365 APIs, SharePoint Online and Integration with Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory (AD), and SQL Server.

If you properly implement SharePoint, it will transform your company’s productivity. Employees will be more efficient, you’ll have better access to your company’s data, and you’ll be able to better report on key metrics. HingePoint’s custom SharePoint solutions have helped many companies struggling with unorganized data and manual, multi-step processes. Those same customers have transitioned into a more organized, productive organization through automated workflows and easy-to-search information.

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About HingePoint

HingePoint offers cloud and mobile applications for construction and real estate that are easy to adopt and employees love. Specializing in the systems that run the construction and real estate business including SharePointSalesforceProcoreMS Dynamics, and Autodesk. Scale and grow profitably with Financial and Project Management Dashboards, document management, and workflow automation for field to office collaboration. HingePoint 8105 Rasor Blvd. Suite 241 Plano, TX 75024 (214) 301-0000 www.hingepoint.com [gravityform id="1" title="true" description="true"] [post_title] => Benefits of Using SharePoint & Office 365 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => benefits-using-sharepoint-office-365 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-03-23 21:15:07 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-03-24 02:15:07 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=14234 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 14204 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2018-03-06 09:57:22 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-03-06 15:57:22 [post_content] => Microsoft SharePoint is one of the best tools to manage company data. However, finding an expert SharePoint consultant can be a difficult and time-consuming task. Here are a few things to look for when searching for a qualified SharePoint consulting and development partner.

What to Look For in a SharePoint Consultant:

A good SharePoint Consulting Firm is a company that:
  • Has both consulting and development experience in your industry.
  • Can customize the out-of-the-box capabilities of SharePoint.
  • Understands how to organize data.
Let’s look at each of these in detail.

Experience in Consulting & Development in Your Industry

You don’t want a company with little experience in your industry. If the consultant cannot prove their track record of satisfied customers, then you might need to look elsewhere. Always ask, what brands the SharePoint Consultant has worked with. Depending on what kind of solution you want, you may want to find a SharePoint consultant that has worked with trusted brands. For example, HingePoint has worked with brands like Marriott, Verizon, Presidio, and IHG. Make sure that they have experience working in your industry (or a similar industry).

Ability to Customize SharePoint's Built-In Capabilities

To meet your business' specific needs, SharePoint consultants sometimes only need to use the standard "out-of-the-box" (built-in) capabilities that come with SharePoint. But sometimes, they need to be able to customize SharePoint so it works the way you want. If you're looking for customization and the consultant can only perform basic configuration without any customization, you're going to be unsatisfied. The flip side is also true: if a SharePoint consultant only tries to push customization when you just need something basic, they aren't the right fit. Always ask, "Do you just configure out-of-the-box or do you customize SharePoint?"

Understands How to Organize Data

Let’s face it, if you're using SharePoint, you most likely want to manage all the information in your company. SharePoint is a great document management system. Without it, your documents are probably unorganized and difficult to find. If the SharePoint consultant does not know how to make a hierarchy of data, you might not have the right fit. Always ask,"Are you going to help me organize my data? Manage it on an ongoing basis?"

Conclusion

Hiring a SharePoint consulting firm can be an investment that provides a positive ROI almost immediately. If you're in the process of finding the right consultant, we'd love to hear what you're looking to accomplish! Feel free to start a live chat with our solution consultant on this page, email us, or call us at (214) 301-0000 to get started today.

About HingePoint

HingePoint offers cloud and mobile applications for construction and real estate that are easy to adopt and employees love. Specializing in the systems that run the construction and real estate business including SharePointSalesforceProcoreMS Dynamics, and Autodesk. Scale and grow profitably with Financial and Project Management Dashboards, document management, and workflow automation for field to office collaboration. HingePoint 8105 Rasor Blvd. Suite 241 Plano, TX 75024 (214) 301-0000 www.hingepoint.com [gravityform id="1" title="true" description="true"] [post_title] => What Makes a Good SharePoint Consulting Firm? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => what-makes-good-sharepoint-consulting-firm [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-04-09 10:46:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-04-09 15:46:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=14204 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 14177 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2018-03-01 11:42:16 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-03-01 17:42:16 [post_content] =>

What is Microsoft Power BI?

Power BI is a suite of business analytics tools that deliver insights throughout your organization. In the past, you may have spent hours in Excel manually organizing data, creating pivot tables, charts, graphs, etc. in order to gain the insight needed to make critical business decisions. Power BI solves this headache by automatically connecting data from different sources into one central system — allowing you to organize data, build visually stunning reports, and personalized dashboards that help you find answers to your companies most important questions.

