It’s Official.  I’m joining Perficient one of the Top Microsoft Partners!

“Dear Joel,

On behalf of Perficient, Inc., I am pleased to make you this written offer of employment for the position of Director with Perficient’s MSFT CS US (and Canada) team…

We are confident you will find Perficient to be an excellent company in which to invest your time, talents, and energies.  Perficient invests in our people through training, the opportunity to work with advanced technologies, and to work with other creative people.  You will make a great addition to the talented team that is building Perficient into one of the leading technology management consulting firms in North America.

Anticipated Start date: 6/24/2019″

Super excited to get started.  I will not be moving.  I will be working in their national or North America practice, and yes they support me in my global efforts as well.  I definitely see this as a great opportunity to help them and continue on the path of digital transformation for the world.  With their help, I’ll be able to do even more for the community.  This is a Win/Win/Win.

Over the past decade Perficient has grown through acquisition… you may recognize any number of the more than 30 acquisitions… here are few notable ones: PointBridge Solutions, Northridge Systems, speakTECH, Genisys Consulting Inc., Southport Services Group, Clarity Consulting, Market Street Solutions, and Enlighten. You probably know Blue Rooster (16 Employees and the Product Rise) which is one of the top Intranet in a Box solutions, they bought the product and the employees who came with it, but not the company or brand.

Who is Perficient?  They are the industry’s best kept secret, but don’t take my word for it.  Here’s some information I’ve clipped information below from the Perficient website and wikipedia to better explain the company and relevance to you.  You can read more about it on the Perficient site which I highly recommend.

“Perficient, Inc. is a consulting firm serving enterprise customers throughout North America. The company’s efforts include enterprise mobile applications, creative services, marketing, digital strategy, Internet of Things, information technology, management consulting, custom development, and platform implementations.

The firm primarily performs project-based work, a large portion of which involves business intelligence and portal collaboration. Perficient also has offshore capabilities.

Perficient is a Microsoft National Solution Provider (NSP),  Microsoft Gold Certified partner and has been recognized as U.S. Partner of the Year, Global Messaging Partner of the Year, U.S. EPG Office 365 Consumption Partner of the Year, and Performance Partner of the Year. Perficient employs more than 450 Microsoft-focused consultants including more than 125 certified Microsoft Cloud consultants. Perficient became known for its experience with cloud migrations and deployments related to Microsoft 365, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Teams, Yammer, Microsoft SharePoint, Windows Intune and Dynamics.

Perficient has offices in North America, Europe, India, and China.”

Those asking… What does this mean?  I say, this is what it sounds like.  I’m going to be getting back more involved with the community, more speaking, more webinars, more community events and more customer experiences and outreach.


Type Public
Traded as NASDAQ: PRFT
S&P 600 Component
Industry Management consulting
Founded 1997
Headquarters St. Louis, Missouri
CEO Jeffrey S. Davis (CEO)
Revenue US$498.4 million (2017)
Number of employees ~3000

Perficient is in the Russell 2000 and S&P SmallCap 600

Picture: Property of Perficient.  This happened on the day I got my offer.  Perficient rang the bell at the close of the NASDAQ.

Microsoft Teams Doorway to the Microsoft Modern Workplace Infographic

Microsoft Teams is the Doorway to the the Modern Workplace.  It’s amazing how Microsoft Teams really pulls through SharePoint, OneDrive, Exchange/Outlook, Azure, Planner, Stream, Bots, Office Web Applications, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and easy integration with Yammer, Dynamics, so much more.


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More details on the webinar below.

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 at 2PM ET/11AM PT
Register Today

One of the most powerful things is getting your head around Microsoft Teams and the power of the rich integration and modern workplace.


This infographic is shared with creative commons share alike.  Feel free to use it in your slides.  If you need to chop it up please mention Joel 365 and SkyeNets.

