SharePoint has been a popular application framework for organisations. It has been providing us with capabilities to build apps and automate various business processes using workflows.

Yet, it poses challenges such as;

  • Managing a portfolio of applications
  • Providing rich mobile access for multiple devices
  • Sharing applications with colleagues
  • Design and develop applications with minimal code
  • Decoupling the business logic from the application to cloud
  • Inability to access multiple data sources seamlessly

Microsoft’s PowerApps and Flow are the ideal solution to overcome the above challenges.PowerAppSamples.png

Microsoft’s PowerApps is a framework to create applications easily in the cloud. Using PowerApps we can leverage:

  • Mobile first forms
  • Easily connect to multiple data sources
  • Custom code using azure functions

Microsoft’s FLOW is used to automate business processes by using the rich capabilities of Microsoft Azure Logic Apps. With the multiple built-in templates to select in FLOW, the effort needed to build applications is minimised drastically.

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Using PowerApps, modern lists in SharePoint Online can be configured effortlessly as data sources to develop a mobile first application within minutes. To enhance the functionality of the App, just add business process automation with FLOW.

jEyLaBs has a large SharePoint delivery team which includes Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) and certified cloud developers. Our team of experts can help you with cloud solutions and accelerate your project success.

Please contact us via cloud-success@jeylabs.com

When K2 blackpearl was released in 2007, one of the features that caught my eye was SmartBox.

SmartBox is a K2 managed data source that allowed citizen developers to create applications without having to worry about creating a database.

K2 SmartObjects can be stored in the SmartBox and it is one of the nifty things that I still use.

But, SmartBox is not for every app and every aspect of your K2 app.

In most usecases of an Enterprise app, you need to ensure your data is managed by you.

So, there are times when you need to move up from SmartBox and into managed databases.

Often this is not an easy thing do to. So you end up postponing this activity and build more and more things into your SmartBox.

Having the ability to move in and out of SmartBox at will, will help you be more agile with K2.

We have just given you that ability with this new PowerToolz release.

Please go and get an Eval of PowerToolz 4.7.0.2 now at http://PowerToolz.com.au/eval

“Best practices” as we know are often preached by a set of people and practised by another. We want to turn this scenario on its head and bring the people practices to the foreground and challenge the so called industry best practices.

jEyLaBs is excited to be releasing a video series on Master classes in Business Technology Consulting.

This series will be covering interesting discussions around new age app design, implementation, consulting, offshoring, infrastructure, automation, startups and business fundamentals.

We are bringing insights from Tech industry in these videos. Several experienced professionals will be featured in each of these classes and share their views on what is their practice around their favourite topic.

 

Using our vast networks of talented people we are aiming find the True best practices in Business, Technology and Consulting and present it to you unedited.

We are interested in hearing from every one of you as much giving everyone the chance to learn from the best.

Through this series we will discover what the real people’s practices are and how they compare to the established standards of practice.

We look forward to sharing this Journey with you in the coming weeks and months. If you are keen to participate as a guest or as an audience member please contact us via MCIBTC@jeylabs.com.

Hard work only works when you apply it smart.

I believe hard work is absolutely important. But, if you are not smart as to how you go about putting your effort, where, when, how often and how long, then you will never see the fruits of your labour.

Mere hard work of slogging out at a job or a task, day in and day out, does not give anyone anything, anymore.

You only need to look at stats coming from the US to realise that the average salaries have dropped for jobs while the average costs of most things have gone up.

Sharpening the Saw is important to everyone in today’s drop shipping world. The cloud has made a lot of things possible and if you are simply following the path in front of you, please think again.

At jEyLaBs, we constantly challenge the status quo. We reinvent ourselves regularly. We question our decisions, challenge them and revisit them to ensure our system of thinking and decision making stays smart. Continue reading “Does hard work, work?”

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) 2016 is the latest release of sql server based reporting solution by Microsoft.

SSRS forms part of Microsoft Business Intelligence suite which includes SSIS (SQL Server Integration Services) and SSAS (SQL Server Analysis Services).

