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Dan St. Hilaire

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Power BI and What It Can Do

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  September 21, 2020  /  Webinar, Office 365, Microsoft 365, Power BI   —   2 Comments ↓

KnowledgeWave is pleased and excited to be presenting a no-cost awareness webinar in October on what is fast becoming a popular conversation we have with clients using Office 365, Power BI. What is Power BI, and What Can it Do, as well as why you should consider using it are all at the heart of this webinar presentation.

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Tags: Webinar, Office 365, Microsoft 365, Power BI

How to Disable Microsoft Teams Creation

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  August 10, 2020  /  Office 365, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams   —   No Comments ↓

In this post, I wanted to share specifically how you can disable users from creating Microsoft Teams and how can you remove the 'Create a Team' box within the application. Let me be clear, it is my opinion that you must provide some sort of starting architecture if you want to promote Teams usage and foster user adoption of this powerful tool.

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Tags: Office 365, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams

Provide Governance for Microsoft Teams Creation with a Template Policy

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  July 27, 2020  /  Office 365, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams   —   No Comments ↓

Our team writes a lot about Microsoft Teams, and for all that we write, we put even more into real-world action for our clients. In this post, I’ll share a process for Teams Governance, using a Template Policy. Using templates to govern Microsoft Teams creation empowers businesses to set their own standards.

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Tags: Office 365, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams

Get Started Meeting Like a Pro with Microsoft Teams

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  June 1, 2020  /  Office 365, Microsoft Office 365 Training, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

The explosive rate of deployment and migration to Microsoft Teams is off the charts. I wrote last month, How to Rapidly Deploy and Adopt Microsoft Teams because so many people were and continue to reach out to our company for training specific to using Teams. In that post, I shared what companies are doing to deploy Teams quickly and how they can still maintain some governance.

When discussing training needs with clients we commonly see two driving factors for Microsoft Teams Training requests.

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

How to Rapidly Deploy and Adopt Microsoft Teams

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  April 1, 2020  /  Office 365, Microsoft Office 365 Training, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

We have seen a large spike in requests for Microsoft Teams Training as a result of businesses across the globe moving to remote work solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies are rushing to implement solutions like Microsoft Teams and Zoom to remain functional while employees (who can) are working from home.

Microsoft has seen a 775% increase in the use of its cloud services in regions that have enforced social distancing, and the use of Microsoft Teams is now a daily activity for over 44 million users. Microsoft has done an amazing job, with little impact on the quality of service, meeting this unprecedented surge in demand. The need to work remotely continues to increase as stay-at-home orders around the globe continue to expand.

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

Free Training: How to Be an Effective Employee While Working from Home

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  March 27, 2020  /  Office 365, Productivity, Microsoft Office 365 Training, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365   —   1 Comments ↓

In response to increased requests regarding the need to work remotely, we wrote our blog post last week: How to Be an Effective Employee While Working from Home. We also created a free webinar that ran for several sessions discussing how employees can maximize their efficiency and effectiveness while working from home (or pretty much anywhere).

After the live webinars, we received requests from multiple clients and prospective clients for access to the recorded version. Today, we have uploaded this premium webinar to YouTube for all to access. The webinar video is embedded below.

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Tags: Office 365, Productivity, Microsoft Office 365 Training, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365

How to Be an Effective Employee While Working from Home

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  March 17, 2020  /  Office 365, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365   —   3 Comments ↓

The COVID-19 outbreak has left many companies scrambling to respond to government social distancing recommendations. Business today is anything but usual, but it is also an opportunity to expand your capabilities and learn new approaches. Working from home with remote business solutions is easier than ever before. Your business productivity doesn't have to stop just because you aren't able to make it into the office. Office 365 & Microsoft Teams give organizations the flexibility to work from anywhere in the world. KnowledgeWave is now offering a series of FREE webinars, open to the public, on how to effectively work from home.

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Tags: Office 365, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365

Microsoft Teams Training Plan & Materials

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  March 3, 2020  /  Office 365, IT Pros, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365   —   2 Comments ↓

If you’ve been nominated to help your organization with Microsoft Teams training, then you’ve come to the right place. KnowledgeWave is a national leader in Teams training and we’ve been collecting and refining training materials along the way.

Microsoft Teams training materials come in many different options, most of which are electronic. After all, if you are moving to Office 365 and Teams then your organization is committed to using modern workplace collaboration tools.

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Tags: Office 365, IT Pros, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365

Office 365 Licensing

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  January 13, 2020  /  Office 365, IT Pros, Microsoft 365   —   1 Comments ↓

I originally wrote this licensing blog post back in May of 2016 and it received a lot of traffic and has helped many people in their planning for Office 365 deployments. I thought it was time for a new post to address some of the biggest licensing changes. Back in 2016, I noted that you couldn’t go a week without hearing about a well-known business making the move to Office 365. Companies are still making the move, but the buzz we hear now is around Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Teams.

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Tags: Office 365, IT Pros, Microsoft 365

Microsoft Planner: Synergy & Efficiency

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  December 30, 2019  /  Office 365, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Planner   —   No Comments ↓

Microsoft Planner is an Office 365 App that enables a team to organize tasks around their projects and workflow. It’s powerful too. While it is popular on it's own, independent of other Office 365 applications, it works amazingly well with Microsoft Teams.

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Tags: Office 365, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Planner

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