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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] => 2019-09-27 13:14:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-09-27 18:14:17 [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 ) [1] => 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 ) [2] => 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] => 2018-05-28 06:59:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-05-28 11:59:27 [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 ) [3] => 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. (P.S. You can use SharePoint for project management and risk planning.)

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] => 2019-03-12 10:45:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-12 15:45:18 [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 ) [4] => 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 (some) code-free interaction with hundreds of third-party services such as Salesforce, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, OneDrive, Microsoft Dynamics, and more.
Integrating SharePoint can be frustrating. We Can Help »

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 integrated into just about any construction software you have. But... It can be very intimidating (and frustrating) to try and figure out where to start with SharePoint because by default, SharePoint is installed as a blank site without any content. Wouldn't it be nice if you had access to guru developers and information architects who could get SharePoint up and running for you (and integrated into your current construction software)? From SharePoint consulting to creating and implementing the plan, we're here to help.
We'll take your SharePoint integration burden away. Get SharePoint Help »
We can help you create a customized SharePoint setup with whatever you need (such as 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. Integrating SharePoint can be confusing and difficult to integrate with custom construction software. Let us guide you through the process and do the hard work of integrating SharePoint into your current construction software.  

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] => 2019-03-12 10:37:25 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-12 15:37:25 [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 ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13245 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-12-08 03:11:15 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-12-08 09:11:15 [post_content] => There are many reasons why your organization's SharePoint database doesn't have the clean and trustworthy data you need to run your business efficiently. Most businesses realize the data and documents you store in SharePoint are extremely important. For example, SharePoint is probably your "system of record" for marketing data and customer data. It may even run the company's intranet (containing things like human resources policies, IT procedures, your team document libraries, etc). Project collaboration, issues tracking, and task management critical to operations may be in your SharePoint system. Our customers turn to HingePoint because they struggle to keep pace and organize SharePoint. They may have even outsourced the development of SharePoint in the past, but it still isn't working as efficiently as the Microsoft commercials lead you to believe is possible.

4 Reasons Why You Might Not Have the SharePoint Data You Need

1. The Data Doesn't Exist

Management or associates may assume you have information about your processes and training, but in some cases, it literally may not exist yet. Nobody has created it and put it in SharePoint. This may sound obvious, but it's something to consider. For example, one of our customers wanted to know what projects everyone was working on. They did not understand why they could not see that level of detail. The reason? They didn’t have tools that were collecting that information. We integrated T-Sheets with SharePoint and now they have that data.

2. Dirty Data

Your SharePoint data may not be "clean". What is clean data? Clean data is properly organized, fully filled in, accurate, and searchable. SharePoint lists and syncing Excel Sheets into SharePoint may result in incomplete or inaccurate data. This is especially the case if employees don't fill it out accurately and/or you don't have a data management and data quality process in place.

3. Downstream Data

In some cases, you may be pulling in data from a downstream system such as a CRM (like Salesforce or Siebel), financial system (like Sage), or project management system. If the data isn't accurate or clean in that system, then you are importing dirty data from other systems into SharePoint.

4. SharePoint Graphics and Charts

SharePoint has great list views, teams’ sites, and tasks lists, but it doesn't have the best chart and graphic capabilities. So, you may have the data in SharePoint, but you just can't seem to find it if it's not visually presented on the screen. There are many ways to enhance SharePoint with BI (business intelligence) tools like Tableau. See examples in the screenshots below. HingePoint can show you how! [post_title] => 4 Reasons You Don't Have Clean SharePoint Data [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 4-reasons-you-dont-have-clean-sharepoint-data [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-09-27 13:14:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-09-27 18:14:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/blog/sharepoint/sharepoint-online-and-office-365-ingredients-for-the-perfect-intranet-copy/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13232 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-11-16 22:54:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-11-17 04:54:30 [post_content] => If your organization has already invested in Office 365, it only makes financial sense to maximize its potential to solve the common challenges around communication, collaboration, and knowledge sharing. As well as providing your organization with familiar tools (such as Outlook for email and Microsoft Office programs for document creation like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Office 365 comes with a bag of tool and features that form the foundation for an effective intranet solution. If you are considering Office 365 as an intranet solution, below are a few applications that you and your team will want to be familiar with:

SharePoint Online

SharePoint Online is an all-important tool for an Office365 intranet, helping organizations share and collaborate with internal employees and external partners, contractors, and customers on any device. With SharePoint Online, you can access internal sites, documents, and other information from anywhere in the world - at the office, at home, or from a mobile device.

