How to Get the Most out of your Office 365

The Layer2 Cloud Connector can help you to get the most out of your Microsoft Office 365 investment. Find awesome tips below to significantly increase the benefits of your new cloud by seamlessly integrating it with your enterprise.


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Migrate your existing documents from any source to Office 365

You can use the connector for fast and secure file migration to Office 365, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Teams, and more from local disks or NAS, network shares, or on-premises SharePoint. Google Drive, DropBox, Box, and others are also supported via their local file stores.

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Backup Office 365 to your local network or your own Azure

In many cases, you will need a backup of your documents in the Microsoft Cloud. This is not only for disaster recovery, it is more about compliance and archives. The connector offers flexible options to manage document backups to local file shares, SharePoint on-premises, or Azure File Storage, for example using custom PowerShell scripting, or the Cloud Connector API.


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Keep your documents in sync across all file stores

There are good reasons to keep your local file shares, for a transition period, or for a general hybrid approach. No problem: You can keep it in sync automatically with all Microsoft Cloud offerings, such as SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Office Groups, Microsoft Teams, or Azure File Shares.

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Provide up-to-date backend data in Office 365 for collaboration

Office 365 is not about file sharing, it is about collaboration. Collaboration needs connected and valid data sets in the cloud, such as contacts, product data, calendar items, and more. The connector can help you to provide up-to-date data from 100+ sources in SharePoint lists, Dynamics entities, Team channels, Azure SQL, and more.

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Improve reporting in Office 365 with management dashboards

Make use of Office 365 features for reporting, dashboards, workflows, and business intelligence with your local IT systems connected. Once your local data is in sync with the cloud via Layer2, you will have all options without any restrictions. Why not visualize your connected data sets using PlumSail, BlackCompass, or Microsoft PowerBI.


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Publish local data to Office 365 for mobile access from anywhere

Traditional enterprise IT systems, such as SQL, ERP, or CRM are very difficult to reach from the internet via mobile devices. No problem: You can publish this data to the Microsoft Cloud and keep it current via Layer2. Your employees or business partners can access it at any time, at any place, and on any device. In many cases, write-back of data changes is supported.

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Add cloud-based workflows to local business processes

It's easy to add cloud-based workflows to your existing on-premises business processes via Layer2. You can start SharePoint Workflows, such as based on SharePoint Designer, Visual Studio, or NINTEX, on external data change. You can also start workflows in Microsoft Flow or Azure Logic Apps for any local data change across multiple systems.

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Make use of the cloud for scalable data acquisition code-free

You don't have to write an app to acquire data in the cloud for your on-prem systems. You can simply make use of connected SharePoint lists and forms for this without any programming. But PowerApps is also an option.

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Build your custom app based on connected data sources

While it is difficult to create an app and connect it to on-premises data stores across firewalls, it's easy with the Layer2 connector. Keep your local systems connected with SharePoint Online lists, Azure SQL, Azure Table Storage, or Amazon Web Services code-free using the Cloud Connector. Access the connected data with your own custom app, build with PowerApps, Xamarin, or others.

With Layer2 Cloud Connector we finally find a really great solution for the challenges we had with document synchronization between local file servers and Office 365 services!
Richard Horvath, Core Systems Ltd.
We highly recommend Layer2 add-ons for any Sharepoint based integration.
Patrick Studart, Synesis International
The Layer2 Cloud Connector executed all of our SQL statements and loaded the returned data into SharePoint flawlessly every time. Period. If there was an error, it was our error and in that case, the connector appropriately logged the error with an intelligible message. The Cloud Connector’s interface is easy to understand and use. Anyone familiar with utilities in the Microsoft stack will be productive immediately. Our recommendation: The Layer2 Cloud Connector is a no brainer.
Barry Noble, SYNEV / ChemWerth
When implementing Office 365/SharePoint linking existing database is the challenge and Cloud Connector is the Solution.
Stephane Blais, Owner and CTO, A2B Solution
The Layer2 Cloud Connector allows for an easy to configure and versatile platform independent broker service that will allow an integration between products.
Jonathan Matthes, SharePoint Gurus Pty Ltd.
Moving file shares to Sharepoint Online has become a very cost efective solution for businesses. Using the Cloud Connector simplifies the process and overcomes the limitations found using the Microsoft Sync client thereby reducing migration costs.
Dodoer Schmid, Senior Consultant, LogicalTech
The Layer2 Connector is a tool that no SharePoint farm should be without. It allows organizations to integrate business data into SharePoint solutions that extend the functionality of enterprise applications without the need to modify the application.
David Long, Tribridge

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