Microsoft Teams Supercharges Collaboration for Millennials to Boomers

Addressing the Needs of Mobile and Multi-Generational Teams The days when we collaborated using e-mail with attachments or stored our working documents on a file share are long gone. Today we have a whole set of new tools, ways and channels to collaborate faster, easier and more secure. But not only the tools have changed, […]

SharePoint Gets its Mojo Back

A few weeks back I attended the ‘Future of SharePoint’ event in San Francisco to learn about Microsoft’s vision for the world’s most widely adopted enterprise collaboration product. It was also a perfect way to meet the core leadership to discuss how SharePoint and OneDrive should improve in order to better solve our clients’ digital […]

The State of Enterprise Social Collaboration

I was a recent guest on the TechnologyAdvice Expert Interview Series to share my insight on the intersection of sales, marketing, and technology. The series, which is hosted by Josh Bland, explores a variety of business and technology landscapes through conversations with industry leaders. In this episode we discussed enterprise social technology, the future of […]

Ignite Conference Day 1: Focus on SharePoint 2016

The following blog post was co-authored by Michelle Caldwell and Ruven Gotz. On the first day of the Ignite Conference, we got the first glimpse of the new world of SharePoint for on-prem, the cloud and hybrid. Microsoft talked about how they are renewing their focus on SharePoint and doubling down in core areas: Files, […]

The Digital Workplace: Enabling High-Performance Work

For many people, ‘work’ is no longer tied to a physical place. We catch up on email, take conference calls, access the intranet or digest the latest real-time data report… all on the go, at the airport, at home or at a coffee shop through a variety of devices. The physical workplace is a thing of […]

Best Practices to Deploy SharePoint 2013: Enterprise Lessons Learned

Let me open by saying that if you’ve held off on upgrading to SharePoint 2013, you’re not alone and are in good company.  Given previous versions’ stability issues prior to the first major patches, many organizations have also elected to wait, despite the hype and plethora of cool new features. Indeed though with SP1 recently […]

New Microsoft Features Announced at SharePoint 2014 Conference

SharePoint 2014 was an amazing event for me in a couple of ways. First, for learning about the new Microsoft products and services announcements for SharePoint and Office 365, as well as Yammer. And second, for giving me and the team the opportunity to meet our customers on-site to develop and nurture personal relationships. **UPDATED** […]

Connect, Reimagine and Transform at SharePoint Conference 2014

It’s that time of the year again and I am excited to attend the SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada from March 3-6. The theme is “Connect, Reimagine and Transform” and it couldn’t be more accurate in terms of what SharePoint offers customers. The Avanade team will be there and we’re very eager to […]

Developing a Social Collaboration Vision to Meet Business Goals

As the workforce evolves, enterprises must keep pace. Employees have higher expectations on their employers: they want more humanizing interactions with colleagues, partners and customers. They also want a virtual hallway that removes the barriers of the 9-to-5 presence in the office. Developing a social collaboration vision will address these new demands and enables new […]

Are Employee Social Collaboration Initiatives Missing the Mark?

Gartner recently claimed that while 70 percent of organizations are implementing employee social collaboration initiatives, a staggering 90 percent of them failed to deliver any business value. But is this really true? Avanade recently published a study that said 98 percent of employees using social collaboration find some benefit from it – including being able […]