Digital Workplace

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

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

Yammer leads the way at intranets event in Dublin

Social intranet – Unily

Delighted to be at an event this week organised by Brightstarr and Microsoft Ireland about intranets, Office 365, the digital workplace and even Yammer. Of course SharePoint got a mention or two! Hosted at the Microsoft office in Sandyford, it was great to see around 30 people at the event.

Brightstarr had organised it to promote their Unily intranet product (based on SharePoint of course). They had brought in one of their key customers in Ireland, ESB Networks, to talk about how they had implemented it in their organisation in the past year or so.

We also had Simon Daly from Microsoft taking us the role of Office 365 in modern intranets.     »» 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

26 SharePoint intranet products – 1 report

Clearbox SharePoint intranet in a box report 2016

If there has been one welcome area of improvement in the SharePoint intranet world over the past couple of years, it has been the introduction of ‘out of the box’ intranet solutions built on SharePoint. Of course it sounds like you just click a few buttons and voilá you have a fully functioning and beatutifully designed intranet. Eh, no. Bit more work involved than that.

In 2016, I was delighted to be asked to review a few SharePoint intranet products for the second SharePoint Intranets in-a-box report from Sam Marshall at Clearbox Consulting. I got to do five reviews – there were 26 in total.     »» Continue reading

What is great (and not so great) about Microsoft Teams

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Now available on most Office 365 plans, Microsoft Teams is a chat based collaboration tool based in Office 365 but can be accessed using Windows desktop or mobile apps. It allows you to communicate and share information, files and content in a focused interface. Microsoft call it their ‘chat based workspace’.

A hub for teamwork
Give your team instant access to everything they need right in Office 365.
– All your content, tools, people, and conversations are available in the team workspace
– Enjoy built-in access to SharePoint, OneNote, and Skype for Business
– Work on documents right in the app
– Get rich scheduling features inside Microsoft Teams, plus ad-hoc 1-1 and group calling

Right, what’s so great about Microsoft Teams?     »» Continue reading