Posted by: John Ferringer | February 20, 2012

Presentation: “Same but Different” Developing for SharePoint Online

Last week I was lucky enough to speak at my local SharePoint user group, SPIN – the SharePoint Users of Indiana, on the topic of SharePoint Online. It was a lot of fun, especially because I got some great questions and we had some great general discussions at the end of the night. It was also a great chance for me to do a new presentation I’d been working on about the challenges and opportunities of designing custom solutions to be deployed to SharePoint Online, which is part of Office 365. SharePoint Online presents a lot of compelling incentives for organizations looking to get up to speed with SharePoint quickly, but there’s also a lot of limitations in the platform and traps you can fall into if you aren’t careful (to me, the biggest trap you can make is assuming that a feature you know is in SharePoint Foundation or SharePoint Server is going to be there in SharePoint Online). The talk is designed to help the audience get to know SharePoint Online better, identify the features and use cases best suited for custom solutions with SharePoint Online, and show them some examples of the gotchas and/or challenges you need to plan for or avoid when designing those solutions.

If you’d like to take a look at my slides, I’ve posted them to SlideShare here: If you’re looking for a good book to introduce you to SharePoint Online and developing for it, I’d recommend checking out Phillip Wicklund’s excellent book, “Microsoft SharePoint 2010: Deploying Cloud-Based Solutions.”


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