Dan St. Hilaire

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Office 365 New User Training

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  November 18, 2019  /  Employee Training, Software Training, Office 365, Advantages of Training, User Adoption, Microsoft Office 365 Training, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

It’s a little bit of a chicken-and-egg situation... Office 365 is constantly changing, and the way we work is continuing to change as well.

A move to Office 365 presents new ways for users to work with tools that they are already familiar using. These new ways to work provide considerable benefits, but without basic training users often don’t discover the advantages of using the cloud and Office 365.

Office 365 training helps those new to Office 365 continue to work with familiar apps while incorporating the cloud benefits. The goal is to boost productivity while respecting the natural rhythm of their workflow.

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Tags: Employee Training, Software Training, Office 365, Advantages of Training, User Adoption, Microsoft Office 365 Training, Microsoft 365

How to Add an App to the Microsoft Teams Navigation

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  October 28, 2019  /  Office 365, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

Microsoft Teams is getting a lot of buzz these days. Rightfully so, it’s changing how business and users collaborate around their work content and provides modern ways for us to communicate around our projects at work. Teams has lots of great features that help to serve up content easily, like Tabs that can display Excel Spreadsheets, Word Docs or PDF’s. Channels provide a great way for us separate topics, and they provide additional landscape for adding Tabs that are specific to those topics.

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Tags: Office 365, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365

10 Ideas for Boosting Office 365 Adoption

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

Microsoft Office 365 is the most dominant office software in the world with over 120 million business users today. With many previous versions of the software released, some older versions which are still in place today, it’s safe to say that knowledge of Microsoft Office is an essential part of participating in the workplace.

Much of the business world today either grew up or came into adulthood using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. As such, most of us have some exposure with these core flagship productivity tools, however, there remains a great deal of untapped potential with the transition to Office 365 and the cloud functionality it provides.

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Tags: Office 365, User Adoption, Microsoft 365

How to Detect and Respond to Microsoft Office 365 Security Issues

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  September 30, 2019  /  Office 365, MSP, Microsoft 365, Security   —   No Comments ↓

Microsoft 365 is one of the most widely used business technology platforms in the world. Office 365 presents an opportunity for businesses to create a modern workplace for employees and offers advanced networking and communications tools that empower employees to carry out their job duties seamlessly as part of the natural rhythm of their work. However, no system is immune to malicious cyberattacks and being the number one business platform creates a target for those looking to take advantage ofunsuspecting businesses and their users.

In this post, we highlight some of the most common security breaches on Microsoft 365 and we’ll share some tips for IT administrators and Managed Service Providers (MSP) and how they can best address these threats for their users and clients.

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Tags: Office 365, MSP, Microsoft 365, Security

Integrating Your Business' Phone System with Microsoft Teams

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  September 9, 2019  /  Office 365, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

Microsoft Teams is a unified enterprise-level communications platform that offers fantastic utility to all types of organizations. Investing in Microsoft Teams provides consideration and the chance to replace aged business phone systems with a new modern integrated cloud-based communication tool. If you’re interested in ways to increase your company’s productivity, consolidating your communications structure, and enhancing internal strategizing companywide, consider the following reasons why your business may want to consider using the Microsoft Phone system with Microsoft Teams and Office 365.

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Tags: Office 365, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365

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