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Stephen Wilson

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Authentication 101 - Best Practices

I get asked for this all the time. Customers ask for the “Best Practices” for really complex subjects, sharing settings, site structure, things where, as a consultant, my answer almost always has to be ...“It depends.”   Complex subjects are very hard to apply best practices to, and the way that you know you are about to wander into that territory is when you find yourself asking  someone “What do most organizations do?”

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Office 365 Security- A Plan

The tyranny of search engine optimization forced me to give this article that boring title, but honestly I wanted to call it “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers” . One of the big myths we have in the Information Technology world is that security is a mature and solved problem.  In reality we just want to get the baby buggy bumpers in place to keep us from hitting our heads on sharp corners, we have to keep watching for risks and adapting our plans as the landscape becomes clearer.

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New Ways of Doing the Same Things

This is not about working from home. It is not 10 easy ways to replace in-person meetings with Microsoft Teams. I am going to write about what comes next.

Life after a big disruption.

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Office 365 - How Safe is it?

With the current state of work a lot of organizations are scrambling to figure out a way to get work done remotely and/or in the cloud. The need to keep at least the basics running while being concerned about how secure the “cloud” is creates a lot of tension. Here at PAIT Group we specialize in Office 365. Normally we do a lot of work with planning, migrating, and training customers to make this kind of transition as smooth and orderly as possible. For the moment though, we are also doing our best to capture your questions and concerns quickly.

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SharePoint 2010 End of Support - the End is Near!

October 13, 2020 SharePoint 2010 EXTENDED support will end. It was a good run, but it is time to put the workhorse out to pasture.

UPDATE! On April 4th 2020,  in response to the COVID-19 crisis and an increase in customer requests, Microsoft announced they will be providing Extended Support to SharePoint Server 2010 products and technologies until April 13, 2021 instead of the original cutoff date of October 13, 2020.   

Click here for more information. 

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JSON Column Formatting (Part 1)

I am a grumpy information worker. I work with customers for weeks, sometimes months, hammering out an information architecture for their Office 365 assets. We sweat details of navigation, metadata, and security. Queries are honed, web parts are implemented. User testing goes great. Naysayers start nodding their heads and smiling. Test groups give us notes and we knock off the rough edges. Plans are made, final deadlines are set and in a final attempt to button up the project someone goes and shows an executive and the fateful question is asked.

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