Do We Still Need File Protocols Today?



  • @Carnival-Boy said:

    @Dashrender said:

    Assuming you need more than the essentials,

    The first question is why do you need more than Foundation? What extra features do you need?

    Lots of great features, easily worth the extra money. But the extra features here would not be ones related to the topic at hand. All of the features needed for this are included in the free tier.



  • @Carnival-Boy said:

    I find working in SharePoint like walking in mud compared with Windows Explorer.

    I would mostly agree, other than the search which is what I use and it often makes it quite a bit better for me. But what I really do is work from the interfaces inside of Word, Excel, OneNote, etc. I don't use Windows Explorer or Sharepoint's own interface. Instead I use the application that talks directly to Sharepoint and it gives me a dedicated interface inside of the app so that I use only that.



  • @Carnival-Boy said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    But you consider other tooling when possible.

    Such as?

    Just as Sharepoint is a custom server component of the MS Office ecosystem to give it a structured data handling capability, different applications would use their own appropriate server component. It would depend on the application or need in question.

    Not all applications offer a structured back end storage system today, but more and more this is becoming the case. There is nothing that we (at @ntg) use that isn't structured. Most enterprise software is structured out of the box with data being stored in a database rather than being dumped ad hoc to a filesystem.

    Some things like CAD systems still produce standard files, but even CAD systems are starting to look at alternatives and I've heard of some providing servers rather than using the file system. Just as at the filesystem level you need the logic of NAS or a file server to handle gatekeeping for filesystem access that a SAN would recklessly expose, structured data handling systems can do the same thing at the file level or data level so that there are gatekeeping services for actual data, not just the filesystem. This allows for cool features like simultaneous editing of the same work, more protection of the data, etc.



  • Once you have made the jump from File Servers to say... O365 + Hosted Sharepoint... The problem then becomes how do you back up the data that is hosted? Do you trust your provider to do that for you? (@scottalanmiller , I know you have had problems with O365 eating stuff like files and emails)...

    Or are there some other applications that are available to help you do this?



  • Yes, there are backup services for Office 365. And there are applications like Outlook and ODfB Sync Tool that will make local copies on user by user basis.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @Carnival-Boy said:

    I find working in SharePoint like walking in mud compared with Windows Explorer.

    I would mostly agree, other than the search which is what I use and it often makes it quite a bit better for me. But what I really do is work from the interfaces inside of Word, Excel, OneNote, etc. I don't use Windows Explorer or Sharepoint's own interface. Instead I use the application that talks directly to Sharepoint and it gives me a dedicated interface inside of the app so that I use only that.

    And I've been walking people AWAY from that method for years. The biggest problem with using the app to do the file finding is if you are in the wrong app compared to the file.

    My boss once came to me frantically looking for a file. She was in Word looking for a a file she couldn't find. I had her drop to Explorer and low and behold there was her file. It was an Excel file.



  • Along the lines of making things more mobile/universal, even Nuance now has a hosted Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS) solution - I'll be looking into the costs of that soon. Currently DNS requires a network share to host the user files so people can roam from machine to machine.



  • @Dashrender said:

    And I've been walking people AWAY from that method for years. The biggest problem with using the app to do the file finding is if you are in the wrong app compared to the file.

    Doesn't that solve the problem? It keeps you from opening the wrong file types.



  • @Dashrender said:

    Currently DNS requires a network share to host the user files so people can roam from machine to machine.

    I think you lost me on this one.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @Dashrender said:

    Currently DNS requires a network share to host the user files so people can roam from machine to machine.

    I think you lost me on this one.

    Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS) requires an SMB share to store user settings files... it is kind of a pain.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @Dashrender said:

    Currently DNS requires a network share to host the user files so people can roam from machine to machine.

    I think you lost me on this one.

    I've updated my post to indicate that Dragon Naturally Speaking is the same as DNS in my post. Those that use Dragon often refer to it as DNS.





  • @scottalanmiller In this case, he's talking about Dragon Dictate's Naturally Speaking (Voice to text).



  • Where DNS != DNS

    That was CONFUSING



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    Where DNS != DNS

    That was CONFUSING

    I knew exactly what @scottalanmiller issue was when I read his post.. I updated my post for clarity.