2019 to 2020: BindTuning Moments in Review

We are a few weeks into 2020 and reflecting on 2019 – what a year it had been! Thank you to those who have kindly supported us during this past year!

Welcome to the new year, a new decade.

This is a monumental milestone and we at BindTuning feel the shift from what was, to what will be. We experienced rapid changes in 2019 and we see more of the same for this coming year. We are grateful to those of you who have kindly supported us during this journey. Let me touch upon a few highlights from the past year and then give you a preview of what we see on the horizon.

2019

The year started off as usual, but the shift was already starting. Microsoft Teams adoption was about to explode, but let’s not jump ahead just yet…

We launched a revamp of our Provisioning Engine and several new and updated products, including Video Web Part, Social Feeds, Accordion Web Part, Stocks Web Part plus a brand new Modern UX that includes dark mode and advanced coding in-panel.

BindTuning New Theme Settings Panel

While we were busy coding, we made time for our community too. Our CEO, Beatriz Oliveira joined Ana Casaca, Jose de Mello, Ana Sanches in a lively discussion about the opportunities and role of women in technology at Building the Future, Lisbon hosted by Microsoft Portugal.
Building the Future

Beatriz also talked about Design, Branding and Customization of the modern workplace with Microsoft MVP Michael Greth as part of the European SharePoint Conference podcast series.

In February, we became a GOLD certified partner for Cloud Productivity and we announced it on our new Instagram Account! If you haven’t already, please follow us!

In early May, we took a breather to celebrate our 14-year anniversary. The team gathered at a beach-side resort in beautiful northern Portugal to celebrate, reflect on the past and plan for the future. Taking advantage of the team’s fondness for water sports, we literally took a plunge with a team-building activity aboard not one but two giant paddleboards!

Viana do Castelo

And then it was right back to work with three big events in May – SharePoint Saturday London, Collaboration Summit in Wiesbaden, Germany and the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas where we announced the launch of our new Microsoft Teams apps and starter kits! Our #bettertogether campaign aligned perfectly with all the buzz about MS Teams and we gotta tell you, people loved our new socks.

BindTuning socks

A Busy Summer

By July, BindTuning, along with approximately 13 million other daily users around the world, was making the jump to Microsoft Teams and it changed the way we do business, both internally and externally with our partners and customers.

At Microsoft Inspire, we launched our deployment-as-a-service product – Automate365. Our partnership with third-party solution provider Storyals, opened the door for a new way for SI’s and ISV’s to automate deployments at scale and reduce the costs of delivering customized solutions to clients around the world.

Speaking of clients around the world, we grew our partner program in 2019 with 21 new partners, worldwide! And we were proud to have our products available on the Microsoft Appsource catalog, too.

Automate 365

The Record magazine’s summer issue featured our customer, Portugal brewing giant Super Bock, in a roundtable discussion about how they created a “future-proof” SharePoint implementation with our team from BindTuning, our partner DevScope and Microsoft Portugal.

The Record Magazine

Also in July, Beatriz Oliveira was again recognized as MVP for Office Development and also newly named the Microsoft Regional Director for Portugal. A big step for diversity and inclusion of women in tech!

beatriz_MVP

New Beginnings in the Fall

Fall was spent providing much needed guidance on the role of Microsoft Teams and how to best configure the application for optimal usage in organizations. We kicked off a webinar series focused exclusively on Teams, helping our customers navigate the use of Teams and as part of that initiative, we joined Microsoft Teams Principal Technical Specialist at Microsoft, Michael Gannotti, to talk about Easy Creation of Rich Microsoft Teams Templates for his Webcast series.

We travelled to Microsoft Ignite, where we attended a great session by Major Hospital and our partner Dell EMC Services on the amazing digital transformation they went through, which includes a new BindTuning-based intranet.

DellEMC Major Hospital

Also in November, we were excited to see Sogrape win Best Intranet at the European Excellence Awards 2019. We were very pleased to work again in partnerhsip with DevScope during this project.

Coinciding with our attendance at SPS Lisbon and the European SharePoint Conference, we launched a new beginning for our customers with a brand new BindTuning app that is propelling our customers into the new decade. A newly launched website, updated BindTuning app and subscription program all ensure our customers #dontgetboxedin.

