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Microsoft Stream’s Bonus Feature Makes Knowledge Sharing a Breeze!

Microsoft Stream is awesome. I have loved it ever since it launched in 2017. I could load company videos into a centralized “YouTube for the enterprise” portal, organize them using channels and groups, and I could add hashtags and chapter links so my end users could quickly get to the video content they were seeking. Do I want options to auto-generate captions of videos, trim videos, and replace videos while preserving the original link? Yes, please! Stream could do it all!

In May of 2020, however, Microsoft released a new feature in Stream that turned me into an all-out Stream evangelist! The option to “record screen” meant that anyone could create short videos and share them with the rest of their colleagues. I couldn’t stop telling people about it! And now I’m telling you, because sharing is caring. 😊

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5 Fundamentals for Effective Communication

Lately I have been seeing an increase in what feels like anti-meeting content. While the point may be to highlight other methods of communication rather than scheduling a meeting, we shouldn't dismiss or put a negative connotation on meetings.  I feel we need a reminder of communication fundamentals.    A "check list" of sorts we can utilize to ensure we are delivering effective and clear messages.  In this process, we can choose the appropriate channel or medium to best communicate with our coworkers and, as a result, hopefully reduce the number of unnecessary meetings. 

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The Pandemic and its Impact on Digital Transformation

"Returning to normal" and "back to normal" seem to be phrases of comfort in this world so eager to move past this Pandemic.   While I cannot wait to gather without caution at a large social event just the way we have done for as long as I can remember, there are some changes that have impacted the way we work that may be worth keeping or weaving into a new modern design.   To get a grasp on how best to modernize, it is time to review the transformation that took place over the past year.    This is what Richard Campbell from RunAsRadio and PAIT Group's President & Co-founder, Stephanie Donahue did in a recent podcast episode.  They dug deep into the effects of the Pandemic and its impact on the workplace specifically relating to Digital Transformation and ancillary benefits that surfaced.   

For your convenience I am including a direct link to Richard and Stephanie's conversation so you can hear their thoughts and voices.

Below are some highlighted topics they touched on.

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Reimagining The Employee Experience & Its Impact On Your Microsoft 365 Investment

If you’re sitting there wondering what the Microsoft Viva announcement means for your organization, you’re not alone.  We’ve received a number of questions about how Viva will impact your Microsoft Teams and SharePoint deployments. I wanted to address what I think this announcement means and how you should think about positioning it within your organization. 

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5 Behaviors Organizations Should Adopt in 2021

Here we are! 2021!  We got off to a bumpy start, but I believe there is reason to be hopeful for a fantastic year!  As we move into 2021 and look at the technology landscape of Microsoft 365, we have a lot of companies who have suddenly been thrust into the cloud.   Some just did the bare minimum to get by while others opened up a whole new world  to their user and the dust is still settling.

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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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