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63 minutes | 11 days ago
EP58: Conquering the adoption funnel
In this episode of #Office365Distilled Steve pulls up an old Ignite slide, from the Ignite Hangout. It described the process often used in sales, to move the customer to a state of commitment. Steve and Marijn take that funnel and consider how it applies to M365 adoption. Moving our users from Interest and Understanding to Value before Committing to the change.
57 minutes | a month ago
EP57: Getting distracted about Collaboration Training
Subscribe for more Steve and Marijn by clicking YouTube link here: In Episode 57 of Office365Distilled:#OFFICE365DISTILLED Steve Dalby and Marijn Somer in EP57 discuss top items to teach anyone how to Collaborate#OFFICE365DISTILLED Steve Dalby and Marijn Somer in EP57 Ask you to Tell us your thoughts on the podcast#OFFICE365DISTILLED Steve Dalby and Marijn Somer in EP57 Discuss what's in a name when the hidden 'Spaces' became 'Moka' which was launched as 'Boards' and is Project Moka now finished?#OFFICE365DISTILLED Steve Dalby and Marijn Somer in EP57 discuss the constant complain that no definitive date is available for a new application to launch. But Steve knows why.#OFFICE365DISTILLED Steve Dalby and Marijn Somer in EP57 Talk about some new features like Boards, Scheduler, and the Duo.#OFFICE365DISTILLED Steve Dalby and Marijn Somer in EP57 What are the values of collaborations tools, feature richness, ease of use, in place governance?#OFFICE365DISTILLED Steve Dalby and Marijn Somer in EP57 hit the usual disagreement on telling the user the way they should collaborate.
59 minutes | a month ago
EP56: Fantastic Features for MS Teams
So do you want the Famous Office365Distilled.com opening “HHHhhhheeeeyyyyyy Marijn’ as a ring tone?And as mentioned in the podcast… 'e' vIHarqang, ghojwI'pu' qeylIS, The boys hook into the simple task of Saving or Opening documents in Microsoft 365 and conclude that it has not changed in 30 years and still it’s difficult to open a document unless you recently accessed it.They look at the new All document update on the home page and how now it is more than the most recent 15 documents. It provides a bunch of extra stuff about the documents. Marijn identifies that the new App bar will also identify recent content from different sites.Cortana coms back as the boys discuss if ‘miss Graph is somehow related and who has the real intelligent.What is the definition of Recent documents and does Delve, Cortana and Miss Graph have some input to what is displayed?Is it the time to bring back ‘My Site’ a place where anyone can see you and all about you. You blogs, documents… Maybe this is the time to bring back a more accessible ‘My profile’ that looks good in public.If you want to see Steve and Marijn on their You Tube channel Click >>> https://youtu.be/8m8clnpRtsk?sub_confirmation=1 The boys finish in true lockdown style by talking about 2 whiskies, yes 2 one from Scotland and one from Japan.
72 minutes | 2 months ago
EP55: Dave knows because of MS Viva Topics
In this episode, the boys start with cars and Marijn still learning about his new motor car and how long it takes to learn all about the different controls. They remind everyone that their new Whisky@Ease YouTube channel has launched https://youtu.be/8m8clnpRtsk?sub_confirmation=1 They report back on the speaking session that has not happened at the point of recording but went well at the time of the mix down!!!The subject is Viva which of course is built on the release notes of cortex and its been really cool watching this initial release and launch turn into a set of great products.Steve points out that historic applications like Delve and Graph have driven the capabilities that today has been refined into Viva Topics and Connections.So they look at the extra features and the four products… Topics, Connections, Learning and Insights.Marijn looks at Topics and how it could retain the corporate knowledge. Steve suggests that adoption is all about teaching people to share and collaboration and disagrees with Marijn who suggests that people keep it in their head.The knowledge is less tacit and more hidden on OneDrive etc.Viva will not necessarily fix problems, but it will provide the evidence to move towards a solution. Security is important but it might need to go a step earlier and start to show content that you are not allowed to see. Of course, with permission.Connections and topics will need managed metadata and transparency in place and across the organization.One great working example might be Viva ensuring everyone is reminded about the Agile Epics, Features User stories that are relevant to a specific topic. Maybe it can start to enhance communicate strategic items if seeding is correctly enabled across the organization.