BindTuning App

Looking ahead to 2020

One of the last events in 2019, set us on our path for 2020. A meaningful conversation about inclusion in tech with Beatriz Oliveira, our CEO and Dux Raymond revealed a commitment from BindTuning to turn words into action.

Diversity and Inclusion at ESPC

We have kicked off this new year, this new decade with an exciting commitment to make diversity & inclusion a reality in IT. This commitment is a top priority for BindTuning in 2020. As CEO and founder, Beatriz has personally committed to building tools to help people with disabilities perform at their best in their jobs, and not be limited by non-inclusive software. The workplace can’t be a place just for some. We have the responsibility to prepare it so everyone can play a productive part in the workforce.

Introducing the New BindTuning App

We’ve built up a loyal customer base by making SharePoint intranet design and development easy. Then we extended that same thinking to Microsoft Teams. Now we’ve made building and maintaining your company’s digital workplace easier than ever with our new BindTuning App.

The BindTuning App

Starting this week, you’ll find some changes in your BindTuning account. It has undergone a major upgrade. Easier than ever before to design, build and get started in SharePoint and Microsoft Teams. Our new BindTuning App does more than manage your account, it is the hub for everything you need for your digital workplace. One, unified experience for the admin behind the scenes who is building a unified experience for their users.

BindTuning App

Check out what’s new

Self-service provisioning is at the heart of our new app. Not separately priced, but integrated into all our products. Deploying products is no longer referred to as Clutch (the noun), but it is still clutch (the verb) in that it is so easy to deploy, update and maintain every BindTuning product. Get Seamless INSTALLATION of all Office 365 Themes, Web Parts, Microsoft Teams Apps and our Starter Kits (formerly called templates).

Deploy

New Subscription Plan. Flexible pricing plans giving you easier access to just the features you need. Need to design and build? Extend functionality to Teams? Or maybe jump start with a Starter Kit. Each plan allows you to add or remove products as your needs define. Priced separately, giving you the flexibility to build and GROW your solution.

Unlimited Themes. Unlimited edits. Yep, you heard me right. Our Design subscription gives you access to not just one, but ALL themes and the capability to change them as often as you want. Complete design freedom!

Microsoft Teams Add-On. Get a unified experience across your entire workplace, including Microsoft Teams when you add Teams to your Build subscription. So easy to manage within the app, simply add it when you are ready. Repeatable, structured starter kits are coming soon, too. Pre-packaged scenarios with sample tabs, theme and demo content you can build on.

Get Started Today

The BETA BindTuning App is available right now. Simply log in or create an account to get started. Sign up for news to get alerts from us on new products, webinars and helpful tricks and tricks. If you need any assistance, our team is available to help out!

BindTuning creates a Future-Proof Intranet for Super Bock Group | The Record Magazine

The Summer 2019 issue of The Record is officially out! We are very excited to be featured along with industry’s leaders on Microsoft technology. The site covers industry trends, product launches, customer wins and event news.

Read how, Super Bock Group’s solution to create a central hub of their communications strategy for their SharePoint On-Premises is Better together with BindTuning.

We will be attending Microsoft Inspire 2019, in Las Vegas. Stop by, meet our team and get to know more about Automate365, the latest BindTuning solution.

Schedule a meeting now

Storyals content on Microsoft 365 learning pathways automatically provisioned to customers around the world

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Storyals that opens the door for refreshing Microsoft 365 learning pathways educational content and for a refreshing new way that content is automatically delivered to users.

Better Together with Storyals

Storyals Lite provides organizations with a new, modern way of educating employees on how to work smarter using Office 365. Their story-based training modules enable tech-savvy end users to quickly learn, adapt and optimize their experiences with Office 365 using rich, YouTube-like stories, not lengthy tutorials. Behind the scenes, Automate365 from BindTuning acts as the underlying provisioning engine, automating the delivery of this content to Microsoft 365 learning pathway, released yesterday in Beta Preview at the North American SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas. The resulting Storyals Lite offers exciting educational content for Office365 that is effortlessly delivered and refreshed, creating an optimal environment for user adoption.

