April 4, 2013
One of the repeating topics of my 10+ years of SharePoint work is Migration. No matter how good our architecture or solution or application was, the platform does get upgraded in a few years and we have to look at how to get it migrated across to the new technology. In the early days things weren’t trivial and migration was a nightmare. Over time SharePoint got better and the SharePoint community including partners brought great offerings to ease this pain.
With SharePoint’s latest release users are wanting to move and take advantage of the great features and benefits available in SharePoint 2013. jEyLaBs is participating in the SharePoint conference in Sydney next week and we will be chatting to community members on SharePoint 2013 and in particular the migration aspects, sharing our tales from the trenches.
jEyLaBs partner DELL software has updated their Quest migration tools offering to support SharePoint 2013 on-premise and cloud. jEyLaBs consultants have been assisting with SharePoint migration for some years now and our migration services include Quest tools as a standard offering now.
Check out the offering and let us know if you need any assistance with migration.
March 26, 2013
jEyLaBs just released the next version of our HighPoint solution for Australian High Schools.
We have updated apps focusing on Parent empowerment in this release. Parent portal password reset enhancements allow for ease of access recovery to parent portal. Calendaring for School events is updated for greater involvement of parents now. Parent Teacher Interview app got an upgrade focusing on better notifications.
With a new installer administrators can now progressively add new applications and update.
I look forward to feedback on our new Virtual class room app with unique resource sharing capabilities. This app was developed and improved over a 18 month period in conjunction with our partner schools.
Check it out at: http://www.jeylabs.com/SharePoint-wokflow-experts-HighPoint
These apps are developed using the following technologies: SharePoint, K2, SQL Server, ASP.NET and HTML5. We integrate with popular Student management systems such as Synergetic, First Class and Maze.
March 11, 2013
In the age of freemium, One thing I would actually pay for immediately is to be free of bugs. Because bugs cost me. They rob me of my experience. As a user they ruin my productivity.
Lack of quality is something we shouldn’t put up with. When it comes to software, Abundant free products on the net create a false sense of value.
There’s a huge difference between perception and reality when it comes to free products. There is no free lunch. Someone will pay for it. Actually you pay for it. By way of your time or privacy mostly. And time is money. Time is life. You can get your money back but not the time – you won’t get it back!!
Measuring quality is a tricky thing. With code there is scientific ways of going about it. With consumer products there are certifications to go by. But with people? Is there a way?
How do you consistently measure quality of your people? How do you find the best and keep the best at their best? How do you cut them a bit of slack at times as required and still not compromise on quality?
I believe in automation. I believe in tools that help you measure and enforce quality. They are the ones that you should build better as that system will help you keep your system running well.
This is the sole reason we invested over 2 years of development with our PowerToolz. We are using it to test our outputs across projects and our people to make sure their output is free of bugs. We use its reports to measure quality goals consistently.
I think you should have your PowerToolz or equivalent. What do you have?
Checkout ours here…http://www.jeylabs.com/SharePoint-Workflow-Mobile-Solutions-Specialists/Mobile-SharePoint-Workflow-Experts-PowerToolz
February 27, 2013
Business Process, General
Everyone knows the value of testing, yet it’s one of those activities more often than not that gets poorly executed. The consequences of a less than ideal test approach can lead to an embarrassing time with your client. This in turn can be a poor reflection on the project team.
It starts with requirements. Requirements must be written with “testability” in mind. This allows a level of traceability from requirements, design, build and test. Of course there are many types of testing, such as unit testing, functional and non-functional testing, integration testing, system testing, regression testing and more.
Having business analysts, developers and testers working closely together with the project manager at an early stage in the project delivery life cycle ensures a higher level of software delivery. Having processes such as ensuring that traceability is mapped between requirements, test cases and code modules ensures each project team take accountability for their respective component.
Testing ensures Quality delivery. Automated testing ensures consistency of Quality. jEyLaBs PowerToolz was built to enable automation of testing and regression for business processes. Check out PowerToolz and let us know what you think.
February 10, 2013
Check out this video on our new release of the PowerToolz
February 3, 2013
Consistency is as important as quality delivery. You have installed SharePoint. You have configured it with K2. You have built your first 3 eForms applications. You have celebrated the launch and took a holiday. You have done well.
You are now back to work. Getting the first set of applications live is a big step forward in your automation journey. Just as you have realised the importance of eForms, it is important to keep consistently delivering the promised value of the eForms platform to your stakeholders.
The last thing you want is the solution set you delivered to become the next legacy system to go out the window or get neglected. If you dont keep up with your level of service what you have done becomes a one-off! We do not believe in one-off’s. jEyLaBs engagement model ensures that you deliver ongoing ROI to your organisation.
We do this by establishing a roadmap, specific and clearly established strategic and tactical goals, a program of reviews and mentoring. jEyLaBs support provide health checks to ensure that your SharePoint application platform is fit and well. We apply best practices based techniques based on our on-going learning and project experiences.
Our process consultants sit with you and review your cost, the visible and invisible price you are paying and the ROI you are getting. We look at tangibles and intangibles. We provide a support and training program which allows you to have a support network that cares about you and your organisation’s goals.
Keeping your software platform humming along nicely is important. Getting the maximum value out of it consistently, year on year is more important. Do you want to know what it takes to do it? drop us a line at email@example.com
January 17, 2013
I am pleased to announce that we have released PowerToolz LITE today. This is a light-weight version of our jEyLaBs PowerToolz for K2 product. PowerToolz LITE allows K2 administrators to manipulate K2 process instances in bulk.
If you want to check it out or want to learn more please visit http://www.jeylabs.com/workflow-experts-jEyLaBs-PowerToolz-LITE