In Microsoft Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO), formerly Microsoft IT, we empower employees to accomplish more by digitally transforming how they work. Our goal is to implement technologies and solutions to help Microsoft employees be their most creative, innovative, and productive. To improve the employee experience at Microsoft, we’re implementing Microsoft Search in Bing (formerly known as Bing for business) to enhance the discoverability of information, people, and apps. We’re also integrating PowerApps with Microsoft Search in Bing so that employees can find internal resources and complete common tasks in one place—conveniently within the context of their search results.
Delivering better search with task completion
Microsoft employees work in an ecosystem that includes numerous and disparate self-service tools and a sea of data. Although internet searches yield more relevant results than ever before, employees can still find it time-consuming and frustrating to locate the answers they need within the enterprise. Tools and data exist in difficult-to-find locations, or they’re hosted separately from related information sources—often requiring visits to multiple data sources to find all information required to complete a single task.
Microsoft Search in Bing is a new search offering that saves time and increases employee productivity by delivering more relevant search results, based on organizational context. Microsoft Search in Bing can be used with a browser on any device. It intelligently and securely retrieves information from enterprise resources—information such as company data, details about colleagues (as shown in Figure 1), shared files, team sites, and office and meeting locations, as well as public web results—and displays them in a single user experience.
In addition to providing a unified web and work search experience, Microsoft Search in Bing integrates with PowerApps to enable users to complete common tasks from within their search-results pane.
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The Human Resources Induction System is a custom-built app that guides staff through company induction in a simple, user-friendly manner. After reading each policy document staff members are required to answer questions, and real-time management reports show where each person has reached in their induction process.
By adding your policies or procedure PDFs, and asking your staff to confirm their understanding of each document, this HRIS application will make induction a breeze. Our HR package includes other useful HR tools such as a skills matrix for progression planning, a leave request workflow and a certifications and qualifications register.
Here’s a response we received from one delighted HR Director:
Finally, a quick and easy one-time implementation where I can create questions myself and see all the reports, using the SharePoint system we already had in place. I love the proven accountability of induction!"
Microsoft SharePoint is a web-based collaborative platform that allows you to store, manage and share your documents from any device. “Over 190 million users across 200,000 organizations are using SharePoint.”
Why not join them?
What is Intune?
Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based service in the Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) space.
It can be installed on virtually any device, giving employees secure access to corporate resources and applications, without invading their personal space. This helps your workforce to be as productive as possible, while ensuring your corporate data is protected.
Intune works seamlessly with Microsoft Office, from virtually any device, anywhere. It integrates with Azure Active Directory for identity and access control and Azure Information Protection for data protection.
365 Solutions Group would like to let you know that Microsoft have officially announced their Exchange Server 2010 will no longer be supported as of October 13, 2020.
So what exactly does this mean for you?
Most importantly, it means you’ll no longer receive critical security patches and bug fixes, which leaves your organisation open to the risk of security breaches and system instability. You’ll also lose eligibility for technical support, new features or time zone updates.
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Some companies pay top dollar for tools and apps like Trello, DropBox and Evernote – in fact a monthly subscription to the most well-known applications can cost a staggering total of around $182 per month!
But why waste all that money when an Office Business Premium subscription gives you access to all its comparable apps (Planner, OneDrive, OneNote etc) for just $17.20 a month? That’s a massive saving of $164.80 - every month, for each and every staff member.
Not only will you save money, but the Office apps are designed to work together for seamless integration, which provides a much simpler user experience. This is also a more secure solution, as you’ll only have one login and password to manage for each user.
Don't be afraid to make changes, 365 Solutions Group will guide you through the migration process, and can provide training for end users to encourage adoption, if required.
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Did you know there’s actually a right and wrong way of setting permissions within SharePoint?
Many companies take advantage of SharePoint’s excellent features for knowledge management, but it’s not always obvious how to control permissions to avoid letting the wrong people compromise your data.
Companies need to apply governance in SharePoint to give users correct access to folders, without inappropriately assigning administrator control. SharePoint admins should understand how business rules inform conventions for access control of their company’s information.
Read on for some great tips on how to manage your SharePoint access simply and appropriately.
Successful businesses are constantly looking for the best ways to be effective and efficient.
The “Agile” method of project management is a set of practices proven to deliver higher-quality products to happier customers in less time.
Agile teams work in short iterations of typically two weeks, focusing on delivering something concrete to the customer in every iteration. In this way, any emerging changes to the requirements are caught early, and the final product is guaranteed to be what the customer wants. Other Agile practices centre on embedding quality through continuous testing and knowledge sharing.
To help companies start their Agile journey confidently, the celebrated project methodology "Scrum" is often used as a framework. As with any new process, it can sometimes be hard to choose a suitable tool or system to support you.
Microsoft Planner provides the answer for efficient project management. Because it supports Scrum, Planner can manage all your tasks in an Agile way, to ensure the successful delivery of your projects. Planner lets you easily adapt to working with Scrum to give you total confidence in successful delivery every time.
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Office 365 is a suite of applications which maximize efficiency in every part of your organisation and remove barriers between departments, helping the different areas of your business work together.
Let's take a look at a typical example.
At the Microsoft Ignite conference 2019, it was announced that a few of our favourite apps were changing. PowerApps and Microsoft Flow got a name change, and introducing a cool new Artificial Intelligence and bot tool, Power Virtual Agents.