The Full Story

Building upon content in Microsoft 365 learning pathways, Storyals Lite is a story-based tutorial solution that provides structured, experienced-based training content that is automatically installed and maintained fresh with new content. Utilizing a pre-populated SharePoint communication site, users have immediate access to all the Storyals Office 365 content with Storyals Lite. They can watch videos on demand, take quizzes, even attain certification in the product.

The delivery and maintenance of this content couldn’t be easier. Each Storyals Lite subscription is quickly deployed to Office 365 using Automate365. Not only is the solution effortlessly deployed across any number of site collections, but the administration of new content is automatic, with fresh content delivered in minutes. More than just the initial deployment, Automate365 guarantees that all future updates to Storyals are easily re-deployed across all their customers effortlessly, for an evergreen solution. To learn more about Storyals Lite, visit www.storyals.com. Read the full press release.

Automate365

Automate365 is available now. Any third-party ISV solutions or custom scenarios such as Storyals Lite, can be provisioned to SharePoint, Microsoft Teams or Office 365 using Automate365 by BindTuning. Automate 365 is a Deployment-as-a-Service (DaaS) where our expertise in understanding your problem areas, business workflows create a working solution. That solution is packaged, deployed and fully tested prior to going live as a finished template you can deploy over and over again. Third-party solution providers such as Storyals are excited to integrate this technology to automate deployments at scale and reduce the costs of delivering their solutions to clients around the world. End users such as Nokia, have been using the same provisioning technology to deploy hundreds of project portals during client on-boarding, in minutes. Each client portal adheres to their governance standards, meets their internal communication needs, but is customizable for each team, project. To learn more about Automate365, visit Automate365.io.

Join Us

Storyals and BindTuning will be hosting a live webinar to discuss the ways Storyals, utilizing Automate365, is able to support the deployment of their learning solution to Office 365 customers around the world. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Registration is free, sign up here.

BindTuning wins IntraNET.Reloaded Award

We are thrilled to announce that we have won the 2018 Intra.NET Awards Best Intranet Solution for User Experience, Design & Content Management.

Presented by we.CONECT, the prestigious Intra.NET Award exclusively recognizes, celebrates and honors exceptional intranet projects.

BindTuning, along with our partner Dell/EMC, was recognized for our work helping to transform the Tyson Foods Corporation company-wide intranet. The aggressive timeframe and sheer scope of the transformation secured the award for the Tyson Foods project.

With over 120,000 employees in more than 400 facilities worldwide, rapid growth had left Tyson Foods with a mixed bag of intranet environments that were impossible to navigate and use. Relying on guidance from the Microsoft Technology Center in Dallas, Tyson was able to pare down the list of possible solutions to BindTuning cloud-based, pre-built Office 365 themes and web parts that quickly became known as the “secret sauce” of the project.

In less than 8 weeks from initial planning meetings to deployment, the new Tyson Foods intranet aggregates various Microsoft technologies into one cohesive, user-friendly intranet that communicates the unified vision for the company and keeps employees actively engaged across all departments. Tysons Foods, has topped the list of Fortune Magazine World’s Most Admired Company for Food Production for the last two years and it is easy to see why!

The 2018 Intra.Net Awards ceremony was held at the Intra.NET Reloaded conference in Boston on April 23, 2018. Beatriz Oliveira, CEO & Founder of BindTuning, along with Chris Eaves, Associate Director of Communications for Tyson Foods were on hand to not only receive the award but to present the Tyson Foods solution at the conference.

As the winner of the award, BindTuning received a donation of € 1,000 from we.CONECT that was donated to DKMS.org, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders by: creating awareness; recruiting bone marrow donors to provide a second chance at life; raising funds to match donor registration costs; supporting the improvement of therapies through research; and supporting patients from day one of their diagnoses.

ESPC 2018 – My BindTuning Template Contest

Submit your Office 365 template idea for a chance to win it AND Clutch, our new provisioning engine desktop app!

To celebrate the release of Clutch, the provisioning engine for Office 365 and all new BindTuning Templates, we’ll be hosting a contest for the most creative BindTuning template idea. The winning template idea will be built by the BindTuning team.

