It May Be Time to Stop Building Access Web Apps

For years now, power users have created solutions using Access Services within SharePoint. These solutions have often been the backbone of many business processes for small to medium-sized organizations. Now that Office 365 is widely available and is fairly cost-effective for those organizations, we have new options to solve those business needs.

Microsoft PowerApps is a new member of the Office 365 family and now that PowerApps is generally available within Office 365, Microsoft is recommending to organizations that solutions built with Access Services be migrated to the PowerApps service.

Access Services & Access Web Apps shipped with SharePoint 2016 and will continue being supported as part of the SharePoint product life-cycle.

Moving forward, information workers should build their apps using PowerApps on top of SharePoint lists to give the feature-rich solutions their users need with the full on-going support of Microsoft and the tech community.

Update – Postpone the SharePoint Online Public Site Deadline

Last December I posted the news that Microsoft will allow Office 365 admins to postpone the removal of their Office 365 public sites – which are special SharePoint Online site collections that can be used as an internet site for companies.

There wasn’t a big announcement on how to actually do the postponing, which is understandable as Microsoft would rather you not keep your public site so they don’t have to support it.

To postpone the deletion of your SharePoint Online public site, go to the SharePoint admin center – the URL location is in the format: https://[ReplaceWithYourTenantName]-admin.sharepoint.com/_layouts/15/online/SiteCollections.aspx – and go to the settings page. For the setting “Postpone deletion of SharePoint Online public websites”, select I’d like to keep my public website until March 31, 2018.

Postpone Public Site Delete Option
Postpone Public Site Delete Option

As the setting notes, you will have until March 31, 2018 to find a replacement for your public internet site. Don’t wait! Start a project now to make the change so next March doesn’t sneak up on you. Contact me if I can help with your transition.

Microsoft Ignite 2017 – Registration is open!

Microsoft’s premier conference – Ignite –  will happen September 25th – 29th 2017 and registration is now open! Microsoft expects the event to sellout so register now!

This year the event moves to Orlando and there are already hints that Microsoft will host at least one event at a theme park in the city. The content and connections with innovators are the real draw for the event and I hope you will join me at Microsoft Ignite 2017.

More details about the event and registration information can be found on the site: Microsoft Ignite 2017

Securely Embed Power BI Reports in SharePoint

The business intelligence landscape in SharePoint has a new and improved story to tell with Power BI! Join me on April 13th at the Nashville Excel & Power BI User Group – I present a session on Power BI Dashboards in SharePoint Online.

The presentation will be heavy on demos as I walk through the BI options in SharePoint – using list views, Excel, and Power BI – to tell great data stories. I will also show the awesomeness of the Power BI mobile app on iOS!

The meeting is free and lunch is provided! Register: Nashville Excel & Power BI Meetup

SharePoint Saturday Nashville 2017

The fourth #SPSNashville will take place on April 8, 2017. I am honored to be working with a great leadership team and this year some of the most talented Office 365 and SharePoint technologists from the around the USA will be joining us for a FREE day of training.

Jeff Teper, Microsoft CVP SharePoint & OneDrive, speaking at SPSNashville 2016
Jeff Teper, Microsoft CVP SharePoint & OneDrive, speaking at SPSNashville 2016

We also have great sponsors who are delivering huge value in the community and will be showcasing their capabilities at our event. Check out our sponsors here.

This year, I will be co-presenting a session with Dan Evans, Microsoft Senior Technical Solutions Architect. Our session will highlight business intelligence (BI) options in SharePoint and Office 365. From Power BI, PowerApps, & Microsoft Flow, we will show you how all of it fits in with SharePoint to make a great BI solution. Our presentation is at 11:15am – join us! Register for SharePoint Saturday Nashville 2017!