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Coaching Governance Committees

on Nov 13, 2018 10:04:09 AM By | Ryan Charnock | 0 Comments | Governance Technology Consulting communication Insider
Five months ago I handed off a new Office 365 environment to an inspired governance team. They had clear direction, set goals, metrics to define success, and a game plan to gather low-hanging fruit. #MyWorkHereIsFinished   Yesterday, I attend their monthly governance meeting. Coming into this meeting my curiosity was g centered around what level of success they had, and what I can do to keep them organized for the next sprint. We met in the same room we did five months ago, and I lead with the following question: Where have you had success? Everyone from the 10 person teams chimed in "Yammer"! I said "tell me about it". They went on with glowing reports about, the reduction of "All -company" informational emails, and that they have lots of engagement from users. I probed and asked "Is it just corporate communications that is posting content, or are other areas of the organization contributing?" They said "No, all the business units are posting.  Sales deals, updates from construction sites, and other 'good to know' stuff that is happening in the company".  Within the same breath the team also had clear ideas about the struggles they have had with Yammer. "Some user's don't 'DO' Yammer. They say they don't have time for that." Company culture information is not business critical and understandable if someone is in a busy season and just doesn't have time for it all.” Personally, I get it, I get busy and company culture takes a back seat to my more pressing needs. This is why I like having this information segmented into a single App or area. So when I do I have time I can choose when I engage with that content. If it came into my inbox as email, it would just be noise and add more for me to manage or distract me during a busy season. The key is being empowered to choose when is a good "appropriate" time to review and engage with the broader organization.   I followed up with the question "What would you like to do about those who are Not-engaged and are missing out?" The team quickly spun up a few ideas, like: Each department champion going one-on-one to make sure that everyone is aware of what content is on Yammer, and they know how to use the tool and set up the notifications that fit their tastes.  That sounded like a great idea. Notice I didn’t come up with the idea the team did. So then I changed gears away from Yammer and went more general. "What has not gone well?" they said "There has been a lot of change over the last five months. We have a new Executive team that is not located here at the corporate offices in Michigan." Now THAT is a challenge. A few things rattled through my mind:
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Take Advantage of Microsoft Flow Timers

Timers are helpful as a reminder to trigger us to do other actions. For example, if you set a timer when cooking pasta to make sure it’s al dente, you turn off the heat when the timer rings. It’s very much the same when it comes to Microsoft Flow; the timer can be very handy. Microsoft Flow has a whole series of timers that are built into it or things you can use to trigger the next action.
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Secure Sensitive Data with Azure Information Protection

How do you ensure your organization's confidential documents are accessible by approved eyes only? Fear not. Azure Active Information Protection can be your trusted friend to ensure that the sensitive data is well protected when appropriate groups or policies are set up and implemented.
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Azure AD Identity Management

Microsoft Office 365 is widely used in many organizations. If you are an administrator for your Office 365, you are likely to be familiar with the Admin Center to look at user accounts and monitor activities. But do you know all the account activities were pulled in from Azure Active Directory in the cloud and are only displayed in the admin center?  If you've got Dynamics, Exchange, SharePoint, or any of the Microsoft software that is in the Cloud, it's going to be using Azure Active Directory as its Identity Manager in the back end.
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Multi-Factor Authentication Conditional Access Configuration

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C/D/H Named Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in Metropolitan Detroit

on Sep 24, 2018 10:07:46 AM By | Megan Testani | 0 Comments | Awards Technology Consulting Best and Brightest
September 21, 2018 - Detroit, Mich. — Every year companies throughout Metropolitan Detroit compete to be named one of “Metro Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.” Only companies that distinguish themselves as having the most innovative and thoughtful human resources approach can be bestowed this honor.
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