Gongalong (7th November 2013)
Aliasing accounts in Office 365 will be the way forward for those email addreses.
Site Creator is designed to be just that - simple - get your structure set up in SharePoint and then use it again to add further elements to it for your content. Believe me, after having SP2007 in RM's LP our schools are very pleased with site creator as it makes it so much easier to get to grips with building your online collaborative sites for teachers/students. That said, if you want to use the real nitty gritty of SP, Site Creator still allows you to do this, think of it as a wizard on top that you can choose to use if you wish, or not if you don't.
EDIT - Not sure if you meant Unify was too simple or Site Creator - Unify is also simple and very easy to use - it's not a VLE though of course (nor is Office 365 in that way)
Hope that helps.
Site Creator was rather simplistic vs. Kaleidos. Of course one is not a direct replacement of the other.
Yep, I've heard raw Sharepoint is a nightmare, so best avoided...
OK, that's good to hear. We may have no choice but to use it if we go with Unify, although the Site Creator will take some of the grind out it seems.
This is part of why I think we ought to get O365 (and related Sharepoint) training ahead of going forward.
funkyfin2000 (7th November 2013)
Going to say don't avoid it - its a fab tool and it's come on SO much since SharePoint2007 in RM's Kaleidos and SP2010. It's far more user friendly and great for staff/students to get on with now - including things like the web apps and Sky Drive. Trying to create large structures and etc is where it gets more complicated using raw SP and that's where SC comes in handy as it does it all for you.
I think what we liked is, RM's LP was obviously hosted by them and cut down to make it as easy as possible to use, Office 365 is more user friendly anyway to start with and at the same time, if we want to use the more complex areas of it then it's there if we need.
SC will take A LOT of grind out of it!
I won't be the Content Manager, but I will have to administer the whole O365 side. One of the training companies we've contacted seems to break their O365 course out into 3 modules (at least email and Sharepoint) so we'll see how that goes. I don't know if RM offer any training (?).
Exactly - from a management perspective I think some admin training is probably worth it. @Novatronix did ours in Summer. 1 day Admin training, 3 days SharePoint and 1 day Public Spaces.
Not sure about RM - they certainly didn't in the summer when we asked - in fact took training from @Novatronix the same as us as I understand
Feel free to PM us me if you'd like some info on how we can assist with Office 365 migration (we have edu licenses to offer for nowt)
As well as setting up sharepoint, Lync etc. We're currently hosting a round of individual webex meetings to go over some points.
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