64 minutes | 2 months ago
EP54: Achieving Real Value for MS teams
The Guys throw in the first advert for the Whiskay@ease channel, which is on YouTube. Just search Whisky@ease to see Steve and MarijnShout out for the March teams Summit and the Omaha365 User Group lunchtime sessions where Steve and Marijn have slots to speak.Steve realizes that he should not trust everything he hears because he believed that you could only have 30 channels, but the reality is 200+. Always confirm your information.UPDATE: If you want to see all the MS Teams previews as they release then Admin Teams > Teams > Update Policies and decide who should get the new updated featuresMarijn explains how to use MS teams and how you can manage your time spend using MS teams through a little personal management of your channels and Teams. This includes showing how to use MS Teams showing how to Tag people.Steve talks about including content in the adoption communications, and Marijn tells you how you can re-apply the un-read items. They also cover the fact that notifications are essential to ensure that you are notified about the crucial channels and teamsMarijn tells his latest User story about asking Microsoft to show in the OneDrive Synchronized files to show which ones are shared as an iconSteve suggests that before you create a new Team or new Channel that you think about how the user will feel about another entity or if a new document library will suffice Remember you can @ someone In the chancel if the subject is right but use the personal channels to speak to someone directly.Steve points out that the convenience of ‘Just creating a new Team’ has some dependency on the global retention policy, which might, of course, mean a team/SPO site cannot be deleted.Emojis can same lots of time and responses, use the LIKE to make a powerful statement of supportSteve suggests a new App called the @ed me App that sends over all the Likes from your outlook and MS Teams chat.Control of Notification is possible; check the settingsSteve talks about the ‘MS teams search’ bar and how cool it is. Discovering the strength of the / comments and the @ and # the search of great contentThe boys discuss that the search bar must be a hot item for MS to be strongly considering.We look at the channels and how you can now add the Praise images for things like AwardsChecking out connectors and add-ins for the channels for integration with external appsBots are discussed, and whilst it is a great idea, but then we wonder how many people stick with a bot long termSo the real question is eventually asked why you would create a private channel? Marijn quotes one great example of keeping content away from external people who are in the same team.Marijn Quotes Disney, specifically a Princess, on the Office365Distilled podcast. As an end-user, who would they create a private channel when they could make the team. Other than Private channels, ONLY in the coming months, will have retention applied.Two words ‘ It Depends’ which whilst we laugh about is a perfect description for considering when and if to create a Private channel Be aware that you can only be a member of a private Channel if you are a team member. When you add people to a private channel, the user list is driven by the Team membershipMarijn suggests that the objective is to collaboration, so ignore the no folder rule, and Steve indicates that this is a compromise too far.Add channels and build things that only add value as a golden ruled
62 minutes | 3 months ago
EP53: SharePoint My Valentine. The first Kiss
In this edition, the boys talk about the relationship they have both had with SharePoint and its 20-year journey.The day they both met for the first time and the spark that said this would be cool.The first date when they started to understand the complexities and depth of our new partner.That extraordinary moment of the first Kiss and you realised that this was a commitment for life.Of course, they discussed getting to second base, but we edited that bit out after all who wants to hear about anyone getting intimate with a software piece. But don’t underestimate the need to get-on-down with SharePoint to make it shine with happiness!The many arguments that took place because SharePoint would not do the things you wanted to doThat moment in any relationship when you realised it was getting seriousThe sad time of the affair when SharePoint ran away with Exchange and created the illegitimate child calls Groups.Briefly, the breakup of the family is discussed as Lists leave home and set up on their ownAnd we touch on the adopted family where the Hub site can connect with lost children.
61 minutes | 3 months ago
EP52: The Big Three Adoption Propositions
Steve and Marijn start with Formula 1 and the changes this season, which are about restricting resources so that to win you must make everything count. ‘making everything counts’ makes Steve think about what specific functionality in the core apps, Outlook, SPO and MS teams deliver the most significant value.Marijn explains that he has moved to the dark side on the side of the user. All because they have cookies. Marijn shouts out that he will be on Blame the end-user video and the boys call out about the people they are collaborating with.Steve eventually starts with Parallelism, not a cult but looking at how the F1 teams manage with reductions in all areas for 2021 and looking to make every bit of resources count. So how can we parallel that to the adoption of Office365?Steve suggests we look at the Big sell for the big 3 apps in M365.Outlook always goes first, so what adds the most significant value, steve suggests it connects to all the other content in the Cloud ecosystem. The value of such things like adding an attachment in a literal few seconds.Marijn talks about the Email being a notification tool, but the components are active to respond without leaving the outlook message.Email keeps you in touch with lots more great notifications like an update by others in co-authored documents. And Dear jeff messages gets the idea of groups notifications and Cortana groups all the updated together.Lists become a valuable item for SharePoint as well as a massive shout out for Metadata from Marijn. Steve reminds us that now on Lists, you get comments by default.It all just happens, fantastic!Steve learns something new following on from checking in with Marijn about auto-tagging in folders. With MS teams, this makes your folder view from your channels become dynamic metadata driven libraries.Marijns value for MS teams is about everything in one place… much of it as an extension of collaboration.
