Groups in Office 365 simplify teamwork. Creating the Group is easy. But getting the entire team to utilize it effectively is another matter. This article shows a step by step process of bringing your team together using Groups. Technology is only 50% of the story, rest is psychology!
This is not specific to Office 365 – it is a general phenomenon. IT professionals are especially prone to this “What’s New Syndrome”. Whenever any product is being considered for purchase, deployment or adoption, What’s New becomes an important part of the discussion. Unfortunately, that is NOT the right way to plan rollout or adoption of ANY product. Why? Because focusing on What’s New assumes you already know What’s Old (and are using it effectively) – which is rarely true!
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The buzzword is “consumption”. Deployment does not mean effective usage. The efforts which are taken in this direction are inadequate as well as misdirected. This guarantees underutilization and poor ROI. Read on to find out what goes wrong and how to correct it.
While working with hundreds of customers globally, I see lot of mistakes being done. This leads to poor ROI and business value. Best Practices get all the limelight. But mistakes are never documented publicly. Hence I am writing this series.
Some mistakes are strategic, some technical, some operational. The worst practices article list is growing! Here is a list of all articles I have written on this topic so far. Future articles will also be added to keep this knowledge pack current. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.
Office 365 plans which include Office Pro Plus are capable of running Power Pivot, Power Query, Power View and Power Map. Extremely powerful tools. Highly popular with users and top management. Unfortunately, in many cases, these tools are just not deployed!
One of the most important components of Office 365 is OneDrive. Unfortunately, most customers do not understand and promote all the benefits of OneDrive to all the end users. Due to this, the product is underutilized as well as misused. In this article, I discuss this problem in detail and provide a simple and practical approach.
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I really don’t know how the world is still working. This is probably the most useful service I have done to humanity till date! It is dangerous mistake and is extremely common.
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When I say CXO, the CIO is not included. CIOs do understand what Office 365 is. But when it comes to educating the CXOs, there is a problem. Whatever they say, it sounds technical and confusing. In many cases the only thing CXOs understand clearly is that CAPEX is going to become OPEX and the deal is signed!
In this article, I don’t delve upon the problem too much. I will give you the solution. A simple and jargon-less description of what Office 365 can do to an organization – if used correctly.
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.
Office 365 is now an established and popular product. I just finished a 6 country tour where I met top 40 customers who are in various stages of deploying Office 365. I have made a list of common mistakes / wrong approaches / misaligned priorities / counterproductive behavior. Read on to ensure that you don’t repeat these mistakes. More importantly, if you have already committed the mistake, the corrective approach is also provided. This series is more relevant to CIO, IT team and the deployment teams.