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Best Programs for Managing Projects in Office 365

Using a project management application can provide significant benefits to companies looking to streamline processes in their businesses. It can greatly reduce time spent on planning as well as increase team productivity.

If you’re using Office 365, you already have access to multiple apps and platforms to help with project management. Each tool has its own strengths—it’s just a matter of what you’re trying to do.

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What You Need to Consider Before Implementing BYOD

 More and more businesses are switching to a bring your own device (BYOD) policy for employee computers. In theory, it sounds like a win-win. The company saves money and employees can work on machines they’re already familiar with.

In practice, it’s rarely as easy as that. If you are considering implementing BYOD, there are a few things you need to consider first. BYOD is often harder to manage from an IT standpoint and usually leads to unexpected costs.

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Four Things You Didn’t Know You Could Insert Into an Outlook Email

If you’re like most professionals, email takes up a lot of your day (probably too much of your day), and there is a good chance you’re using Outlook to do it. Outlook actually has a lot of features that can make email a little less annoying. But a lot of people don’t use these features—mostly because they don’t know about them.

Some of the most convenient features that a lot of people don’t know about are in the “Insert” tab in the email compose window. There is a lot you can quickly insert into email when you’re writing them without having to switch windows or use an outside program.

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Don’t Make These Mistakes When Implementing New Technology

Wrackspurt Industries is instituting a new software for their employees to use to replace some existing systems. The leadership team at Wrackspurt is excited, since the new software promises to increase productivity and reduce friction between departments.

They’ve heard good things from other companies who use the software and the employees involved in the decision-making process said it would work well. Ernie, who championed the software, has done a trial and thought it has the potential to save the company a lot of money.

Fast forward some. The new software is in place—but not much has changed. Some people use the software a lot. Some people don’t use it at all. Some employees complain that the new software doesn’t do what they need it to do. There were some issues during rollout that meant some data was lost, and some people are still dealing with that. Ernie’s reputation has taken a hit for championing something isn’t going well—even though it’s worked great for other companies.

So, what happened? And how do you prevent it from happening in your business when you make a software or technology change?

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When You SHOULDN’T Move Your Business to the Cloud

 You’ve probably heard the benefits of moving your business to the Cloud by now: promises of improved productivity and the ability to work anywhere, without sacrificing your security. And these benefits are real for most companies!

But the Cloud isn’t the perfect fit for every company. If you fit any of these scenarios, moving everything to the Cloud isn’t going to provide these benefits—in fact, it could hurt you.

 

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When should I upgrade my business from Office 365 to Microsoft 365?

 

If you are already using Office 365, moving to Microsoft 365 is typically a logical jump as your company matures. Microsoft 365 includes parts or all of Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security, and Windows 10 (exactly what you get varies by plan), managed in one portal.

The tricky part is knowing when to make the jump, especially if you want to move everyone in your company at once. There are a few times when it makes sense to move:

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5 Ways to Improve Your To-Do List

For a long time, I was a pen and paper to-do list person. But recently, I’ve been using the Microsoft To-Do app more and more. While a pen and paper to do list is great for a brain dump, using To-Do makes it easier to organize and automate my task list.

Here is how I have used Microsoft To-Do to keep track of my tasks and make it easier to figure out what to do next.

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Microsoft 365 Announcements You May Have Missed

In recent weeks, including at last week’s Build conference, Microsoft announced some pretty significant new features for Microsoft 365, making the platform more secure and giving users a more seamless experience across all devices.

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Three Major Reasons You Should Talk to Your IT Company Before Switching ISPs

Switching internet service providers in your business can seem like no big deal. That $100 per month plan for internet can save you a lot of money and internet is internet, right? There isn’t a reason your IT company needs to be involved, right? Not so fast.

There are actually three pretty big reasons you should involve your IT company before switching internet service providers (ISPs): your IT company can help you make sure you are actually getting what you need and that you’re getting it for the best price—and they can keep your network running while you make the switch.

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How to Solve Most Basic Printer Issues

Have you ever had this happen to you? You’re on your way to a big presentation. You’ve been prepping for days, rehearsing what you are going to say, giving yourself pep talks in the mirror, and have put together a great report.

The last thing you need to do before you step out the door is print—and the printer picks that moment to screw up (my personal favorite is the “printer is offline” error message when it’s not offline).

All of us have been there at some point: dealing with a printer that just doesn’t seem to want to work. It always feels like it comes at the worst possible time, too. It’s one of the most common issues we see as an IT support company, and we experience it in our own business, too.

Thankfully, most printer issues can be solved with basic troubleshooting steps. These are the first few steps we typically take when working on a printer issue:

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