BindTuning Templates

BindTuning templates are shared workspaces and landing pages based on pre-configured business scenarios. Lists, documents, tasks and all content are automatically organized. Professional designs, responsive layouts and dynamic web parts enrich the user experience. Flexible and customizable. Change anything you want, anytime. Easily accessible in the Clutch, provisioning engine desktop app for Office 365.

The Prize

If your template idea is chosen, not only will you win the template, but you’ll also win a free 1-year subscription of Clutch* – a new desktop app that deploys and provisions BindTuning web parts, themes, templates, and tools in a single step – INCLUDING 3 additional, pre-configured templates that are included within Clutch — Basic Landing Page, Project Workspace, and GDPR Activity Hub.

How to Submit Your Idea

  1. Submit your template idea using the form below. It can be specific to your business or industry. Get creative!
  2. Share your participation on Twitter under #mybindtuningtemplate.

The winner will be announced via email and will be featured on the BindTuning Blog and Twitter account under #mybindtuningtemplate.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The contest begins on April 24, 2018 at 12:00 AM UTC and ends on May 23, 2018 at 11:59 PM UTC.
  2. All entries must be submitted through academy.bindtuning.com.
  3. There will be only one winner selected amongst all submissions.
  4. By submitting a template idea, you are granting BindTuning permission to use this template idea within their marketing materials.
  5. BindTuning reserves the right to market the template.
  6. All decisions relating to the administration of the competition, including, but not limited to, nomination, selection of winners, publication or any other decision, shall be made by BindTuning at our sole discretion.

*You get 1 year of the Clutch Enterprise Subscription for one admin user and the winning template, plus the other templates included in the subscription – Basic Landing Page, Project Workspace and GDPR Activity Hub.

Look for BindTuning at the European SharePoint Conference 2018 – Copenhagen November 26-29, 2018. Stop by our booth and get a demo of Clutch and our new Templates, including the winner of this contest!

Weather Web Part – weather forecast, right where you need it

The new Weather Web Part is about to give your SharePoint intranet a serious upgrade!

Launching today, the new Weather Web Part for SharePoint and Office 365 gives your users the convenience of their local weather forecast, right where they need it. With complete and customizable weather information for each user regardless of their location.

Watch the live demo and find out more about the new Weather Web Part.


And that’s not all!

Available for the SharePoint Modern Experience
Weather Web Part is also available for the Microsoft SharePoint Framework (SPFx) experience. That means you can easily display weather information on both classic and modern sites.

Complete daily weather information
With a world clock, Celsius and Fahrenheit temperature readings, weather averages/extremes, plus a 6-day forecast, Weather is a powerful web part for SharePoint.

Shows weather info based on your location
With Weather, you can type in a city or ask it to detect your location. With a single click, Weather can track your exact location and display the weather information accordingly. That’s some serious upgrade!

Advanced weather integrations
Weather’s advanced integrations with Yahoo! Weather (Free) and Weather Underground allows you to display vital weather information with incredible accuracy.

A layout for every season
You get to choose from a variety of layouts, from simple to bold, tiny to wide and have the right modern weather layout for your modern SharePoint intranet while providing your users a truly modern experience.

How can I get the new Weather Web Part?

Glad you asked. To get your hands on the new Weather web part you need to:

Have an active subscription? If you have an active subscription – even a trial one – the new web part is available right now in your account in the “My Downloads” area. As a subscriber, you get access to all of the web parts we release, right in your account for immediate use.

Don’t have a subscription? Request a free trial subscription at bindtuning.com/webparts and get access to the complete library of 12 web parts, including the new Weather Web Part. You can also request a free demo with one of our SharePoint experts.

BindTuning and the Modern SharePoint Experience

We are kicking off 2018 by rolling out support for Microsoft SharePoint Framework (SPFx)  – starting with Responsive Video Web Part!

What does that mean to you?  Well, a lot. Last year, Microsoft released the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) – a new modern experience that leverages open source tools and client-side development for sites that are responsive, mobile-friendly and feature more powerful capabilities for the developer and end user, alike.

