Blog entries related to Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 solutions such as Power BI, Microsoft Flow, Power Apps and Microsoft Teams
Big data makes it possible to serve more people than ever before. New privacy laws and regulations are regularly being passed to protect us from potential abuses. How can organizations balance the benefits of big data with the need for privacy?
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Getting people to adopt new processes is almost always a challenge in business. Why is that? Maybe it's because we so often forget the role people play in defining and re-defining processes. In this article we look at why processes should be people-first.
The days of searching through filing cabinets, looking through handbooks, printing memos, sending documents via email and departments resisting the need to share information with other departments are GONE. Employees need up-to-date information accessible on a laptop, mobile phone, or PC.
In today’s workplace, a company’s staff is not limited to employees who come into the office every day. Remote employees (often in their PJs) need to be able to work both independently and on a team. When people are across the hallway or across multiple time zones, they still need to be able to work together.
This is another issue from the trenches as I was working with a client of mine recently with a disconnect between the SharePoint User Profile Service and Search.
The fix is surprisingly simple, and you will face palm once you realize what the cause is but I thought it was important to document for others.
The way we are communicating is changing. And organizational leaders are struggling to keep up. Let’s take a look together at 7 simple tips, culled from business leaders that we have coached, for becoming a more digitally engaged executive in your organization.
Digital Transformation. It's a long journey. And, for many companies, the journey doesn't end well. Here's a simple exercise to help you make your digital journey more engaging ,and better adopted, for the entire team.
It’s a fact: using images with your SharePoint blogs and articles improves readership. But finding just the right image can be tough – particularly if you don’t have a budget. Here are some websites where you can download free images that are professional quality.
Although it has been around for many years now, there are still a lot of misconceptions about what Enterprise Social is all about. Leaders don't know if it is a valuable business tool, or something that might waste a lot of time. So today, let's take a closer look at Enterprise Social Networking.
Without SharePoint adoption metrics, you may as well be driving blind-folded, with no steering wheel, and on a winding foggy dirt road! Under those conditions, it would be a miracle if you didn't drive off of a cliff! In this article we take a look at how to quantify SharePoint adoption, satisfaction, and success.
Investing in digital workplace solutions, such as SharePoint, is the easy part of a digital transformation. In this article, we will look at the 5 components – 4 pillars and a foundation – that make up any digital workplace plan, regardless of the technology.
Self-service is for pumping gas or getting your own soft-serve ice cream at the ice cream shop…. not for creating new Office 365 Groups.
This article explains how to disable the ability for “everyone” to create groups in all Office 365 services that use groups.
Wondering how much impact your digital workplace project will have? Will it truly be a transformation of what you do, or just an adaptation of what you’re already doing? Those two words sound similar, but they lead to entirely different destinations. Bear with me while I draw a couple of analogies to make my point.
Many people have trouble keeping up with the latest trends and changes in technology, whether its computers, smartphones or TVs. This is also true if we look at most of the big software companies like Apple, Google and of course Microsoft. It’s even faster with certain Microsoft services like Power BI, Azure and of course their flagship collaboration service Office 365.
Office 365 is constantly changing, and it can be difficult to know what’s going on. I’ll show you 5 quick and easy ways to know what is happening in the Office 365 ecosystem.
Every time I read the news, it seems there is another organization rocked by scandal. And, like Mark Cuban, it is often a leader who may otherwise be ethical, but who is out of touch with what is really going on inside of their organization. Read on to learn how building a better intranet could have helped the Shark Tank entrepreneur avoid a scandal.
You're using Office 365, and you're wondering if you should use Outlook Groups, Yammer, Microsoft Teams - or all 3. Join the crowd! This article helps you to understand the differences between the options, and which option might be right for your team.
Has this ever happened to you? You are minding your own business when you need to remote to your SharePoint server desktop to fix the User Profile Service (who hasn’t?). You open Central Administration and go to the UPA and to your horror you can’t edit the profiles!
Read on for the simple and easy fix!
Enterprise social communities have enormous potential for sharing knowledge, discovering new innovations, and boosting productivity. But without proper governance, they can start strong and end in a confusing and overly-complex mess! In this article I explore some practical tips for social community governance.
When working with SharePoint, what is the difference between blogs, discussion boards and announcements - and when do I use each of these to improve communication and collaboration
As of today I’ve been consulting on SharePoint for almost 8 years, and I get asked a lot of questions. A lot of our clients already have SharePoint and we’re either engaging on rescue projects, migrations or break/fix type support. But then there are some clients we speak with who don’t use SharePoint at all, and are potentially looking to evaluate SharePoint or other collaboration platforms. It’s in those times I get reminded that not all folks already know what SharePoint is!
My aim with this 3-part series is to help answer this question and give some context of how SharePoint can benefit organizations. In this initial post I will set the stage and give you some context for our discussions.
Have you ever thought to yourself “I need an anchor tag in my SharePoint navigation and that must be easy”. But instead you're met with frustration! I’m going to show you a little trick I stumbled across that is SUPER simple and it works with no code! Did I mention this works in Office 365?
Most goals are doomed to fail. Here’s why - and how you can transform struggles into successes.
When you work with SharePoint permissions, you quickly figure out that you want to touch them as little as possible. With a lot of things in SharePoint, permissions inherit top down. So this means that it’s a best practice to always use that inheritance as much as possible. But in today's post, I'll show you how to use PowerShell to change those permissions for all libraries, folders and files in the site!
I’ve had this come up multiple times lately, and I thought I’d put up a post to help get the information all in one place. Now that we’re moving away from SharePoint 2010 and dealing with SharePoint 2013/2016/Online more often, folks still want SharePoint Designer but are confused which version they need. You want to be sure to get the latest and most patched version, which requires more than one download.
One of the things that I think most companies struggle with is governance, specifically in context of an intranet. If you read my blog you know I talk about mostly SharePoint, but good governance can and should apply to really to any platform.
We actually devote a whole section of our Building a Better Intranet workshop to governance because it’s that important, and yet so many companies don’t even think about it. In today’s post I wanted to pull out 3 tips that are important aspects of balanced governance.
The complementary paper includes over 12 years of research, recent survey results, and CRM turnaround success stories.
This 60-second assessment is designed to evaluate your organization's collaboration readiness.
Learn how you rank compared to organizations typically in years 1 to 5 of implementation - and which areas to focus on to improve.
This is a sandbox solution which can be activated per site collection to allow you to easily collect feedback from users into a custom Feedback list.
Whether you are upgrading to SharePoint Online, 2010, 2013 or the latest 2016, this checklist contains everything you need to know for a successful transition.