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Platinum Sponsors of the SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles 2019

General Networks is the Platinum sponsor of this year’s SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles happening on September 28, 2019. SharePoint Saturday is a free event for the SharePoint and Office 365 community and offers attendees learning and networking opportunities. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!

SharePoint experts from around the country will be in attendance to share their expertise through sessions that focus on Office 365, SharePoint, OneDrive, Azure, and other products in the Microsoft technology stack, including PowerApps and Flow.

At the event, General Networks’ Biz Apps Solutions Manager, Qais Gharib, will be doing a presentation on a solution that enables you to print list data to a PDF from a PowerApp form. Come and meet him, along with a few other General Networks’ team members.

General Networks will have a sponsorship table at the event. Please stop by to learn more about our SharePoint/O365 service offerings including intranet deployments, platform migrations and upgrades, and forms/workflow solutions.

SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles is a free event, but be sure to register online

We look forward to seeing you in September!

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​Inspiration for your Modern SharePoint Intranet – The SharePoint Look Book Delivers!

 

As a Microsoft Gold Partner and implementer of SharePoint intranets, we routinely encounter organizations struggling to visualize a great intranet experience in SharePoint.  Many are used to older versions of SharePoint and are turned off by the thought of the bland, text-heavy sites of the past.  Others are altogether new to SharePoint Online through Office 365 and have never had a centralized site for communicating and interacting with their staff.  Where to start? 

As employee engagement becomes a top priority and remote workers are becoming the norm, most leaders recognize the need to provide an intranet site – a place where employees can get the tools and resources they need, stay informed on company news, access a company directory and in general, feel connected to the whole.  SharePoint is a natural for intranets and offers a wide variety of templates to get you started  intranet home pages,  Modern Communication sites, Team sites, Hub sites and more – but how do you deliver something that is both useful and visually stunning?  Something that represents your brand.  How can you see well-designed intranets when these sites are proprietary and generally not publicly available?   

Enter the SharePoint Look Book! 

 

If you are familiar with a “lookbook” in the fashion industry, you know that a lookbook is a collection of creative photographs designed to show off a brand’s style and inspire customers to imagine how they might assemble the various pieces of the collection to create a unique look that fits their vision.  With the SharePoint Look Book, Microsoft does the same for customers seeking to explore what and how they can deliver to their users, based on their unique scenarios and uses cases.  Seeking to inform and engage your staff?  You’ll find examples in the Look Book, complete with page layouts for Modern Communication sites.  Collaboration is your goal?  Check out the Team site examples for working with groups inside and outside of your organization, including details on which webparts were used to create the site. 

Check out the SharePoint Look Book Here 

 

At General Networks, an important component of our intranet deployment approach is to work with your stakeholders to understand your goals for the site and your vision for the user experience.  We provide guidance on what components you’ll need, best practices for utilizing them, and how to take full advantage of what SharePoint offers outofthebox – keeping your costs in check.  We consult on how to build a solid information architecture and framework that is easily maintained and extensible as your usage of the site expands  With the SharePoint Look Book handy, your team can quickly get up to speed on the various template options, page layouts, features they may not have known were available and most importantly, get inspired with beautiful designs in Modern SharePoint sites! The Look Book helps you help your staff better understand what the organization is seeking to achieve, fostering more input, excitement and engagement on the project, which ultimately leads to a well-defined design.  We’ll then take your unique vision and create mockups, wireframes and prototypes for your review and discussion.  Once we have the design locked down, we develop the site, work with your users to test the functionality and provide Quick Guides for both administrators and users of the site to add and maintain content. 

 

Are you inspired?  Ready to give your employees the tools they need to be efficient, connected and inspired?  Contact Cathy Ashbaughcashbaugh@gennet.com to discuss how we can help you bring your vision to life!   

 

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General Networks Named a Top Business Services Company by Clutch for 2019!

General Networks is proud to announce that we have been named as one of the top providers of business services in the world by Clutch! We are also excited to say that we have been doing well in a few of Clutch’s more competitive categories, their rankings of the best Microsoft Office 365 consultants, Microsoft SharePoint consultants, and OpenText ECM consultants.

We deliver technology consulting services for customers who need to manage and process critical business content. We bring together business strategy, specialized application expertise, and creative and technology professionals to solve business problems. We help our clients create effective solutions for automating any document intensive business process, from simple electronic libraries to complex document assembly and workflow. Our depth of experience reduces the time and risk of implementing IT solutions.

Clutch takes its reviews seriously, conducting phone interviews with a company’s past clients and getting honest feedback on the quality of their work. These reviews can all be found on our Clutch reviews page, but we wanted to include some of the nice things our clients have said about us here.

“I appreciate their ability to summarize information and suggest actionable solutions.” – IT Director, Research Center

“They are very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly and easy to work with. We’re very happy that we found them.” – Administrator, CF Kent

“General Networks’ responsiveness and accessibility sets them apart; we’ve had a harder time getting prompt support from other providers.” – Vice President, Real Estate Firm

We were also ranked as one of the best ECM consultants by Clutch’s sister site, The Manifest. We were featured for an email migration we performed for a large scale research group in California.

