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Transform Your Organization with Microsoft Workplace Analytics

Tallan Partner

Microsoft Workplace Analytics—a powerful new organizational analytics solution—is now generally available as an add-on to any Office 365 enterprise plan.
According to a recent Forrester report, increasing employee productivity is the number one priority for C-level executives in the next year, with 96 percent of respondents citing it as a critical or high imperative. Workplace Analytics provides unprecedented behavioral insights that can be used to improve productivity, workforce effectiveness and employee engagement.
New insights from Office 365
Workplace Analytics taps into Office 365 email and calendar metadata, including to/from data, subject lines and timestamps, to shine a light on how the organization collaborates and spends time. It turns this digital exhaust—the data that comes naturally from our everyday work—into a set of behavioral metrics that can be used to understand what’s going on in an organization.

Organization level collaboration insights in Workplace Analytics.
Microsoft has…

New SharePoint and OneDrive Capabilities Accelerate Your Digital Transformation

On May 16th, during the SharePoint Virtual Summit, Microsoft unveiled a new wave of innovations that build upon the vision they set forth last year to reinvent content collaboration and usher in a new generation of mobile and intelligent intranets.
Customers’ successes inspire Microsoft and illustrate how SharePoint and OneDrive in Office 365 empowers individuals, teams and organizations to share with confidence, transform business process, inform and engage the organization, and harness collective knowledge. May 16th’s announcements make it easier than ever for you to drive these outcomes and accelerate your digital transformation. For even more insights, read Jeff Teper’s post, “SharePoint Virtual Summit showcases growth, innovations and customer success.”
Here’s a recap of the headline announcements that Jeff covered in his blog, and the broader set of innovations Microsoft highlighted during the SharePoint Virtual Summit.
Share with confidence
OneDrive lets you share files…

New to Office 365 in April

Tallan Partner

Several Office 365 updates this month can help companies of all sizes accelerate the digital transformation within their organization. Microsoft released Outlook Customer Manager, introduced Microsoft To-Do in Preview, extended Designer to PowerPoint on iPad, added support for Office 365 Groups in additional Office apps and more. Read on for the details.
Outlook Customer Manager is rolling out worldwide
Outlook Customer Manager makes it easy for small businesses to track and grow customer relationships without leaving Outlook. Today’s rollout includes several new capabilities based on feedback Microsoft received during the First Release of Outlook Customer Manager. It’s easier to manage customers and upcoming deals with automatic reminders about customer inquiries, suggested company information from Bing and integration with Microsoft Flow. You can also access Outlook Customer Manager on the go in Outlook for iOS and Outlook on the web. Read more about…

Introducing the New Office 365 Profile Experience

Tallan Partner

In the modern workplace, an organization’s most important assets are its people. The knowledge, skills and expertise found throughout your carefully recruited teams are tantamount to individual and collective success.
All too often, however, this specialized knowledge is obfuscated by physical and organizational barriers. People know what information they need, but are unable to track down the answers they’re looking for. The popular adage “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” reminds us that the best-connected employees get the most done.
That’s where Office 365 can help. As Microsoft works to reinvent productivity for the modern workplace, their goal is to put people at the center of the connected suite experience. When you’re able to tap into the hidden knowledge throughout your organization and leverage your talent pool, you’re able to achieve more.
Starting today, Microsoft is rolling out an extended…

Announcing the Preview of the Office 365 Adoption Content Pack in Power BI

Tallan Partner

Understanding how your users adopt and use Office 365 is critical for you as an Office 365 admin. It allows you to plan targeted user training and communication to increase usage and to get the most out of Office 365. The usage reports in the new Office 365 admin center are a great starting point to understand usage. However, many of you have shared feedback with us that you want the ability to further analyze your data to understand how specific departments or regions use Office 365 or which products are used the most to communicate.
To provide you with richer and more personalized usage insights, Microsoft is combining the intelligence of the usage reports with the interactive reporting capabilities of Power BI. The new Office 365 adoption content pack enables you to visualize and analyze Office 365 usage data, create…

Overview of the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification for Office 365 – Part two – Exam 70-347

Jason Zandri

This is the second of two blog posts on the Tallan blog in my overview of the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification for Office 365. I set up this two part posting as an overview of the certification, an outline to the different certification paths, and to also provide a summary overview of some of the changes to the 70-347 exam, which recently went effective at the end of June (2016).
There are two exams, in total, for the certification – the first part is the Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements (Exam 70-346), which I covered in my last post and the second part, covered in this post, is Enabling Office 365 Services (Exam 70-347).
I recently completed these two exams over a couple of months of study as I outlined in my prior post. I don’t want to get…

IM on it – Why Instant Messaging is Collaboration’s Secret Weapon

Tallan Partner

Implementing an instant messaging platform is important for productivity for teams of all sizes. Enabling a system for quick, informal, easy-to-reference and mobile chats keeps teams connected for nimble collaborations—resulting in a major value-add to your business.
How much value, exactly? Businesses that have embraced instant messaging practice have seen remarkable improvements in productivity and streamlined communication. According to a survey of employees using chat services conducted by SoftwareAdvice.com, 75 percent saw decreased call and email volume, and 66 percent noticed quick resolution for simple questions. When it comes to productivity, 21 percent noted either moderate or significant increase.

As company-wide IM benefits become clear, more and more businesses are getting on board. If you’re interested in these benefits but are wary to ensure proper implementation and use throughout your company, provide best practices for your employees to reference to increase productivity…

Overview of the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification for Office 365 – Part one – Exam 70-346

Jason Zandri

This is the first of two blog posts in my overview of the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification for Office 365. I want to give an overview of the certification, an outline to the different certification paths, and to also provide a summary overview of some of the changes to the 70-346 exam, effective since June 30, 2016.
There are two exams, in total, for the certification – the first part is the Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements (Exam 70-346) and the second part is Enabling Office 365 Services (Exam 70-347). This blog post will mainly focus on Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements (Exam 70-346).
I recently completed these two exams over a couple of months of study (and some “on the job” use and training) and received my Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification. Once you obtain this certification, it is…

Stay on Top of Your Travel and Deliveries with Outlook

Tallan Partner

Places to go, people to see. Pack your bags.
Travel can be stressful, even when you’re planning to go somewhere for fun. Staying on top of travel plans and package deliveries can become time-consuming and a hassle.
First, Outlook began automatically adding events from your email to your calendar. Now, it has more new experiences to help you stay on top of your travel plans and package deliveries, including the ability to:

Verify your travel reservations and package delivery details with ease using simplified summary cards in your inbox and calendar.
Check in for flights, change hotel and rental car reservations or track packages at the touch of a button.
Stay on top of your flights with reliable reminders.

These features are rolling out to Outlook for Mac and Outlook on the web today and will soon be coming to Windows, iOS and Android, as well as…

Overview of the Office 365 Subscription Service

Jason Zandri

Office 365 is a subscription service from Microsoft for the cloud based application suite. There are a number of different versions that offer personal consumers / end users, small businesses, large corporations, and government institutions, the ability to streamline their use and cost when it comes to the applications they need and use.
This blog post is a high level introduction to the two personal consumer and end user subscription versions available, the base, listed costs for each plan, (as listed at the time of this post’s publication), and the services that are available under each version.
I also offer a quick review of Office Home & Student 2016 edition, which is the one-time purchase version option for the Office 2016 suite, rather than an ongoing subscription based cost version like the Office 365 Personal or Office 365 Home editions.
There are two additional…

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