Episode # 26 – How do you refer to Team’s Teams, Planner’s Plan, etc. in your organization?

A common question and scenario we always face in our daily lives is how we refer to services in Microsoft 365. Few of the users are confused by the terms that are not familiar with and do not call the instance related to a service in its proper term. For example, we hear Team’s Teams or Planner’s Plan to refer to a Team or a Plan, where many users feel they are being repetitive. This episode shows our experience in the platform and how we converse with each other on a daily basis with the proper Microsoft 365 terms.

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Episode # 25 – which Microsoft 365 mobile apps do you use the most and why

In this episode, we discuss our most used Microsoft 365 mobile apps and which ones we use the most. We do another round table where we share our personal experience and the mobile apps and how we use them on daily basis.

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Episode # 24 – When to self-service or not?

The question in this episode was “When to self-service or not”. We address this governance question on how to control the creation of Office 365 groups, SharePoint , Teams, Planner and Yammer Communities. It is a question that every organization faces to balance between proper governance and opening self-service creation to the end users. We provide multiple options on this topic and we share with you our best pick to manage the sprawl in your tenant.

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Episode # 23 – Microsoft 365 is huge, where would you recommend companies start?

In this episode, we discuss the big question where you should start implementing Microsoft 365. There are many ways to deploy M365 and we review the best practice scenarios of which service to do first, but we also dive into the exceptions that companies must do. Even with the exceptions, we recommend some standard practices any organization should follow to have a proper deployment of the cloud without many re-dos or re-configurations.

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Episode # 22 – What are the top 5 Teams features every business user should know

We address a new question in this episode about the top 5 Teams features any business user should know. We think there is a long list of great Teams features that everyone should know, and we address them in a fun round robin game. Each one of us presented a personal favorite Teams feature and described its functionality and why we like it. We hope you enjoy them as well!

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Episode # 21 – How fast can you realistically move an organization into Microsoft 365 during COVID?

In this episode, we address the question on how fast we can onboard an organization into the Microsoft cloud. We review the deployment of the platform within normal circumstances and during COVID, explaining what organizations are doing to fast track the enablement of remote users. We also address how you can follow proper procedures to implement best practices when it comes to Security, Governance, and user adoption, even if you have accelerated the deployment of the Microsoft 365 services.

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Episode # 20 – What are some hurdles to SharePoint adoption, realizing some productivity gains?

In this episode we address the question of how to overcome the hurdles of SharePoint, how to get the users to be excited about SharePoint, and how to realize productivity gains. We talk about what to use when, plan for change management and adoption programs, communications to help organization foster adoption. We give tips on how to take advantage of the full potential of SharePoint and not only a file repository platform.

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Episode # 19 – What’s your favorite Surface device?

In this episode we are discussing our favorite Surface devices and whether we have deployed it internally at different organizations. We talk about Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Go, or Surface Book, where each one of us is giving a personal favorite spin on our experiences with each device.

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Episode # 18 – What to use when? When to use a Teams Private Channel vs. Yammer Community or SharePoint site?

In this episode we are addressing a new question on what to use when. When is a good case to use a Microsoft Teams Private Channel vs. a Yammer Community or a SharePoint site? This is a very common scenario we all run into when deploying Microsoft 365 to organizations. We answer this question by providing examples and suggestions on the use cases of each of the platform. We cover how to deal with Private Channels in Teams, what it means to have a private Yammer Community, or if you prefer to have a Private SharePoint Team Site. And of course, we did this over another wine/beer tasting but with a twist!

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Episode # 17 – What’s The difference between SharePoint Hub sites and Home Site?

In this episode, we are talking about the difference between a SharePoint Home site and Hub sites, and we are doing it with a social twist bringing some wine tasting and beer tasting during our recording. We will address the key differences between a Home site and a Hub site, what to use when and how we can switch between them.  