It shouldn’t surprise you that Microsoft is putting a lot of emphasis on Microsoft Teams.  Microsoft announced that 90% of the Fortune 100 are using Microsoft Teams.  What have they figured out?  I know there are thousands of companies still using Skype for Business and the pending migrations are at a critical time.  Many of you are wondering what’s in teams for you… I’m hoping this webinar helps you understand the vision of Microsoft Teams, the vision of Microsoft 365 and the Modern Workplace.

Working with Roger Taylor and Dionne Taylor from SkyeNets we put together this infographic to help simplify what’s happening in the interface and behind the scenes.  Microsoft Teams is your doorway to the Modern Workplace: An overview of Microsoft Teams dependencies.

Microsoft Teams
Doorway to The Modern Workplace
A Complete Group Collaboration Solution

Join us as we journey into the heart of Microsoft Teams and discover why Teams has become Microsoft’s fastest growing product to date. Microsoft Teams brings it all together in a single workspace within Office 365, with SharePoint lists and libraries, meetings, chat, document sharing and a host of other features – everything you need for the modern workforce.
Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 at 2PM ET/11AM PT
In this session we will discuss:
– The Modern Workplace: From Traditional to Modern
– Teams Architecture: Doorway to the Workspace
– MS Teams: Under the Hood – Key features to help increase your organizations productivity
– Business Value of MS Teams
– User adoption best practices and how to manage the risks of team sprawl
– DEMO: MS Teams – Overview Current State
– Introducing VALO Teamwork 2.0
– DEMO: VALO Teamwork – Future State
– Questions & Answers

Featured Speakers

Roger Taylor,

Enterprise Cloud & Office 365 Architect

Joel Oleson,
Microsoft MVP – Office Apps & Services

Jeff Collins,

SharePoint & Office 365 Adoption Expert

Vlad Catrinescu,
Product Evangelist at Valo Intranet & Microsoft MVP


Microsoft Teams
Doorway to The Modern Workplace

Join Us:
Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
Time: 2:00PM – 3:00PM EST

Reserve Your Seat Now!

Q&A and Recording from SharePoint Conference 2019 Panel

Thanks for joining me and my Expert, MVP and RD friends on the Panel.  Below you’ll find slides, recording, and the Q&A.

#SPC19 Recap Slides feel free to download:

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SharePoint Conference 2019 Experts Panel Recap Video Recording

Questions and Answers from SPC Experts Panel:

Not sure I understand the difference between Home Sites, and the Communication site?

Home sites are a landing page for your Intelligent Intranet and there is only one per user per tenant.  You can have many communication sites and they don’t have all the new personalized webparts designed for this new homesite.

Is there any point to the Yammer Q&A if Yammer adoption has never taken off in your company? (v. QnA)

If you aren’t using Yammer, then the Yammer Q&A feature won’t mean much for you.  You need to decide what is right for your organization.


Our firm is not using Teams because we still have issues with the messaging component of Teams still does not meet our EKM or equivalent security requirements.  This really handcuffs us in a lot of ways and would love to know if and when these concerns will be addressed? 

Not sure what your security requirements are, but there is a lot more being done to focus on security and compliance for Teams and a lot was announced at SPC19.  I encourage you to track down your specific requirements.


Would like to understand what 90% of the Fortune 100 means – How they are using Teams and in what capacity?

We don’t have any additional detail on Microsoft’s numbers.  That’s a great question.


Just have issues with the design of the Home sites and what I perceived as limitations on what customizations we can make on them…

We have a lot of questions ourselves and this is also something Microsoft will be working out.  They have an advisory board that is helping them.  I encourage you to get involved in the prerelease if you can to provide your requirements or feedback.


Good day ! 99 % of Admins will be using SP2019 as migration path from SP2016 /2010, so my questions are

  1. My Site provisioning – at SP2016 Microsoft introduced site master fast provisioning using default template of site master. sp2016 uses template 9 or 10. Migrating to SPO2019 how can we keep same look ?

SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2019 have a new approach to branding with Modern.  When on premises you can absolutely change the master page, but in SharePoint online that’s not recommended if you can avoid it.


Will you have any tool to migrate MySite provisioning template from SP2016/2010 to 2019?

My sites have dramatically changed between the legacy versions of My site to the new 2019 OneDrive, but Microsoft just sent some updates related to their SMAT tool and mysites.


Next question : SP farm + mirroring DR farm

There is more redundancy in the Online services.  If you’re trying to do mirroring in on premises look at AOAG.  Yes, they do have guides to help you setup proper DR.


Any improvements will be done for SP 2019?

SharePoint 2019 launched last year.  There was a SharePoint 2019 session you should track down.


At 2016 we must break AG SQL to patch service applications DBs , did someone address those issue for SP2019 ?

I’m not familiar with this issue, but they definitely have improved in 2016 and 2019 over 2013.


Is there a link to a reference or quote on SharePoint being biggest consumer over azure.  I have an exchange fan boy I want to show.

SharePoint is the biggest consumer OF Azure not over.  It was mentioned in the keynote.  180,000 VMs.  Not sure how many VMs Exchange has, or if they are willing to share those numbers.

Vlad has an ondemand page:


How is this different from hitting the “Sites” link in office 365, that shows you frequent sites, favorites etc.

Home sites has a lot of new parts.  Only the rail on the right side is the same as the SharePoint Home of today.


Would this be replacing the “sites” functionality?

No, but that that is evolving as well.



I work for the only company that is authorized to sell Hololens 2 in the US, and we are getting a lot of interest in using it with Dynamics. As those users start implementing their VR apps, they will begin showing in SPO also

They will integrate more and more.  The Dynamics Remote viewing app as an example allows you to choose files in OneDrive or SharePoint.  Teams also has connections to Dynamics and the new functionality in biz apps portals will provide additional abilities.  It’s pretty awesome to be able to show the integration.  There’s a great story and that will continue to get better when SharePoint spaces ships.


Where can I find info about PowerApps and doc library? is a good place to get started with PowerApps.


Good morning! Will the recording of this webinar be shared?

Yes, all attendees and here’s a link:


Please share the 12 blog posts link?


I think home sites helps to tie together all the hub sites

That’s a good analogy and one of the points.


Are any of these file storage performance improvements applicable to the on-prem SP2019 architecture, or are they purely cloud-based improvements?

Yes, many improvements in SharePoint performance overall.  Refer to Ignite for more on SharePoint 2019.  Not much said about already shipping products.


Can we have more audit logs for Flow? We need some administrator logs, like, who create data policies, environments…

Go to user voice and vote up or log your opinions.  There were a lot of new administrative features and controls that were added.  I recommend checking out the session on Office 365 Administration.  Many of the speakers who were not Microsoft speakers also shared their decks.


So this is the new ROOT site collection?

I wouldn’t go that far.  Microsoft recently released the ability to make a communication site your root site collection.  This is a new release.


There are SO many areas MS can focus on without this needed “spaces” app. i mean users can even integrate ToDo with OneNote with any consistency and Flow and PowerApps are still being dabbled

Lots of people don’t understand the need for SharePoint spaces.  Check out the keynote example.  It’s a good one.


In Toronto, we do need innovative soltions for the Health sector, (practicioners level), EMR, XRays, etc. with a high level of privacy within the context of cybersecurity. Is there some rodmap for segment of the ‘industry’, (Health)?

Looking forward for the private channels development. Please keep the team informed. For HEALTH ,otherwise, all these excellent features may not be applicable. Four our business, it’s very important.


Who was the person doing the Teams architecture blog series?



Was there anything notable, feature-wise, for Yammer @ SPC19?

Yes, Q&A Bot and marking a post as a question or an answer.  Refer to the Yammer session for more… yes there was a yammer session.


