With the recent release of SQL Server 2016, Microsoft has also announced that the next version of SQL Server will no longer have an integrated mode for SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). Supporting only a native mode installation in the next version, Microsoft intends to simplify the installation and management of SSRS and provide more capabilities for users. Some of these capabilities include a modern web portal, paginated reports, mobile reports, and KPIs, regardless of if you have SharePoint, as well as simpler architectures, better options for upgrade management, and more targeted performance management.
On February 23, 2017, SharePoint Framework (SPFx) reached general availability milestone. With the GA release the framework is available for production tenants in SharePoint Online. SPFx is the newest, client-side development framework for SharePoint Web Part and page development. The framework opens the doors for open source development environments and toolchains allowing developers to use modern web development tools and techniques to work with SharePoint Online.
Microsoft recently announced the Data Insights Summit taking place in Seattle, WA. The event will focus on a Business Analysts’ view of Microsoft business intelligence tools including Microsoft Power BI, SQL Server BI, Excel, PowerApps, Flow, Stream and more. Many of these technologies have an integration story with SharePoint Online. Business analysts working with SharePoint might want to attend this summit and hear from the experts how to use these technologies to improve your business.
Recently, Microsoft released for general availability Microsoft Flow and PowerApps. These tools will give users the power to enable the automation of workflows and the building of custom apps, and will also ease and expedite the creation of applications without the need for complex custom software development.
Microsoft has recently released the SharePoint Framework, a page and web part model, for use by first-release tenants. The SharePoint Framework will be able to provide a more productive experience for developers through client-side SharePoint development, easy integration with SharePoint data, and support for open source tooling. It will allow for current web technologies to be used in virtually any development environment thereby facilitating the development and deployment of SharePoint modern web parts in a familiar and efficient manner.
At the recent Microsoft Ignite Conference, many great new innovations and technologies were announced and discussed, including security advancements, updates to SharePoint on-premises and Office 365, and updates to Azure. These exciting new developments are sure to provide a more user-friendly environment and more possibilities for anyone within the SharePoint eco-system; many of the updates are geared toward streamlining processes for users and providing a wider range of possibilities for how the various platforms can be implemented for both workers and developers.
At the recent Microsoft Ignite conference, Microsoft announced the first Feature Pack for SharePoint 2016. Feature Pack 1 will allow for the accelerated delivery of cloud-first features, along with many new capabilities for administrators and users. Included among these are a more insightful granular logging, enhancements to MinRole for more flexible topologies, updates to OneDrive for Business to provide a place for users to easily manage and share documents, and more. With the new Feature Packs, enterprises who have deployed SharePoint on-premises can benefit from the innovative new work done with Office 365 without the need to wait for the next major update several years in the future.