67 minutes | 4 months ago
EP51: Scoops of MOCA for the workplace
They talk about virtual events and how repetitive they have become because they are all the same. Then they remind us that Ignite the Spring event has been scheduled for March.The boys lower the tone a little by suggesting that we only attend meetings Partly dressed and take the session with a twinkle in the eyeThen there is a hint of the new WhiskyAtEase YouTube channel to be launched soon as Steve and Marijn got together over the holidays to record the first Whisky Journey across Scotland. Watch this space.Finally finishing off with a conversation about eating in the lockdown the boys eventually start to get to the subject of this podcast MOCA, the Modern Collaboration Architecture…Successful collaboration means getting the community time, individual time, and team time in the right proportionThe Microsoft adoption web site S&M check out the MOCA one page PDF and the supporting slide show.There is a lot of conversation around the value of community in the business supporting the development of innovation at the coffee machine that is not available in lockdown. Steve suggests that community-time is management driven community time within an ever-filled calendar.How do you encourage Lockdown community? People need time to interact as a community for personal development and to discuss ideas when there is pressure to meet goals and focus on deliveryThe MOCA document shows SWAY which Marijn says must be SharePoint… is he saying Sway is not a collaboration tool 😊 Performing in a team means getting support for community time and individual timeThere is a discussion about the Team's applications to use. Steve suggestions that published content does not belong in OneNote. It is a NOTE book, not a sway PAGE.Teams are discussed, and the suggested number of 5-12 is explained as a scientific fact around quantity v Qualitative and how decisions can be agreed quickly with the right number.Steve talks about a solution for ensuring sites are correctly aligned with the governance so Site Owners can adjust their settings if needed.The boys have a long chat about the ratio of time between Community, Individual and Team time that ensures a team member has time to be creative and support the team goalThis is an unusual finish for an O365Distilled podcast because neither of the boys gets on with the Whisky they have chosen to taste; it leaves an oily finish that they find unpleasant. But they still finish the glass.
73 minutes | 5 months ago
EP50: The Value of M365 Maturity with a practical productivity score
The Guys continue their conversation when the Microphones turn on about their failed Wish.com purchases… leads nicely into a talk about Quality and level of value…So there are definitions of maturity for M365 which starts at 100 and moves through 5 levels 100 to 500. Steve works through the Differences and Definitions and the boys look to understand the people who will drive maturity…The 25-year-old millennial who drives change because they need new tools and don’t want to work with old tools that have been around for 20 years.Steve gets a little hissy about the value of the individual when it comes to measuring the organisation maturity… and Marijn drops his ‘It Depends’ when considering how to drive the change forward.The conclusion is that Chaotic theory will kick in and groups of people will drive forward their areas because of individual motivation.Steve makes Marijn look at the maturity level and decide if he is for them or against them… he sees that they are a great baseline. They try to work out how to create the baseline…Marijn makes a list of the things that you are looking to achieve with the business and Steve keeps trying to get Marijn to see that some measurement is required… so that continual improvement can continue you need to understand the start.Level 100 is often defined by the lack of consistency in how Microsoft 365 is used across the organisation leading to confused and frustrated users. Islands of Expertise be a positive but as people move from island to island the experience is differentThe conversation turns to looking at how this might be affected by the size of the organisation… will 5 people move to higher levels quicker than say 5000…At Level 200 where a common understanding exists then new changes and updates can be fitted in… Level 200 means that an organisation has a set of common policies that the whole company can work towards.Marijn points out that this enables the standards to be based on the business needs and values are…Level 300 is the minimum target where Collaboration becomes a standard process, and the role of the consultant is to ensure that the company gest to Level 300.Real value is obtained when you measure the maturity of the company and productivity score considering them together. Together they provide the reference points that can drive change and Continual improvement At level 300 the organization will start to see real improvement in the way the organization communicates and changes.Reaching 400 means that the Business trust the technology and the service providers. However too much formality can reduce agility…Maybe the move to level 400 does not work for your organization so care is needed to ensure that a formal approach with automation does not reduce the ability to develop further.At level 500 the company is better managed with automation as standard replacing many regular functions previously manage manually or driven by manual processesThe optimization at Level 500 use as it is appropriate.In conclusion defining the development and levels of maturity it provides a basis for management to define the level of change needed and to justify the costs that it will take and enables a value to be definedThen it is time to go to the Ilse of Aaron on the west coast of Scotland for our whisky tasting for a whisky named after a famous stone that gets the name… ‘elegance in a bottle’ Marijn askes a great question of the listeners… How did we change your mind about something over the last 50 episodes?