If you manage all your company data in Excel, you may also want to read:‍

The 3 Reasons You Should Quit Managing Data With Spreadsheets


Since Power BI runs in the cloud, users can access data, dashboards, and reports online and across mobile devices. Share, collaborate, and edit documents with other users in your organization in real time directly inside Power BI. You can also embed reports to your SharePoint Online site, giving employees visibility into the metrics that are most valuable to the success of your business. (We can also help you develop and integrate SharePoint with other business software that you run.)

Power BI brings all your data together – from all your data sources – so you can start analyzing and visualizing right away.

For example, you can pull in data from Excel spreadsheets, on-premise data sources, and SQL databases. You can also automatically grab data from your favorite cloud services like Microsoft Dynamics, Salesforce, Google Analytics, Zendesk, Facebook, and more. Microsoft is continually rolling out direct integrations with other popular cloud services to make it even easier to get all your data straight into Power BI. Once you have the data you need, it should then provide you with the information required to make smarter and faster business decisions. That's where Power BI Q&A comes in. Simply type in a question about your data (as you would with Google) and it immediately serves up a response in the form of an interactive chart or graph For example, want to know this year's sales compared to last years sales by month? No problem! [caption id="attachment_14184" align="aligncenter" width="864"]Power BI Ask a Question Feature Power BI Visuals - Ask a Question About Your Data[/caption]

Power BI Tools Keep You Focused on The Important Metrics.

Gathering insights from your data is a breeze with Power BI’s simple drag-and-drop user experience. You can quickly find the insights you are looking for and visualize them in beautiful, interactive reports. Once you have a report, save it to your personal dashboard. Here, you can quickly see the charts and graphs with the data and metrics that are most important to you and your business. As we previously mentioned, you can also embed reports in SharePoint Online so that everyone (with access and the correct permissions) can view the report. [caption id="attachment_14185" align="aligncenter" width="962"]Power BI - Metrics Dashboard in SharePoint Power BI Visuals - Metrics Dashboard Example in SharePoint[/caption]

Power BI Gives You The Insight to Stay on Top of Opportunities and Risks.

Capitalizing on opportunities and minimizing risks are important to sustain business growth (of course). Power BI offers predictive forecasting to help you visualize future business performance (such as potential and predicted sales and risks) while providing more efficient data-driven decision-making opportunities. [caption id="attachment_14130" align="aligncenter" width="843"]Power BI Visuals - Stay on Top of Opportunities and Risks Power BI Visuals - Dashboard Example[/caption]   With Power BI consulting and development services from HingePoint, you can take the blindfold off, and see your data organized visually on one screen (instead of scattered across spreadsheets, software, and organizations). Interested in seeing how Microsoft Power BI can help your business? We'd love to have a conversation about what you are working on. Start a chat with our Solutions Architect on this page, give us a call at (214) 301-0000, or contact us here. ---

About HingePoint

HingePoint offers cloud and mobile applications for construction and real estate that are easy to adopt and employees love. Specializing in the systems that run the construction and real estate business including SharePointSalesforceProcoreMS Dynamics, and Autodesk. Scale and grow profitably with Financial and Project Management Dashboards, document management, and workflow automation for field to office collaboration. HingePoint 8105 Rasor Blvd. Suite 241 Plano, TX 75024 (214) 301-0000 www.hingepoint.com [post_title] => Microsoft Power BI Key Features and Benefits to Help Grow Your Business [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => microsoft-power-bi-top-features-benefits [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-03-14 00:21:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-03-14 05:21:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=14177 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 14106 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2018-02-22 03:05:11 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-22 09:05:11 [post_content] => SharePoint Project Management Solution for Commercial Real Estate With a few simple configurations, SharePoint can be the foundation for a flexible, user-friendly, and affordable Project Management Information System (PMIS). If you are not currently using Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 to manage your commercial real estate projects… you should be! First, let’s clarify what Office 365 is. Some people think of Office 365 as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for document creation and Outlook for email. Most are unaware that those are only a tiny piece of everything Office 365 has to offer. We will discuss what these apps are and how to leverage them to their fullest capabilities at a later date (stay tuned to our blog). In the meantime, you can check out the Top 5 Integration Features of Office 365 and SharePoint Online. [caption id="attachment_14105" align="aligncenter" width="850"]Office 365 Apps Office 365 Apps[/caption]

Here are 8 reasons you should be using SharePoint to manage your commercial real estate projects:

1. Chances are you probably already have SharePoint

Microsoft states that they have over 250,000 organizations using SharePoint and that over 85% of Fortune 500 companies now have SharePoint Online. You are already saving money on licensing costs by owning the SharePoint application through your Office 365 licenses.

