We all have different personalities and different preferences. In this small series of blog posts, we will look more closely at how we set ourselves to different technologies and solutions and how to implement and use different solutions in Office 365 so that you can really improve the satisfaction and quality of an organization. Continue reading “Classic or Modern? Part 1: Who are You?”→
What if your files are deleted or overwritten? They may even become corrupt or in the worst case infected with malicious software. It starts to creep in the body and whizzes in the ears. The butterflies begin to flaunt in your stomach and the sweat rushes into your forehead. What in the world should you do now?
If you work on a local disk, a common file area on a traditional file server or on another platform, your panic condition may be justified, but if you work in Office 365 you can very likely take a deep breath, wipe the sweat away and relatively easily fix the problem.
If your files are located in OneDrive
You probably/hopefully already know that using the function “File Restore” in OneDrive, you can restore your OneDrive to the state it had in an earlier date (within 30 days back in time). This functionality has been available for quite some time now, but there are still many “regular” users who are not yet familiar with this.
If you are not already familiar with this functionality, you can read more about this in the article “Restore your OneDrive”
If your files are located in SharePoint or Microsoft Teams
A very good information, which was communicated a few days ago, is that now the functionality “Files restore for SharePoint and Microsoft Teams” will soon be launched. The functionality is very similar to the one you already have in OneDrive. I recommend that you read the article “Restore a document library” and familiarize yourself with the possibilities and limitations.
With this good news, I wish you a continued good and productive working day knowing that your files are in safe hands and that the good platform you already use continuously, and with increasing speed, only gets better and better.
Many of us are like squirrels. We collect and store more content than we can/should consume.
After some time the content of our Office 365 Tenant becomes a “Content Flea Market”. One of the challenges with a flea market is that it is difficult to get an overview of what is valuable and what is worthless.
What if we could have a function that cleans away old unimportant content and that also ensures that we keep current and important content as long as we need to keep it?
Surely You have a whole lot of various content stored in Your Office 365 Tenant. Probably some of this content should not be deleted and most likely You would benefit from deleting a whole lot of other content that does not qualify as useful, valid or current.
In Your Office 365 Environment (Exchange, OneDrive and SharePoint)
Do you have a requirement to retain content for a minimum period of time?
Do You want to permanently delete old content that you are no longer required to keep?
Do You want to ensure that your users only work with content that is valid, current and relevant to them?
Do You want to be able to select where the policy should be applied?
I think MyAnalytics is a great tool that provides you with an overview of how you, primary based on Your email/Outlook usage, spend your time at work. By summarizing this information MyAnalytics suggests how you can work “smarter”.
Great news for those of us who use Microsoft Teams even more than Outlook.
Up to now it has only been available to those of you who has an Enterprise E5 plan (or as an add-on to E1, and E3 plan). In a blog post from Natalie McCullough we can read that MyAnalytics is now becoming more broadly available and in addition to that it will also include analysis of the usage of Microsoft Teams, OneDrive and SharePoint.
in January 2019 the insights for Teams, OneDrive and SharePoint will begin to roll out to existing customers and for the new suites it will be rolling out the next couple month.
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.
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.
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
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