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Microsoft Stream’s Bonus Feature Makes Knowledge Sharing a Breeze!

Microsoft Stream is awesome. I have loved it ever since it launched in 2017. I could load company videos into a centralized “YouTube for the enterprise” portal, organize them using channels and groups, and I could add hashtags and chapter links so my end users could quickly get to the video content they were seeking. Do I want options to auto-generate captions of videos, trim videos, and replace videos while preserving the original link? Yes, please! Stream could do it all!

In May of 2020, however, Microsoft released a new feature in Stream that turned me into an all-out Stream evangelist! The option to “record screen” meant that anyone could create short videos and share them with the rest of their colleagues. I couldn’t stop telling people about it! And now I’m telling you, because sharing is caring. 😊

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5 Fundamentals for Effective Communication

Lately I have been seeing an increase in what feels like anti-meeting content. While the point may be to highlight other methods of communication rather than scheduling a meeting, we shouldn't dismiss or put a negative connotation on meetings.  I feel we need a reminder of communication fundamentals.    A "check list" of sorts we can utilize to ensure we are delivering effective and clear messages.  In this process, we can choose the appropriate channel or medium to best communicate with our coworkers and, as a result, hopefully reduce the number of unnecessary meetings. 

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Teams Governance: The Basics

Governance. We cringe when we hear that word, much less when we need to create a plan for it! Many of us are in the position of having rolled out Microsoft Teams quickly to meet the rapid movement to work from home in early 2020. It can feel overwhelming to try to wrap governance around a tool as popular as Teams in a way that won’t disrupt current work-streams.

Regardless of where you are in your journey with Microsoft Teams, its not too late to step through basic decisions that should be evaluated for Teams and create common sense governance for the organization.  

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Functional Flair: adding Pictures to a SharePoint List

The List you need to use this JSON formatting as-is

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Identity Management and What it Means for You?

With the pandemic and much of the workforce adjusting to a different norm, the work-from-home model poses new security challenges to the world in ways we have never imagined. To keep up with these challenges, it is crucial to understand these challenges first. 

In a recent podcast with “Buzzkill”, PAIT President and CEO Stephanie Donahue discusses Identity and Access Management (IAM). During this past year, we all have experienced a huge acceleration in digital transformation, and one of the main topics that must be considered with this revolution is -- Security.  

Forbes, recently put out a statistic showing Worldwide annual spend on digital transformation is $2 Trillion around the globe. With this much spend on transformation, one of the biggest concerns and challenges an organization now must face is how they are effectively managing security and their user experience. 

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Past, Present, and Future of Collaboration in the Workplace

PAIT Group's Chief Strategy Officer, Mark Rackley, was recently a featured guest on the Microsoft 365 PnP Weekly Vlog/Podcast with hosts Vesa Juvonen and Waldek Mastykarz.    If you are not familiar with this Vlog/Podcast, it is a weekly discussion on the latest news and Microsoft 365 announcements.   Here are some eye-opening highlights from this episode's discussion. 

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