2. Security

Using groups to maintain a scalable security environment is typically your best option because permissions are applied to the group as a whole, not individual people. So, when adjusting permissions, only one change is needed to a group (as opposed to multiple changes for different individuals). You can define a security permission from a site collection, to a site, to the lowest component of a single item or document. It's very easy to assign these permissions directly to an individual user or a group of users.

3. Collaboration tools everyone will want to use

The ability to leverage Office 365 Groups, which deliver a means of group communication, is a solid alternative to Slack and other popular messaging applications. Using Groups gives your team the ability to view, edit, share all group files, view, and schedule group meetings with ease allowing for better communications among team members. Granting external access in SharePoint Online is a breeze and no longer a time-consuming inconvenience. Simply connect a Microsoft account to their company e-mail or create guest links to give users access to folders, individual files, and sites within your environment.

4. 3rd Party Services Integration

Microsoft Flow puts real power in the hands of regular users by easily connecting and automating services vital to your business. Microsoft Flow features code-free interaction with hundreds of third-party services such as Salesforce, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, OneDrive, Microsoft Dynamics, and more.

5. Ridiculously simple reporting tools

SharePoint features powerful reporting tools to quickly view and share data. You can build, configure, and update scorecards and dashboards.

Data visualization with Power BI:

Embedding Power BI reports to a SharePoint page (display charts, dashboards, reports, KPIs, etc.) on your SharePoint site makes the information readily available to users. Additionally, the analysis/metrics tools are now available within the program instead of having to import them; so, significant time is saved on importing data from other sources. You can also use Excel to build your reports and display them within SharePoint. [caption id="attachment_14067" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Example Microsoft BI Dashboard Reports Example Microsoft BI Dashboard Reports[/caption]

6. Mobile/Tablet Friendly

Access to everything, from anywhere, and on any device. This is HUGE for the real estate and construction industry! View and work on documents while on the job site or in the field. With SharePoint Online, you have all the information you need on every device so you can get more work done with ease.

7. Task Management

SharePoint allows you to manage a set of tasks that may belong to a project, a business initiative, or a department. Users can also create customized list views, combined with out-of-the-box workflows to manage personal tasks and assign tasks to their team members or anyone else in the company.

8. Flexibility to make it work how you want

SharePoint is designed to be configured however you want and to provide the most value when managing commercial real estate projects. It can be very intimidating to try and figure out where to start with SharePoint because (by default), SharePoint is installed as a blank site without any content. At HingePoint, we have guru developers and architects that have ALL the Microsoft certifications. We can help you create customized SharePoint Online, Web Parts, .Net, and Office 365 APIs that are integrated with Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory (AD), and SQL Servers.

Conclusion

If you properly implement SharePoint, it will transform your company’s productivity. Employees will be more efficient, you’ll have better access to your company’s data, and you’ll be able to better report on key metrics. HingePoint’s custom SharePoint solutions have helped many companies struggling with unorganized data and manual, multi-step processes. Those same customers have transitioned into a more organized, productive organization through automated workflows and easy-to-find information. Interested? We'd love to have a conversation about what you're working on. Start a chat with our Solutions Architect on this page, give us a call at (214) 301-0000, or contact us here. --

About HingePoint

HingePoint offers cloud and mobile applications for construction and real estate that are easy to adopt and employees love. Specializing in the systems that run the construction and real estate business including SharePointSalesforceProcoreMS Dynamics, and Autodesk. Scale and grow profitably with Financial and Project Management Dashboards, document management, and workflow automation for field to office collaboration. HingePoint 8105 Rasor Blvd. Suite 241 Plano, TX 75024 (214) 301-0000 www.hingepoint.com [post_title] => 8 Reasons to Use SharePoint as a Project Management Solution for Commercial Real Estate [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => using-sharepoint-for-commercial-real-estate-project-management [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-04-24 02:46:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-04-24 07:46:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/blog/sharepoint/using-microsoft-sharepoint-as-a-project-management-solution-for-construction-industry-copy/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 14108 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2018-02-20 12:01:55 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-20 18:01:55 [post_content] =>

Best SharePoint Blog Posts 2017

Best Posts of 2017 - Microsoft SharePoint

HingePoint takes great pride in being an industry leader for Real Estate & Construction companies when looking for SharePoint Consulting and Development services. 2017 was our most successful year to date and we thought it would be helpful to provide a recap of our most popular SharePoint blog posts from the previous year. Here's a quick overview of our 2017 insights about SharePoint and what’s new in terms of SharePoint updates, best-practices, tips, tricks, and more:

#5. How To Use Office 365 & SharePoint Online To Build A Perfect Intranet

Looking for the perfect intranet solution? Want to maximize your Office 365 investment? This article outlines key tools and features to get you started.

