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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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The Pandemic and its Impact on Digital Transformation

"Returning to normal" and "back to normal" seem to be phrases of comfort in this world so eager to move past this Pandemic.   While I cannot wait to gather without caution at a large social event just the way we have done for as long as I can remember, there are some changes that have impacted the way we work that may be worth keeping or weaving into a new modern design.   To get a grasp on how best to modernize, it is time to review the transformation that took place over the past year.    This is what Richard Campbell from RunAsRadio and PAIT Group's President & Co-founder, Stephanie Donahue did in a recent podcast episode.  They dug deep into the effects of the Pandemic and its impact on the workplace specifically relating to Digital Transformation and ancillary benefits that surfaced.   

For your convenience I am including a direct link to Richard and Stephanie's conversation so you can hear their thoughts and voices.

Below are some highlighted topics they touched on.

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3 Components for Developing Clear Business Strategy for Frontline Workers

Reports & studies such as Harvard Business Review's New Study: How Communication Drives Performance validate the importance of consistent communication and the positive impact it has on corporate productivity.    In the HBR report Watson Wyatt states:

 

Furthermore the positive effect communication has upon productivity,  the digital transformation movement (aka Industrial Revolution 4.0) has produced advancements in technology that service and support collaboration and connectivity.  These advancements have included the ability to connect anywhere and from any device.  If we have the technical capability to connect in a mobile way, why are we leaving a large portion of our workforce out of modern workplace communications? 

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Why Is Anyone Talking About Yammer When We Have (and Love!) Teams?

Microsoft acquired Yammer in 2012 and made it available for their Office 365 customers the following year. Early in 2016, Microsoft rolled out Yammer to their Office 365 commercial customers as “on” by default.  

At the time, I was an intranet manager at an association and decided to go along with Microsoft’s “on by default” rollout of Yammer. Why stop it? I started with a pilot for a few weeks to test it out, and then I opened things up to all staff. I got lots of folks interested in using it, but many wanted “private” groups for their teams to collaborate and communicate. They also heavily used the “private messaging” option in Yammer. They contributed to the public groups for sure, and enjoyed engaging across the org, but they really were craving some “private” options. 

Imagine the confusion, then, when this “Teams” thing was suddenly all the buzz coming from Microsoft just a year later. Group spaces for people to communicate and post files? Check! “Chat” that seemed a lot like “private messaging”? Check! Option to subscribe and get email notifications for missed activity? Check! Plus, the interface was just so appealing, the chat was a much better experience than the “private messaging” in Yammer, and there were so many additional features in Teams.

Why the heck would we still use Yammer now that we have this new shiny Teams toy? 

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