69 minutes | 5 months ago
EP49: Transformation Acronyms and the forgotten Whisky
Start with a technical discussion on recording the podcast before Marijn gets into some strange and good news.Jon, Shaun, and Matt get a mention for their Microsoft Refresh YouTube show about new productsSteve shouts out that he focuses on the latest news from Microsoft and how companies forget that technology depreciatesMarijn spills the beans and… Confesses he might be wrong about Sway… he received a Sway and he admits his adoration for a well crafted communication… Marijn admits he is in denialInevitably the technical conversation turns to Whisky early on in this podcast… and Steve amazes Marijn with a whisky that 49 podcasts in we have never tasted this…14 weeks and counting before the O365Distilled Japanese Whisky tour and Steve preparation through the various TV shows on JapanSetting targets are important. what is the KPI for the number of Japanese tastings will take place?The role of Microsoft 365 admins, service owners and consultants in Enterprise Digital Transformation is discussed.First… do organisations really want to do Digital Transformation or is reality the minimum path to the solution with least transformationIs Digital Transformation a yellow Camero transforming into the alien defending robot?Is Digital transformation possible without the SharePoint collaboration team… especially with the constant change in the digital landscapeMarijn like the word better… better refinement, better compliance, after inventing Easify as a new word for the worldClick Boom Wow… a SPO library showing on your native laptop with one clickMy Transformation verse My teams transformation is analysedBribery is discussed as a change and adoption tool for the ‘team Digital Transformation’ individual enthusiasm for the change is a key steppingstone to successSteve gets is user story points and stories and measurements all mixed up…Identifying the ‘Enterprise tools’ that drive digital transformation across the teams and their processes, a role for Service owners, administrators and consultants. Where can Power Platform drive efficiency and process change.Curious users with a Desire to change will drive team Digital transformationPeoples Ability to change is a must… that’s why A is the fourth later in the change acronym ADKARAlways changing, the platform is never stable to reinforce the change… but maybe of As in previous Lockdown episodes you get 2 whisky tastings simply due to not being in the same room. Steve surprises Marijn with the Caol Ila Whisky and the boys cannot believe that we have not tasted it before…. And then Marijn introduces a change in his taste starting to love a drink that previously he has not really appreciated… Sway and Whisky Transformation for Marijn…
60 minutes | 6 months ago
EP48: A suspicious weasel and our Christmas wish list
First subject is about ‘The Week that was’ and Steve talks about an approach to migrating intranet content and at a high-level what approach to take.Cortex released the first iteration SharePoint Syntex and Marijn makes a commitment to collaborate with himself to get a great understanding of the new products and direction that Cortex is taking.Then Steve and Marijn look at the upcoming releases and taking a few each explain why it has value to the work we are doing now or just because it’s coolMarijn predictably starts with the Obvious teams one… Breakout rooms and Steve thinks about what breakout rooms we might have at the Christmas party… and beyond!! And how most of the time will be spent naming the rooms and how Forms will help with the efficiency of deciding the room names…Its pretty cool how the organizer can set up the rooms and send people to their room. When everyone is brought back together all their collaboration content which is shared back with everyone when the breakout rooms are dissolvedhttps://youtu.be/cKp0QRORQfQ has great overview of the new Breakout Room featuresThe next item selected is around SharePoint and enabling modern experience on Classic sites. Able to migrate a classic site and then implement the modern experience.Marijn then hits us with his number 2 which is all about the external collaboration with folks outside the organization.Project Moka gets a mention and Marijn’s frustration with no external sharing. Finally, Steve shocks Marijn with the news that Whiteboards will be stored in SPO libraries later in 2021 and get retention and label capabilitiesSharePoint Spaces (Project Moka) is still being worked on as a new release is