The first of our web parts, Responsive Video Web Part, is SPFx-ready today, enriching both classic and modern SharePoint sites.  Adding videos directly from a Video Portal, YouTube or Vimeo is now fully integrated with the draggable and codeless modern SharePoint environment. It couldn’t be easier.

Responsive Video web part in the new SharePoint Modern Experience

Get It Today

Contact us today, to get started using Responsive Video for SPFx. For clients with an existing web part subscription, Responsive Video Web Part will be automatically uploaded to your account. Simply log into your account and navigate to the “My Downloads” page.

Read full instructions here


As for our other products…
We are rolling out updates with the goal of having all of our web parts SPFx-ready by the end of the second quarter 2018.  All brand new BindTuning products will support all versions of SharePoint, Office 365 and SPFx right out of the gate.

Look for more SPFx-ready products in the coming weeks:

  • Responsive Video Web Part Available today
  • Quick Links Web Part
  • Alerts Web Part
  • Maps Web Part
  • Calendar Web Part
  • Weather Web Part New!
  • Themes Coming Soon

Stay up-to-date on all of our SPFx product updates as well as new product releases by subscribing to our mailing list.

All Things BindTuning at Microsoft Ignite 2017

September 2017 and we couldn’t be more excited about exhibiting at the biggest Microsoft conference of the year – Microsoft Ignite 2017!

If you’re attending Ignite make sure to stop by our booth #2027. We can’t wait for you to see what in have in store this year…

BindTuning Azul Party
Sunday, September 24 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm | Outdoor Patio at Marlow’s Tavern

BindTuning Azul Party Microsoft Ignite 2017

Light up the night with BindTuning Portugal and US-based teams! Join us for good food, cold beer, wine from Portugal & tech talk (or not!).

RSVP here →

“Tyson Foods Employees Hungry for Perfectly Cooked Intranet”
Thursday | September 28 12:30pm – 1:45pm | OCCC S320 E-H

Dell Tyson BindTuning Microsoft Ignite 2017

BindTuning, Dell EMC, and Microsoft locked arms and went to work building Tyson Foods a custom centralized state-of-the-art and mobile-friendly intranet site based on the strength and flexibility of Office 365, SharePoint, and BindTuning Web Parts at ¼ of the usual costs. Join us for this session to get the skinny on the strategy, justification, analytics, design and implementation…then maybe we’ll have a cookout.

Win an Amazon Echo Dot

Win an Amazon Echo Dot at Microsoft Ignite 2017

This year, along with our usual free giveaway, we will also have a daily raffle on the booth for an Amazon Echo Dot! So make sure to swing by our booth #2027 for a chance to win!

 

As for all the other amazing stuff we have planned, you will have to swing by our booth #2027 to find out.

See you all in Orlando!


Want to schedule a 1:1 meeting at Ignite?

If you want to know more about BindTuning or find out everything about the branding solutions we have available, let’s schedule a time to meet up.

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Ativar Portugal Startups 2017

Ativar Portugal 2017 Microsoft BindTuning SharePoint

We are happy to announce BindTuning will be attending this year Ativar Portugal, a Microsoft’s initiative.

It’s an amazing event that supports entrepreneurs and Portugal’s startup ecosystem by developing a strong community of innovators, government, venture capitalists, and accelerators. In its third edition, this year it will be all about the deep tech. So be ready to hear more about Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Machine Learning, Bots and how you and your business can use them to differentiate and compete in one of the world’s fastest-growing startup ecosystem – technology.

It will be a full day of inspiring sessions and hands-on workshops with some of the most amazing players in the Portuguese entrepreneurial landscape as well as great international speakers.

So we couldn’t be more excited to be invited to attend Ativar Portugal and to also have the opportunity to share our knowledge. This year Beatriz Oliveira, BindTuning CEO & Founder, will be talking about “Trends in UX Design”, tomorrow at 4 PM on the Windows A Room (Inspire).

See full schedule

And from the experience we had last year, it promises to be truly remarkable.

Yup – that’s us with the president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. :)

So, make sure to save the date: May 24! You can find more information about the rest of the speakers and all the talks right here. The morning event sessions are by invitation only but you can watch it on live streaming.