People don’t always agree on the insight to be imparted to the ML model.  Is there a ‘conflict resolution’ process envisioned?

In Machine teaching the answer is yes.  It’s about teaching.


Are they sharing some of the SPC19 conference sessions somewhere?

Yes, on the site.  Wouldn’t be surprised.


Do we have a schedule of the events in the Poll? I would love to know about California Based SharePoint Focused events

There are industry events at  Visit for upcoming SharePoint Saturdays across California.


Are private channels ever coming to Teams?

Yes, they are in preview.


Does MS still throttle the upload speeds for the Mac version of the OneDrive client?  It was about 10x slower than the Windows OneDrive client in our tests last year, posing a problem for adoption among our Mac users.

There are some settings in the client to throttle the speed, but Microsoft doesn’t throttle the upload speeds.  There are a dozen reasons why one machine could be slower than another.  I’d highly recommend opening a support ticket if you can reproduce this issue.  I couldn’t find anything else reported on this and performance is definitely something that Microsoft is focused on.


How can we get rid of the :x/:r gibberish that Microsoft introduced in the SharePoint Online URLs last year?  So annoying for documentation.  We have to manually edit links every time.

There have been efforts to optimize the URLs and to be able to rename site URLs.  No other mention of URLs in the event.

Hey Jealousy, Top 10 Announcements you might have *Missed* at the SharePoint Conference! Experts Panel #SPC19

Wow!  I’m still recovering from #SPC19.  In fact it was just yesterday I was speaking at SharePoint Conference, but I wanted to get this blog post out there for those who may have missed the nuggets.

Join me and 6 experts on the Best of SPC Experts Panel When: Wednesday  May 29th 11 AM Eastern / 3 PM GMT Featuring 5 MVPs 2 RDs and Microsoft Product Manager.

  • Joel Oleson MVP & RD – Microsoft Search, OneDrive, Governance, Content Services, Mixed Reality
  • Eric Overfield MVP & RD – UX, SharePoint Framework
  • Erica Toelle MVP – Content Services & Records Management
  • Ryan Schouten MVP- SPFx, Developer, Power Pack and Business Apps
  • Bill Baer MS Product Manager & MCM Instructor – SharePoint 2019, Geo, Search and Mixed Reality
  • Paul Swider – Business Apps, Power Pack

>> Register for the Best of SPC Experts Panel

we’ll discuss the announcements and all the announcements, have a fun discussion about the impact and discuss silly or crazy things that happened at SPC.

  1. Microsoft Search (GA) Launch a *massive* UX investment across Bing, Windows, Edge, Office, SharePoint, Office 365, powered by Graph plus AI and Machine learning and personalization and Unified Administration and way more is Shipping – in the words of Jeff Teper the biggest “One Microsoft” project or initiative he’s ever been part of.  Personally I spent more time in Search sessions since I didn’t want to miss anything that might impact my “Real Life” Microsoft Search session where I drilled down into things you could do today with Microsoft Search in preparation for more that will be coming out later this year.  Microsoft Searches biggest release is now available to targeted release tenants.  A ton more investments in image text extraction, video speech to text, and audio speech to text extraction also contribute to the investments.
    Download my Microsoft Search Strategy deck that I delivered at SPC.

