Category: Microsoft Flow

Who should be able to create new teams and how to handle it?

The answer is (as so often) here too “It depends”

Here are some examples of solutions you can choose based on your needs. (Of course, there are many other solutions “out there” but the tools are usually the same.)

Self-Service

If all users are able to establish new teams then you must get a provisioning solution in place before the roll-out, otherwise I can guarantee that you will get a chaos and lose control in very short time.

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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.

 

If you experience that one or more Office 365 services are slow

Do you mount old tires on your new car?
Are you buying new shoes and moving over the soles of your old ones?
Then you are also likely to run Office 365 with your old, traditional network settings

If you experience that one or more Office 365 services are slow, you may want to analyze your settings and make some corrections.
I recommend reading Tony Redmond’s article “Network Principles for Office 365 Connectivity” where he is describing a common problem. Perhaps you can easily do something about it

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. 🙂