Episode # 53 – What’s a business process vs. What’s just automated activity with Mike Fitzmaurice

We are excited to have Mike Fitzmaurice, aka “Fitz”, to talk about business processes and how it is different than automation. We discuss the flow of information, how to put your business needs first, regardless of the technology, and how you can build your process to make life easier for your day to day activities. Automating tasks does not mean automating a business process, but there is much more to building it in technology.

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Episode # 52 – What tips would you give for people who don’t feel heard in work meetings?

In this episode, we step away from technology to discuss a common situation that has happened to all of us. How do we handle a situation where some people do not feel heard in work meetings, or people are always over spoken to? We review what strategies we have taken in the past, if such events happened to us or if we have experienced it happening to others. We talked about strategies how to address them and what is the best way to take back the control of the meeting. We also extend this topic to discuss the same issue happening when some tries to hijack your session while presenting in events, and how do you handle such a situation.

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Episode #51 – Discussing security with Matt Soseman

In this episode, we are excited to have Matt Soseman, Senior Security Architect at Microsoft , to discuss Security within Microsoft 365. Lots of great information from Matt regarding best practices, how to approach securing your tenant, and how you need to think your security settings. We talked about MCAS, MIP labels, DLP policies and many other goodies around security guidelines.

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Episode # 50 – What are our plans for 2021 Conferences?

In our 50th episode we wanted to talk about our plans in 2021 for conferences and events and our hope to back in person when it is safe to travel again. We talk about the following conferences: M365 Virtual Marathon, Microsoft 365 Collaboration Hybrid Conference (June 2021), SharePoint Fest in Chicago, FC and Dallas, North American Collaboration Summit, European Collaboration Summit, and Microsoft 365 Collaboration Conference in Vegas in December 2021.

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Episode # 49 – Would you ever use SharePoint Online for collaboration without Teams?

With Microsoft Teams being the primary solutions  for collaboration, we address the question if we ever use SharePoint Online without Teams, and would we ever use SharePoint Online for collaboration without Teams. We discuss how and where SharePoint is used best, the ability to include your SharePoint Online communication sites, intranet, and other element of content publishing to the organization via SharePoint.

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Episode # 48 – What are the barriers for organizations using Microsoft Teams with external users?

In this episode, we discuss a very common question that most organizations face when it comes to opening Teams to external users and guests. We will address the best practices, what is required to better secure your tenant for external users and guests, and what are our recommendations to make sure you are on top of the ball game with Teams security settings.

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Episode # 47 – How do you manage your work tasks

In this episode, we share with you our experience on how we manage our work tasks. We talk about Outlook tasks, To Do and Planner and share our ways to manage our daily lives.

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Episode # 46 – Using Default Labels in Microsoft Information Protection

In this episode we are answering a question whether organizations user a default label when using Microsoft Information Protection. We dive into the details of MIP, what are the most commonly deployed labels, how to configure them and more information on how you can secure your data with MIP.

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Episode # 45 – Discussing Compliance with Joanne Klein

We are excited to host Joanne Klein, Microsoft MVP, Advanced Compliance Specialist, and part of the Microsoft Blackbelt team, to discuss compliance in M365. In this episode, Joanne shares with us her thoughts and experience about the M365 compliance platform. We talk in detail about Information Protection, Retention, Records Management, File plan, and best practices to deploy compliance at a large scale.

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Episode # 44 – Discussing SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva with Chris McNulty

In this episode, we are delighted to have Chris McNulty, Director of Product Marketing, Office 365, to talk to us about SharePoint Cortex and the latest announcement of Microsoft Viva. It was great to hear his insights on Project Cortex, Topics, and details on SharePoint Syntex like document curation, auto labelling, document understanding, metadata processing, OCR, and many other goodies. We were also fortunate to have him talking about Microsoft Viva, Employee experience, Insights, and Learning in detail.

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Episode # 43 – SharePoint Online Branding with Thomas Daly

We are excited to host Thomas Daly, Microsoft MVP, Collaboration Director at SOHO Dragon, to talk to us about Branding in SharePoint modern. We had fun talking to him about the possibilities of branding in the modern world, the limitations, and best practices to deploy your corporate branding in SharePoint Online. He walked us through his experience, what to do and what to avoid, and he definitely suggested no to try injecting code to change OOTB SharePoint behavior.

