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Why is Governance completed at the end or as part of a project and not at the beginning of a project?  Also, how many people should you talk with, to get a real feel from the business about the requirements of say an Office 365 roll out or SharePoint enab

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The background of this question are thoughts on how far we customize O365 to our company's needs. I see a risk in putting too much effort into customizations and the need to clearly understand Microsofts philosophy and vision of O365. Especially in order

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Maybe it is best to think about the services within Office 365 not the product when considering upgrade paths and changes.  Exchange is still exchange and SharePoint is s

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I like this question because it is one I ask myself at the beginning of every project.  How much do I need to change Office 365 from the default to meet the company needs

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There isn’t a question that end-user adoption is top of mind for IT professionals. From training teams individually to better understanding business requirements, end-user adoption starts with just that—end-users. Across various end-user adoption tactics,

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I agree entirely that there is a disconnect appearing between the senior management and the workforce.  From an adoption perspective, the ‘bulk’ of users are at t

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When people talk about CIOs driving strategic direction, it does have to be with a view to enabling others.

 

We talk about using technology to enable collaboration, but th

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As some of you may have noticed, earlier this year the Microsoft team conducted research to find out what is top of mind for IT Professionals today, particularly how organizations and IT roles have changed and adapted to the cloud.  Over the next couple o

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Just wanted to make sure that anyone who is attending Microsoft Ignite on this thread to make sure you attend session BRK2102 'Transform yourself and build your IT cloud

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Ok 3rd time lucky in posting this...

 

I think you need all of these skills... though Id like to know what people classified softskills as in this context (getting on with

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The trend I've seen over the last 20+ years is that IT as a discipline is more mature, and thus more specialized.  Whereas once IT professionals were expected to perform

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Our IT department definitely seems to hire for all of the above, and is as invested if not more in soft skills and culture fit. I believe this is because you can always t

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Interestingly enough I felt this today!

 

I come from Business/Sales/Marketing background.  I started the transition to I.T. in 1986 and went full time I.T. officially in D

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This month, we focused on sharing stories and guidance to help you build strong relationships with your partners in the business. IT organizational shifts in a cloud-focused world have elevated opportunities to improve business-IT alignment for strategic

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Industry: Education

Size: Campus of 5,000

IT employees: About 20

 

The approach

 

This organization made the move to cloud with Office 365 to improve communications and collaboration in the higher education environment. The IT group established the need t

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We in MAS Holdings have also noticed that people adopt only when the solution addresses their problem. Therefore it is for us to understand the p... Read More

The ubiquity of DevOps is clear. It’s been making its way from startups to established enterprises the past few years, and the latest annual study by Right Scale shows that 8 of 10 enterprises and 7 of 10 small/midsize businesses (SMB) are adopting DevOps

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With both “shadow IT” and decentralized IT influencing how organizations are structured in a cloud-based economy, companies increasingly focus on IT-business alignment to achieve their strategic goals. To foster tight alignment across departments, success

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You’re probably managing at least one—if not multiple—cloud instances across various business units. As you plan for business transformation through digital technologies, is your cloud environment optimized to capture the value of agile implementations?

 

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Over the past several months I have posted, commenting, presenting and discussing more about Data Infrastructures and my new book (my 4th solo project) officially announced today, Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials (CRC Press). Software Defin

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To kick off the month, we talked about the importance of increased strategic alignment between business and IT. The cloud has led to increased IT collaboration with LoB management and an evolving CIO role. This means that you have the opportunity to funct

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Business alignment is key to success of digital transformation. One have to be a change agent (irrelevant of their contribution) in the organization to drive adoption of

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We are very excited to introduce this week’s Friday Feature— @Benjamin Elias! Benjamin has a wealth of experience in enterprise social media and received his first MVP award in 2017. Read his Q&A below to learn about what inspired him to start his own bus

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Love the story about how you were "headhunted" for your Yammer profile. That's awesome. That's the power of sharing expertise. You never know who needs what you know! I k

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@Benjamin Elias Congratulations on the feature. Really well deserved. Keep up the amazing work as an MVP and through Ideocial.  Thanks for the mention.

