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Do I need to backup Office 365 data? 

Do I need to backup Office 365 data? 

Do I need to backup Office 365 data?

My Inbox has been swamped of late with vendors trying to sell me additional backup facility for Office 365, and a question I am increasingly asked by customers is .. “do we need to back up our Office 365 data?” A good question! It is a common assumption that Microsoft has this coveredand to be honest for most situations, they have. With what I know of Office 365 capabilities and being a critical part of our own setup, I have chosen not to have additional backup. That isn’t to say however that your own compliance or sense of self-preservation won’t lead you to a different decision.  I believe some vendors claims to be hyperbolic as to why you should use their backup .. some claims have some truth .. some stretch it somewhat.  

So .. here are the facts.  Read More

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How should I prepare for a successful video meeting?

How should I prepare for a successful video meeting?

How should I prepare for a successful video meeting?

FORE! A technophobe has just joined the video meeting 

Before COVID-19 drove us all indoors, I enjoyed the occasional game of golf. Golf has a somewhat stuffy reputation, with some justification. It is particularly well known for its mysterious etiquette, a set of usually unwritten rules, completely separate to the technical rules of the sport but apparently almost equally important. Players are expected to observe this etiquette or face some very severe tutting and muttering. Woe betide you if you tread on the line of another player’s putt. 

Golf is very long established game, so the etiquette has had time to evolve and become part of the game’s culture. Whatever your opinion of its principles, it certainly does create a consistent level of behaviour recognisable in clubs across the world. And much of it is well intended, for example to prevent slow play and show some respect for your fellow golfers. 

Video conferencing by contrast is a very young sport. It has recently experienced an explosion in new players thanks to COVID-19 and extensive home working. People are joining clubs such as Zoom, Teams and Skype and heading off ill prepared for 18 holes. If this were a real golf club, the impact would be quite anarchic and frightening – a load of novices turning up on the first tee with little experience, dodgy equipment and dubious technique. Balls flying in all directions, a few broken windows in the clubhouse and fury in the members’ bar as etiquette disintegrates.  Read More

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What benefits can SharePoint Online bring while working remotely?

What benefits can SharePoint Online bring while working remotely?

What benefits can SharePoint Online bring while working remotely?

So, for the whole community who have been using and leveraging Office 365 and realising its business value for many years now this may seem like a really fundamental questions – however imagine you are new to the platform – the evolution of SharePoint actually presents a kind of muddy picture now.

So, happy to oblige and call out why SharePoint is still one of the key tools for facilitating remote working. Rather than starting with SharePoint and its evolution lets dive into where and how you can use the SharePoint Online platform today for your remote teams; Read More

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Are changes in technology usage here to stay?

Are changes in technology usage here to stay?

Post-COVID Technology Shifts – What’s Here to Stay?

If I hear one more expert talking about the ‘new normal’, I’m going to blow a fuse. For starters, there was no ‘old normal’. In fact, ‘normal’ as a concept doesn’t mean much – every person, every business, every household is unique, so who’s going to decide what constitutes normal?

An acceleration of adoption

What the COVID-19 crisis has done is accelerate people’s thinking and adoption of different ways of doing things that were habitual in the world we once knew. A significant part of this acceleration involves technology; doing things on-line that weren’t done that way before, or using technology to facilitate real-world activities in a different way. Read More

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The leaver: gone – but too often forgotten

The leaver: gone – but too often forgotten

The leaver: gone – but too often forgotten

You’ve had the farewell drinks. You’ve signed the ‘Good luck’ card and wished your soon to be former colleague well in their new role.

It’s unlikely the next thing you do is tell them to keep a spare set of keys for their company car and pop back any time they like to have a spin.

No one would dream of being this lax with their physical assets when an employee leaves their company

It is astonishing how many firms are not similarly vigilant when it comes to their digital assets. For example, do you know how many of your former employees still have login details for your main corporate Wi-Fi network? If not, it is a cyber equivalent of having a pool of unauthorised key holders for the company car fleet. There could be little to prevent those past colleagues standing outside the building and having a quick surf to see what they can find. If they feel aggrieved over the circumstances of their departure, that risk may be increased. Read More

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