#4. SharePoint Out-Of-The-Box Tips And Tricks From SharePoint Experts

A great read for those looking for some the practical SharePoint tips and tricks from our guru project manager that he learned through first-hand training and heads-down hard-work with our clients.

#3. 4 Ways To Use SharePoint For Company Data Management

Do you consistently find yourself wasting time hunting for files and documents? We detail four areas where SharePoint helps companies become more efficient and have more accurate, accessible information for employees.

#2. 7 Trends In 2017 For Commercial Real Estate: SharePoint Remains Top Collaborative Tool

In the commercial real estate industry, there are trends that can directly influence how companies work and achieve maximum growth. Here you will find HingePoint’s take on the top technological trends for commercial real estate developers.

#1. Top 5 Integration Features of Office 365 and SharePoint Online

Finally, our most popular SharePoint post of 2017. Read up on SharePoint upgrades and improvements over the last year that drastically impact users in terms of transporting cloud-based Office 365 capabilities onto the SharePoint platform. We identify five improvements we use to get the most out of Office 365 and SharePoint. This article was so great that @SharePoint Retweeted it!

Thanks for Reading!

We hope that you found this recap beneficial as we took a look back at 2017. There are big things coming in 2018 that we are extremely excited about. We look forward to keeping you in-the-know with all of our tips, insights, and developments as they unfold! -- About HingePoint, LLC HingePoint offers cloud and mobile applications for construction and real estate that are easy to adopt and employees love. Specializing in the systems that run the construction and real estate business including SharePointSalesforceProcoreMS Dynamics, and Autodesk. Scale and grow profitably with Financial and Project Management Dashboards, document management, and workflow automation for field to office collaboration. HingePoint 8105 Rasor Blvd. Suite 241 Plano, TX 75024 (214) 301-0000 www.hingepoint.com [post_title] => Most Popular Microsoft SharePoint Blogs of 2017 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => popular-microsoft-sharepoint-blogs-2017 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-04-29 22:45:38 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-04-30 03:45:38 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=14108 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13912 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2018-01-23 02:22:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-01-23 08:22:23 [post_content] => As SharePoint consultants and integrators, we find and are constantly trained on how to best use the SharePoint platform. If you do not know, SharePoint has been sold since 2001. The Microsoft platform was created to manage company documents. These days it is packed with benefits for your business. Our guru project manager has been learning about SharePoint and these are some the practical and simple tips and tricks he has found through training and by heads-down, hard-work with customers.

SharePoint Settings

SharePoint Settings. SharePoint Consultants, SharePoint Developers, HingePointThis symbol is important. When you see the settings icon in the upper right corner of your screen, it gives you access to all of the site contents and all the specific site settings for THAT specific page. “I always thought it brings you to the same set of contents and settings,” HingePoint Project Manager Brendan Desjardins said. “But even though the top nav doesn’t appear to change, clicking on site settings or contents directs you to the appropriate lists based on the page you navigated from.”

Out of the Box Web Parts

SharePoint Consultants, SharePoint tips, SharePoint tricks, HingePoint Site features is a new component for 2013 and 2016 Sharepoint. Navigate to Site Settings under Site Actions: Manage Site Features. You will be presented with a list of the out-of-the-box web parts that you can activate:
  • The Business Intelligence Center is new for 2013 and 2016 which allows you to connect BI Dashboards and BI Data to the Sharepoint User can adjust settings for different functionalities at the Site Level and the Site Collection Level
  • Library Settings holds all of your metadata and provides you with the ability to implement versioning history, approvals, and document templates
  • Best practice: do not create more than 8-12 subsites below the top level.

Other Cool Facts

  • In Sharepoint 2016, you now have the ability to upload files with special characters in the title.
  • Users can go to Recycle Bin to restore any deleted contents.
  • Users can go to Site Settings/ Look and Feel to change how SharePoint looks out of the box. Change formatting, background pictures, and color schemes. It also has many preloaded templates available to make Sharepoint more exciting. You can also upload a picture to the Sharepoint title in the top navigation.

