Sandbox solutions have many downsides and farm solutions are not supported at all in Office 365. However, until now the sandbox solutions were the only way to declaratively (= xml based) deploy artifacts to Office 365. With the PnP Provisioning Engine, your life becomes better. Want to simply deploy a content type to several sites without writing a single line of code? You can! Want to create a list, add a view and add something to the property bag? You can! Want to design the look and the structure of a site template simply using the web browser, and apply the result to multiple sites? You can!
Join Erwin van Hunen and Paolo Pialorsi, both Office 365 Patterns and Practices Core Team members, for an exciting session full of provisioning goodness!