Collaboration

New content pack to help Office 365 user adoption

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The Office 365 Adoption content pack using PowerBI is now in preview for first release tenants. I’ve just switched mine on so it will be interesting to see how it looks. Of course there is only one user in my tenant so the data is not that useful for me as such. But for any organisation using Office 365 they will now be able to see (in an easier way) what parts of Office 365 their users are using.

Currently it runs on a monthly cycle so it is refreshed every month. But that is fine to be able to show data and analytics about user adoption.     »» Continue reading

Why your intranet shows what you really think of employees

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There are many clues when you go into an organisation as to how good it is, how it works and most importantly how well it treats employees. It could be the restaurant or canteen, meeting areas and rooms, car parking, desks, chairs, lighting and so on. These all matter sure. Not bean bags. Or pool tables. Or foosball. Or any other gimmicky nonsense.

For me I look at the intranet. In my opinion, every company with over 10 employees should have some form of an intranet to keep people informed, allow them to complete tasks, discuss matters, share information, to understand the organisation, its customers, its products/services and why it exists in the first place.     »» Continue reading

Simple Excel surveys in Office 365

Sometimes you come across something in the SharePoint/Office 365 world that makes you smile at the simplicity of it and the sheer usefulness of it. And Excel surveys are it. Yes it’s not Survey Monkey but it will get the data saved into Excel for those data junkies. If you want something more sophisticated and in real time, have a look at Microsoft Pulse. This is free (yes free) online polling and survey tool which can be used for events, in the classroom or pretty much anywhere. Or stick with Survey Monkey…
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SharePoint Virtual Summit 2017 roundup

Does SharePoint drive you nuts at times? Probably. But don’t blame SharePoint or even Microsoft. Blame who ever installed, configured, built, trained and supported SharePoint in your organisation. Now that could be a long list…

But things are changing. Big time. Microsoft have announced a slew of updates for SharePoint Online, Yammer, OneDrive and Office 365. And there are two key elements of it for me. One is that intranets are front and centre in the SharePoint world. Which is a good thing. And second the user experience and functionality is improving at a rate of knots. And all this helps user adoption and training.     »» Continue reading

Some latest updates on intranets

Now I’ve said it before and yes I will say it again, I love intranets. Always have and always will. I know digital workplace is sort of taking over as being a far sexier phrase. But intranets are still very, very relevant.

Anyway here’s three interesting pieces of reading about intranets. Toby Ward talks about the continued growth in the social side of intranets as we see Facebook take strides in that area with their Workplace tool. We also have seen the recent takeover of social collaboration vendor Jive Software which might have implications for that platform.

And of course in the Micrsoft world, things trundle on.     »» Continue reading

The challenges of Office 365 user adoption

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Too many organisations fail to fully understand where they and their employees are at when they decide to move to Office 365 in terms of how they work. The first point in pre deployment is so important. But from experience it is often overlooked. Too often it is seen as a project with a start and end date. That’s why the post deployment elements usually end too quickly. The training sessions are over, the training materials produced and gathering dust and so on. But adoption doesn’t stop. It’s ongoing. So organisations need to plan and cost for that over an extended period of time.     »» Continue reading

User adoption guide for Microsoft Teams

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Microsoft Teams is the digital equivalent of an open-space office environment. It is an entirely new experience which brings together people, conversations, and content. Through easy connections and conversations, Microsoft Teams builds relationships and drives collaboration seamlessly, and opens up opportunities to take your organizational goals to the next level.

Microsoft have introduced a useful new site to help with the introduction, onboarding and user adoption of Teams. There are four documents included in their adoption planning kit. This is taken from the read me file included:

The Microsoft Teams Practical Guide and Planning Workshop Kit are comprised of 4 assets.     »» Continue reading

The day I was stopped from using JavaScript on the intranet

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This was some time back in the early 2000’s. I managed the intranet for an Irish insurance company as part of a small team. We were called E-Media which I suppose was a forerunner for a digital workplace team. My manager was a very smart person! We did stuff that didn’t really fit in anywhere else. And I ‘did’ the intranet.

And it was a bit of a clunker from a software platform point of view. We used an online document system called Trove with customised, static HTML pages at the front end to make it more visually appealing. I could publish home page links with a headline, summary, an icon and a link using a form based on Perl scripting (yes it is that old).     »» Continue reading

The future of SharePoint. Again.

There are still plenty of updates in the SharePoint world and there is always talk about its future. But look it’s not going anywhere. Here is an great overview of where SharePoint is and where it is going over the next 12 months and more. It’s from Senior Product Manager in Microsoft, Mark Kashman. He also talks about it here on LinkedIn. Slides 12 and 13 feature an interesting roadmap for SharePoint so well worth a view. And of course some nice stats: “200k+ organisations using SharePoint”. But how many are using it properly? Well?

“Reinventing Content Collaboration – the Future of SharePoint is Now!” | SPTechCon – Austin — MS Keynote