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The Busy Professional's Guide to OneNote

If you’re looking for a wildly customizable and useful system for your office, Microsoft Office 365 is absolutely the first and last place to look. And one of the star jewels studded inside of the bedazzled 365 crown is OneNote, note-taking (if that wasn’t obvious) program for “free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration” as they say.

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Microsoft Viva: The Program You Didn't Know You Needed

We all carry memories of keystone moments with us, whether it’s learning about when Elvis died or the moment your company held a meeting saying you were working from home for a week or two while this COVID thing calmed down. Elvis’ legacy is still being debated decades after his passing, and some experiences that COVID brought us abruptly, like working from home, are definitely still a part of our day-to-day lives.

 

Nothing says 2022 like hybrid work. We’ve talked about it before... plenty... But seriously, according to nine out of ten executives polled by McKinsey, the hybrid work model is what to expect moving forward, and 35% of workers responding to a Qualtrics survey say they’re more likely to search for a new job if they are required to return to the office full-time.

 

But along the other blade of this double-edged sword is the lack of connection teams are now experiencing. Sure we’ve grown accustomed to working from home in some ways, but we’re missing the little moments that office work provides.

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Discover Microsoft 365's Top Features for Your Role

Remember back to sophomore year geometry class? When you got in trouble for saying math was boring, and Mrs. P said, and this is a direct quote, “We’ll never just have mega computers in our pockets capable of connecting us to the entirety of helpful, digital suite services, like Microsoft 365!”

Okay, maybe she didn’t say the last part about Microsoft 365. But the point is that, for a long time, people have been wrong about how younger generations will continue to utilize the technology at their fingertips.

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Don’t Make These Mistakes When Implementing New Technology

There are many more than four kinds of businesses, but today we’re going to talk about fictional Company A (creative, right?). Selling products and services, Company A is instituting a new kind of software, Program99, for its employees to use as a replacement for some existing systems. The leadership team at Company A is excited because the new software promises to increase productivity by reducing friction between departments. 

 

Company A went with Program99 after hearing positive reviews from other organizations in the same market, as well as the employees directly involved in the application of Program99, to learn that the software will very likely work well for their needs. Melodie, who championed the software, has completed a tutorial and believes Program99 has the potential to save Company A plenty of money. 

 

But sometimes all of this planning can be for naught. Even though Melodie did their due diligence and all of the phone calls that needed to be made were made, there are internal and external factors that can still prevent something like fictional Program99 from being fully implemented. 

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When Shouldn't You Migrate to the Cloud?

For all the good and wondrous things the mononymous “Cloud” can do for businesses, there’s a reason our refrain is always the same to our clients: Use what you need and not an ounce more. And while some of the talking heads around the IT community believe the Cloud is the be-all end-all for everyone everywhere, the reality is some teams just can’t leverage the tools. 

 

So rather than continue on about how glorious each individual tool is for your group – which we can and will do if you’re looking for that kind of information – we wanted to put together a much more practical look at some of the reasons your team may not turn to the Cloud for answers.  

 

And quite frankly, this blog as a whole is in no way an attempt to talk you out of or into utilizing specific tools, but an honest look at situations we discover every day for our clients, presented in a way that allows you to cross items off your own list at the same time.  

 

So without further adieu, let’s begin!  

 

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