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Episode # 42 – Get to know your podcasters

We kick-off 2021 with a Podcast to introduce ourselves. This get to know your podcasters’ podcast is an opportunity for us to share with our audience our personal information, experience, what we like and do not like, and a brief overview of our daily lives.

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Episode # 41 – Our Microsoft 365 favorite moments of 2020

In this episode, we do a year in review of 2020 and what were our personal favorite moments of 2020. We talk about various technical and no-technical events, features, community contributions and the lifestyle changed by Covid-19. We reviewed many new features, and we shared our perspectives on each one of them. This is the last episode of 2020 and we will resume in early 2021 with the hope of a better year ahead. Happy New Year!

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Episode # 40 – A journey to Microsoft Teams with Laurie Pottmeyer

In this episode, we are excited to have Laurie Pottmeyer, Senior Program Manager, Community lead for Microsoft Teams, joining us to talk about Microsoft Teams, new capabilities, latest releases, and future road map. We have taken turns to ask our guests a wide range of questions about new announcements, pro tips, personal experience with the product, and other great ways to use Teams. Laurie shares with us the best way to successfully deploy Teams, how to reach out for help from the Tech Community and what is on the menu for future releases.

Here are some online resources Laurie shared with us that can help you with your Teams adoption, planning, and deployment:

https://Aka.ms/teamstoolkit

https://aka.ms/successwithteams

https://aka.ms/teamscommunity

https://aka.ms/teamsroadmap


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Episode # 39 – How do you know how many labels to use in Microsoft Information Protection?

In this episode we discuss how you can deploy Microsoft Information Protection labels. Should you use the out of the box labels, should you add more, and if you do, what is the magic number of sensitivity labels you should have in your tenant? We also talk about options on the deployment of the labels, best practices and what you should do and not do.

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Episode # 38 – In a Microsoft Teams’ world, is Inbox 0 now achievable?

Microsoft Teams’ usage is growing daily, and we are now more dependent on it in our daily communication and collaboration than emails. But does this mean we can achieve an inbox 0 and do not need to be dependent on our outlook? In this episode we discuss different opinions on how to best manage your communication and emails. Are you a team Sarah with less than 25 in your inbox, team Antonio with less than 400 or team Mike with an infinite ∞ emails? Let us know what you think.  

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Episode # 37 – Battling Fear and Toxicity in the Workplace

We have the pleasure in this episode to host Heather, Power Platform Community Success Lead with Microsoft to talk about a dear topic to all of us. Heather is a leader in the Tech Community space and frequent speaker in many events and online promoting diversity, inclusion, equality, and a healthy workplace environment. Heather shares with us great tips on this sensitive subject and we learned so much from her own experience in this space.

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Episode # 36 – Discussing Microsoft Search with Bill Baer

We are excited to have Bill Baer, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Search, as our special guests to talk about the latest Microsoft Search announcements. Talking to Bill is like opening a treasure box to find so many goodies in it. In this episode, we will dive into Search Answers, Topic Search, Find Skills and Expertise, Image and Power BI Search, Personal Query History, the evolution of SharePoint Search to Microsoft search and many more. Bill also walks through the roadmap and the future of Microsoft Search within Microsoft 365.

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Episode # 35 – What’s SharePoint Syntex and what is Project Cortex?

Microsoft recently announced at Ignite 2020 a new initiative from Project Cortex called SharePoint Syntex. In this episode we talk about the details of the new service and how Microsoft is transforming Content Services by adding AI and intelligence to content capturing. This is a game changer as it allows the platform to automatically classify, tag and apply retention to a document or form based when it scans its content. The human interaction is no longer needed, and this will drive the productivity of the users with content management. Watch this episode and let us know what you think.

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Episode # 34 – Where to share files from SharePoint, Teams or OneDrive?

Many users are often confused when they collaborate with others when it comes to sharing files; they want to make sure they are sharing them securely and correctly. There are few different ways to share a file internally or externally using different platforms. In this episode, we shed the light on how you can share files, what are the use cases and where you can share them from. We also highlight the security around sharing files, and you can manage any file you shared with others.

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