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Stephanie Donahue

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Free Teams licensing released from Microsoft

With the sudden surge in employees working from home, Microsoft has responded with a 6-month free trial of Microsoft 365 E1 license, which includes Microsoft Teams. New customers, Exchange Online Only customers or Office 365 Business customers can experience Teams as a hub for collaboration that brings together chat, meetings, and Microsoft 365, all in one place!

If your business is ready to upgrade your work-from-home experience, this is your chance to try it at no cost.

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WFH Series: Keeping Morale Up on Your (Newly) Remote Team

Anyone tired of work-from-home posts yet?  A lot of them talk about how to stay productive and focused, which is a great perspective for your employees. What about looking at things from a management point of view? My husband works for a really large organization with a hard core “we don’t work remote” policy and yet here we are, creating a second office and trying to hold video conference calls in different rooms at the same time thanks to COVID-19.

What’s different between him and I is that I do this all the time!  Mark and I manage a team that is spread out across the US – literally from Alaska to Long Island, from Canada to Florida and everywhere in between.  I travel a LOT and so I can set up shop just about anywhere and feel comfortable and productive. On the flip side, my husband’s team is within arm’s reach more often than not.  He looked at me across the dinner table last night and asked – How do you keep your team engaged ?

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Microsoft Ignite Announcements

It’s been a whirlwind of excitement, announcements,  and networking here in Orlando at Microsoft Ignite. If you’ve been too busy to watch all of the sessions online, here is a quick snapshot of what’s been going on. 

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Microsoft Ignite is here!

 

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Hub Sites! Modernizing Your Approach to Site Architecture in SharePoint and Office 365 - Part 2

Wow!  The interest in modernizing SharePoint Site Architecture has been strong.  Thanks to everyone for your comments and feedback on my previous blog post. If you haven’t yet read through the Part 1 of Modernizing your Approach to Site Architecture in SharePoint, please see that here.  Let’s keep the dialog going! As we continue with our story around modernizing our site architecture, we need to address the addition of some new functionality in SharePoint Online called a Hub Site.  

Note: Hub sites are now in “Launched” status according to the Office 365 Roadmap. This means they should be available to 100% of the tenants worldwide!  It’s important to note that Hub Sites are a SharePoint Online “only” feature – they didn’t make the cutoff for SharePoint 2019 on-premises release.  

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4 Essential Content Management Tips for SharePoint Online

Content Management Doesn't Have To Be A Headache!

For many organizations, there is a huge push to begin utilizing SharePoint Online as the primary content management system. If you’ve already invested in Office 365, SharePoint is a no-brainer for low-cost storage and easy remote access.

However, there’s more to migrating to SharePoint Online than a point and click migration. Time and time again we see users get frustrated as they try to navigate deep folder structures in SharePoint. We see them ask, “Why did we move to SharePoint?  How is this helping me?”

Their frustration is understandable if all they were able to do was take their current file share mess and move it to a web-based file share mess.  It’s time to rethink our file structures and security and take the opportunity to put our best foot forward when migrating into SharePoint Online.

So, how do we do that? Where do we begin? Here are 4 things to think about before you use SharePoint Online for content management.

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