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02 January 2017

SharePoint Plans After kalmstrom.com Brainstorming

SharePoint iconEveryone in the kalmstrom.com team wishes customers and other blog readers a prosperous and happy 2017. Our world is not exactly peaceful, but each one of us can try our best to bring harmony within our own family and work area and aim for future enhancements of both. Today I will share some plans for my work area, kalmstrom.com Business Solutions.

Valuable visit to India
In December I visited the kalmstrom.com Indore office and discussed future development with the team there, and now, at the beginning of a new year, it is a good time to disclose some results of our brain-storming sessions.
At kalmstrom.com Indore office
I am surrounded by ingenious people, and subscribers to our products often contact us with enhancement suggestions, so we never lack plans for the future. To be honest I must admit that I have a few ideas myself too – my mother Kate sometimes complains that they are too many!

From all suggestions, we have now agreed on a few areas where we will make an extra effort. Not surprisingly, most of them involves SharePoint and the kalmstrom.com SharePoint solutions.

PowerShell iconCustom site creation
Automating SharePoint Online with PowerShell is a growing part of our work with custom projects. Creating client, project or department sites in a structured way has been the focus of a range of custom solutions in 2016, and this year we will continue to build on those experiences.

Templates Manager with auto fill and categorization
Templates Manager for SharePoint icon We have a lot of ideas regarding Templates Manager for SharePoint. Right now Templates Manager makes it possible to distribute Office templates to the whole organization by clicking on a button. The solution also helps users to find the right template, both when they work in a SharePoint library and when they create documents in their PCs.
Word 2013 icon          PowerPoint 2013 icon          Excel2013 icon
That sounds like a lot already, but we will not rest on our laurels. In the near future, we hope that Template Manager will also help with filling out content in the documents as well as categorizing them automatically.

SharePoint Online Exercises coverNew books
During the last months you might have seen that we have published several new Tips articles in the Office 365 from Scratch series. These are a preparation for the new book I am writing: Office 365 from Scratch. It will be published on Amazon as e-book and paperback, but not yet! There is still a lot to polish. In the meantime, I hope to release SharePoint Online Exercises very soon.

New website design
The kalmstrom.com website has served us well for many years, but it is not fully responsive and looks a bit old-fashioned. As you know it has a lot of pages, so it is not an easy task to modernize it, but we will start the process now in January.

Last but not least we have big plans for Kanban Task Manager, but this is so much that it deserves its own blog post. Keep a lookout, if you are interested in our tasks and projects management application for Outlook/SharePoint!

By Peter Kalmström
CEO and Systems Designer
kalmstrom.com Business Solutions