Thursday, April 19, 2018

Data Subject Request (DSR) Processing coming to Azure

Of course your company does not want to throw away 20 million euros or 4% of your annual turnaround for not having data related to EU citizens regulated. Azure Infrastructure team understands that too. That is why they are planning to introduce the Data Subject Request (DSR) capability with Azure in near future. 

GDPR Compliance is centered around the following concepts
  • Consent
  • Right to Access
  • Personal Data Defineation
  • Breach Notification
  • Right to be forgotten
  • Privacy by Design
  • Data portability
  • Data Protection Officers (DPO)

Monday, March 26, 2018

SharePoint Webhooks

Webhooks is a brilliant way to stay updated on things happen around a service. Many services and products running on cloud allow developers and other interested parties to listen to the responses sent via HTTP Post. Its like a subscription for a newsletter and they sends whenever there is a new edition. 

We need four sources of information in order to create a webhook.

  • Resource url - The list or site url that you will be subscribed to.
  • Subscriber url - The url where the HTTP Post request will be received by.
  • Expiration date - By default, a webhook expires in 6 months after it is created and that is the maximum, you can make lower if needed.
  • Client state - This is a non mandatory text you can include if necessary for the validation processes and any other at the receiver end.

Monday, February 5, 2018

SPFx Introduction at IT Faculty UOM

An introduction session on what is SharePoint Framework and how can any developer from different technology stacks can start using it straight away was held at IT Faculty premises for the students who completed their industrial training 6 months.

Although it was a totally new thing for most of them, they were delighted what is supported by SharePoint Framework and how can it help different applications from different technology stacks can help connect with SharePoint.

Branching Logic in SharePoint Surveys

Surveys in SharePoint has helped us a lot for the businesses. You can easily setup a survey and record the input data in a SharePoint list. Branching logic makes it much easier for surveys to have the IF-ELSE conditions within the surveys. 

I have setup a sample survey that is intended to collect feedback from participants of a work survey. 

Work survey list settings page
 As the image shows, I have a question that asks whether the user is happy about the service or not. 

I will only need to get the negativity feedback only if the attendee is not happy. 

Likewise, I only need positive feedback if attendee is happy. 

After laying out the questions, I am going to the question settings page of the first question: Are you happy with the work?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Introduction to Microsoft Graph for SharePoint at SP Sri Lanka User Group

Monthly Meetup of the SharePoint Sri Lanka User Group for January 2018 was held at Microsoft Sri Lanka premises. 

I conducted a session on 'Introduction to Microsoft Graph for SharePoint'. The session covered the importance and the advantages of Microsoft Graph, authentication options and application of SharePoint related endpoints for the Microsoft Graph.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

SharePoint Endpoints in Microsoft Graph API

Microsoft Graph provides APIs that allow calling different services under the Microsoft technology stack at a single go. It supports both Work and School accounts as well as the personal accounts. Availability of endpoints do depend on the type of the user account you have.

SharePoint API for the Microsoft Graph includes following resource types as of now.

  • Site
  • List
  • List Item

Friday, November 17, 2017

SharePoint mobile improvements

Microsoft has kept investing on SharePoint for mobile devices for a long time. They have provided APIs that support developers to build apps that run on mobile devices, also the SharePoint mobile application that enables browsing content and making changes to the documents or pages on the go. The recent set of feature additions to SharePoint mobile application provides much advancements that people were expecting for a longer time. 

Mobile Notifications

Image Source: Microsoft Blog
SharePoint team knew you could not wait till get the notifications on recent changes or anything new relevant to you coming into mobile via updates. You could see some notifications when you log into the web browser, but browser is not something you always like to be on. Interestingly, SharePoint app for iOS and Android now just does that. 

App users will receive notifications when a person updates or create a new article or a document. It identifies whether the document is relevant to you by the outputs provided by the intelligence algorithms associated with Microsoft Graph or depending on your recent activity level on a particular SharePoint site.