Frequently Asked Questions for SharePoint

Are the SharePoint Plans in Office 365 equivalent to SharePoint Standard and Enterprise?

No, they are tailored plans with their own features and limitations. To find out more about Office 365 subscription and SharePoint Server options, call Professional Advantage at 1800 126 499.

Which is better for SharePoint – Office 365 or on-premise?

The main different between Office 365 and an on-premise version of Microsoft Office is that you rent Office 365 but buy the on‑premise version. Office 365 is provided as software‑as‑a‑service and does not involve a heavy up‑front investment. With Office 365 you pay a monthly or annual subscription fee that entitles you to automatic version upgrades and Office on Demand services.

So what are our top reasons to move to Office 365?

  1. No longer invest in IT hardware or software with continuous release cycles and automatic upgrades
  2. Have access to automatic backups and geo-replicated disaster recovery.
  3. Instantly mobilise your workforce with Skype for business and offline sync for office applications.
  4. And use the latest Microsoft software and never have to do an upgrade or migration project again!

Discover more reasons why businesses are making the move to Office 365

If your preference is to own your own software, or if you're not sure you can maintain an Office 365 subscription for the long term, the on‑premise version may be your best option. However this means that when Microsoft upgrades its Office software you won't have the latest version.

If you're sure you can maintain Microsoft's Office 365 subscription the case for going with this version is very compelling.

How much does it cost to deploy SharePoint?

Professional Advantage provides a pre-defined SharePoint in-a-box solution for a moderate fee, however the pricing for a custom designed and deployed solution (which is the typical option for most customers), would be determined by your needs in terms of system functionalities and capabilities.

For more information about SharePoint’s pricing and licensing, please contact Professional Advantage at 1800 126 499.

Why should I use SharePoint instead of a file share?

SharePoint has version control, allowing people to see modifications done by whom and when. It also has real-time collaboration and co-authoring that enables people to edit the same document at the same time. More importantly, it has a powerful search capability that lets you find the information that you need in seconds! You can read more about the advantages of using SharePoint instead of a file share in one of our blogs here.

Can I create a public-facing website using SharePoint Online?

No. Microsoft needs to authenticate all users who access a SharePoint site.

Can I still access my files on SharePoint if I’m offline?

Your files can be synced locally on your PC. Changes made to your documents will be synched the next time you go online.

Can I share to external users from my SharePoint environment?

Yes you can. SharePoint is built with collaboration in mind not just for internal users but for external parties as well such as customers or suppliers.

Do I need to install an app to access SharePoint?

SharePoint is web-based and can be accessed using any of your favorite browsers or devices. However, you have the option to install the SharePoint app on your mobile device for a better user experience.

What are the common SharePoint security mistakes that I need to avoid and how do I keep it locked down?

Allowing access rights that are too broad, using default or weak passwords in their SharePoint environment, ignoring patch management are just some of the security mistakes that many SharePoint users commit. Traditional security tools such as firewalls and anti-virus are no longer enough with cyber threats becoming more clever and advanced. To keep your SharePoint Online environment locked down, you need a set of tools that will allow you to proactively protect against and detect breaches before it can cause damage. More about the security tools available on this blog and recorded webinar.

How do I drive end-user adoption on my SharePoint Intranet?

A major success indicator for any Intranet project is when your users actually use it. The key to driving end-user adoption is keeping your users engaged and making sure you don’t make change management an afterthought. Try customising your adoption campaigns per user type or encouraging competitions and incentive programs to drive usage or keeping the interface nice and simple. These and many more are just some of our tips to help your users adapt to the new technology. Read more about it on our blog.

What is SharePoint?

Microsoft SharePoint is a web-based platform designed for team collaboration and communication. Available either on-premises or in the cloud, it is the platform of choice of many organisations as it can be configured or customised depending on usage preference. Typical use cases of SharePoint are document and content management, corporate intranet or portals, workflow automation, or publishing of management dashboards. You can find more information about what SharePoint can do and its benefits here.

Do you need a SharePoint developer to implement SharePoint?

Anyone implementing SharePoint should have the right set of administration and development skills.  Embarking on a SharePoint project without a good technical understanding of the platform may result to a failed project, increased rework costs or inability to fully maximise its potential. We highly recommend working with a SharePoint partner with in-depth experience, proven methodologies and referenceable customers to ensure the success of your project.

Do you need training on SharePoint to use it?

To ensure that users have the right knowledge to share documents, configure team sites, administer SharePoint, develop apps or customise workflows—we recommend that users undergo training. The training can be done as part of your project’s User Acceptance Training (UAT) and/or change management plan, to be facilitated by your implementation partner.  It can also be taken from a Microsoft Learning Partner for an instructor-led, more general kind of approach.