We are honored to receive this recognition. We do everything we can to help our clients succeed, and knowing that they appreciate our work so much is incredible. We will continue to improve and innovate, always keeping our clients ahead of the curve.

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On-Demand Webinar | Migrate to Office 365 or Upgrade to SharePoint 2019?

If you are currently running SharePoint 2010, 2013 or 2016 in your organization, you know you’ll need to plan your move forward.  

But to what version?  Continue with the on-premise route and upgrade to SharePoint Server 2019? Move to the cloud with SharePoint Online in Office 365?

As with any major decision, the answer is “it depends.” Some organizations have adopted a cloud-first strategy and will naturally focus on migrating to Office 365, looking forward to enjoying the latest features and accepting that some rework of their customized SharePoint solutions will be necessary. Others may have a corporate directive to retain highly sensitive or compliance-related content on-premise, making the decision to upgrade to SharePoint Server 2019 easy.  For most organizations running an older version of SharePoint the decision is more nuanced and requires analysis of the risks, rewards, and costs to make the final decision. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the pros and cons of SharePoint 2019 and Office 365, watch this on-demand webinar.

In the webinar, Joel Oleson, MVP reviews why your organization should:

  • Upgrade to SharePoint 2019
  • Migrate to Office 365 SharePoint Online
  • Consider Hybrid SharePoint 2019 and SharePoint Online

Ingrid Camill, our SharePoint Practice Manager, also provides insight on what to expect in the migration or upgrade process.

If you are an IT or business leader considering a SharePoint migration and want to begin to envision which path is best, this is one webinar you will want to watch!

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SPEAKERS

Joel Oleson
Joel Oleson
Microsoft MVP & Regional Director

ingrid camill
Ingrid Camill
SharePoint Practice Manager

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Platinum Sponsors of the SharePoint Saturday San Diego 2019

General Networks is officially the Platinum sponsor of the SharePoint Saturday San Diego event happening on January 19th 2019. The event is expected to be one of the largest SharePoint Saturdays of the year with guest speakers flying in from all over the world to share their expertise in the SharePoint and Office 365 space.

Of those speakers, our very own Director of Professional Services, Owen Runnals, will be presenting what’s new in SharePoint Communications Sites including branding, layouts and customizations. He’ll be showing off some features that will have just been deployed to SharePoint Online in December. This is Owen’s second year speaking at this event.

You’ll have an opportunity to meet Owen and some of our SharePoint experts at our booth throughout the day where you can find out more about how General Networks SharePoint services can help you overcome your SharePoint challenges.

SharePoint Saturday San Diego is a free event, but be sure to register online

We look forward to seeing you in January!

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SharePoint Case Study | Replacing a Legacy Document Management System with a Customized SharePoint Solution

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Background

General Networks was asked to replace a legacy document management system with a SharePoint-based solution for a public policy research organization. First, we conducted an environment assessment and user interviews and discovered the Project Management department had been using an old version of Oracle I/PM for document archiving and project proposal approval. The system, which had a high user approval rating, had not been updated in many years. IT felt the system was unsupportable and didn’t want to commit the financial and personnel resources to an Oracle upgrade.

The organization was already using SharePoint for team collaboration. As a result, General Networks had a better chance of obtaining the organization’s buy-in to move forward with implementing a SharePoint document management solution.

First, we identified the following implementation challenges, as the organization needed to: Continue reading…

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Out-of-the-Box SharePoint Intranet Sites Don’t Always Cut it

Learn How to Take It Up a Notch with No Code and No Fuss

Companies naturally want to improve internal communication within their organization, and SharePoint is a great tool to do just that, but out-of-the-box SharePoint intranet sites often lack the pizazz needed to engage employees. Basically, SharePoint out-of-the-box creates pages in one of three different ways: Continue reading…

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Microsoft Ignite SharePoint Must See Session List

General Networks sent several consultants to the Microsoft Ignite conference to keep up on all things SharePoint and Office 365. Below you’ll find some of our highlight sessions. If you were able to get to Ignite and missed some of these or if you weren’t able to make it at all, we highly recommend you take the time to watch our list of must see sessions:

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Impact of Mobile Technologies on ECM

According to Pew Research Center over 58% of American adults have smartphones and over 42% own tablets. At the same time internet usage through PCs has been overtaken by mobile devices according to comScore. IDC, a global market intelligence firm, forecasts tablet shipments will surpass total PC shipments on an annual basis by the end of 2015. The facts and figures undeniably point towards an ever increasing adoption of mobile technologies in our daily lives.
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Content Management Challenges for the Utilities Sector

A utility company is a combination of many businesses:  It is a construction company, an engineering firm, a property manager, a lobbyist, a law firm, a billing service, a marketing and communications business, and an owner/operator of large infrastructure investments all wrapped into one.  Sharing information in this environment is a challenge, because most departments in the organization have developed specific and often walled-off line-of-business applications for their business processes.
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