Is It Time for an Intranet Upgrade?

It’s Monday morning. Time to work. The weekend is rapidly fading into a distant memory. You pour coffee into your mug, then reluctantly settle in at your desk, hoping the caffeine kicks in soon so you can begin the arduous task of tracking down the quarterly expense reports. You need to find the expense summary page on the intranet to begin, but you can’t quite remember where that page lives in the intranet.

After firing up your web browser, the familiar, yet clunky and (let’s be honest here) ugly company intranet greets you. Scrolling down the page, you don’t pay a whole lot of attention to the first block of content you see because it’s usually a couple of months out of date and rarely relevant to your needs. Instead, you embark on a quest through a seemingly endless list of links, desperately searching for the one that takes you to the expense report summary.

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Breathing New Life into your Intranet with Microsoft Viva

Here at Pait Group, we've been excited about using Microsoft Viva with our clients to breathe new life into their intranets. With Viva, organizations can create a more personalized and engaging employee experience, foster a more connected and collaborative workplace culture, and use this information to drive better decision making.

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Modern Workplace Therapy

As a Modern Workplace consultant with an emphasis in Microsoft 365, I deliver solutions architected in SharePoint Online with Teams and Power Platform. I could call myself a developer, an architect, a consultant, a data specialist etc. but I prefer to refer to myself as a therapist. It started out jokingly, but now that I’ve been an IT Professional for over 10 years, I’m more convinced than ever that I chose the right title.

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Loop: Microsoft's Newest Multitool

Microsoft recently released the Microsoft Loop app into Public Preview. Microsoft Loop isn't new, it has been around since 2021, but this new app unifies some of the working components that already exist in Teams, Outlook, and Dynamics 365. The Microsoft Loop app extends the components unifying them into a convenient interface. This is a Public Preview, so there are some things that are not completely smooth. The Loop app allows quick collaboration and sharing, with features of note taking and task management adapted from the tools that already use Loop components like OneNote and Teams. Even experimental features such as a Co-Pilot are quickly working into the app. 

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SharePoint 2013 End of Life Part 4: What Can I Do to Prepare?

OK, this is the 4th installment of this blog series, and I have to admit that I have sort of tricked you. At one level or another, all of these articles have tried to introduce you to some of the steps to take as part of your upgrade. 

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

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SharePoint 2013 End of Life, Part 3: What Cool Stuff Do We Get?

In our first 2 installments of this series, SharePoint 2013 - End of Life, What Next? and Migrating SharePoint 2013 to a modern version of SharePoint: Is there an easy way? we discussed what the “End of Life” for SharePoint 2013 this upcoming April means for organizations and if there is an easy way to move it to something newer.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

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