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Looking Back While Preparing for the Year to Come

Ready or not, next week is the start of not only a new work week but a new year. 2021 has presented us with a variety of challenges. Globally, we entered a second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of us have returned to our offices, some are still working remotely, and others are navigating hybrid work scenarios as “return to work/office” efforts have been stalled. For the record, I loathe the phrase “return to work.” Work never stopped, in fact for many of us it increased as we brought work home and has yet to leave our living rooms and dining tables. “Return to office” gets my vote.

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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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