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Technology Digest: Week ending 7/25/2014

  
  
  
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The Technology Digest is our weekly list of articles in the technology world that you should be reading about Microsoft, Programming, Azure, Lync, OneDrive, and SharePoint. 

Microsoft Azure Autoscales Sitefinity Multisite: Infographic Case Study

  
  
  
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Our web development team put some emerging technology to pretty incredible use in building a new website for Mom Corps. Since we get a lot of questions about Microsoft Azure and our posts about it are perennial favorites, we decided to go more in-depth with our explanation. And, since infographics are fun, we thought we'd use one of those.

So here's how Aptera built a Sitefinity website in Azure, complete with an introduction to Multisite Management and Autoscaling.  

What’s the Difference between OneDrive and SharePoint?

  
  
  
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OneDrive began as a cloud storage service for files and documents. The idea is that you can access all your saved documents, videos, and music from any device—so multiple devices, one storage drive. SharePoint, on the other hand, is a collaboration tool. It works like an internal internet, or intranet, for businesses, and you can also use SharePoint to create portals for clients, an extranet. Where it gets tricky is that SharePoint is also a place to store and share documents so they’ll be accessible to all the people in a company who need to read, print, or edit them. And OneDrive now has features that let you share and collaborate on documents as well. It seems like the functions, and even the underlying purposes, of OneDrive and SharePoint are beginning to overlap. Since you can get OneDrive and OneDrive for Business as standalone services, is there any reason you might need SharePoint as well?

The answer is that SharePoint still does a lot of things OneDrive doesn’t. OneDrive is an as-is, out-of-the-box service. SharePoint requires some development and customization, but it can do just about anything you may want it to do. Your company may be able to get by with just a OneDrive for Business subscription, but it comes down to what all you need your collaboration platform to do.

Programming Languages and Taco Bell: Same Features, New Combinations.

  
  
  
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We are in the midst of a programming language renaissance. We are seeing new languages on a regular basis. These languages promise to make the lives of programmers better by making them more productive. Most notably, Apple just released Swift as the new language of choice for iOS development. Other major companies have release languages in the last few years. Microsoft released TypeScript. Google released Go and Dart. Facebook released Hack. Mozilla released Rust. There have also been a handful of exciting languages released without corporate backing, such as Elixir.

Upcoming Webinar: How to Encourage SharePoint User Adoption - July 31, 2014

  
  
  
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One of the keys, if not THE key to actually realizing the value from your SharePoint implementation is user adoption. 

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Upcoming Indianapolis Event: How to Encourage SharePoint User Adoption - August 19, 2014

  
  
  
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One of the keys, if not THE key to actually realizing the value from your SharePoint implementation is user adoption. 

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Why Is SharePoint So Hard to Use and How Can You Make It Easier?

  
  
  
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One of the basic principles of good software design is that the more functionality you make accessible through the simplest, most intuitive interfaces the better. Underlying this principle, though, is the awareness that more functions usually means a more complicated user experience. The reason that many workers find their company’s SharePoint platform difficult to navigate is that Microsoft has been adding functions to SharePoint for years so that it can address more business challenges. And quite a few of the different parts of SharePoint were developed independently of all the others. The upshot is that SharePoint has evolved as a collection of solutions that were gathered onto a single platform, not as a unified interface that gradually acquired more functions. But it really is possible to enjoy the benefits of SharePoint’s array of features and still set it up for your business in way that makes it easy to use.

Upcoming Nashville Event: How to Encourage SharePoint User Adoption - August 26, 2014

  
  
  
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One of the keys, if not THE key to actually realizing the value from your SharePoint implementation is user adoption. 

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Here's How You End a Call On Lync Like An Adult

  
  
  
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At Aptera, we don’t have traditional phones. Instead we use Lync, Microsoft’s enterprise communication product. It’s a fantastic piece of software, but having your phone exist solely inside your computer brings with it one small challenge: hanging up.

Technology Digest: Week ending 7/18/2014

  
  
  
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The Technology Digest is our weekly list of articles in the technology world that you should be reading about Microsoft, Azure, Windows, and Marketing 

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