    • Bookmarks, PowerApps, Q&A, Locations all configurable in a new Unified Administration (Targeted release).  The new enhanced recommendations will come from the behavior of the people using search.  The more it is used the better it will get.
    • Windows 10 updates and integration coming later this year
    • Search in Office will provide the ability to search for a document and the ability to take parts from those documents and automatically include them in the document, spreadsheet or PowerPoint. (Demo in the keynote showed adding a slide from PowerPoint into a word doc without ever leaving word)
    • Announced Public API for search including the extensibility of custom search refiners, connectors, verticals, and filters.
    • The best place to start with the new GA “General Availability” of  Microsoft Search:
    • An enterprise-wide Microsoft Search experience, from the search box in the suite bar.
    • More resources on Microsoft Search
  2. SharePoint Home Sites New Announcement – “SharePoint home sites, a dynamic, engaging, and personalized employee experience for your organization.”  Jeff Teper’s keynote had us on the edge of our seats and home sites definitely got a warm intro.  You can read more about them on the SharePoint blog post “The intelligent intranet featuring SharePoint home sites” and read more at  SharePoint home sites: a landing for your organization on the intelligent intranet
  3. Yammer enhancements announced including Answer Bot and Best Answer and Microsoft Stream Transcription and other enhancements for employee engagement and communications.  Read more at Yammer investments add engagement and compliance capabilities
    • Yammer built in bot auto-responses for FAQ & Best Answer feature, you can ask a question and then the person asking the question or a group admin can mark the best answer—making the knowledge easier to share and reuse in the future. Additionally, a group can feature intelligent, bot-like responses to frequently asked questions.  Record, upload, and share video with updated Microsoft Stream mobile app.  Embed a quiz, poll, or survey in a video with Microsoft Stream.  
    • New Microsoft Stream mobile features, interactivity and more announced at SharePoint Conference 2019
    • yammer answer
  4. Differential sync announced for all file types!  The keynote featured a 1GB bmp file where only text was added in MS Paint and instead of the entire file syncing only the changes or about 1-2MB was synced… it was done in seconds.
  5. Many new OneDrive, SharePoint File enhancements announced for sharing a file quickly, securely and in a compliant way has improved immensely – add a link to an email or teams chat and change the permissions on the fly.  Love the new “Request Files” feature.  You can create an RFP folder and send it out as a place where people can put documents… it has a built in ability to make it easy to collect files from others.  The new “easy-to-read links” will reduce the long ugly URLs we live with and “Popular around me” in the Shared with me section of OneDrive will simplify and enhance discovery.  See recent files, your files, frequent shared libraries when attaching a file or sharing a link from Outlook mobile.  In addition to updates to annotation options when marking up PDFs you can annotate the PDF to circle items or add notes for you and others.  Microsoft Teams Tabs in mobile experiences. In addition, Link to this Slide will allow you to send links to an individual PowerPoint slide.  Control sharing settings on groups of sites at once including the ability to expire sharing links across not only the whole site but many.ExternalExpiration_1.pngDocument compliance enhancements including… SharePoint Online service supports Azure Information Protection encryption on document upload, understands label policies applied to the document, and applies label permissions to document open when the document is in SharePoint or OneDrive.  Updated content services white paper, and guidelines for GxP compliance, providing the blueprint for organizations that comply with regulatory regimes like FDA 21 CFR Part 11
  6. Site rename got the biggest clap during the keynote.  There’s also more compliance with DLP restricted sharing.  Don’t miss the new Adoption kits across Office 365.
  7. Performance enhancements on storage, sharing, and more.  Jeff explained SharePoint is the biggest consumer of Azure storage.  Data from Microsoft 365 is ten times faster than it was just two years ago. Your user experience has improved in Office 365 is three times faster than a year ago, with investments across our architecture that accelerate your experience even when you are working far from your own data center.  After you upload a file, you should be able to search for it in no time.    Including now up to 320 previews and new ability to add comments on all file types (not just MS Office).  You’ve heard of Machine Learning… Announcing Machine Teaching.  Here you can teach the AI what parts of a document are and how to perform otherwise manual tasks for tagging or using document parts.  updates to Supervision including new out of the box machine learning models to harness intelligence and identify questionable content
  8. New Architectures from SharePoint 2019 in Azure and SQL Azure to Multi Geo GA  1) In SharePoint Server 2019 we’re providing more flexible deployment options to include support for Azure Stack and SQL Managed Instances. 2) New managed instance support for SharePoint Server 2019 allows you to leverage the benefits of managed instances with SharePoint environments hosted in Azure. Multi Geo Capabilities has released as Generally available what was in preview.
  9. New Developer experiences: New APIs and File Developer Experiences more comprehensive site collection enumeration API, will be coming soon in beta.  SharePoint Framework 1.8.2, released two weeks ago, updates compatibility to support Node.js 10.  SharePoint Framework 1.9 coming soon, there’s enhancements coming to Microsoft Graph connected controls. In addition to the Windows Community Toolkit which features controls for working with Microsoft Graph and Files, we’re also adding a new Microsoft Graph Toolkit for the web.  Fluid Framework – Improvements to development efforts “revolutionary new capabilities for real-time, intelligence-assisted collaboration” announced at build, but demonstrated during the keynote.  The keynote demo we saw showed many browser windows at once showing what it could be like with a seamless editing experience.  Many low level protocols and experiences have been optimized to make multi user editing better.
  10. Business Apps PowerApps and Flow Improvements – Starting in summer 2019, you’ll be able to use PowerApps to build custom forms for document libraries, building metadata-enriched experiences through SharePoint and Microsoft Teams. Bulk Approvals, New Actions for SharePoint Lists and Libraries in Flow, new document templates and improvements to backstage.  You’ll be able to use PowerApps to build custom forms for document libraries, building metadata-enriched experiences through SharePoint and Microsoft Teams.

