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Maturity Model for Microsoft 365

The Maturity Model for Microsoft 365 is a set of guides and tools to let companies improve productivity, assurance and effectiveness.

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Best Practice Collaboration Content management Intranet Office 365

OneDrive for Business – Why and How

As the Microsoft 365 (M365) suite gets inexorably broader and more capable there are increasing amounts of overlap between some elements, such as file storage and collaboration. This article discusses where and how to use OneDrive for Business in the mix.

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Collaboration Content management Office 365

Folders are dreadful. Teams is great. Teams uses folders. Discuss…

A while ago I wrote a (carefully considered) rant about the evil that is the Folder. I dislike folders so much that I wrote a song about them (well, part of a song, but in this I am definitely allowed artistic license.) Yet I am clearly on record as a bit of a Microsoft Teams […]

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Best Practice Content management Office 365 SharePoint

Is Check in/Out still relevant in 2018?

This blog considers Check In/Check Out and why it should almost never be used.

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Collaboration Content management Metadata SharePoint

Do I really have to add metadata?

A gentle reminder about metadata It’s important that ‘information workers’ understand what metadata (often called ‘tags’) is and the need for capturing appropriate metadata for your documents and information items. Not adding metadata is initially quicker, but everything you do with the document later is slower and the chance of making a mistake is greater. […]

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Cloud Content management Innovation Microsoft Office 365 Search UI and UX

Microsoft Search – isn’t that just Bing?

Microsoft Search was just announced (Ignite 2018, last week in September). To be honest, when I saw the announcement, my reaction with “Hmmph. So what” Since when I have been reflecting on it quite a bit; and showing Microsoft Search to various people. I’m now shifted from “Hmmph” to “Gosh! Hmmm, that could really work”. Everyone […]

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Cloud Content management

What about the humble file – there’s more to life than documents

we often claim it’s very easy to store all your documents in Office 365. But not every file is a document and not every document should be stored…

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Cloud Content management Intranet Office 365

Putability – More thoughts on Office 365 for collaboration

with all the options for storing content in Office 365 it’s hard for users to solve the Putability problem. This should help

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Best Practice Content management Innovation UI and UX

Pressure Ulcers and Link Abstraction

At best, the idea of pressure ulcers (a particularly nasty form of chronic wound which costs the NHS billions of pounds every year) and link abstraction (a technique for disconnecting the source from the presentation layer) are uneasy bedfellows. You rarely find, if ever, them referred to in the same breath. In fact a Google […]

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Content management Office 365 SharePoint

SharePoint – a strategic platform for business productivity

It’s long past time for another blog, so here are some musings on using SharePoint (which I really rather like a lot). What is SharePoint SharePoint is a Microsoft platform technology, running on servers or in the cloud, which allows a large range of business solutions to be rapidly built, deployed and managed for any […]