Using Office 365 effectively: CIO perspective (video)

I recently conducted a highly appreciated session at a CIO event in Mumbai. This 45 minute video is a MUST WATCH for every CIO and IT professional who is involved in effective utilization of Office and Office 365.

You can download it from HERE (46 MB WMV video).
When you click on this link, the video will try to play from OneDrive. But it WILL NOT PLAY. Click the Download button on that page, download it locally and then run it in full screen mode. If you like it, please share it with your colleagues and friends.

The recording resolution is intentionally low to keep the file size small. Some colors may show banding. But it is good enough resolution as a reference.
Do post your feedback as comments on this blog article.

Office 365 Worst Practices – Part 3 – Nobody is officially responsible for effective utilization

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This has been a problem even before Office 365 was introduced. When it comes to ANY office product, there is NOBODY responsible for implementing it fully and ensuring that it is effectively utilized.

Photo by W. L. King, Millersberg, Ohio; by courtesy of Military Intelligence Div., General Staff, U.S. Army.

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Office 365 Worst Practices – Part 2 – Phased Release: Underutilization by Design!

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In my opinion this is the worst Worst Practice. The full list is available here. Here I will discuss why phased release is bad and provide a better approach. The primary objective is to increase efficiency across the organization rapidly using the integrated Office 365 platform. Your inputs are most welcome.

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Generic Skills: Drop that dropdown!

image This is the continuation of the article Basic vs. Advanced – the psychological deterrent to efficient Office usage! It is difficult to teach thousands of features to thousands of users. But there is a different approach available – Imparting Generic Skills rather than specific skills.
Let us explore and find out more about it with an example.

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Basic vs. Advanced – the psychological deterrent to efficient Office usage!

Many training programs and books are divided into two varieties – Basic and Advanced. This classification gets ingrained in the mind of users who have neither attended any training nor read any book. From what I have observed and analyzed over the last decade, this thought process is a key deterrent to effective and efficient usage of Microsoft Office. At least I have not come across any source which discusses this issue. Therefore, I am addressing it in this article.

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Microsoft Office Paradox – everyone uses but nobody cares

The title sounds negative. Please don’t get offended. Don’t take it personally.

This is based on what I have seen and experienced while coaching over 210,000 users globally over the last 11 years. Let me complete the sentence “everyone uses but nobody cares whether it is being used fully and appropriately across the organization

And of course, I am not just complaining. I will also provide a solution approach.

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