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The Office 365 Roadmap: A summer update

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Let’s start with a quick pop quiz. Who reading this can remember ‘BPOS’? Maybe the long form name will refresh the memory – ‘Business Productivity Online Suite’…  still no? Well, for those who are in the dark, BPOS was the previous incarnation of what we now call Office 365. It’s hard to believe that 5 years ago Office 365 hadn’t even been released. It wasn’t even ready for beta – that started in October 2010.

Fast forward a couple of years and Office 365 is quickly becoming the poster child for the new forward thinking Microsoft. Once billed as the ‘future of enterprise IT’, Office 365 is now very much a staple for many enterprises and as Microsoft said themselves, is the “fastest growing business” in the company’s history. With an increase of 150% in the number of SMBs adopting the productivity suite it’s hard to disagree. Continue reading >>

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Holy ODfB File Limits! None??

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Complaints in Shredder

Microsoft has had a ‘little’ bit of feedback from customers (aka complaints) regarding OneDrive for Business not reaching the parts other cloud file systems reach and have decided to take action, other than the action of filing the feedback in the shredder. So they will be taking their ‘really good’ consumer sync client (Onedrive), being the ‘simple reliable robust version’, and will be using it as the basis for the OD4B sync client, calling it the ‘Next Gen Sync Client’. And to provide disgruntled users with some confidence that things are getting better, they have published their roadmap for the improvements coming. Continue reading >>

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Power BI – Microsoft ups the ante

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Whether you’re a business analyst, an administrator, a market researcher or a project manager, being confused and frustrated by the vast amounts of data available within your business is far from an uncommon experience. Since the rapid growth in IT and emergence of the Internet, Information Overload has become a real problem for decision makers. There’s sometimes just too much data available to decide what’s important, what trends should influence business choices and what is simply inconsequential.

Getting the most out of the data available to you is a real skill, yet at present it can be incredibly hard. Take the data available within one single organisation’s SharePoint Intranet, or Project Server for instance; there’ll be files uploaded by different users, at different times. There will be project data, tasks, list information and more. Information may be out of date, infrequently updated or disorganised, often without the right metadata. Digging through all this to get the numbers you need requires a lot of time and even more patience. Continue reading >>

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Portfolio Management using Project Online, Project Server 2010 / 2013, creating a Competitive Advantage inside your Organization

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Overview

If you want to achieve great results in a demanding environment and create Competitive Advantage for your Organization, then you should ensure you are selecting the best projects, the best investments and above all creating the best portfolio[1] for your organization.

As a CEO, a CSO, or a PMO in a Private Company or in the Public Sector, selecting the best projects means ensuring that you’re delivering the best value-for-money for your investments.

The aim of this article is not to be an overview of Strategy Management, or Portfolio Management, but to quickly demonstrate how Project Online / Project Server can help you achieve the intended results.

[1] Portfolio: a range of investments held by a person or organization.

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Project Online – a compelling case for moving Project Management forward

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Following the trend over the last few years away from native installations, Microsoft have now made their project management solutions available in the cloud in the form of Project Online. It’s a compelling option for Project Managers; more than simply moving MS Project onto the cloud, it offers full compatibility with SharePoint and integration with the whole Office 365 suite. With a facelift, a raft of new features and increased flexibility, it sits well with the all inclusive philosophy Microsoft envisage for the modern workplace.

While Project Online will be a logical choice for new subscribers, users with established project management software would be right to ask whether investing in the newest outing of MS Project offers any significant improvements for them and their business. In this post we’ll be looking at the most exciting features of the solution and explore what it can offer to different sets of users. Continue reading >>

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Wow! You can now use your Deployment Planning Days to plan a Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) solution!

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If you have an Enterprise Agreement for licensing software from Microsoft, you may not be aware that there is a benefit that comes with it, which allows a number of days free of charge for a partner to help plan a solution for you.

The number of days depends on the size of your Enterprise Agreement, but those free days can be used in a number of ways, and one of those ways is SharePoint Deployment Planning. Continue reading >>

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Office 365 feature focus: Office Online

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Generally when companies roll out Office 365 they typically start with Exchange for email and then SharePoint for content or document management. Some never venture further than that. But Office 365 has so much more to offer. In fact many don’t realise the platform includes an almost complete version of the classic Office suite – with versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Lync, and Project. Initially Office Online, as the Cloud suite is now known, was released as Office Web Apps. In February 2014 it was rebranded to Office Online, as part of a wider refresh by Microsoft.

Office Online is to Microsoft what Google Docs is for Google. Google Docs however takes a different approach and tries to be as simple as possible. Office Web Apps was designed to mimic the features and functionality of the full Office desktop clients. In this blog post we will look at the various features these powerful applications include. Continue reading >>