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27 Feb

Lightning Tools on tour, 2017

It’s safe to say that at the beginning of 2017, Lightning Tools have hit the ground running. Just this month we announced the upcoming release of both a hybrid version of DeliverPoint, one of our flagship products, as well as The Data Viewer Web Part as a Client Side Web Part under the SharePoint Framework […]

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22 Feb

Take control of hybrid Office 365 SharePoint permissions

  When your company moves to a hybrid cloud environment, managing Office 365 SharePoint permissions might not be the first thing admins think about. However, it is an important factor to consider, since it introduces some problems you might not have come across before. In a ‘pure’ Office 365 environment or ‘pure’ SharePoint on-premises environment, […]

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20 Feb

Why an enterprise social network is key to improving employee engagement

  There is a direct correlation between the levels of employee engagement and their productivity. Given the obvious importance of worker productivity in terms of the profitability of the business and remaining competitive, you would assume that improving employee engagement would be a huge point of interest for companies. While they may indeed be making […]

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3 Feb

The Office 365 app launcher: 5 recent changes you should know about

  Back in October, you probably noticed a change in the interface of the Office 365 app launcher. This is just one of the almost constant stream of improvements and updates to Office 365 that are coming out of Microsoft to improve the platform—the Office 365 roadmap attests to the frenetic level of activity at […]

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30 Jan

SharePoint Framework SPFx Client Side Web Part–Data Viewer

Lightning Tools have been busy building a Client Side Web Part under the new development model (SharePoint Framework SPFx). Apart from being extremely eager to get our hands dirty with the new SharePoint Framework, we were also looking forward to the Data Viewer being able to connect to Office 365 Tenant Scoped Business Connectivity Services […]

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26 Jan

What is the value of SharePoint permission levels?

  To understand the value of SharePoint permission levels, first we need to remind ourselves what we mean when we talk about SharePoint permissions. If you are unfamiliar with SharePoint some of the more specific details of its functions can seem overwhelming. However, with a bit of explaining, these features and controls won’t cause you […]

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17 Jan

5 common mistakes when migrating to Office 365

  Migrating to Office 365 promises your business numerous benefits. By moving to Microsoft’s market-leading enterprise cloud productivity platform, you can expect a huge step up from your existing IT infrastructure. First, Office 365 is constantly updated, meaning your colleagues have access to all the latest tools and upgrades right away. Being cloud-based and mobile-friendly, […]

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12 Jan

The SharePoint Framework: a new path for developers?

  SharePoint 2016 may still seem like a relatively recent release, but the latest edition of Microsoft’s document management and storage system has now been around for nearly nine months. SharePoint 2016 of course took centre stage at the Future of SharePoint event in May of last year, leaving the new SharePoint Framework—released at the […]

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22 Dec

Analysing usage of Office 365 Power BI

The positives of cloud computing have been well documented. The positives are so, well, positive, that Microsoft have adjusted their entire business mantra to incorporate a “cloud-first, mobile-first” way of thinking. That means that as we continue to experience the lightning fast changes that technology is offering across the industry, the cloud will be the […]

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20 Dec

Know your Microsoft collaboration tools: Yammer Vs Groups Vs Teams

Office 365 has become a testament to Microsoft’s vision: a singular, constantly updating home for all Microsoft collaboration tools. This creates a single, unified platform for the majority (if not entirety) of applications a user will need to complete their daily work. From managing your emails in Outlook to working on documents in Word and […]

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