Category: Prepare for Change

Time to wake up and use SharePoint for your organization’s intranet.

Stuck with a third-party intranet? Not interested in anything else, or perhaps just unaware of what your toolbox has to offer?

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(Stuck?) Image from Ryan McGuire on Pixabay

There are companies that use Office 365 but still have their intranet based on another product. If you use Office 365 I can’t actually see any sustainable argument against having your intranet based on SharePoint. Continue reading “Time to wake up and use SharePoint for your organization’s intranet.”

How “What’s New for me” can become “What’s new for Us”.

How do i stay updated?

In Office 365 there are a lot of news and updates all the time and it is hard to stay on top of all the stuff you need to be aware of in order to be able to plan for upcoming changes. I do my very best to stay updated on what’s new within the workloads/services that are most relevant to me and my customers. My primary sources are The fabulous “Microsoft Community”, Microsoft 365 Roadmap, Office 365 Message Center, Twitter and LinkedIn.

For me it is important to share news, updates, findings, opportunities, obstacles and general knowledge about Office 365 and most of its services. I share it with Customers, Colleagues and the Community. For me this is the best way to learn and it is also of a great value for me that my customers are informed and updated so that we have a common understanding and thus can have a dialogue on how to manage and implement everything new. Continue reading “How “What’s New for me” can become “What’s new for Us”.”

Are all prepared for “Modern Experience”?

01-15-2019 Chris McNulty published Delivering SharePoint modern experiences on The SharePoint Community blog.

Today it is 03-28-2019 and Monday coming week will be the “big date” 04-01-2019 when the roll out starts.

In other words, whether you are a “prepper” or not, Now it is getting a little hurry for those of you who have not yet checked how you might be affected by this update. Maybe time to roll up your sleeves and take a look at your SharePoint sites and not least inform your users about the upcoming change.

What should you do now?

  • Read the article “Delivering SharePoint modern experiences” to see what options You have.
  • Identify the impact
  • Disable modern experience for specific site collections (but only If You need to)
  • Inform the users so that they understand the difference between Classic and Modern.
  • Last but not least: Embrace the “Modern Experience” and the improvements it brings.

Don’t let your cloud-based platform be “The Ugly Duckling”.

How do you think about buying a new or upgrading your house?

Should you build new or should you buy a used one? Whichever option you choose, the most important thing is that the new house meets the needs and requirements you have. It should be reasonably maintenance free. The roof must be tight. You want a modern kitchen and a laundry room where you know that the appliances are working. The home electronics and automation you want is something you carefully select before you mount it.

You want everything to work and it should be safe. After all, it’s your home it’s all about…

How do you think when new updates are available for your computer?

Are you one of those who would like to know what the updates mean or do you just choose to install and hope for the best? Often you have no alternative here. The updates will be installed whether you want to or not and usually contain the important security updates that are important that you get in place as soon as possible. You want everything to work and it should be safe.

After all, it’s your computer that it’s all about…

How do you think when new updates come to your cell phone?

You probably install them and enjoy new functionality and any bug fixes. This is usually relatively painless. You want it to work well and that it should be safe.

After all, it’s your cell phone that it’s all about…

How do you think about updates and new services in Office 365?

Do you spend some time evaluating and planning implementation and training or do you just let the news and updates be available to all users right away? How smart is it to let hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of users access a whole new toolbox without first informing them and giving them the training they need? How smart is it to not plan in advance for any security risks and ensure that the tools are compliant with the company’s policies?

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There are no such thing as an ugly duckling. (it is only used as a metaphor from the old tale) 🙂

Office 365 launches updates and news frequently and the frequency only increases. To be sure of achieving the positive effects the organization deserves and desires, it is necessary to have control over the updates and to have a plan for how and when to implement them. The least and most important thing to do is to ensure that you have control over what is coming and that you have a process for evaluating, planning and introducing the news. Without this, you will sooner or later fail. It does not matter if your company uses a new platform to carry out the daily work if it is not used – and is properly secured. Implementing and working in an old fashioned way on a modern platform is like putting lipstick on an ugly duckling. An ugly duckling with lipstick is still an ugly duckling.

Introduce good Office 365 Governance now and make sure that you utilize your platform in a safe and optimal way!

Don’t let your platform be an ugly duckling, ensure you let it develop to become the beautiful swan it actually is. You want your cloud-based platform to work well, bring value and that it should be safe to use.

