Dan St. Hilaire

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What You Should Know About Microsoft Teams

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  July 29, 2019  /  Microsoft Office, Office 365, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

Teams is Microsoft’s answer to group chat, based off the preexisting 365 environment, and is designed to replace Skype for Business. With an Office 365 Business Premium, Business Essentials, OR Enterprise (E1, E3, or E5) subscription, your organization can enable Groups and Teams.

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Tags: Microsoft Office, Office 365, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365

Driving a Modern Workplace with Office 365

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  July 8, 2019  /  Office 365, MSP, User Adoption, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

Over the last several years I’ve had the opportunity to work with many companies that have moved to Office 365. The most common challenge they all face is user adoption related to Office 365 tools and features. Moving to Office 365 isn’t difficult. You can do it yourself or work with a partner like an MSP (Managed Service Provider) and leverage support from Microsoft as part of the FastTrack Program. Some end up using a mix. The hurdle is getting your staff to work differently and leverage the new tools available to them.

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Tags: Office 365, MSP, User Adoption, Microsoft 365

Microsoft Activating 'Insights for MyAnalytics' for Office 365

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  June 10, 2019  /  Office 365, Microsoft Office 365 Training, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

Businesses that have migrated to Office 365 are beginning to see and use an exciting new feature – Insights for MyAnalytics. MyAnalytics allows users to track the time employees spend on certain applications to enhance productivity and efficiency. Insights for MyAnalytics is a separate add-on that provides actionable insights for employees, which can help boost office productivity. Here’s what you need to know about this new update – and how it can help you grow your business.

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Tags: Office 365, Microsoft Office 365 Training, Microsoft 365

Avoid These 3 Common Obstacles During Microsoft Office 365 Migration

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  June 3, 2019  /  Office 365, Microsoft Office 365 Training, Migration, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

Many businesses encounter challenges during Microsoft Office 365 adoption and migration, largely due to the complexity and power of the program. Office 365 is not just new software, it's a new way to work. Common obstacles include trouble converting via legacy solutions, low bandwidth, lack of support, poorly constructed pilots, and lack of a clear migration path. Here are some of the most common challenges to Office 365 migration and how to avoid them.

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Tags: Office 365, Microsoft Office 365 Training, Migration, Microsoft 365

How to Develop a Microsoft Office 365 Business Strategy

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  May 6, 2019  /  Office 365, Microsoft Office 365 Training, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

As Office 365 gains traction in the business community, it becomes even more necessary to shape a business methodology specifically for this program. The business plan should address potential challenges in adoption and training. Follow these tips to successfully craft your Office 365 business strategy.

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Tags: Office 365, Microsoft Office 365 Training, Microsoft 365

Enabling "Hidden" Teams in Microsoft Teams

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  May 2, 2019  /  Microsoft Office, Office 365, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

I’d estimate that we use Microsoft Teams to handle around 90% of our internal communications and reserve email primarily for our formal communications with our clients and vendors. Recently I received an email with a couple of attachments from a vendor that I wanted to save to a Microsoft Team in order to share with my coworkers. Except the Team wasn't there...

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Tags: Microsoft Office, Office 365, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365

4 Advantages of Microsoft Teams with Office 365

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  April 29, 2019  /  Microsoft Office, Office 365, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

Microsoft Teams on Office 365 is a collaborative workspace that facilitates a modern way of working. It is especially helpful for remote teams, although it offers great benefits to in-house employees as well. Microsoft Teams can help boost team productivity, increase collaboration across departments, and help your company complete tasks in a quick, efficient manner. When you connect third-party solutions to Microsoft Teams, you can drastically increase business efficiency, surpassing prior levels. Here are a few of the top advantages of Microsoft Office 365 Teams:

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Tags: Microsoft Office, Office 365, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365

Office 365 Customized Posters

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  April 15, 2019  /  Microsoft Office, Office 365, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

I often talk and write about the importance of user communication when businesses deploy Office 365, it’s an element that so many organizations forget to consider during their deployment. The communication cycle with users should start before the deployment and continue during and after deployment as well. 

I’ve provided suggested topics below for each stage of deployment. You can also consider multiple communication methods. We suggest adding some good, old-fashioned posters to the mix. Many users (who might ignore email) will often stop in the hallways to read this engaging eye-candy.

