It's been a busy spring and summer at Envision IT. We've launched a number of new sites for clients, as well as a new office for us. Now that Labour Day is behind us and summer holidays have drawn to a close, it's a good time to recap what we've been up to and our plans moving forward.
We've done some very interesting work for OntarioMD this year, culminating in the launch of their new public website and extranet at
www.ontariomd.ca at the end of May. Using Office 365 and SharePoint as a Content Management System for the website, we built a publishing process that makes that content available in an Azure website very cost effective, and available to either anonymous or authenticated users. We did a webinar and published two case studies, which are both linked from Webinar: OntarioMD Launches New Azure Website And Extranet.
Automation of provisioning of sites in SharePoint is not a new topic, but it is something we feel we have a very good solution for. We covered some of it in our Webinar: Running Effective Projects in Office 365 - The Associated Engineering Story. Since then we've gone further, including:
- Creating and using site templates using the Office Dev PnP tools (https://dev.office.com/patterns-and-practices)
- Applying branding and navigation easily to all these sites
- Providing a consistent, mobile-friendly global navigation, including user-defined quick links
- Create a virtual site hierarchy, even when all the sites are top-level site collections
- Displaying this site hierarchy with a proper breadcrumb control
- SharePoint Framework web part for displaying A-Z site list indices
Intranets and Communication Sites
Microsoft has done some cool work with their new Communication Sites. We've also been building out our own core IP around intranets, and have used that to launch new intranets for Wilfrid Laurier University, Barrie Police Services, and Toronto Public Library. We leverage much of the same IP we use for site provisioning, but add in publishing support for News, Events, Knowledge Base, Featured Staff, and other content types.
EXTRANET USER MANAGER 4.0
It's been three years since we last completely overhauled Extranet User Manager to add support for federation and Office 365. Next week we unveil our latest overhaul. This is a completely new architecture, with lots of new features. Check out the advance details on our Webinar: Extranet User Manager V4 Release page, where you can sign up for the webinar on Thursday, September 14 from 1-2 PM EST.