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What is Cloud and Why (wip)

(work in progress)


Consider some global shifts happened in IT during last decades:

  • Service-Oriented Model
  • Virtualization
  • Automation
  • Faster Networks

All of that allows Clouds exist

Consider also

  • Fuzzy Organization Boundaries – Remote Workers
  • More Complicated Software
  • High salary for IT professional
  • Business must change faster 

All of that lead to Clouds concept

Imagine ideal Data Center – where everything is automated and where you can find any service… 
How much it will cost to build that Data Center?




SharePoint and Artificial Intelligence

Cognitive Search – Azure Search with AI – 15 minutes video by Scott Hanselman and Rob Caron

Follow the blogs:

Chris McNulty, Microsoft – Enrich your SharePoint Content with Intelligence and Automation

Eric Dixon, Microsoft – Intelligent Search: Adding AI to SharePoint Search

David Lavenda, – Is Microsoft Search the Solution to Finding Information in Office 365?


SharePoint powershell automation, DSC and DevOps

Automation is not the same as DSC and DevOps.

Automation is about changing existing process – to enable it start and work automatically, without human attendance, i.e. faster and more stable. The good example is site collection provisioning. 

DevOps is an idea to manage infrastructure configuration via code with well-known and proved developers practices – ADLC, version control etc. 

DSC is only one of many tools that allows SharePoint to be provisioned and managed via declarative CaC – Configuration as Code. You can think of provisioning SharePoint farm with DSC an automation too. 

Powershell is a scripting language that can be used for Automation (imperative way). DSC uses PowerShell syntax, but it is more than PowerShell. 



UPA to UIL sync




SPO vs SharePoint on-prem

Microsoft “cloud first” initiative led us to the situation where SharePoint on-prem (SharePoint 2019) is just a branch (sub-project) of SharePoint Online project.

So “Hybrid” SharePoint environment is just a combination of two similar products – one in on-prem and the other one – in the cloud.