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Max Donaldson

Microsoft Kaizala | Reasons your Firstline Workers will Love This Simple & Secure Mobile Chat App for Work

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See what Microsoft Kaizala is, how you get it, and how it’s different from Microsoft Teams

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A common struggle for organizations is figuring out the best way to bridge the gap in communication between corporate offices and their firstline workers – the people who work in service or task-oriented roles across a variety of industries such as retail, hospitality or manufacturing. Oftentimes, associates in these roles want a more convenient and secure way to connect with their team, view company resources, and manage their schedules or shift changes. As a solution, Microsoft has developed Kaizala – the messaging app that brings unique capabilities to Microsoft 365, with its ability to connect and engage people both inside and outside of an organization’s directory – including contract workers, vendors, partners, suppliers, and customers.

Sound a little familiar? Microsoft Teams already offers features like instant chat, mobile applications, and even Shifts for firstline workers, so why do you need a Kaizala integration at all? Kaizala was designed to complement Teams – which is why Microsoft recently announced they would be delivering Kaizala capabilities into Microsoft Teams as part of an integrated offering. Read on to learn more about Kaizala, including what it is, how you get it, and how it's different from Teams...

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Tony Maddin

Start Planning for Governance in Teams: Top 5 Factors to Consider

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Microsoft has officially announced that Skype is going away in July 2021, so migrating to Teams will be a top priority! With that in mind – Teams Governance is your first step to properly planning your Teams Migration.
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If you haven’t heard – Microsoft is officially retiring Skype for Business Online on July 31st, 2021…and that date will be here before you know it! With this service moving away, that means Microsoft Teams will become Microsoft’s primary communication platform. From now on until 07.31.21, Microsoft is focusing on adding new features only to Teams. If your organization has been putting off the migration to Teams, now is the time to get serious.

The first step for a successful migration is to make sure your business has a migration strategy. Taking the time to plan for this transition to Teams will be a huge factor in the success of your migration. Microsoft Teams is a transformational tool, so it will be important to spend some time thinking about how you should configure various security, compliance, and governance settings across the platform.

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Tony Maddin

Leveraging Your Microsoft Investments

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Presentation and Panelist Discussion on Tips for Getting True Adoption by End Users
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We would bet that Microsoft makes up one of the largest spends of your IT budget – but are you making the most of it? Microsoft Teams, collaboration, adoption and change management are all hot topics right now. Why? Because they are all revolutionizing the way companies work, communicate and drive productivity. Office 365 solutions, like Teams, enable your employees to achieve business outcomes – cost savings, time savings, simplifying and automating processes. However, these outcomes can only be achieved if end-users adopt and want to use the new technology…and use it as intended. People often resist change and those resistors can prevent success, but most often people resist technology when they don’t know how or when to use it. So, what are the best ways to drive successful adoption in your organization?

Check out the video below documenting an event with Interlink and one of our clients, G&J Pepsi, as we dive into Teams, Office 365 and Adoption – sharing tips on how to make the most of your Microsoft Investments.

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Robert Gates

Microsoft Teams – Don’t Just Turn It On, Spend Time Planning

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This blog article was originally posted on April 22, 2019, by Robert J. Gates

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Microsoft Teams is a transformational tool, with that make sure to spend some time thinking about how you should configure various security, compliance, and governance settings across the platform.

For the past several years I have had the opportunity to transform the way I work, communicate, and collaborate within my team and across various groups internally and externally. At first glance, Microsoft Teams may look like a simple chat client but there are many aspects across data, communication, and collaboration capabilities that can produce a fair amount of data.

The data generated within Microsoft Teams can provide a ton of value for an organization but for a legal, security, and compliance aspect it’s important to spend some time making sure you have Microsoft Teams configured to meet your organization’s needs.

To get started I recommend taking a look at the Microsoft Teams Governance Quick Start Guide. It’s a great place to get started in identifying and preparing your Microsoft Teams environment. As you continue your journey in deploying Microsoft Teams you will want to drill down in the various Microsoft Teams Policies focused on the various elements across the platform.

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Aaron Seals

It’s Official – Skype for Business Online Has Announced Its Retirement

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With Microsoft Teams moving in to become the core collaboration & communication client for Office 365, Skype for Business will officially retire on July 31st, 2021.

Finally! Microsoft has officially announced the retirement of Skype for Business Online. After July 31st, 2021 the service will no longer be accessible. If you’ve been putting off the decision to migrate to Microsoft Teams – now is the time to start your planning.  Here’s the update on the retirement plan and the next steps to take. 

Why is Skype for Business Online Retiring Now?

In 2017, Microsoft Teams was written from scratch as an all in one central hub for teamwork. Since then, Microsoft has been working with partners and customers to improve Teams and get it to where it needs to be to take over for Skype. Microsoft now feels Teams is at the point where they can confidently recommend it as their primary communication and collaboration platform.

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