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6 Steps to Unlocking the Business Value of O365 – The First 3

Previously, I analyzed the key to unlocking the business value of Microsoft Office 365 (O365). In this blog, I highlight the first three steps a company must take to unlock the business value of O365. Match Business Needs/Priorities to O365 Solutions First, it is important to determine where the business value of O365 lies, which […]

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Mentoring: The Vital 20 Percent in Individual Learning and Change

On December 16, 1675, scientists of the Royal Society gathered to hear Isaac Newton’s new latest theory on the properties of light. Robert Hooke, the Society’s Curator of Experiments was in the audience and proclaimed that the essence of Newton’s paper was already captured in Hooke’s published book and that Newton would benefit from additional […]

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User Adoption is the Key to Unlocking the Business Value of O365

Previously, I discussed the business value of Microsoft Office 365 (O365). In this blog, I breakdown the key to unlocking the business value. Business value is, for the most part, untapped or “locked” because behavior change is typically left to chance. Furthermore, O365 ROI models typically have a three-year projection. However, by specifically focusing on […]

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[Guide] 6 Steps to Unlocking the Business Value of Office 365

There may not be sufficient empirical research or metrics to demonstrate how using Microsoft Office 365 (O365) contributes directly to business value in a measurable way. However, there are cases in which evidence suggests that purposeful, focused adoption and usage of O365 can contribute significant business value. A comprehensive review of how O365 impacts business […]

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Misleading Assumptions with the Business Value of Office 365

In my last blog, I explored where Microsoft Office 365 (O365) provides value. In the final blog of this series, I debunk misleading assumptions associated with the business value of O365. There may also be some potentially misleading assumptions about O365: O365 is ”just a tool” The decision to migrate to O365 is typically driven […]

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Microsoft Teams: Current Landscape for Teams Tenant Migration

Many organizations are starting or quickly ramping up their Microsoft Teams adoption.   After adoption has begun, merger, acquisition, or even regulatory requirements can create a need for Microsoft Teams Tenant consolidation or divestiture.  While the situation is changing quickly the current state of migration scenarios and tools for Teams migration between Tenants presents a number of […]

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Where is the Business Value of Office 365?

My last blog deciphers how Microsoft Office 365 (O365) promises business value. This blog explores where O365 provides value. Microsoft Office 365 was made available in June 2011 and has maintained its goal of being a catalyst for changing how people work in an increasingly digital economy. For example, Microsoft’s current CEO, Satya Nadella, certainly […]

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[Guide] The Essential Guide to Microsoft Teams End-User Engagement

Microsoft Teams is changing workplace collaboration by bringing together chat, meetings, apps, bots, personal storage, and calls into one interface. With so many features available, it’s possible to take on too much, too quickly. Having a Microsoft Teams implementation strategy is crucial to avoiding common pitfalls, and to ensure successful adoption and end-user engagement. Whether […]

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The Promise of Business Value with Office 365

Previously, I discussed how user adoption impacts the business value of Microsoft Office 365 (O365). In this blog I decipher how O365 promises business value. The decision to use O365 is made for a number of reasons. According to Gartner research, approximately 70% of survey respondents indicated “licensing or costs” and “shifting workloads to the […]

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[Guide] How User Adoption Impacts the Business Value of O365

The digital dexterity of the workforce will be a significant driver of competitive advantage (or disadvantage, in the case of digital deficiency) for the foreseeable future. So, helping employees productively use new cloud office workloads can be a key element of a digital dexterity plan. Microsoft applications have become such a fixture in our daily […]

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The Importance of OCM in Application Modernization Projects

In the post Tips for Getting Started with Application Modernization, we touched on the importance of organizational change management (OCM) in application modernization efforts. In this blog, I want to explore that further and talk about why OCM is necessary when modernizing your applications – or in any project. What is OCM? Change management can […]

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On the Sidelines About Microsoft Teams? Decide Today To Be All In!

Are you “All In” with Microsoft Teams? This phrase has become a common question we ask ourselves and others in today’s business vernacular. Years ago, the phrase “All In” was only used by people playing poker when they would bet all their chips on a single hand of cards. Today, the phrase is used to […]

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3 Best Practices for Driving User Engagement & Adoption of Microsoft Teams

More than many other applications, and specifically, more than the other Microsoft tools, implementing Microsoft Teams is a bigger challenge people-wise than technology-wise. Sure, there are absolutely technical aspects for an implementation that should not be taken lightly, including configuration, file migration, and security, to name a few, but frankly, and with no disrespect to […]

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Secure Adoption for the Long Term Change Management Initiative

My previous blog dives into the different training styles in change management initiatives. In the final blog of this series, I analyze adoption and change management implementations for long-term success. There’s an adage that says, “No one likes change.” I’d like to add to that, “Even change managers don’t like change.” As humans, we’re naturally […]

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Why a Transformation Roadmap is a Necessity

In our previous blog post, Create Your Transformation Roadmap for Application Modernization, we looked at what a transformation roadmap typically includes with regard to app modernization. In this blog, we’ll examine the importance of transformation roadmaps, what they include, and the process of creating one. Why is creating a transformation roadmap so important? At its […]

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Training: It’s Not One Size Fits All!

Previously, I discussed meaningful training, and change management adoption. This blog dives into the different types of training styles in change management initiatives. Effective communication is not one size fits all. Studies have repeatedly shown that effective communication must be sent at least seven times over at least three channels for it to land and […]

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Issues – The sleeping dragons?

Black swan’s companion In any fantasy story, you must have read about the dragons asleep and guarding the treasures. The dragons unknowingly defend the treasures without considering the value of it. You can imagine the massive loss of the treasure if you try to tickle the dragon. A small sneeze from the dragon that cannot […]

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Managing Coexistence and Interop in Microsoft Teams (Part 1)

One of the biggest concerns when switching from Skype for Business to Teams revolves around the ability for the two products to work together. However, what is often overlooked is what will be required to meet these expectations. Fear not, in this article we’ll be discussing the high level in’s and out’s for interoperability and […]

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Effective Communication Leads to Meaningful Training

My last blog highlighted how proper stakeholder assessments can provide efficient planning and strategies. My next installment in this series will explore meaningful training, and change management adoption. It’s frustrating when change management gets called upon to provide training, and only training, with the expectation that is the only thing required for the successful adoption […]

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