discussed and Marijn considers how spaces should be more like a Virtual headset game and approving a document can be accomplished by slashing it with a light sabre…Steve talked about tags and metadata for containers which is imminent and so required to do site lifecycleThe boys then find that the next item for discussion is the same… both think that calendar lists will be cool so that any list with a data can be shown in a calendar view… and suggests to any partners listening that being able to take that item as a ICS exported file would have value.Steve pops the cork on a whisky bottle to remind Marijn that the podcast is moving on and then some frustration is shown about the baby Power Platform for MS teams that is due on a MS team somewhere near you.The improved reporting on SharePoint sites hits the stage to give some feedback on site usage so that proper decisions can be made on site lifecycle.Then the boys start to play with the sounds that a Whisky bottle makes when the cork is removed and it is poured into a glass… Due to the lockdown 2 whisky’s are discussed and how far apart they are…Marijn drinks from Scotland Jura Superstition and Steve takes a dram from Belgium Wild Weasel… Steve wins the decision on best name…
65 minutes | 6 months ago
EP47: Michelangelo and 5 steps to Collaboration
Marijn describes his 7-minute wake up with Google and his shower fantasy around Google Routines before realizing that this podcast had started.Being in lockdown means that you get two whiskies tasted at the end…Eventually, Steve asks the questions ‘How do we collaborate?’ and stopped Marijn using the standard response ‘It depends’ Marijn takes a customer from Happy to Fear to Content and AmazedConsidering how to collaborate the tools are discussed but are ‘How to Collaborate’ and is it Co-authoring, voyeurism or collaboration… or even stalking…Points to consider when thinking about collaboration… understanding the exact goal, timeline, and purpose for the collaborationBefore answering How to Collaborate we need a definition of ‘what is collaboration’ suggests MarijnCollaboration is defined by the dictionary and after a few minutes conclude collaboration is about working together or not!Both agree that the Goal must be understood by everyone… but for every meeting we attend is the goal of the meeting clear to everyone…More Collaboration StatementsØ The Nature of collaboration involves people with different priorities working togetherØ Collaboration needs a plan… a purposeØ Collaboration works best with full and open transparencyØ The Goal must be understood by everyoneThe love-hate relationship between the Office365 team and security is laughed atGreat collaborative decisions are based on strong diverse opinions And Marijn talks about his tool and capacity…The definition of collaboration is when everyone agrees to disagree!! So Collaboration is about managing the process and configuring the tools that drive continually improved decisionsBusiness need to discover the art of using the toolsMichelangelo directed the brush maker to give him the right tools to create the Sistine Chapel [Assumed]… some quotes [ I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free | Genius is eternal patience.] Following the logic of a diverse team causing great collaboration, Steve talks about Spotify and how they create squads with diversity and alignment creating collaborationCollaboration needs the courage to understand something is hard alongside people who are driven to just make things happen.Marijn works out that the A-team was a perfect collaboration of A bunch of people with their own skill sets and a common goalMoving to the tools Steve asks how you drive adoption with so many diverse tools… and Marijn says MS teams is not always the answerBut leaving the business to decide the tools leads to 50 people collaborating on a single OneNote file which include multiple PowerPoints and spreadsheets… not exactly a low-risk solution43 minutes the 5 step approach Marijn asks what is the 5 step approach to successful collaboration1. Ask how the team creates their ideas today… see how they work2. Understand process and timelines for collaboration and how they communicate3. Tools that best support this4. How do you collate the answers and output?5. How do you apply the changes and new ideas?A podcast that is Back to Basics which is a key attribute of Continual Improvement so going back to ask, How, Why, and What we collaborate
62 minutes | 6 months ago
EP46: ‘AD-OP-SHUN’ and “OCK-UN-TOSH-UN” Both challenging!
