Last weekend it was confirmed that our contracts have been extended for another six months, which is great news. To secure this extension, Michael and i had to write a brief plan saying what we would be doing in those extra 6 months, so I though I would put it in the blog.

There are many areas of Microsoft Office 365 that are still yet to be fully evaluated for use within the university. With the work that we have done in Office 365, only a handful of features are being used in our showcase environment, there are many more features that could be used to improve the SharePoint working environment using Office 365 Enterprise edition.

Over the next 6 months we aim to be involved in heavy research and testing, looking into how the features of Office 365 can be tailored to benefit the different departments within the University.

We will be researching in depth and working with the following features:

  • Complex Workflows – To simplify common business processes
  • Single Sign On – To keep in step with the current university single sign on
  • Flexible branding and customization – To apply University branding to the site
  • Audience Targeting
  • Development with Info Path, Designer and Workspaces
  • My Sites (User Profiles/Personal Online Storage)
  • Mobile Phone integration
  • Cross platform compatibility
  • SharePoint Online site structure

To test Office365 we are considering developing a full working environment for the Online Services team or any other team that might be interested, this would allow us to test the system in real world work environment.

We will also be looking heavily into many different migration methods to find out which method would be best suited. To do this we will be in contact with Microsoft, 3rd party agents and their clients to ensure we choose the best method.

These are just some of the things we will be working on in the next few months, as we continue we will most likely think of more tasks and come across new features that need to be researched/implemented.

RE