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The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
― Albert Einstein

Change resistance is real, and businesses often face the challenging decision between staying with outdated systems or moving to a new unknown solution. It’s important for businesses to keep up with technological advancements but often the fear of a new system (that nobody can use) discourages them from upgrading. Assigning someone to champion the use of a new technology within the organisation can streamline the transition and increase the chance of successful org-wide adoption. Champions improve adoption rates, decrease frustrations, reduce the likelihood of reverting back to old systems, and expedite the rewards reaped from the new system. A Microsoft Teams Champion is an invaluable asset in the transition to a Modern Workplace and can help ensure a company’s “business as usual” gets the upgrade it needs. 

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With many businesses adopting a highly digital, remote workplace in 2020, Microsoft Teams has become more important than ever in making this transition possible. Teams allows its users to seamlessly connect with each other by chatting, sharing files, and organising meetings 

However, it can be difficult to discern when it’s appropriate to use a group chat versus a Team channel. They both offer many of the same features mentioned above, so, when exactly is the right time to use one over the other? To solve this dilemma and help your Teams usage going forward, we’re going to investigate the ins and outs of both chat and channel to find which one is best and when! 

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2020. The name alone sounds as if it’s harbouring a new futuristic age for our planet. And as we enter this brand new decade, living up to the name, it’s undeniable that we have indeed entered a new age. The way we communicate, work and merely live in this decade has vastly changed since the beginning of the last. And one of the most crucial advancements in this time is the rising status quo of the modern workplace.  

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The growing communication and collaboration platform, Microsoft Teams, is a relatively new tool which boasts an array of helpful features and functionalities. Yet, if you’re just as new to this as many other users are (we’ve all been there!), it’s understandable to have some questions about how best to navigate and utilise the platform for your needs.    

Below, we’ve compiled a list of the most common mistakes we see users make with the platform and tell you how to avoid them so that you can make the most out of Microsoft Teams!  

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As the world went into lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic and remote work became the norm, Zoom quickly became the go-to choice for online meetings simply due to it's ease of use. The word Zoom has become synonymous with online meetings but many organisations have not stopped to think if it's actually the best choice. It's quite likely that your organisation is paying for a Zoom subscription when you could be using Microsoft Teams instead, for free. Find out of this applies to you and save yourself the unecessary expense. Read more
Adobe PDF to SharePoint Online Office 365

One of the first lessons we teach people about SharePoint is how to save documents from Word, Excel and PowerPoint directly in to SharePoint instead of local folders ie My Documents. With a little bit of practice people find it just as convenient as saving documents to traditional locations such as network drives or Dropbox.  The question that usually follows is “How do I save PDF files from Adobe Reader to SharePoint?” – a great question and in this post I’ll show you how.

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With Microsoft recently announcing plans to launch Skype for Business PSTN Conferencing on September 1st 2016 in Australia via Office 365, now is the best time to take advantage of the multitude of benefits that come with using Office 365 to increase collaboration and boost productivity in your business.

While Skype for Business already has lots of handy, timesaving tools like instant messaging and presence to make your work life easier, the launch of the PSTN conferencing element adds another layer of sophistication to the Microsoft offering and is something that has Microsoft consultants talking.

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Office 365 Business Anywhere

In our work with businesses and organisations all over Australia, we see the same challenges cropping up over and over again. From budget issues to communication problems and flat productivity, many issues impacting businesses can be addressed with efficient and effective use of technology. Here are four of the problems we see the most, and how Microsoft Office 365 can assist businesses to address these challenges.

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Office 365

One of the most common gripes business owners have is email management. Staying on top of emails can be a challenge when you’re short on time and up to your neck in running a business. But if you’re still up at midnight wading through emails or regularly forgetting to reply to emails, then missing appointments or even worse – losing business – then you’ve got a problem.

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Groups for Office 365

Newly included with Office 365 and Outlook 2016 is a feature called Groups. It can be a great way to collaborate within your business whilst providing the same familiarity of Outlook, combined with the powerful security and collaborative features of SharePoint.

One of the most common ways businesses collaborate is simply by sharing documents through email, but there are so many problems with this, as we often reiterate. When sharing documents in this way, you are really only sending a copy of the original file. Any changes made by another colleague on that file will have to then be manually transferred onto the original, and if you’re dealing with several colleagues and copies, it can be a nightmare trying to keep track of the most recent changes. On top of this, sharing copies can often result in chunks of text being accidentally omitted from the final document. Read more