Team Sites

SharePoint Team Sites allow you to quickly create code-free sites for different user groups within SharePoint and Office 365 that look great on any device. Team Sites are constructed to be fully customized to your needs. Documents, videos, images, site activities, social media feeds, and more can be added in a couple of clicks. It also gives the ability to add ‘highlighted content’ (which will automatically and dynamically populate in that area of the page). The home page of a SharePoint Online gives you instant visibility into site activity and important documents, while providing a great way to communicate, connect with others, and share ideas. For more details on SharePoint and Office 365 check out the Top 5 Integration Features of Office 365 and SharePoint Online here.

Microsoft Teams

Similar to Slack, Microsoft Teams has a focus on a chat-based workspace, with social feeds and email chains taking center stage. Its overall goal is to bring together people, conversations, and content, helping to create a more open digital environment that makes work visible, integrated, and accessible. You can easily embed and collaborate over Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneNote, and other Office files. You also get built-in video/voice calling features, so your colleagues can easily arrange meetings remotely. There is also a screen sharing option that makes collaboration easy.

Final Thought

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. Our experienced team can design and implement a custom intranet for your organization using Office 365 and SharePoint. Contact us today to learn more » Once it’s clear what these services bring to the table, it’s time to start putting them together to provide your users with a seamless intranet solution. Office 365 and SharePoint Online provide an incredible level of extensibility that allow for solutions which leverage the best of what Office 365 has to offer. We have guru developers and architects that have ALL the Microsoft certifications. Create your own Web Parts, .Net, Office365 APIs, SharePoint Online, and integrate them with Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory (AD), and SQL Server. [post_title] => How to Use Office 365 & SharePoint Online to Build a Perfect Intranet [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => sharepoint-online-and-office-365-ingredients-for-the-perfect-intranet [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-09-27 13:12:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-09-27 18:12:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/blog/autodesk/autodesk-university-2017-preview-copy/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13203 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-10-26 00:58:55 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-10-26 05:58:55 [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!

5 Ways to Get The Most From Integrating Office 365 and SharePoint Online

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 5 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 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.
  5. 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   [post_title] => Top 5 Integration Features of Office 365 and SharePoint Online [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => top-5-integration-features-of-office-365-and-sharepoint-online [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-09-27 13:14:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-09-27 18:14:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/blog/sharepoint/spreadsheets-vs-sharepoint-which-one-manages-data-better-copy/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13120 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-09-25 05:13:31 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-25 10:13:31 [post_content] =>

SharePoint Two-Way API Integration Brings Microsoft’s Enterprise-Grade Document Libraries Right into Procore

