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Two Reasons You Should Be Tracking Usage in Office 365

Microsoft recently announced an Office 365 adoption content pack for Power Bi. This content pack can be used to create a Power BI dashboard to help Office 365 administrators understand how their users interact with Office 365, by tracking usage and collaboration across apps.

Tracking app usage in Office 365 isn’t new but putting the information into a Power BI dashboard makes it much easier to see and interact with the data so you can use it to make decisions. Two of the best uses for this data are to guide your user training and to determine if your users are in the right licenses.

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What’s this “MyAnalytics” thing in Office 365?

If you’re an Office 365 user, you may have recently seen a new app option in your dashboard: MyAnalytics. This app shows you how you’re spending your work time: everything from how much time you’re spending on email to who you collaborate with the most to your meetings habits).

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The Best Apps for Staying Productive While Traveling

When you think IT company, you don’t necessarily think about much employees traveling too much- and usually, we don’t have to. Most of the work can be done from our office. But most of our employees do travel out of state at least once or twice a year for a conference or seminar.

We’re not asking engineers to work service tickets during a conference. But the reality is for most people, other work doesn’t go away while you’re traveling. Here are some of our favorite apps and services for staying productive on the road.

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Microsoft and Office 365 Updates (April 2017)

 The focus of April updates in Office 365 was the ability to accelerate the internal digital transformation and to have this ability available to all organizational sizes. 

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What to do in Office 365 when an Employee Leaves

One of our favorite things about Office 365 is the ability to move between licenses and add and delete licenses as needed. But when an employee leaves, you shouldn’t delete their license – at least not immediately. When you delete an Office 365 license, you lose all the data associated with it, including email and OneDrive for Business files, after 30 days.

It’s likely you’ll need to get into their files or emails later for some reason, especially if the employee was customer facing. If you work in a regulated industry, it’s possible you need to keep their files for a set period for compliance reasons. If that employee becomes the subject of a lawsuit and you don’t have their files, you could be in for a major headache (or worse).

You have a few options for what to do instead.

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What to Know Before Moving Your Files to SharePoint

The most common use for SharePoint Online is to replace a shared company server. In fact, it's how we use it and we've helped dozens of businesses move their shared storage to SharePoint. Moving your shared company storage to SharePoint can greatly increase your employee productivity and eliminate the cost of maintaining a physical server. 

But over and over again, we see companies make the same mistake: they don’t want to take the time to properly plan their SharePoint infrastructure. Companies want to just pick up everything from their physical server and dump it directly onto SharePoint. 

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Microsoft and Office 365 Updates (March 2017)

The biggest updates in March were all about better communication and collaboration with your team. The most notable update was the wide release of Microsoft Teams as part of Office 365.

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How to Set Up Office 365 Password Admins

As a Microsoft Partner, it's rare that a day goes by where we don't get a few requests for Office 365 password resets. We get it - a user sets their password, never logs out and ends up forgetting what they made their password (we're just happy you aren't using the same password for every account!).

While we certainly don't mind changing passwords (and if your Microsoft admin or partner does mind, you need a new one!), it is actually pretty easy to handle this internally so you don't have to wait for us. In Office 365, you can set up a user (called a Password Administrator) specifically to handle password change requests.

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Top 5 Mistakes Companies Make with Office 365

So, you’re planning to implement Office 365 (or maybe you already have implemented one or more features). Good call! If you're a large business it makes sense to move to the cloud versus more capital expense in data centers and servers. Or if you're a smaller business the benefits of a cloud suite greatly outweigh the inefficiencies of free email and file sharing systems.

But moving to the cloud isn't necessarily going to solve all your productivity and security problems without some work on your end. We've helped hundreds of companies move to Office 365 and have seen most companies succeed, but we've also seen companies struggle to see a return on their investment. The companies that struggle tend to make one or more of these mistakes:

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Microsoft & Office 365 Updates (February 2017)

Manage your Security and Compliance Risk

Your Office 365 Secure Score is an analytic tool designed to apply a score to your current Office 365 security set up. Not only does the Secure Score help you understand your current position it can also display how adding additional controls can reduce your risk. The Secure Score is by no means is a guarantee that you will not be breached but rather a guide to your risk.

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