SharePoint

Change date format in Microsoft Flow emails

Microsoft Flow the workflow engine in Office 365 is constantly evolving and changing. And it also throws up a few curveballs every now and then.

One of them is date formats and how they appear in emails. The default is US format and so if you have a Flow with a created date from a SharePoint list, it would appear in a generated email like this:

Date: 2017-06-02T11:29:03Z

Not useful for us Europeans and the time doesn’t help either for users.

Here’s how to fix it.

  1. In your SharePoint list find the name of the date column you are using. In this case mine is called ‘Submitted date’.
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New content pack to help Office 365 user adoption

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The Office 365 Adoption content pack using PowerBI is now in preview for first release tenants. I’ve just switched mine on so it will be interesting to see how it looks. Of course there is only one user in my tenant so the data is not that useful for me as such. But for any organisation using Office 365 they will now be able to see (in an easier way) what parts of Office 365 their users are using.

Currently it runs on a monthly cycle so it is refreshed every month. But that is fine to be able to show data and analytics about user adoption.     »» Continue reading

SharePoint Virtual Summit 2017 roundup

Does SharePoint drive you nuts at times? Probably. But don’t blame SharePoint or even Microsoft. Blame who ever installed, configured, built, trained and supported SharePoint in your organisation. Now that could be a long list…

But things are changing. Big time. Microsoft have announced a slew of updates for SharePoint Online, Yammer, OneDrive and Office 365. And there are two key elements of it for me. One is that intranets are front and centre in the SharePoint world. Which is a good thing. And second the user experience and functionality is improving at a rate of knots. And all this helps user adoption and training.     »» Continue reading

Yammer leads the way at intranets event in Dublin

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Delighted to be at an event this week organised by Brightstarr and Microsoft Ireland about intranets, Office 365, the digital workplace and even Yammer. Of course SharePoint got a mention or two! Hosted at the Microsoft office in Sandyford, it was great to see around 30 people at the event.

Brightstarr had organised it to promote their Unily intranet product (based on SharePoint of course). They had brought in one of their key customers in Ireland, ESB Networks, to talk about how they had implemented it in their organisation in the past year or so.

We also had Simon Daly from Microsoft taking us the role of Office 365 in modern intranets.     »» Continue reading

Some latest updates on intranets

Now I’ve said it before and yes I will say it again, I love intranets. Always have and always will. I know digital workplace is sort of taking over as being a far sexier phrase. But intranets are still very, very relevant.

Anyway here’s three interesting pieces of reading about intranets. Toby Ward talks about the continued growth in the social side of intranets as we see Facebook take strides in that area with their Workplace tool. We also have seen the recent takeover of social collaboration vendor Jive Software which might have implications for that platform.

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User adoption guide for Microsoft Teams

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Microsoft Teams is the digital equivalent of an open-space office environment. It is an entirely new experience which brings together people, conversations, and content. Through easy connections and conversations, Microsoft Teams builds relationships and drives collaboration seamlessly, and opens up opportunities to take your organizational goals to the next level.

Microsoft have introduced a useful new site to help with the introduction, onboarding and user adoption of Teams. There are four documents included in their adoption planning kit. This is taken from the read me file included:

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The day I was stopped from using JavaScript on the intranet

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This was some time back in the early 2000’s. I managed the intranet for an Irish insurance company as part of a small team. We were called E-Media which I suppose was a forerunner for a digital workplace team. My manager was a very smart person! We did stuff that didn’t really fit in anywhere else. And I ‘did’ the intranet.

And it was a bit of a clunker from a software platform point of view. We used an online document system called Trove with customised, static HTML pages at the front end to make it more visually appealing. I could publish home page links with a headline, summary, an icon and a link using a form based on Perl scripting (yes it is that old).     »» Continue reading

The future of SharePoint. Again.

There are still plenty of updates in the SharePoint world and there is always talk about its future. But look it’s not going anywhere. Here is an great overview of where SharePoint is and where it is going over the next 12 months and more. It’s from Senior Product Manager in Microsoft, Mark Kashman. He also talks about it here on LinkedIn. Slides 12 and 13 feature an interesting roadmap for SharePoint so well worth a view. And of course some nice stats: “200k+ organisations using SharePoint”. But how many are using it properly? Well?

“Reinventing Content Collaboration – the Future of SharePoint is Now!” | SPTechCon – Austin — MS Keynote