After all, it is your company’s platform that it is all about…

 

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Simplify your work by using filtered views in the new Microsoft 365 Roadmap to focus on the updates of your core area

Are you one of the “chosen ones” with responsibility to keep track of changes in one or more services in Office 365? Congratulations, then your job has just become a little easier. With the new “Microsoft 365 Roadmap” it is now much easier to create filtered views that show the updates that are relevant to you.

As you may have read in my previous posts regarding “Office 365 Governance“, I use Microsoft Teams to get an overview of updates as well as structuring governance plans. I have a Team where each service has its own channel. In the channel of each service, I have (among other things) a tab that shows the “Office 365 roadmap” in a view that I have filtered to show updates only for the current service.

Now, when the new “Microsoft 365 Roadmap” was launched, of course, my previous home-made filtered views were broken. Sometimes this type of change causes some degree of irritation but this time it was only positive. The filtration capabilities of the Microsoft 365 Roadmap are much better than they were in the Office 365 Roadmap.

So now I’m sitting here, sipping a cup of coffee, creating new filtered views and updating my tabs. Below is an example of how easy you can create a filtered view that shows the updates for the service “Microsoft Teams” and how you embed the filtered view in a tab of a channel in your “Office 365 Governance Team”.

Open the Microsoft 365 Roadmap

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Filter on the service “Microsoft Teams” and status “In development” and “Rolling out”.

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Copy the url of the view

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Open Your Office 365 Governance Team, go to the channel of the service and edit the url of the Roadmap tab.

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The filtered view in the roadmap tab is now only displaying updates for the current service and you do not have to view the updates of the services that you are not responsible for. This saves you from unnecessary noise that could otherwise steal your focus from your core area.

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Now, repeat this exercise and update the “Roadmap tabs” for the channels of the other services.

The unwanted effects of postponing things to tomorrow

It is September 2018. Every morning, I dedicate 15 minutes to update me on Office 365 Roadmap. Today i find that 67 updates are currently being rolled out and 234 that are in development.Roadmap

My thoughts go away (once again) to all companies “out there” and the crew and individuals who have some form of responsibility for Office 365, either in its entirety or for any of its services. How about you?

  • Do you have full control of all updates?
  • Do you have a plan for how to apply these updates?
  • Do you know how to inform your colleagues about new functionality?
  • Can you ensure that user adoption is carried out in the most effective way and with the desired effect?

If you answer yes to these questions then you are  quite unique. Too many companies let updates and news launch without being in control of the positive and negative effects it brings.

“Whether you are a fast runner or good at hiding, you will not be able to escape the reality. The longer you wait, the harder it will hit you.”

I’m not a strong supporter of scaring people into action but unless you and your company have a very strong focus on Governance and User Adoption, you will not be able to take advantage of the full potential of your platform. The risk is rather that ignorance and poor planning cause disorder, misunderstandings and security problems. In plain text, this means that you will not achieve the profits and goals you wish

How can you get started?

A good (and compulsory) first step that creates great value is to define service owners/Change agents. A service owner shall be responsible for his/her service and keeping up to date on the Office 365 Roadmap and to follow related blogs (a good source of information is the Microsoft Tech Community.

Next step, when the service officers are appointed and have got their routines in place, is to establish a Change-/Governance Team and provide it with a tool that supports their needs.

When should you start?

It’s only a day left until tomorrow. Procrastination is not an option (It is not often that it is). Put this on the agenda today and start planning now. If you do not have the time or resources, there is always someone who can help you. It is better to use the time on planning than on putting out fires later.

 

Good morning, your future is already here!

Do you think that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning is far in the future, and that it does not apply to you?

Imagine technology that:

  • can recognize objects.
  • can recognize faces and facial expressions / feelings
  • can create auto captions in video.
  • can decide where images were taken.
  • can extract text, keywords in pictures and make this searchable.
  • is so clever that it, based on content, keywords, places, feelings and other features, automatically can
    • organize the information for you and further make it searchable.
    • trigger notifications or initiate business processes.
    • provide you with suggestions for information that may be of interest to you based on what you work or have worked with.
    • protect the information based upon your compliance and governance rules.

I repeat myself:

Good morning, your future is already here!

In this article “Microsoft 365 is the smartest place to store your content“, you can read and learn more about how AI and machine learning is used in Microsoft 365 today, and what new features you will have the pleasure of taking part ahead.

Hope you look forward to take part of the future as much as I do. 🙂