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Lots of growth!

Check out the following 12 New blog posts that all went out right at the keynote.

SharePoint 2019 Upgrade or Office 365 Migration Q&A

SharePoint Upgrade or Migrate?

Thanks to everyone who attended the “Upgrade to SharePoint 2019 or Migrate to Office 365” webinar. You can download the materials here:

Here are the questions and answers from the webinar… enjoy!

Can you share this infographic after the webinar – it’s useful

Thanks.  Here’s a link to the SharePoint Upgrade infographic on Gennet.

@Joel – Does the data/tool “Gateway” work with Office365/SP Online as well as SP2019?

The Gateway is designed to provide a mechanism for Flow, PowerApps, etc… to have access to on premise systems including SharePoint 2019.  It’s an infrastructure.

Any recommendations for a method of converting InfoPath based forms to PowerApps in anticipation of InfoPath losing support in 2026? 

Here’s an article that may help you with your Journey:  Transform you Infopath forms to PowerApps.

PowerApps and Flow

Are drag and drop columns only available in office365?  Yes, that arrived as recently as January/February 2019.  Formatted columns is in SharePoint 2019.  You can read more about the modern features in SharePoint 2019 in the TechNet Forums.

But for how long? Unlimited One Drive storage

It goes in stages.  Read this writeup for details on how it works…
OneDrive Storage is unlimited

Can General Networks break use the analysis done by another vendor as the intro to an engagement?

We can start with the analysis.  We’ll still need some time to get familiar with you and your environment, and may need to collect additional information if it wasn’t included in the analysis but it would save some time.

Can search be across domains under single global tenancy?

Sorry no cross tenant search but setting up hybrid on premises including multiple farms and online search is definitely possible.  If you’re asking about multiple geo’s in one tenant, then yes.  Really depends on what you mean by domains.

Can we still develop custom workflow app on SharePoint Online?

Custom workflows online are now built with Flow for the most part, but there are ways of migrating workflows with tools.

Can you go directly from 2010 to Office 365?

Yes, with Third party migration tools.

Can you setup SharePoint Online to be accessible from multiple Microsoft Tenants?

There’s one SharePoint instance per tenant.  There’s no multiple tenants or multiple SharePoint.  It’s a 1:1 relationship.

Do we know what will replace InfoPath?

Forms, Flow and PowerApps

Do you know if SharePoint 2019 server communication site support anonymous? Also, can be created as host name site collection?