Where Marijn tells everyone to ‘grab themselves’ (when he means 'hold on a second') whilst he works out the name he wants to give a shout out to!! The Adoption and Change Management teams Europe User Group. Marijn name drops galore but we love their online sessions talking about PROSCI and ADKAR. ACMteams.com is simpler than the full name…MS Teams requires a different type of adoption so the boys discuss why and Steve explains it is based on complexity and Marijn adds the point that the users really need to change the way they work when moving from SharePoint/Outlook to MS Teams.The question of building a change program is discussed in a world where change is constant, and it is accepted by everyone… so change needs to be laser-focused…Does a new tool require a change program or just a new set of instructions?Steve explains his change strategy based on 1,2 3 basing changes on where people are at! So that change programs can be measured… how do you include KPI’s to understand the measurement of ROI in a change program.The question about if Change is operational and part of the ‘Run’ requirements for Office365 and Marijn talks about how the focus has changed from Governance to Adoption… The ultimate rule of change and upgrade is discussed which is “do not affect the ability for the company to deliver” and then how the ROI is going to improve the people, efficiency the ability to deliver constant improvement to the businessConspiracy theory abounds to question if MSTeam's adoption is so important because the app is not really needed!! I have SharePoint and Outlook which works for me. Adoption is important because the tools are so entirely different and adoption is needed because the added value has to be defined for each aspect of the business.Identify the advantage of MS teams and find the story that the business and the users want to hear to drive them to change…"MS Teams, it's only fun when everyone else is doing it…"Defining the people change levels, high ROI is when you have everyone at level 33- Someone who takes on new Tools and works out the new advantages 2-These guys need to be trained and taught and 1- Needs to be convinced they need to change. But overall the organization needs to ‘corporately’ know where they want to go with MS teams.Define the MVP! is it simply ‘we just want to talk to each other’ or moving collaboration from SharePoint to full integration with communication.MS Teams new way of working is because nobody read their emails any more… So the key question is “What is the first skill you teach somebody in MS teams” Marijn goes with Enterprise Chat because it is WhatsApp or Messenger… In many cases messaging is new for lots of peopleMS Team… convincing people that they can send messages instead of emails… how do you convince people to use teams instead of emails?Define the rules of Messaging V EmailsShould there be a tool that says this email is short enough for a message so I will send the message instead. Is this where outlook spaces sit. who knows…?Productivity Score could be a solution to assess the level of ROI for changes and productivity.Some assumptions are available that need careful assessment but could tell you how well change is being accepted. Alongside the MyAnalytics tools The productivity score will track changes over time which can be aligned to the change goals of the business for example are more people messaging today than 6 months ago… did the change messages get through.Inevitably the boys talk about how people are changing their view about work. With potential savings for the company and a difference of opinion from the workforce, some wanting full time at home and others a few days per week the productivity score maybe is a toolset for assessing and driving the change.Steve covers how time and effort can be saved plus real-time minute taking in a collaborative way.The change team, HR, C-Levels can now get some recorded statistics on the efficiency of the business and some real answers to the questions of ‘How much extra are user working’ ‘The average working day and changes over time’ @48 minutes: Marijn has had a long day and forces Steve to stop talking and drink a Whisky from Glasgow the Auchentoshan Blood Red, finished in a Red Wine Wood.“OCK-UN-TOSH-UN” Challenging to say, easy to drink
73 minutes | 7 months ago
EP45: The book of News - Swedish Style
Amongst the items talked about before the guys do a little Swedish are:Whisky@Ease is a new podcast channel from the boys reversed from Office365 with 80% Whisky and 20% tech. Just for those that value the lifestyle of Work hard - Play hardMarijn comes up with an EPIC tag line for Whisky@ease… longer than War and Peace when Steve shares the more accurate line of www.WhiskyAtEase.com Chilled, Unfiltered and AgedMarijn finds that when he talks like an 8-year-old his audience understands more as he struggles with the guilt of his daughter failing a school project about his jobMicrosoft Book of News gets the #Office365Distilled treatment as Steve and Marijn pick out their best items in terms of importance and usefulness… top of the list for both is CortanaWe come up with a new Cortana tag line… Hey, Cortana fix my Shit! and then try and work out if Cortana might ever be jealous because we went to Alexa first!!Steve as always forgets the name of the guy who demonstrated Cortana slicing-and-dicing data through voice commands (Joe Belfiore). Part of the journey that got Cortana to the point where we are today.Dear Jeff letter appears again trying to understand why Just because I am living in Belgium and speaking English I cannot get Cortana, but I can if I happened to be in the UK?Cortana is congratulated on becoming of age and is now a Mother of all AI… Cortana is a MILF (Master Information Life Force) !!Steve selects an item where Excel can now connect to PowerBi data enabling all the cool Pivot tools and queries to be applied to a BI data set for all those people who create macros and the family of tactical tools that focus the migration team when the files need to moveBookings get a kick in the right direction as it moves to Enterprise acceptance and goes beyond booking a hair appointment. The conversation turns to the places that Microsoft store new applications with Blob stores, Common Data set Model… Marijn gets greedy with all the new features that are announced in the Book of News around MS Teams. “ Marijn you were told to choose 3 “The conversation’s around the ‘Home’ site for SharePoint and if this is the Intranet home or if there are two start locations… In-reality the starting point depends on where you want to go. Will the Home App be the real front door and work seamlessly in MS Teams we shall see.Marijn is looking at all the options for the together mode including the Gentlemen’s club Together room.Productivity Score mode enables the ability to measure the success of your adoption programs, updates, are training courses changing people… are your people adapting the challenges of Remote working New Stream brings a few questions on what we can expect this quarter and the SPO templates that will host the videos and the web parts that will play the videos… lots of new, exciting stuff to look forward to.Will Syntex be used or will it fade away because existing applications like Financial and procurement systems are already doing it… we shall see how the business reacts when we can demonstrate it…Marijn sneaks in two items, not in the Book of News like how Project Oakdale will bring MS teams with its own ‘baby’ PowerApps and Off-line list storage…And again, we keep asking where Outlook Spaces have gone to after the tease last year… Dear Jeff… you’re a big tease!!
