Organizations aiming to do without SharePoint Server entirely often determine that they still need a
Hybrid SharePoint configuration.
They may have started fresh with Office 365, completed a migration to Office 365 quickly, or be planning a quick migration and looking towards a "pure cloud" configuration. In fact, the rise of cloud-based systems has tended to create silos, which then require a hybrid configuration to provide a unified user experience.
There are two main scenarios where we find that an all-cloud configuration with portals hosted in SharePoint Online must be provided via Hybrid SharePoint
1Portals including content outside of SharePoint. Essential information is in on-premises or cloud-based systems and users need easy unified access to it. Frequently, enterprises have a need to include information from key line of business systems, such as CRM or ERP, systems. These may themselves be cloud-based, for example, Microsoft Dynamics Online or SalesForce.com. However, SharePoint Online does not support indexing of any content outside of SharePoint, so a hybrid solution is required.
2Hosted portals, with all content online. The operational advantages of SharePoint Online and other aspects of Office 365 drive all content to the cloud. New project and collaboration portals, where the bulk of the content is low-sensitivity content, are natural candidates to put into SharePoint Online. Similarly, seasonal or short-term applications benefit from the easy provisioning of SharePoint Online. However, limitations in SharePoint Online lead to a tailored user experience hosted in SharePoint Server.
INDEXING EXTERNAL CONTENT INTO SHAREPOINT ONLINE
BA Insight's software portfolio for Hybrid SharePoint
Secure Connectivity to Enterprise Systems
BA Insight's Connectivity software provides secure, high-performance crawling and indexing for a wide variety of content sources. Portals hosted in SharePoint Online can include important content from many different on-premise and cloud-based systems.
Consistent Metadata and Information Architecture
BA Insight's Classification software automatically creates metadata and assigns content types. With the upcoming release of our AutoClassifier for O365, the same process can be applied to content in SharePoint Online. This will be extended to content integrated in from other systems so that a common information architecture is applied across all content.
Take Advantage of Azure
Any of the capabilities and scenarios described here can also be supported with SharePoint Server running in hosted environments, or in Microsoft Azure. This lets you focus on applications, instead of datacenters and infrastructure, without limits on customization. One particular scenario for this is SharePoint for Internet Sites. Product catalogs, public-facing websites, and sophisticated internet portals would all benefit from BA Insight's technology in this configuration.