Procore customers can now automatically update SharePoint and Procore libraries simultaneously with a new SharePoint Two-Way Sync integration and connector, built on Procore Construction OS and is available in the App Marketplace. SharePoint Two-Way Sync shares and mirrors files and documents in both SharePoint and Procore libraries through a new connector created by HingePoint, a Dallas-based company that integrates and architects SharePoint for better data management. The SharePoint Two-Way Sync brings Microsoft’s enterprise-grade document libraries right into Procore, with two-way, real-time sync of folders and documents. When a folder is updated in SharePoint, it updates in Procore. If a file is deleted in Procore, it is deleted in SharePoint. “This is not an embedded form that anyone can access, it's an actual API integration that lets SharePoint and Procore libraries mirror one another while having the security of both systems," HingePoint CEO and Founder Bryce Finnerty said. “If you are a user with rights to a Procore project and you’re a SharePoint user with rights to a document library, you can access the synced files." A growing number of construction companies use SharePoint as their system of record to store important data about employees, contracts and project status. This connector eliminates multiple repositories of documents in both Procore and SharePoint and connects the construction unit to the rest of the company. The new integration HingePoint provides for Procore reflects each organization’s commitment to openness and building out the construction technology ecosystem. With the new connector, companies can automatically and securely sync files between Procore and SharePoint or Office 365, which will save time and confusion when managing project documents. It also creates better collaboration with the teams that are not in the construction space. Leveraging SharePoint’s API with Procore’s open system, this integration automates document sync, saving time and effort of updating two systems that tracks and reports documents. This integration allows everyone – from the owner to the general contractor – to have access to relevant documents needed to finish a project. “We’re excited for the SharePoint connector from HingePoint to launch on the App Marketplace as it will have an immediate impact for our users who will be able to take advantage of it,” said Laura Paciano, Senior Manager, Partner Programs, at Procore. “We first began talking with HingePoint about an integration at Groundbreak, which was just over five months ago, so for the connector to now be ready is a testament to their commitment to the construction industry and value of the App Marketplace.” HingePoint integrates software so data can move from one system to another. They specialize in building custom tools that detect and collect data, so a business can project trends about their business. For more information, contact us today! 214-301-0000

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] => HingePoint Develops SharePoint Connector for Procore for Automatic Document Sync [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => hingepoint-develops-sharepoint-connector-procore-automatic-document-sync [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-05-17 12:19:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-05-17 17:19:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=13120 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13067 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-08-09 12:34:48 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-09 17:34:48 [post_content] => We interviewed our lead Project Manager and SharePoint expert to see the difference between Spreadsheets vs. SharePoint. If you’re managing your data in spreadsheets right now, that's probably not the best option for you. A spreadsheet is essentially just a dumb piece of paper that you're writing on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvGyOHpg47Q If you import the data that is in a spreadsheet into SharePoint, you will be able to manipulate the data in different ways, create different list views so you can see your data in different ways. You can connect SharePoint to multiple other external systems through Integrations, create workflows that speak to other places in SharePoint. Now you have smart data that can be easily merged and visual,  instead of data that is just sitting in a spreadsheet. We see a lot of businesses managing all their data for their clients or for their customers in tools like Smart Sheets, Excel or the Google applications. These tools are essentially a shared Excel file without a lot of process automation or integration with other tools. SharePoint is easier to use because it puts all those different tools on one platform and it's a central hub where you can find and do everything needed for your daily routine. If you move over to SharePoint and house your data there, you can create workflows and integrate with other systems that you have throughout your company in different departments and manage data better. It flows seamlessly through your business processes instead of being dissipated in other systems of record. SharePoint is also a good tool because it can be used as a customer's system of record. For instance, we’re helping one client right now manage all their employee data. They have this data in several different systems and it has discrepancies in it: different addresses, different names, capitalization errors, etc. SharePoint is their only system of record now, and all that employee data is held and kept there. We also built discrepancy reports using Power BI,  which compares the data from SharePoint to the company's other systems. We know that SharePoint is the system of record where that data actually lives and we can fix the errors that are in the other systems. If you’re using a spreadsheet to manage your company's data, we strongly suggest SharePoint because that data can automatically be pushed to other systems, it can create workflows, and SharePoint can create integrations with external systems that you may have, and give you better insight into what that data actually means.

Quit the Spreadsheet

Use the tools large enterprises use, control your data with SharePoint

Managing Data with SharePoint Will Transform Your Business

Are you managing your entire company from a spreadsheet? How are you going to grow with those document management tools? Does your SharePoint work the way you want it to? 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.   [post_title] => Spreadsheets vs. SharePoint, Which one Manages Data Better? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => spreadsheets-vs-sharepoint-which-one-manages-data-better [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-19 10:00:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-19 16:00:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=13067 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 10 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => 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. ---

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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] => 2019-09-27 13:14:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-09-27 18:14:17 [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 ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 30 [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_privacy_policy] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => 1 [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_favicon] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => 4a37ec4b618553b24e766f84f9832512 [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 ) )