56 minutes | 7 months ago
EP44: Microsoft IGNITE 2020: That was quick!
EP44 where we say…Marijn is proud that his customer was in the keynotes and Steve thought it great that his Ignite Bacon was displayed to everyone on Marijn’s Tweet. The boys talk about the great stack that was displayed across all the opening keynotes. Knowing what it represents but not sure what to call it… lets go with the Microsoft Cloud Stack…After getting diverted by Steve’s home domesticity and Marijn wondering about the water running he can hear we do a quick mention about how Marijn is going to take time off and learn Azure in a week…. Good luck with that!! 🤣🤣The Stack is described with Identity, Security, management, and Compliance in the basement with the guys that run it… the Azures, Power Platform and the Big Boys toys sitting on top.The core intelligence is tied throughout the stack and allow skills like Graph and AI to be incorporated across all the toys.Git Hub starts to bother Marijn aligned to the Power platform on the same layer and the boys consider what value it will bring to the game. It allows an enterprise to tie all the tools into the same assurance platformS&M talk about Dynamics being in the Big Boys Toys section where Marijn again reminds everyone he has a certificate in this space…. Then Steve asks what is missing, what are we not seeing in the Cloud Stack. The OS is questioned and as Microsoft365 includes so much about setting up the edge devices and Steve goes with defining and describing all the cloud functionality delivered by Microsoft…Marijn asks if we are now at full circle with an ecosystem that defines the Microsoft offering, then Marijn wonders if Edge needs to be identified and the boys need to find something wrong because it feels like someone should..HoloLens has been hanging and now has a place to connect to Dynamics in the presentation.Devices get a few minutes of time when the guys talk about the Surface Duo and the Surface meeting screens along with Cortana managing so much… just to stop hands free operation in Covid times… For example: Is it really dumb luck that the Surface pens work on all devices and it supports the issue with sharing pens in these times of COVID?A discussion takes place on if there is a wizard that could understand the whole Cloud stack or if it is too diverse, too big for a simple human brain…. And consider the dev guys that take a bigger role in the stack.Steve continues to get Conditional Access mixed up with conditional formatting and Marijn just ensures it is corrected and clear for people.Steve and Marijn discuss the applications that was demonstrated in the Power Platform presentation from Toyota and how legacy systems can be updated into new technology, available on the phone through the use of connectors and more importantly API’s.Not forgetting PowerBI in the Power platform to support monitoring and reporting against all the aspects of the Cloud stack.Before an awesome Smokey whisky they both say what was their favourites and Steve go with the Flight Simulator video that showed the state of the technology over the last 30 years.Then they taste a Benromach 2008 Bot.2018 Peat Smoke which turns out to be a great drink with an awesome surprise and depth that make this one of the top 5 !!The Podcast episode with the faded out goodbyes….