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Episode # 16 – How much control do you enforce on Microsoft 365 services

In this episode, we answer the question about controls in Microsoft 365. This is a broad question that requires multiple answers from different angles. We addressed by talking about:

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Episode # 15 – How do you manage a Teams Deployment and implement Teams Governance

In this episode, we are addressing a new question about Teams Deployment and Teams Governance. With Covid-19 and many if us are working remotely, a lot of organizations are taking the fast track to migrate to the Microsoft cloud to keep their employees connected. This requires organizations to properly plan the deployment of Microsoft Teams and put some governance structure around to make sure they don’t end up with a Teams sprawl. This episode will address some of the options to quickly deploy Microsoft Teams without compromising its governance.

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Episode # 14 – Protecting your data in Microsoft 365 – a quick walkthrough of the M365 security settings

In this episode, we dive into the M365 security settings to discuss how you can protect your data. We cover authentication options and identity protection, data security policies, Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS), Data Loss Prevention (DLP), protecting the content, limiting 3rd party connectors in Power Automate, and how to protect sharing content from SharePoint and OneDrive.

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Episode # 13 – How do you manage your content lifecycle from Microsoft Teams to your corporate Intranet?

If you are new to Microsoft 365 or you have been using SharePoint for years and you are deploying Microsoft Teams, how do you manage the lifecycle of a document? Many organizations have Microsoft Teams for either private departmental collaboration, projects collaboration, etc. and they share information publicly to the Organization via an Intranet. Some use cases will require a department like HR, IT, Finance, etc., to share documents out of Teams to the Intranet so they are accessible by everyone.

This episode addresses many options regarding the management of your documents and a recommended approach to facilitate the document routing from Teams to everyone.

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Episode #12 – How do you set up a strategy for Yammer?

Our HR and Corporate Communications department is nervous about GIFs and having Yammer groups about non-business topics. In this new episode we are discussing strategies to deploy Yammer in your organization.

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Episode # 11 – Are Metadata, Content types and Taxonomy still relevant in SharePoint Online?

We are welcoming Sarah Haase, our new member to M365 Voice podcast, and we are discussing if Metadata, Content Types and Taxonomy are still relevant in SharePoint Online. All of us are sharing our experience and opinion in this topic and answering questions many of our clients have been wondering about.

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Episode # 10 – Microsoft Teams Private Channel

This episode covers what are the Private Channels in Microsoft Teams, how they behave and what is the underlying design of them.

We will cover the functional limitation, architecture, and the use cases to deploy a Private Channel vs. a New Microsoft Team.

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Episode # 9 – Working from home

In this episode, we share our experience in working from home and how we are leveraging technologies like Microsoft Teams to stay connected with your peers. In addition to sharing our daily activities in a WFH environment, we dive into some Microsoft Teams features that will be very helpful in managing your online meeting and video chats.

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Episode # 8 – The new landscape of a SharePoint Developer

We are happy to have Sébastien Levert as our guest speaker in this episode to talk us about his experience embracing the development world in Office 365. He shared with us the journey he took from being a “SharePoint Developer” to a “Web Developer” in the cloud, and his recommendations on how to upgrade your skills.

Sébastien Levert Office Development MVP, a Microsoft Certified Software Developer and works at Valo Intranet. Seb is speaking regularly at conferences around the world like SharePoint Saturdays, European SharePoint Conference and European Collaboration Summit. Even though he loves travelling, he loves his local community where he is an organizer of the Quebec SharePoint User Group, an organizer of MSDEVMTL and an organizer of 2 SharePoint Saturdays (Quebec & Montreal). You can read Seb’s blog at www.sebastienlevert.com and you can follow his tweets at @sebastienlevert.


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Episode # 7 – Project Cortex

In this episode we are talking about Microsoft’s new cloud service, Project Cortex, that serves as your organization’s knowledge network in the Microsoft Cloud helping your people become more productive utilizing Microsoft applications they already know.

Project Cortex can help your organization automatically gain valuable insights by capturing content, extracting data, organizing information and building a knowledge network from the information you already have. This allows your organization to improve compliance policies, enhance productivity and leverage knowledge quickly and easily. The new cloud service uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to automatically and intelligently process content so organizations can immediately start to turn that data into knowledge.


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