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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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A New Era of Employee Engagement

The concept of an employee portal is nothing new.  Most of our corporate intranets have them as either part of the home page or dedicated site in the intranet.   Historically they have been an attempt to bring to one place all the disparate systems and information we provide for our employees.  Even the best designed employee portals still require the user to know where and how to click through multiple drill-downs, and multiple prompts for credentials as employees log into outside (3rd party) systems.

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Tips for Staying Sane in the New Ever-Changing World of Remote Work

I recently read a great blog by Upwork about the future of remote collaboration and how organizations are reevaluating not how they think about their teams but how their teams’ needs are met. It’s definitely a struggle that has very abruptly come to the surface for practically every business in the last 6 months.  

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The Mandalorian, Best Practices, and Microsoft 365

As I was watching my new favorite Star Wars series the other day I once again heard the phrase "This is the way."  This time the phrase stuck with me and got me thinking about SharePoint intranets and best practices.

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When Users Go Rogue with Unapproved Apps

Have you ever heard the phrase “Shadow IT?”   

When I hear it, I get a mental image of ninjas sneaking around an IT department, but while it’s not referring to some outside spy/assassin creeping around our office, it is a dangerous thing.  

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Archiving: A quick and Easy Way to Manage Obsolete Teams

Teams has grown a lot in the last year; not just in usage but in functionality as wellThe ability to archive helps us manage the growing usage of Microsoft Teams in our organization. Let’s face it not all teams stay active forever, nor should they. As projects or campaigns come to a close, it’s nice to be able to free up our Teams navigation for more relevant and active collaboration. We can use archiving to close out those silent Teams chat spaces.  

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