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May 20
SharePoint Hybrid – Value for the Business User

SharePoint for the enterprise historically is an “either or scenario” – either it is hosted on-premises with your IT department’s server oversight or it is hosted online leveraging SharePoint Online within Office 365. SharePoint 2013 brings a distinct game changer to the either-or polarity in SharePoint hosting – the hybrid solution. Hybrid? Just what is that and what are its compelling benefits?

What is it?

A SharePoint hybrid environment integrates features in SharePoint Online with an on-premises SharePoint Server 2013 system. In sum, it’s your servers working in combination with the cloud.


Why use it?

By leveraging on premise and the cloud, and providing access to both, the opportunity presents itself for companies to integrate business services creating a hybrid SharePoint environment that enables secure access to applications and data from almost anywhere.

The win for business users is any on premise line of business application that is integrated with SharePoint Online provides a secure method for interaction with that application. Imagine the value of being able to mine data from the on-premises systems, request reports or update data in real time from an external location.

And there’s more…

Do you need a document that is on a network file share? The primary way of accessing this content is to physically be on the network or connected using a VPN. And who doesn’t love using a VPN? A hybrid SharePoint solution may be configured to allow users to search network file shares and cloud content simultaneously without the need to be on-premises or connect via VPN.

Single sign on exists for SharePoint Online eliminating the need for multiple user names and passwords for line of business applications. For today’s teams – ease of access combined with security is important. The hybrid solution can offer both.

Start the hybrid conversation 

I hope this post has provided you with an introduction to SharePoint’s hybrid offering and initial value for business users.  To start the conversation with your team about the potential value of a hybrid solution consider the following:

       ·         What is it you want to accomplish?

       ·         What business problem(s) are you trying to solve?

      ·         What does your workforce look like? Are your teams co-located in an office, remote, mobile or a combination of all three?

      ·         What line of business applications are most important to your team or enterprise?

SharePoint’s hybrid solution offers access to on-premises applications leveraging the convenience and security of the cloud while providing greater opportunities for your teams to collaborate and succeed in real time.

About Nora Ten Broeck, PMP, MOS: SharePoint 2013: Nora is a SharePoint enthusiast with interests in engagement management, improved business processes and Nintex. Follow her @NoraTenBroeck


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