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Previously, we discussed how IT org structures were transforming as companies transitioned to the cloud. Digital transformation is impacting not only the structural component of the IT business but also the strategic aspect of the business.


Consider this

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We are very excited to introduce this week’s Friday Feature— @Ammar Hasayen. Ammar is a Senior IT Manager at Aramex. Read his interview here to learn about his role in the digital transformation of Aramex, his personal blog, and the challenges he faces in

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Think about this for a moment; do you assume that Information Technology (IT) and Cloud based data centers along with their associated Data Infrastructure supporting various applications will be accessible when needed. Likewise, when you go to a trade sho

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We are excited to introduce this week’s Friday Feature— @Amy Dolzine. Amy is a Global Knowledge Awareness Advisor for EY. She received her first MVP award in 2016. Read on to hear her perspective on driving change, aligning to the business, and the value

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Hello everyone! I hope you find this interview helpful. If anyone is interested in chatting further, comment here or come find me at Microsoft Ignite in September. I'd lo

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Last year, we asked IT Pros, “what skills or experience do the more junior IT professionals on your team need in order to be successful in their roles and advance in their careers?” Here’s what they said:

 

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A quick note on the graphs: Low/mid/high refer

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As you may have seen back in February, we discussed the changing IT organizational structures. This trend of IT shifting within organizations introduces a much larger shift—greater alignment between business and IT from a strategic perspective. Although t

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We are excited to introduce this week’s Friday Feature— @Muditha Chathuranga! Muditha is a Senior Technical Consultant at Infront Consulting Group. He was awarded his first MVP Office Servers and Services award in 2017. Check out his Q&A here to see how h

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Do you create a responsibility to share in your workplace? It's a great way to drive the value of working out loud. Here's an interview from ANZ & the Irish Defence Force on hierarchy, collaboration and working out and new ways of work http://anz.co/2mL4303FyOv Read More
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Thanks for sharing @Simon Terry.  I have been thinking about collaboration, knowledge and productivity patterns at work.  Highlights in bullet from of this video for me w

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Thanks for the share @Simon Terry. I posted it this afternoon to one of my Yammer communities. I hope they as I did find the 4 elements Rita cited as useful as they were

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I think we take for granted what life is like when you use Office 365 on a daily basis. I wrote this blog after hearing what sounded to me like a horror story: http://www.loryanstrant.com/2017/07/25/life-after-office-365/

 

Does anyone else have similar sto

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We are very excited to introduce this week’s Friday Feature— @Tony Redmond! After a career in enterprise IT, most recently as VP of Technology Research at HP, Tony started his own consulting firm, Redmond & Associates. Read his interview here to learn abo

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While employees are accountable for taking some precautions in protecting your network – are they responsible for clicking on a malicious link in an email? Check out our post on end-user accountability here.

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Microsoft would like to hear from you! We are working to learn more about your experience with Tech Events, like Ignite, to gain a better understanding of how we can continue to improve these experiences!


This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to com

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Chatbots. Love them? Hate them? Where is this all going?

 

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Hate them. human is more personalized. and chat with machine are really bored. may be if chatbot become like jarvis we all love it. but still human best

 

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To me the strongest argument for chat bots is their use within messaging apps like Weibo and WhatsApp. There a huge growth in the time people spend in these apps, so ther

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If one day you can't even tell if it's human or not, what's the concern @Cary Siemers and @António Pedro Cunha Santos?

 

It begs the question why people are building these

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Theres certainly something odd about engaging a chatbot. I like the idea of using it as a channel for self-service; I also like the idea of using it as a quirky marketing... Read More

No thanks!

I prefer human interactions, not technologically forced. I'm sure someday I'll be chatting with one and won't know the difference. But still don't like the idea

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