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November 2018

5 Reasons Why You Need Casper365

By SharePoint Automation

With the landscape of enterprise content management rapidly changing to incorporate the speed and size at which content is growing, it’s no surprise that over 300,000 organisations, including 85% of the Fortune 500, have turned to SharePoint and OneDrive in Office 365 for their content services.

The way enterprises interact with and manage their growing levels of content is being transformed, and now we are finally seeing enterprise content management solutions in Office 365 that are actually designed for the benefit of the day-to-day user, while simultaneously serving broader business content functions.

To support the deployment of business ready solutions in SharePoint and Office 365, Microsoft Gold Partner Business Cloud Integration have created Casper365: an automation platform that leverages your cloud platform to improve business productivity and drive user adoption. Read on to see why CIOs, CTOs, IT Directors and department heads trust Casper365 to deliver fast, secure and compliant SharePoint sites in their organisations, up to 60x faster.

  1. Business Ready Solutions at the Touch of a Button

Casper365 simplifies the deployment of complex sites and features by deploying fully configured, customised SharePoint site templates into your environment quickly and easily.

Casper365 gets your teams to work instantly with automated SharePoint site deployment. Rather than sites being created as empty shells that need configuring, customising, and populating with appropriate documentation, Casper365 instantly deploys consistent and well-structured project sites, pre-populated with the requisite documents, templates, permissions, flows and features. This means that your teams can begin new projects at the click of a button, safe in the knowledge that they have everything they need to just get stuff done.

  1. Simplified IT Governance and Control

The SharePoint solutions deployed in Casper365 give your users the autonomy to work as they need to and be more productive, while protecting your environment from SharePoint sprawl and maintaining essential governance and compliance standards. Users can be assigned a SharePoint site deployment allocation, with defined SharePoint site templates, and sites can be labelled with unique ideas or project codes. This ensures that the creation of sites is restricted only to those who have the authority to do so, guarantees that each site has been provisioned properly, and gives your IT governance team a single pane of glass overview of your environment.

With automatically deployed business ready solutions in Casper365, you can empower your teams to be productive, safe in the knowledge that governance is completely under control.

  1. Secure by Design

SharePoint solutions are deployed on the Casper365 platform using managed Office 365 credentials, to ensure that the right people have access to the right permissions and information as determined by your team. Enhanced reporting and monitoring means that you can accelerate your users’ productivity while easily monitoring and maintaining key compliance standards.

  1. Empower your Users

Service delivery automation in Casper365 means that you can delegate controlled functionality directly to the business. You determine which users can create sites, what type of sites they can create, and how many they can deploy to ensure that your environment is properly managed and governed. Delegating permissions for these sites in advance reduces the time lag in getting projects off the ground – a bonus for your end users – and significantly reduces unnecessary admin burden on your IT teams – a bonus for you! Empower your users, improve SharePoint adoption, and enjoy total peace of mind.

  1. Collaborate, Integrate, Motivate!

The Casper365 platform delivers seamless integration with an extensive range of existing and 3rd party business applications to give your teams enhanced access to all the tools they need to get the job done. Leveraging the full power of Microsoft tools and the fully mature Casper365 API means that not only do you gain unparalleled insights and enhanced functionality from your SharePoint environment, but your teams can continue to use the 3rd party tools they know and love. People are happiest using the tools they know, and happy users make for successful SharePoint adopters.

Casper 365 offers a range of business ready solutions that can be deployed instantly, easily customised to fit your business requirements, and that are designed by a team with decades of experience and world class SharePoint Enterprise Content Management expertise. To find out more, contact us today.



Build a Modern Intranet with SharePoint and Office 365

By SharePoint online updates

Microsoft Ignite 2018 introduced a host of impressive new innovations in Enterprise Content Management and collaboration, for empowering organisations to better engage their employees, inspire their teams to collaborate on content in new ways, and give employees easy access to the information they need to just get stuff done. Below is a selection of our top announcements from the week.

Modern Communication Root Site

Perhaps one of the biggest changes for intranets in SharePoint Online is the news that the root site will now be a modern communications site by default, creating a designated single communications site as the default news portal for their organisation. Organisation-wide news can now easily be promoted and shared in SharePoint, with a special indicator to quickly identify which posts are from the official news portal, for efficient and engaging corporate communication. In the words of Mark Kashman “Start the root off right, and the rest of your intranet will grow and flourish off of it”.

Homepage Personalisation

A key enhancement announced this year is the personalisation of the intranet homepage. Utilising AI powered web parts and data from the Office Graph, the improved intranet homepage can be tailored to each user, showing organisational news, enterprise content, personal tasks, meetings, emails, recent sites and documents – all out of the box. This is a critical step in turning the corporate intranet into every employee’s daily go to environment for a tailored, at-a-glance overview of their day, and will doubtless be instrumental in driving employee engagement.

Further, with audience targeting, you now have the ability to better control which news articles and pages appear on your homepage, or for individual users, by configuring what will be made visible to specific groups. This ensures that each user’s experience is unique and relevant to their role.

Mega Menus and Site Footers

Another keenly sought improvement to be announced is the introduction of mega menu and site footer options for SharePoint intranet sites. The new megamenu options allow for multiple levels of hierarchy at once, to help you to better organize and showcase the related content and sites associated under that hub site. Users want to be able search the intranet easily and find information quickly, and this improvement is sure to be a winner with corporate teams and Information Architects alike – delivering the functionalities users want most with no need for custom code. While this function is only site specific at the moment, it’s safe to assume that global navigation is on its way in the near future.

Brand Consistency

Intranets are ideal spaces for companies to communicate their corporate identity organisation-wide, and with the introduction of new features such as the ability to create page design layouts, associate a central asset library of approved images, and add background colours to sections, the intranet can become a place to tell visually compelling stories while ensuring that brand consistency is maintained. Again, all this without the need for any custom code.

Hub Site Enhancements

Hubs are powerful tools for organising your intranet, connecting communication with collaboration and delivering a complete and dynamic overview of your project or department. New capabilities announced at Ignite include the much-requested events web part roll up – which allows you view a roll up overview of events across associated sites at the hub site level – and the ability to create associated sites from within hub site itself. The management of hub sites has also been simplified, as you can now create, associate, disassociate, and report on hub sites in the SharePoint admin centre in Office 365.

Back in May, Microsoft announced their vision for enabling communicators to distribute the right information to the right audiences at the right time, since a successful intranet is one which engages its users by creating a source of dynamic, useful and engaging content. The announcements from Microsoft Ignite 2018 pertaining to modern intranets in SharePoint and Office 365 have revealed a whole host of enhancements and improvements that prove that SharePoint is confidently driving itself to the forefront of the intranet game.

Casper365 is a cloud platform provisioning solution that automates and simplifies common SharePoint admin tasks, like the deployment of new site collections, the configuration of user permissions, and reporting on audit data. You can also iterate tools, solutions and processes over multiple Office 365 tenancies, providing exceptional control, security, and insights. / 01223 772365