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Tags: Microsoft Office, Office 365, Microsoft 365

Microsoft Teams: Compliance

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  April 11, 2019  /  Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

Microsoft Teams: The Future of Workplace Collaboration

I’m proud to say that I was an early adopter of Microsoft Teams. Now it seems every day I am engaging with people using the tool, both internal staff and external clients. Even as a guest on Teams I have been able to collaborate around projects that clients have created in their tenant. My clients are experiencing firsthand how Microsoft Teams can replace email and become the primary hub for where we work together. Teams has also become an effective tool at jump-starting client awareness into how workflows can be optimized so they are more efficient in all aspects of business. Microsoft Teams offers all businesses an incredible opportunity to increase teamwork through a collaborative, modern, streamlined application.

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Tags: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365

Microsoft Teams: Takeaways from the Enterprise Connect Conference

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  April 8, 2019  /  Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

I recently had the opportunity to watch a broadcast from the Enterprise Connect Conference that took place in Orlando, Florida. Wow, I was excited about Microsoft Teams before, but now with some of the features showcased, I’m really pumped. The new Microsoft Teams capabilities will continue to drive teamwork and build on the vision of an intelligent workplace for ALL employees.

I thought a recap of highlights would be helpful, and if you’re interested in watching the recording, we’ve embedded a video at the bottom of this post. There’s nothing like seeing these highlights in action for yourself.

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Tags: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365

5 Office 365 Features that can Increase Productivity

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  March 18, 2019  /  Office 365, SharePoint, OneDrive, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

Office 365 is a toolkit from Microsoft that is designed to allow you to access Office applications on any device at any time. Office 365 provides the opportunity to drive team work. The Web-based toolkit receives regular updates and allows you to share documents and connect easily with colleagues, enabling multiple users to view and edit work in real time. Every minute counts when it comes to getting work done on a deadline, so it is important to make the most of these online features in the Office 365 interface.

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Tags: Office 365, SharePoint, OneDrive, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365

Office 365 OneDrive for Business: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  March 11, 2019  /  Office 365, OneDrive, Microsoft 365   —   1 Comments ↓

Office 365 One Drive for Business is a cloud service that stores all files in a secure, shared space accessible across all devices. It gives businesses the power to create and share work-related documents, avoid data breaches, and clean up outdated processes. Migrating to OneDrive could be the chance your organization needs to stay on top of changing tech trends and optimize productivity. Here’s what you need to know... 

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Tags: Office 365, OneDrive, Microsoft 365

Most Common Mistakes with Office 365 Deployment (and How to Avoid Them)

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  March 4, 2019  /  Microsoft Office, Office 365, Microsoft Office 365 Training, Deployment, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

It isn’t enough to decide that Microsoft Office 365 is the correct choice for your company. Your must plan and tackle deployment head on, with as much knowledge as possible about what to expect during implementation and adoption. The more preparation you do prior to migrating to Office 365, the easier your transition will be for you and your users. One of the best ways to prepare your employees for the switch is to recognize and avoid these four common deployment mistakes:

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Tags: Microsoft Office, Office 365, Microsoft Office 365 Training, Deployment, Microsoft 365

Office 365 Deployment and Migration Plan: Step-by-Step

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  February 18, 2019  /  Software Rollout, Office 365, Microsoft Office 365 Training, Deployment, Migration, Microsoft 365   —   1 Comments ↓

Microsoft Office 365 is a feature-rich software that can significantly boost collaboration, communication, and information security for your organization. It has gained traction in the past few years thanks to advanced cloud capabilities and a suite of tools that optimize and drive teamwork (including Microsoft Teams). If you know Office 365 is the platform for your enterprise, don’t fumble your way through deployment and migration. Get the most value for your investment using this step-by-step guide for pain-free adoption. 

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Tags: Software Rollout, Office 365, Microsoft Office 365 Training, Deployment, Migration, Microsoft 365

Top 3 Ways You Can Support Migrating to Office 365

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  February 12, 2019  /  Office 365, Deployment, Migration, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

When done correctly, migrating your business's documents, email and collaboration platforms to the cloud can result in a huge number of benefits, including a centralized system of record, easy updates and an increased chance of recovery. That said, migrating to Office 365 is often easier said than done, as there is planning that needs to occur and prerequisites that need to be fulfilled. In order to alleviate the risks associated with migrating to Office 365 and minimize the pins your team needs to juggle, we have compiled our top three tips to make the migration go as smoothly as possible.

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Tags: Office 365, Deployment, Migration, Microsoft 365