Sword Connect is a suite of brandable, pre-built apps designed to maximise productivity and collaboration in SharePoint. Using Connect, information is intelligently surfaced to each user based on their department or role and is displayed in a meaningful way, assisting them to undertake their job in a more efficient manner. Each app provides a clear, accessible and responsive launch point for common areas of Intranet activity.
The Sword Connect framework has evolved from our years of experience of working with a range of businesses to drive the very best from SharePoint, working with our clients to develop their information architecture and governance practice, deploying and supporting solutions. Our approach is grounded in fast user adoption and engaging with people – the technology plays a supporting role.
Built upon SharePoint, the Connect Communications Hub harnesses the power of Office 365 to deliver intelligent self-service communication throughout the enterprise. Delivered as a suite of integrated apps, Connect helps break down departmental barriers by providing always-on self-service access to commonly requested HR content, key business contacts, interactive news, targeted announcements, rich discussion groups and more. Organisations deploy Connect to help align staff with business goals, create a shared vision and convey a strong sense of ownership.
Sword Connect is fully integrated with Office365 and utilises several Office365 services including SharePoint Online, Yammer, Azure AD and Office Graph. There is no requirements for any additional services or subscriptions outside of Office365. The diagram below outlines the technical architecture in more detail. Each Connect App consists of a config file and a set of assets which are deployed into Office365 using our Connect Deployment Engine. The Deployment Engine utilises fully supported mechanisms for deploying the various components of Connect.