As Office 365 continues to get more and more robust, with more and better functionality, its important to recognize that a successful environment starts with a successful deployment. Here are the # steps that must be included for your next Office 365 deployment to be completely successful.
No longer simply a suite, Microsoft Office365 has become an ever-expanding platform for organizational productivity, communication, and collaboration. Those focusing their careers on supporting Office365 environments need to ramp up on the roadmap and get ready for an exciting ride. With greater power comes greater responsibility.
They say things die when they stop changing. Latin, as a language, is considered dead because it hasn’t changed in centuries.
That being the case, Office 365 is alive and well.
Get Your Software Sneakers On
Those who remember way back to the introduction of the original Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) from Microsoft will immediately list Work, Excel, PowerPoint, Lync, Exchange, SharePoint, and some may even forget Outlook as the components of the suite. That was seven years ago in 2011, the year that Dynamics CRM was introduced online before it was released onprem, an historic event.
Looking at the user apps console today one will find all of the above plus Admin, Calendar, Delve, Dynamics 365, Flow, Forms, Newsfeed, OneDrive, OneNote, Partner, People, Planner, PowerApps, Security & Compliance, StaffHub, Store, Stream, Sway, Tasks, Teams, To-Do, Video, Yammer, Alignable, and Calendly.
But Wait, There’s More!
For those wishing to constantly keep up with all things Office 365, the Technet Blogs offer Office 365 Weekly, a constant flow of news about new features, functions, capacities, capabilities, and more value that is being added to Office 365 on a constant basis. Just in the past few weeks, headlines in the weekly blog have included:
- New Enhancements in Workplace Analytics
- Power BI GDPR Whitepaper is now available
- Delegate scheduling of Skype for Business meetings on Mac now available!
- Exchange Server 2013 Enters Extended Support Lifecycle Phase
- What's New in Microsoft Teams - April 2018 Update
- Announcing the new Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center
- Announcing: Office 365 endpoint categories and Office 365 IP Address and URL web service
- New Stream Features - April 2018
- In June 2018, we're making changes to the native social capabilities in SharePoint Online
- Exchange Server TLS guidance Part 2: Enabling TLS 1.2 and Identifying Clients Not Using It
- Introducing the Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance Center
- A new architecture for Exchange hybrid customers enables Outlook mobile and security
- The Outlook for iOS and Android architecture is FedRAMP compliant for US Office 365 GCC customers
- Upcoming improvements to the Azure AD sign-in experience
And, yes, that’s just the last two weeks.
Office 365 Appreciation
Remember back in high school when you were encouraged to take “Music Appreciation” but couldn’t really figure out what it was?
They basically taught you everything you needed to know to better understand and appreciate what the musicians had to be able to do to perform the music you were listening to. You actually did appreciate the hard work that went into playing various types of music, or you slept through the course.
Now, if you want to achieve growth in your career and that career involves supporting Office 365, you’ll need to learn the fundamentals of managing such an environment. This will give you a fuller appreciation of the value of each new addition and how to counsel your users about them.
The good news is that all the fundamental courses, plus the intermediate and advanced ones that will accelerate the speed at which you can help your user community adopt each new Office 365 addition, are available at New Horizons Learning Centers. Call your New Horizons counsellor today to get moving on the foundation of your Office 365 education. The list of new capabilities isn’t getting any shorter, so get moving!
In what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella calls the “cloud-first, mobile-first world” you need more, and that’s why Microsoft combined Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) to create Microsoft 365, designed to be your complete working environment every day of the year, no matter where you may find yourself working. You’ll need to expand your knowledge and skills to meet these increasing demands, expanding your career while you do.
Decades before Satya Nadella, newly-appointed CEO of Microsoft, announced that we were living in the “cloud-first, mobile-first” world, then-CEO of Novell Robert Frankenberg declared that work was no longer a destination, it was an activity. Both were decidedly correct.
There are three fundamental challenges that face everyone who sets out to manage an Office 365 environment, and the best way to meet all three is to begin by obtaining Office 365 certification.
Office 365 has become a tremendous platform, filled with functionality that can improve the performance and productivity of just about any team. The most recent advance, Microsoft Teams, enables teams to cooperate and collaborate on a higher level than ever before.
Each company, each environment, is different, and will use different features of Office 365. Since each component of Office 365 is so robust, there will be varying considerations that need to be taken into account during the planning for each environment’s deployment.
This is where your certifications start paying off.
Best planning is achieved when you know what’s available to you, and you’re aware of the features, functions, and capabilities of each component of Office 365. Equally important is the deep understanding of how each of these components interacts with the others, an understanding that is gained during certification training.
Your certification enables you to examine each user community within your company, what each one’s needs are, what workloads they are responsible for, and which Office 365 applications and functions will best serve them.
Many people feel that learning to use software such as Microsoft Office is kind of like learning to ride a bike. Once you’ve learned you never forget.
What they’re not taking into account is that, unlike a bicycle, Microsoft Office has never remained the same for a moment. In fact, as the suite has advanced to become a component of a much larger solution suite, Office 365, the analogy has changed. Today, it’s more like learning to ride a bike, then taking off the training wheels, then it becomes a motorcycle, a car, an eighteen-wheel transport, and then a spacecraft. Users get the choice to ride along at any stage of that transformation!
Depending upon who you ask, the actual percentage of features available in Office 365 that actually get used ranges from 10% to 35%, and that’s just for the traditional Office applications alone.
Congratulations, you’re moving to a new office!
Seamless teamwork is the core concept underlying the development of the newest upgrade to Office 365, Microsoft Teams. It creates an environment in which all the tools teams need to work with are readily available, instinctively easy to access, and the connections between various applications are seamlessly woven into the interface. No lines or barriers between different layers or segments. No separation. No disruption. No moving from place to place or app to app to get things done. A unified way of working.
Microsoft's Exchange 2013 and Office 365 have included a range of new features that will benefit small businesses and larger companies alike. The software gives small companies that may not be able to afford their own IT department a platform that will always work. It can also be installed in up to five devices, so it's cost-effective as well.