First introduced in SQL Server 2005, Reporting Services has become one of the most important SQL Server subsystems, it enables you to design and run reports using data from SQL Server relational and Analysis Services databases. While it’s been incredibly useful since its inception, it hasn’t had many significant updates over the past few SQL Server releases. That has definitely changed with the SQL Server 2016 release. Reporting Services in SQL Server 2016 boasts some significant, and very welcome, new features. Continue reading “Why SSRS 2016 for Better Business Reporting?”

Would you code .NET applications using Notepad? No.
So, why would you test K2 applications by hand?🙂

I have professionally programmed in the glorious days of Emacs and I know what I am talking about. I was also lucky enough to learn Test First Design and Automated Testing in those early days of my career.

Working with many customers who were struggling to deliver projects on time forced me do something towards resolving this recurring problem.

What came out of my experiences was PowerToolz. I am focused on using K2 technlogy to solve many enterprise problems. I realised the pressing need for an effective and comprehensive automation tool for K2 applications. So, I built PowerToolz to automate K2 app testing, troubleshooting and management.

While talking to our team recently, Gary asked me “What would I consider as the key feature of PowerToolz ?”

Check out my answer in this Video and you will never test K2 manually again.

Use PowerToolz to automate K2 and accelerate your success! http://PowerToolz.com.au/eval

customerday2016K2 Northern Europe team held the K2 Europe customer day in Frankfurt, Germany earlier this month. Around 50 customer representatives from Germany,Switzerland, Austria, Ukraine and Scandinavia came together on October 5th at the Hilton Hotel with some key partners including jEyLaBs.

It was a great event that saw ideas exchanged and knowledge shared. People learnt a lot about the latest of K2 technology. In addition to numerous updates to 4.7, Mobile and the new K2 Cloud Platform, there were great presentations by partners and customers and a Best Practice Session.

The day started off with the opening keynote by Ruan Scott of K2 NE. There were sessions by  Markus Alt, Konstantin Riegel, Nicolas Chabrier, André Alfter, Ruben D’Arco, Ivan Slavioglo and our own Gary Sasse on How to Accelerate K2 Success.

The day was rounded off then with an Ask The Experts Panel, in which the team of Andrew Murphy from K2 UK joined. There was a special program by the group of Drum Café Germany. They have played some wonderful drums entertaining the delegates.

jEyLaBs was proud to have supported this event. We showcased our PowerToolz for K2 and many of the customers gave us very positive feedback.

Microsoft introduced Self Service BI back in 2009, just around when jEyLaBs was founded, announcing Power Pivot for Microsoft Excel 2010.For several years SharePoint was the answers for the demand to share reports with a team.

Fast forward to 2014 and Power BI was made avaialble in Office365. The first release of Power BI was based on the Microsoft Excel-based add-ins: Power Query, Power Pivot and Power View. With time, Microsoft also added many additional features like Question and Answers, enterprise level data connectivity and security options via Power BI Gateways and many more. Power BI was first released to the general public on July 24, 2015

PowerBI gives you a single view of your most critical business data. Monitor the health of your business using a live dashboard, create rich interactive reports with Power BI Desktop and access your data on the go with native Power BI Mobile apps.

Power BI allows user to connect to the data using two different methods, Direct query and Import. Continue reading “Querying Data with Power BI”

The audit feature in SharePoint helps you track user activities. It tells you Who changed What, When and Where.

Providing accurate information and keeping it accurate is critical to any business. Tracking user activity and ensuring data changes are audited is important so that when mistakes happen you can quickly fix them. In most business scenarios, Auditing is a critical business requirement.

In Offcie 365, The SharePoint Online environment provides you with 3 primary configuration options for audit at the Site collection level:

  1. Audit Log Trimming
  2. Audit settings for Documents and Items
  3. Audit settings for Lists, Libraries and Sites

Continue reading “Auditing in Office 365 Sites”