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OneDrive for Business & Much More to Look for in 2015

Benjamin Niaulin
OneDrive for Business & Much More to Look for in 2015

Happy new year everyone! Man, we had quite a year in 2014. Microsoft has been investing considerable resources in SharePoint, Office 365 and every related products. From upgrades to completely new modules, the tools we know, use and hopefully love are evolving a lot lately. Therefore, I figured I'd give you my thoughts on what I think will mark this new year in our work environments.

My SharePoint Trends Predictions for 2015


I truly believe SharePoint based platforms and derived tools like Office 365 and its Portals or OneDrive for Business will gain many more users this year. The thing is: a lot of them won't have any idea their using SharePoint. This is why I believe the name will slowly disappear from the common workspace vocabulary. Only us insiders will actually know what's going on behind the curtains, which is fine.

Here's the video transcript

In this video, we'll look at some of my predictions for 2015 with SharePoint, or should I say Office 365 now?

Hi, welcome to 2015. My name is Benjamin Niaulin. I'm a SharePoint MVP working here in Montreal at the Sharegate office. Now of course with every new year there's new challenges. We have new things we want to do in the organizations and of course that involves the technology around us. Technology is changing these days. We're used to the enterprise product. These configurations, this building, this platform, but meanwhile while we're doing this, while IT is focusing on what they have in new deployments and all of that heavy machinery, if I can call it that, the people in the organization have been starting to look elsewhere for things that they could do themselves, using Dropbox, using YouTube private channels, using Facebook private groups. Don't giggle. I've actually seen this in many organization, including large ones.

What's happening in your work environment

That's the whole point. IT doesn't know about it. There's files using WeTransfer to send large files and making sure people have opened it or download it. There's people in the organization that have been using things, products, services online to be able to do what they need to do. Then they get to the office and IT has been blocking, not allowing, putting in things that are three, five years old that are not helpful and that worked fine in the past. That's who Microsoft, in my opinion, was tailoring their products to - the IT, the organization, the enterprise.

We would put SharePoint as a platform and then we would say, "You can go build what you want." And of course, we've been very excited about that for many years. "Yeah, awesome. You build what you want with it." But today, in my predictions for 2015, I think Microsoft is going to slow down on that aspect and still provide IT with management control and all of these things that they need to offer them so that IT can of course make sure they're compliant, make sure that people are working with files the way they're supposed to. It's confidential. However the case, they're going to give them the control, but that's not going to be the emphasis this year.

Business grade tools from Microsoft

I believe that for SharePoint, and I say SharePoint, but for you it may be OneDrive for Business right, or it could be Team Sites. Are you still going to be calling it SharePoint this year? I'm not a 100% convinced. Are you going to be calling it the files in your groups for Office 365, the files that you see in your OneDrive for Business? Are you still going to be using the word SharePoint? I think it's going to be less and less.

It doesn't mean that SharePoint's gone. It's still there in the background. Everything runs on SharePoint. America runs on SharePoint, right? Now, but the idea is the platform is going to be there but these new products that allow you to consume parts of SharePoint a lot quicker, a lot faster - that's where we are heading. All these NextGen portals, and we saw some of it talked about in one of Mark Kashman's blog posts when he announced the video portal.

Everything is going to be able for you to consume quickly for the organization that people that are starting to look elsewhere - things that are not Microsoft, because Microsoft can't go and buy every single company and startups that are popping up everywhere in the world, right? To keep people using Microsoft, to keep people with Office, they're going to allow you a hybrid scenario so that on premises, you have all the control, all the management, all of the add-ons you want to put, all of the things you want and you need, but only should be able to use this on premises, they're going to give an alternative that you can plug into, that you can connect when we're talking about SharePoint, of course, and that's the Office 365 experience. Allowing your users to - let's start a video portal. Let's use Delve to see what I have access to quickly. Let's use OneDrive for Business to get a perspective on all the documents.

OneDrive for Business will become huge

Expect a lot of investment on OneDrive for Business. We know the sync, the sync, the sync that's not working right now, but they're working on it. They've been working on it and I'm expecting some huge changes - lots of it - enormous impacts on OneDrive for Business. Expect this year, 2015, to be a year of OneDrive for Business for the people. That means your users, the business users, the executives, everyone in the company. If you're IT, they're going to be talking to you about OneDrive for Business. For you, that's going to mean SharePoint. But for them, it's going to be that experience to access and work with the files that they have at work, to share them, to have sync them, to see all of the files that they have access to. The files are still going to be in Team Sites. They're still going to be all over the place, but they're going to go see them in their OneDrive for Business.

They're going to be able to consume parts of Office 365, a video portal, Delve, OneDrive for Business other portals. Other portals - expect to see a lot of that coming. This year, Office 365 is still going to be SharePoint. We're going to see a new SharePoint, but I don't expect that much to change on it because it's a solid enterprise solution already. What we need is an alternative for those going elsewhere, those going to Dropbox, those going to all of these other solutions that are out there that are out of your control anyway, to bring them as a separate solution. Office 365, OneDrive for Business, and NextGen portals - the consumption of SharePoint - that's what I think will be the be topic this year.

I hope you had a great holiday and let's get started with this whole new series of Between Two Farms. It's now 2015. I'll see you next week.