Microsoft Gold Partner: What does it mean to us?

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You might have recently seen our announcement about becoming a Microsoft Gold Partner in 2017.  It’s something that we as a solutions provider put a lot of effort and pride into as it distinguishes our business from others.

When you see the Microsoft Gold Partner badge, you'll instantly know that the Partner has met the rigorous requirements of technical examination grades, customer references and the stringent business competency requirements of Microsoft.  We invest time in our staff to study and to stay up-to-date on the latest technologies and even to certify them to make sure they carry a Microsoft qualification. 

It means we are officially endorsed to provide the highest level of expertise, strategic thinking and hands-on skills.  It also means we can offer our customers insights into Microsoft and their vast array of products and services. We are connected into behind-the-scene discussions and roadmaps so that our consulting services can guide you on the right technology path. A Microsoft Gold Partner can help you make the best choice with the greatest confidence.

The Gold Partner title also provides significant benefits to Sharing Minds, including accessing the full benefits of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) including unlimited technical support from the Microsoft technical engineers and Signature Cloud Support team

It means we’ll have the best minds on the job, at all times.

Sharing Minds - Ben Creamer



Why are we excited about SharePoint 2019?

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Some exciting news has been coming out of Microsoft's latest edition of the Ignite conference (Sept 2017), where more than 25,000 customers and partners converged to talk all things Microsoft.

Sharing Minds - SharePoint 2019

A great deal of announcements were made, including interesting applications of AI and mixed-reality into various products. As you might expect, the announcement we found the most exciting is the pending release of SharePoint 2019, expected in preview as soon as June this year.

Further announcements included big plans to better bridge the gap between on-premise environments and the cloud. While today only 35% of licenses are on-premise (reducing steadily from previous years), Microsoft is clearly still focused on providing businesses with both online and on-premises versions and supporting these with updates and improvements.

Reports from Microsoft MVPs give hope to the future availability of the modern experiences seen in SharePoint online in SharePoint Server 2019. This support could include the availability of modern Team and Communication Sites as well as the new Sync Client, which is said to be a vast improvement over its predecessor. SharePoint 2019 will also bring support for PowerApps, another tool which has become increasingly useful and powerful in SharePoint Online.

 Communication Site

Communication Site

 Team Site

Team Site

Broad plans also encompass the forthcoming Office 2019 productivity suite, as well as Exchange Server 2019, Skype for Business Server 2019 alongside the release of SharePoint Server 2019, outlined in a Collab365 Global Conference keynote talk hosted by Collaboris.

All of this means the next stage of releases will lay the groundwork for a better, more fully featured SharePoint experience no matter whether you are operating on-premise or online. With these platforms right around the corner, now is the time to begin planning how your organisation will evolve alongside.

Would you like some advice on your SharePoint 2019 roadmap?  We'd love to help, so please get in touch today.

Sharing Minds - Jordan Bell



The Six-Month Milestone

Congratulations!  So, you’ve made it to six months, time to give yourself a pat on the back.  But before you pop the champagne, let’s take an audit of your first six months at Sharing Minds…

In such a short amount of time, we’ve achieved some pretty significant milestones.  I’m filled with a satisfying sense of...