Dock Roadmap - 2017

10 Mar 2017 | Sajin Sahadevan

We are thrilled to share our vision for Dock along with our roadmap for the year 2017.  Our focus will be in the following areas: 

1. Content Targeting

We are making tremendous progress with user experience by giving users the ability to customize their intranet portal to best fit their need.   Currently, users can add and remove apps from their sites.  Users can target their content based on their preference. 

We are making additional enhancements in content targeting.

Types of Content That Can Be Targeted.

You can target any specific item from a SharePoint library or list to an exclusive or particular audience, by using the Content Query Web Part. In addition, other categories of Web Part and their content can also be targeted to specific audiences.

In addition to the above, it is also easy to target site navigation links, to audiences. This simplifies the overall UX, as only the navigation links that are relevant to them is visible.

Any one of the following categories can be used to categorize a target audience:

  • SharePoint groups
  • Distribution lists
  • Security groups
  • Global audiences

Global audiences, are basically audiences maintained by SharePoint, and which have been categorized on specific guidelines and metrics.

Anybody who has a contributor permission, can stipulate a target audience, as long as the name of the audience is well-known. One is also able to search for an audience using its name, description or alias… by clicking Browse in the Target Audiences list.

2. Dock integration with Salesforce

Salesforce Logo

Integrating Dock with Salesforce will help millions of Salesforce users to use features of Dock/SharePoint document management capabilities within Salesforce.  Users will be able to access their document right from their Salesforce user interface.  Salesforce customers can embed files stored in SharePoint into Salesforce business process.  This integration helps customers to easily search and find files in SharePoint from a single user interface.

3. Dock integration with OneDrive

OneDrive

OneDrive for Business is an integral part of Office 365, it provides space in the cloud where you can store, share, and sync your work files. You can update and share your files from any device with OneDrive for Business. You can even work on Office documents with others at the same time.

If you’re using Office 365, you get 1 TB of space in the cloud for OneDrive for Business. If your OneDrive for Business library is hosted on a SharePoint server in your organization, your organization’s administrators determines how much storage space is available.

All files that you store in OneDrive for Business are private unless you decide to share them. For example, you can easily share a file with everyone in your organization by placing it in the Shared with Everyone folder. You can also share files with specified co-workers so you can collaborate on projects. If you’re signed-in to Office 365, you may even be able to share with partners outside of your organization, depending on what your company allows.

With integration of OneDrive for business with Dock, users will be able to see their document right there on their intranet portal.

4. Dock HR Module integration with ADP

ADP is a comprehensive global provider of cloud-based Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions that unite HRpayrolltalenttimetax and benefits administration, and a leader in business outsourcing services, analytics and compliance expertise. 

Dock HR integration helps organizations to manage employee benefits, retirement plan, time management, talent management, payroll and other aspects of their day to day HR functions directly from their intranet portal.  Dock with SharePoint is designed to help meet organizations need for content security and data usage compliance with legal, regulatory and technical standards.

5. Enhancement to PowerBI integration

Dock already comes with PowerBI integration capabilities.  We are working on it to have a better user experience.

6. Vendor Portal

The Vendor Portal will be a new addition to our suite of modules currently available in Dock. In the Vendor portal, vendors can maintain vendor profile information and process transactions with the customer organization. The tasks that an employee in your organization can complete in the Vendor portal are determined by the user role that is assigned to the employee. 

In the Vendor portal, you can perform the following tasks:

  • View and maintain your profile information. Your profile includes the names of contacts in your organization that are authorized to interact with the customer.
  • Maintain your catalogs of products that are available to the customer, if you have authorization from the customer to import catalogs.
  • Request to add workers from your organization as users in the Vendor portal.
  • Request to be added to additional customer procurement categories.
  • Respond to questionnaires from the customer.
  • View notifications from the customer.
  • Respond to new requests for quotations (RFQs).
  • View the status of purchase orders and product receipts.
  • Create and submit invoices to the customer.
  • View reports from the customer about your performance as a vendor.

The goal of the vendor portal is to help organization to utilize their investment in SharePoint by using SharePoint as their enterprise business application platform. Dock with its unique SharePoint user experience can help organization to switch to Vendor portal built using SharePoint as their next generation vendor management portal. 

7. Dock integration with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams—the new chat-based workspace in Office 365. Microsoft Teams is an entirely new experience that brings together people, conversations and content—along with the tools that teams need—so they can easily collaborate to achieve more. It’s naturally integrated with the familiar Office applications and is built from the ground up on the Office 365 global, secure cloud. Starting today, Microsoft Teams is available in preview in 181 countries and in 18 languages to commercial customers with Office 365 Enterprise or Business plans.  

Teams are now more agile and organizational structures more flat to keep communications and information flowing. With Microsoft Teams, you can create a more open, digital environment that makes work visible, integrated and accessible—across the team—so everyone can stay in the know.

Chat for today’s teams

First and foremost, Microsoft Teams provide a modern conversation experience for today’s teams. Microsoft Teams support not only persistent, but also threaded chats to keep everyone engaged. Team conversations are, by default, visible to the entire team, but there is of course the ability for private discussions. Skype is deeply integrated, so teams can participate in voice and video conferences. Everyone can add personality to their digital workspace with emojis, stickers, GIFs and custom memes to make it their own.

Microsoft Team


8. Dock integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Dynamics CRM

Dynamics CRM can help organization to grow business profitably. Use built-in digital intelligence and automated business processes to increase revenue while controlling acquisition costs. Win new and repeat sales, using a personalized sales process. Onboard new people, quickly, to get them selling right away. Measure the past, and identify leading indicators for the future. Maximize your sales team’s performance by reducing distractions and helping them focus on the priorities.  Dynamics CRM can help to identify prospects and customers who have the most potential, make sound, strategic decisions based on digital intelligence, provide sales coaching when and where it’s needed.

With integration of Dynamics CRM with dock, your leadership team can see sales performance right from their intranet portal.  Dynamics CRM + Power BI and Flow can be central to a seamless integration between SharePoint/Dock and Dynamics CRM.  Also, SharePoint /Dock can be used as the central repository of all sales related documents with a seamless integration between SharePoint/Dock and Dynamic CRM.

 

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