Learn how we can help you with SharePoint

Learn how we can make your SharePoint better or contact us for a quick, free consultation. About HingePoint HingePoint delivers cloud, mobile and analytics solutions for the construction industry. Specializing in the systems that run the construction business including SharePointSalesforceProcoreMicrosoft Dynamics, and Autodesk. Scale and grow profitably with Financial and Project Dashboards, document management, and workflow automation for field-to-office collaboration. [post_title] => SharePoint Out of Box Tips and Tricks From The SharePoint Experts [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => sharepoint-box-tips-tricks-sharepoint-experts [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-20 23:47:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-21 05:47:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=13912 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13915 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2018-01-12 09:10:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-01-12 15:10:32 [post_content] => If you are not currently using Office 365 and Microsoft SharePoint to manage your construction projects… you should be! With a few simple configurations, SharePoint can be the foundation for a flexible, user-friendly, and affordable Project Management Information System (PMIS). First, let’s clarify what Office 365 is. Some people think of Office 365 as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for document creation and Outlook for email. Most are unaware that those are only a tiny piece of everything Office 365 has to offer. We will discuss what these apps are and how to leverage them to their fullest capabilities at a later date (stay tuned to our blog). In the meantime, you can check out the Top 5 Integration Features of Office 365 and SharePoint Online. Below are the reasons why you should be using SharePoint to manage your construction projects:

1. Chances are you probably already have SharePoint

Microsoft states that they have over 250,000 organizations using SharePoint and that over 85% of Fortune 500 companies now have SharePoint Online. You are already saving money on licensing costs by owning the SharePoint application through your Office 365 licenses.

2. Security

Using groups to maintain a scalable security environment is typically your best option because permissions are applied to the Group as a whole, not individual people. So, when adjusting permissions, only one change is needed to a group, opposed to multiple individuals. You can define a security permission from a site collection, to a site, to the lowest component of a single item or document. It's very easy to assign these permissions directly to an individual user or a group of users.

3. Collaboration tools everyone will want to use

The ability to leverage Office 365 Groups, which deliver a means of group communication, is a solid alternative to popular messaging applications, such as Slack. Using Groups gives your team the ability to view, edit, share all group files, view and schedule group meetings with ease allowing for better communications among team members. Granting external access in SharePoint Online is a breeze and no longer a time-consuming inconvenience. Simply connect a Microsoft account to their company e-mail or create guest links to give users access to folders, individual files, and sites within your environment.

4. 3rd Party Services Integration

Microsoft Flow puts real power in the hands of regular users by easily connecting and automating services vital to your business. Microsoft Flow features code-free interaction with hundreds of third-party services such as Salesforce, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, OneDrive, Microsoft Dynamics, and more.

5. Reporting tools that are ridiculously simple

SharePoint features powerful reporting tools to quickly view and share data. You can build, configure, and update scorecards and dashboards. Data visualization with Power BI: Embedding Power BI reports to a SharePoint page – display charts, dashboards, reports, KPIs, etc. on your SharePoint site makes the information readily available to users. Additionally, the analysis/metrics tools are now available within the program instead of having to import them; so, significant time is saved on importing data from other sources. You can also use Excel to build your reports and display them within SharePoint.

6. Mobile/Tablet Friendly

Access to everything, from anywhere, and on any device. This is HUGE for the construction industry! View and work on documents, while on the job site. With SharePoint Online, you have all the information you need on every device so you can get more work done with ease.

7. Task Management

SharePoint allows you to manage a set of tasks that may belong to a project, a business initiative, or a department. Users can also create customized list views combined with out-of-the-box workflows to manage personal tasks and assign tasks to their team members or anyone else in the company.

8. Flexibility to make it work how you want

SharePoint is designed to be configured however you want and to provide the most value when managing your construction project. It can be very intimidating to try and figure out where to start with SharePoint because by default, SharePoint is installed as a blank site without any content. At HingePoint, we have guru developers and architects that have ALL the Microsoft certifications. We can help you create a customized Web Parts, .Net, Office 365 APIs, SharePoint Online and Integration with Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory (AD), and SQL Server. If you properly implement SharePoint, it will transform your company’s productivity. Employees will be more efficient, you’ll have better access to your company’s data, and you’ll be able to better report on key metrics. HingePoint’s custom SharePoint solutions have helped many companies struggling with unorganized data and manual, multi-step processes. Those same customers have transitioned into a more organized, productive organization through automated workflows and easy-to-search information.

