Philadelphia, New York and Boston are three additional cities my Communications Manager, Luke Seifert, and I traveled to last week for the 2014 ILTA Roadshows. We’re visiting 19 cities this year to present improved functionality of SharePoint 2013 and specifically discussing what’s new for legal. This initiative was born from an article I wrote for Peer to Peer earlier this year and ILTA thought the content was important and relevant enough to be re-purposed in a more interactive format.
• Hosted by Cozen O’Connor
• 33 attendees with representation from 13 different law firms/legal departments
• Most focused on branding capabilities
New York City
• Hosted by Schulte Roth & Zabel
• 32 attendees with representation from 18 different law firms/legal departments
• Largest interest in enterprise search
• Hosted by Todd & Weld
• 17 attendees with representation from 14 different law firms/legal departments
• Most interested in the collaboration features
*Branding, Search and Collaboration are three new capabilities of SharePoint 2013 and are heavily discussed in the presentation.
**Attendees vary in legal IT roles such as: CIOs, IT Directors & Managers, Technical Supports, Directors & Managers of Knowledge Management and SharePoint Developers, etc.
We found many commonalities between Philadelphia, NY and Boston in regards to the version of SharePoint being used, although this was different from usage in Atlanta. Between these three cities, we found heavier usage of SharePoint 2010 than 2013 or 2007:
• 30% of firms already on SharePoint 2013
• 60% of firms on SharePoint 2010
• 10% of firms on SharePoint 2007
Question & Answer:
Below are three questions that were asked that we felt would be helpful to others as well:
Question: Is there anything new in the Advanced Search dialog in SharePoint 2013?
Answer: No. The same options are available in 2013 as in 2010. This article shows the various screen shots of how to use Advanced Search in SharePoint 2013. All the options are the same.
In addition, this article outlines the features that have been deprecated – nothing appears to be glaring.
Question: Does co-authoring work with SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010?
Answer: Yes. Below is a table summarizing each co-authoring product for 2010:
More information can be found here. (*Thank you Mirian for the follow up!)
Question: If I am experimenting with the trial edition of SharePoint Standard, can I upgrade that to SharePoint Enterprise if I buy the product?
Answer: The question comes down to whether or not you should. It is never a best practice to convert trial software into a production environment. The trial software should only be used to create a test environment. You can upgrade an unlicensed (trial) product by buying a license.
More information on SharePoint licensing can be found here.
Upcoming Roadshows and Webinar
We are sadly winding down our East Coast tour of ILTA roadshows. We have three cities left on 11/11, 11/12 and 11/18 in Cincinnati, Columbus and Baltimore, respectively. To register to one of the live events, please do so here.
If you are unable to attend our roadshows in person, we will be hosting a webinar in early December. Specific details are TBD but will be announced through the ILTA Webinar page.
I hope to see everyone again soon! -Ted