61 minutes | 8 months ago
EP43: The name of the game
Steve can’t leave it alone that Marijn didn’t like the Octomore 9.1 from EP42 so he brings in Sven, one of the Office365Distilled listeners, to show Marijn that this is a pleasant whisky and maybe Marijn is wrong. Although Sven does say that “wow this is like a donkey kicking you where it hurts”.Starting with the Whisky brings the boys to reminisce about Jack and the special Frank Sinatra Edition the boys tasted in Orlando and then started on Ignite 2020 and the forthcoming conference due in September where some great sessions are planned and the virtual Red Party from Las Vegas is (virtually) happening.Marijn comes up with a better name… maybe… for Cortex and discussions ensue about the way Microsoft products are names and how the name describes what the product does… or not. Word is a great name describing what it does, and Forms took no imagination and then we wondered who chose Sway!!!The number of versions is explored, and the boys consider why the number 512 is not possible for a minor version… and do you know how many major versions can be created and that now you can’t leave it blank… it is true that things change in SPO.And Teams… how is that MS Teams describes the functionality delivered and Jeff is asked to consider ‘frontpage’ as an alternative answer… then a second service announcement is described with some issues around blocking connectors… sent to Microsoft engineering for resolution…A discussion ensues about Power Automate and its connection to Dynamics another names that is discussed before Power Apps gets a thumbs up on the names front.Visio takes some punishment until the boys work out that it might be “Visual Input Output” a real nerd name for a product and they work out that naming things might not be as simple as you might think… especially if you are too chilled… But Windows has some crap associated with ‘Windows of opportunity’ and floppy disks drag them both into the world of pixelated screens…
76 minutes | 8 months ago
EP42: We Know 42 is the MS List answer
Steve and Marijn talk to a regular listener to the podcast @DylanHayes who talks about setting up his home office so that he can give professional quality presentations with switched cameras, virtual desktops and some great tips on doing the one-person presentation.Then the guys talk about the forthcoming Microsoft 365 Lists application and how it can improve the management of data and looking at adoption and enablement across the business. They discuss Governance of M365 Lists and some thoughts on use and functionality.Steve gets a little sarcastic about the number of monitors you need whilst working from home… the ‘New Normal’ and value of Pop-out meetings in MS teams. Finally, the suggestion of timing your adoption for MS teams so that you can run with the release of the new application in your own tenant. Then Marijn adds his sarcasm about how difficult some companies make change and cannot bring themselves to accept new applications.They align SharePoint and the DB app Access and discuss how SharePoint now maps to the structure of the desktop DB app and think about how Excel is abused as content repository tool and then emailed to everyone.They show their age and forget the names of colleagues (sorry Joanne !!) who they had dinner with @ignite and Marijn takes another swipe @Sway still not finding the business case for the product... the boys cannot leave it alone…Then they go back to the first distillery they tasted on EP1 for a bottle named after the farm that grows the barley which makes this very special whiskey limited to just 4200 bottles and described as “An iron Fist in A Velvet Glove” the Bruichladdich Octomore 09.1 a very peated whiskey that only one of the duo enjoyed.The only thing they agreed one was… “There is nothing delicate about this whisky” and beware Marijn says he will drink it again but only to ensure his friends get the taste it and he can watch!!
57 minutes | 9 months ago
EP41: Hot and Sweaty Success Indicators
Steve and Marijn suffer by recording during the heatwave and Steve get his Billions and Trillions mixed up. Then they make assumptions about customers knowing why they move to Microsoft365 considering the enterprise vision. The key subject for EP41 is about measuring success and defining the KPI for collaboration based on Marijn’s mother bitching about being upgraded to office365 and maybe the result of a poor adoption path (sorry Mum) Should IT change… and how do you measure that change moving forward considering costs, flexibility, and value in an Agile world especially considering ITIL and other quality markers. Marijn discussed his holiday reading material before starting to breakdown how we can measure collaboration by asking users about their experience. He is definitely onto something here… check it out. Unbelievably this is an Office365Distilled podcast that sticks to the main subject of measuring success of a cloud migration… yes, I know… amazing!! Finally, before the tasting of an evening French Whisky, the boys ask the question if the feedback from this measure helps make the decisions on new features and how the business will accept them.
66 minutes | 9 months ago
EP40: That big four OH here we go again!
Over 40 hours of recorded Podcast time together there is an awesome lot to bring to a special 40th edition podcast. But as usual the boys do it with panache and humor with a new idea or two on discussed subjects. Lets ignore the very special Whisky Steve and Marijn taste, although they both agree it was so very cool it is difficult to ignore but for the taste and the diverse way it was produced and finished in a barrel that will not stay straight and whisky proof. We should focus on the updating of such topics as Dynamic Stability, Digital Illiteracy and Baseline Governance in the Office365 world. We started this for fun and 40 podcasts later it is even more fun… rock on to the next 40.
68 minutes | 10 months ago
EP39: Security vs Usability | The balance
Episode 39 of the office 365 Distilled podcast where they look at securing our content and how it gets in the way of collaboration and user adoption… but mainly they both forget what they are saying and Marijn says “… no I do not want to eat my potatoes” as a metaphor for telling security that the balance should be towards great adoption and not great security… Life, like Office365, is a balance between protection and availability.
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