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Recapture Your Attention by Managing Notifications in Microsoft Teams

How many times have you thought, how could it be this late in the day and I hardly put a dent in my to-do list.   You know you have been working.  You are NOT binge watching the latest Netflix craze, streaming movies, or in a social media black hole.  You really have been at it.  Or so you thought.   

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Cascading Drop-downs in PowerApps

I probably don’t have to tell you this, but just in case, PowerApps are versatile no code or low code solutions you can create to simplify processes for your end users. One of the most common PowerApps is a personalized form for data entry or selection. PowerApps has a lot of built in controls that are a breeze to just click and add, but if you don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty you can really tailor your app and make it easy for users to put in data with integrity. One of my favorite ways to do this is with a cascading drop-down, or basically two drop-downs that have related fields. Whatever you select in drop-down 1 impacts the choices available in drop-down 2. For example, if you’re building an order form, you might have a drop-down for category, then a second drop-down for product. Let’s look at how you might put that together. 

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Personalize Your Microsoft Teams Meetings & Have Fun with Custom Backgrounds

There is something special that comes out of personalizing your surroundings, for this post I will specifically address the work environment.  You be come more engaged and excited about the work you do.   We're in a lot of meetings these days, and whatever small things we can do to make them more enjoyable and engaging, we should embrace!

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The Cost of Failing to Modernize Your Legacy Business Processes

Businesses are always looking for ways to stay current and ensure they are modernizing successfully. This could be ramping up your presence online, improving your design or even using some of the Microsoft Teams applications you need to know about.

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Lessons Learned and Sleep Lost: Moving to the cloud the right way

The cloud has seen a HUGE amount of uptake from companies struggling to find ways to stay productive.  "In-Premises" environments have transitioned to less active usage or have been slated for migration to cloud based alternatives. 

As a consultant, this has given me the opportunity to work with a lot of customers lately to work on these changes and I have learned a few lessons.

  • Transitioning to the cloud quickly was a necessity for many, but there are bunch of skipped steps that need to be looked a, starting with Governance.
  • If your On-premises systems are still active, you may want to spend even MORE time monitoring them.
  • The Cloud is not less secure, bit it is different

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4 Challenges of Outdated Firstline Worker Communications

Each industry has their own version of a firstline worker.   They are the ones who often are the first point of contact between the company and the customer or world outside of the organization.  They can be found to  engage directly with the customer, fulfill product orders, build the product, or perform tasks that keep an organization functioning on a day-to-day basis.  Take a look at a variety of different industries and some of the job titles of their firstline workers.

Firstline Workers By Industry 

The onset of digital transformation has and continues to change they way we collaborate: IMs & chats, virtual meetings, emails, collaboration of digital documents I can go on and on.  Unfortunately, this transformation often does not make its way to the frontline worker.  Thus,  this group of employees, the ones who interact the most with the outside world, often feel cut off from communication with the rest of the company.  This leaves organizations wide open to challenges that impact productivity and performance.  Let's identify four challenges organizations face from failing to modernize firstline worker communications and the impact it has on the business. 

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