Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be discussing important concepts in using the Cloud and how you can achieve agility and effectiveness as you deploy Office 365 and other applications to the Cloud.
Today, I’ll give a quick refresher course, with help from some information published by Richard Harbridge, and will go over the benefits and tradeoffs of the Cloud and Office 365 and how you can use these solutions effectively. To kickoff this series, I’ll also discuss the most common pitfall when using Office 365: the fact that it creates information silos within your organization. When only a portion of an enterprise is running on Office 365 or only a portion of your content is in the Cloud, the need arises to bring those separate silos together. Search technology in general, and the Search capacities built into SharePoint in particular, can be used to bridge those silos and provide your users with a unified view of information, regardless of where it resides.