About HingePoint

HingePoint delivers cloud, mobile and analytics solutions for the construction industry. Specializing in the systems that run the construction business including SharePoint, Salesforce, Procore, Microsoft Dynamics, and Autodesk. Scale and grow profitably with Financial and Project Dashboards, document management, and workflow automation for field-to-office collaboration. [post_title] => Using Microsoft SharePoint as a Project Management Solution for Construction Industry [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => using-microsoft-sharepoint-as-a-project-management-solution-for-construction-industry [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-22 16:56:24 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-22 22:56:24 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=13915 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 9 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 14259 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2018-04-03 10:14:11 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-04-03 15:14:11 [post_content] => Microsoft has officially released SharePoint hub sites and is gradually rolling them out to Office 365 customers. The first announcement of SharePoint hub sites was last fall at Microsoft Ignite.

What is a SharePoint hub site in Office 365?

SharePoint hub sites enable you to organize your intranet by associating multiple team sites and communication sites together in SharePoint. Hub sites provide common navigational structure, look and feel, and search across associated sites. You can use SharePoint Online hub sites in Office 365 to organize concepts, teams, divisions, or resources throughout your organization, making it easier to:
  • Search across all associated sites

  • Discover related content, such as news and other site activities

  • Apply common navigation and branding across associated sites
SharePoint hub sites combine news and activities from your different associated sites and display the roll-up on the hub’s home page. This could potentially have a significant impact on the way you construct intranets and departmental sites within your organization. The association can be changed whenever you like, meaning that making changes to the organizational structure will be as simple as adjusting a setting. Desktop SharePoint Hub Sites Mobile SharePoint Hub Sites

Searching for content across the SharePoint hub

When you search from a SharePoint hub site, content on the current hub site, as well as content on any associated sites, is displayed in the results. Users searching for items will only see results for which they have access to. This feature greatly simplifies the process of managing what information users have access to.

FAQs

Q: When can I expect to see SharePoint hub sites appear in my Office 365 tenant? A: SharePoint hub sites with begin rolling out to Office 365 First Release customers in the first half of 2018. Q: Can I join one SharePoint hub site under another hub site? A: No, you won't be able to join a SharePoint hub site to another hub site. Q: Can a team site or a communication site be joined to more than one SharePoint hub site? A: No. It will only be possible to join a site to one hub site at a time. It is possible to link to various unjoined sites in the top navigation. And it will be possible, within seconds, to join and/or unjoin a site as the business changes. Q: Can a hub site replace my current organizational portal? A: Hub sites are designed to let you dynamically organize closely-related sites, bringing together similar projects, binding related assets, and presenting common activity. Customers with portals that include customization beyond the web parts and extensions that the SharePoint Framework currently supports are likely to continue using the SharePoint publishing infrastructure, which continues to be fully supported in both SharePoint Server On-Premises and SharePoint Online. Q: When should I use a team site? When should I use a communication site? A: Your SharePoint team site lets you share content, knowledge, news, and apps with your group as you collaborate on a project. A communication site lets you tell your story, share your work, and showcase your product across the organization.

What's Next

We can't wait to start planning and constructing solutions with SharePoint hub sites in 2018. HingePoint believes hub sites will be most valuable in an intranet scenario because of the navigation abilities of cross-site collections that have been lacking in previous SharePoint versions. If you're trying to customize SharePoint hubs to meet your organization's unique needs, we'd love to hear what you're looking to accomplish! Feel free to start a live chat with our solution consultant on this page, email us, or call us at (214) 301-0000 to get started today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgeYRrKB5U8 --

About HingePoint

HingePoint offers cloud and mobile applications for construction and real estate that are easy to adopt and employees love. Specializing in the systems that run the construction and real estate business including SharePointSalesforceProcoreMS Dynamics, and Autodesk. Scale and grow profitably with Financial and Project Management Dashboards, document management, and workflow automation for field to office collaboration. HingePoint 8105 Rasor Blvd. Suite 241 Plano, TX 75024 (214) 301-0000 www.hingepoint.com [gravityform id="1" title="true" description="true"] [post_title] => What is a SharePoint Hub Site? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => what-is-a-sharepoint-hub-site [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-04-09 14:14:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-04-09 19:14:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=14259 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 25 [max_num_pages] => 3 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => 1 [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => 1 [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => 1e3b0d07a32c10b2fd0003ce7cfe8484 [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) )