I haven’t tested it, but recently the root site collection in Office 365 was enabled to support it.  It’s much easier in on premises to define the root site collection.  With SharePoint 2019 you can configure the sites to use whatever authentication you like. SharePoint 2019 does support host named site collections.

Do you think all the InfoPath form was created at 2013 can migrate to the Office 365. Or we do need to redo it completely?

I have seen it work with very some slight configuration using the tool Sharegate.  I’m sure there are other tools that can help you migrate your forms as workflows as well.  There are a few exceptions:  InfoPath forms that must be deployed via SharePoint Central Admin and approved by an administrator due to managed code are not supported in SharePoint Online / Office 365.  Some data connections may need to be removed or remediated if they are on-premises data sources.  The SMAT tool can be used to identify incompatible InfoPath forms before Migration.

Does Microsoft FastTrack provide services for SharePoint?

Yes, but the SharePoint migration programs with SharePoint to SharePoint are expired and no longer available.

Does Teams integrate just as well with SP 2019 on-prem?

No.  There are not as many integration points.  You can add pages and you can publish your SPFx.

Does the Online Tool Gateway require a separate server or utilize one of the SP servers that would already exist?

It is a separate server.

For a new SharePoint environment should we just go to O365 or is it worth considering 2019 on premise?

If you can, you should migrate to Office 365.  That should be your default choice as that’s where most innovation is going… It’s cloud first.

FYI: Audio loud and clear, Cathy, and we can see Joel’s screen.

General Networks Team is AWESOME !!!

Thanks for the endorsement… 😊

Have you had clients make claims against MS’ SLAs? It seems Office 365 is less reliable than our on-prem environment.

Yes, I encourage it. If you’re beating these numbers that’s great.  If you’re getting higher than 99.97 that’s pretty impressive.

Here are the recent uptime statistics per quarter:

Q1  Q2  Q3  Q4 
Q1  Q2  Q3  Q4 
99.99%  99.98%  99.97%  99.98% 
Q1  Q2  Q3  Q4 
99.99%  99.97%  99.98%  99.99% 

Have you seen any issues with users knowing they have unlimited storage? Meaning – do people abuse that service and overlook content management best practices if storage is not an issue?

Not really.  Most users will never get to their first TB.  In a company of 5000 we never saw anyone store over 4TB.  This is something you can manage and something you can control.  There are gates to continue to increase user storage.  I wrote about it here: OneDrive Storage is unlimited

How about exe files

In SharePoint 2019 you can control the blocked file types.  In online, it’s not very restrictive.

How about user analytics?

SharePoint 2019 has new analytics features, so does Office 365.  It’s still no WebTrends, but if you want to get information on who has viewed a file and how many times, you’re covered.

If we are going to migrate are we able to migrate the customize master page to the new SharePoint 2019 ?

When you upgrade you can keep the sites in classic mode, but you should update your master pages, assuming your current version is SharePoint 2013 or later.  SharePoint 2010 master pages are not compatible with SharePoint 2019 or Office 365, even in classic mode.

if we have licenses for SP 365 online can we use them also as a cals for in promise at the same time if we have two environments

Licensing is different for Office 365 from Server and CAL.  You can read more about SharePoint Licensing on Microsoft’s site.

If you have SPO and SP2016 in a DC or Azure, can search work across that? 

Yes, you can setup hybrid crawler with either of those configurations.

If your primary goal is file sharing/versioning is it better to just use Teams or use SharePoint without Teams?

Typical file sharing scenarios are better with straight up SharePoint, but if you’re sharing files across a team the Teams interface is great.  Really depends on the team.

Is Microsoft planning to do any Feature Packs like they did for SP 2016, to bring new features to on-prem SharePoint?

No announcements have been made related to “feature packs” as of 5/16/19

Is O365 SP 2019 or do you have the option of 2016 or 2019?

Office 365 SharePoint Online is a moving target and beyond SharePoint 2019.   In fact it’s more like SharePoint 2019 is a product born from the Office 365 SharePoint Online back from 2018.

Is the SP2013 ribbon gone?

Yes, modern has a different library user experience.

iI there a way to setup take advantage of a hybrid environment (SP Online and SP on prem) so as to minimize data stored online and therefore cost?

SharePoint Online isn’t expensive storage, but the storage is based on the site collection… there’s no stretching a site across both environments or pointing the storage at one or the other.

Most important one should be SharePoint Online does not support anonymous site. This is the hard limit there is no way to overcome. We do have quite a few anonymous publishing sites on SharePoint 2013.

OneDrive Mac using the thin sync yet?  OneDrive Mac does have availability of the Next Generation Sync Client for the latest MAC OS.  I’m not sure what you mean by thin sync.

We are in SharePoint 2010, is it good to do an upgrade or migrate the content directly to SP2019?

That would be my recommendation.  You’d need to use a third party tool to accomplish it.

We are on SharePoint 2013 and planning to migrate to O365. My question, is it better to upgrade SharePoint 2013 to 2019 and do Hybrid or setup hybrid sp2013 and later plan for 2019 upgrade?

It’s better to migrate directly to Office 365.  There is no advantage in migrating to 2019 then trying to migrate online.

What are some bigger issues with going to Office 365? We have nintex for running workflows, which connect to other local resources on site such as SQL Server databases, shares, and what not. Do you see any issues with those and referencing locally? I understand that Nintex may have some licensing issues moving to 365, but aside from that are there any gotchas that you know of?

The good news is Nintex has a good story for Office 365. Nintex partners with ShareGate for migration of Nintex workflows from SharePoint Server to SharePoint Online.  Any data sources that are referenced on-premise will need to be configured for external access for the Nintex workflows to retain access.

What do you prefer for long terms better with Office 365 or Sharepoint 2019 and then have to migrate again 2022?

I do recommend Office 365 as the more future proof solution to minimize upgrades in the future.

what is an estimate cost for such assessment and roadmap planning engagement

Roughly between $5,000 and $10,000, depending on the size and complexity of your environment. We are offering a special Webinar rate:  contact Cathy, and use code: May16

What is the compelling reason to stay on prem on 2019

I covered this in the session.  I’d recommend referring to that slide, but the gist of it is your ability to own the environment from end to end.

What kind of customizations would cause an application to not be a good candidate for O365?

Server assemblies, code behind InfoPath forms, and sandbox solutions.  Most things can easily be re-written and many will migrate.

When you say Exchange, does this need to be Exchange in the cloud?

No.  The alerts and groups may be a little strange if all email is on premises, but you can work around it.

When/where will the SharePoint upgrade business case slides be available?

They are already uploaded to at

Where is GNC offices?

Our main office is in Glendale, California

Who managed Office 365? We have teams for Exchange, SharePoint, AD, Group Policy, etc. Microsoft is pushing people to teams with sites, groups, mailboxes, etc. Who administers this?

Microsoft Manages the various servers/services.  Office 365 includes an Administrator portal for different roles, such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, etc. where your IT can manage configurable settings on the service.

Will Hub site be available in 2019?

Unfortunately No.

Will automated transcription of audio/video files be available in 2019?

It is an Office 365 feature.  There may be some capabilities if you can integrate with Flow. 

Will custom 2013 .wsp solutions run in O365 and 2019 on-prem?

WSPs are note supported in Office 365.  You’ll need to do testing, but yes, one of the reasons people may choose to stay on premises is they can continue to use WSP solution files in SharePoint 2019. 

With SharePoint 2019, there is improved Flow, PowerApps and Power BI Integration. Does a customer needs O365 in order to use Flow / PowerApps on SP2019?

Yes. Flow, PowerApps, and so on can be integrated with the Gateway infrastructure.  There is licensing that you’ll need to use these tools.  The tools have different licensing based on which tool features and so on.

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