Author: Nizar Lavji

Why Your School District Needs Sharepoint, Part 2: Content

In the first of this three-part series we discussed how SharePoint can be used to foster a digital community in your school district that will allow faculty members across schools to share ideas, connect and most importantly collaborate on their work. We also touched on the importance of collaboration, with the Common Core State Standards now in full effect, that will help teachers better navigate this new road ahead (you can find part one of this series  ). Now that we understand the end goal of SharePoint implementation as a means of efficient collaboration between faculty members and school...

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Three Complaints Your Employees Have About Your Intranet Portal

Your intranet portal should be many things—easy to use, visually stimulating and neatly categorized—but the one thing it should not be is a hassle for your employees to use. You can dig deeper into your portal by using business intelligence and analytics tools; however, sometimes the best course of action simply involves keeping your ears open to what is being said around the office about your portal, its usability and the overall value it provides.   We challenge you to ask yourself if you have ever stumbled upon your business users saying any of the following remarks regarding your...

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Ready for Some Early Spring Cleaning? Start With Your Intranet Portal

Although that little groundhog Punxsutawney Phil did see his shadow this year, signifying six more weeks of winter, there’s no reason IT can’t get a head start on spring cleaning in preparation for when the snow starts to melt and the flowers begin to bloom. Get a fresh start anytime by routinely checking systems to ensure everything is up to speed.   If you want to kick-start spring cleaning in your IT department, consider beginning with your intranet portal—the collaboration tool your employees use internally to access documents and resources. It’s an often overlooked implementation that can have a...

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How Cloud Collaboration Transitioned From an ‘If’ to a ‘Must’

It’s no secret that cloud computing has transformed the state of enterprise collaboration—and will continue to do so. Besides the enormous size of the market (the cloud collaboration market is expected to reach $21.3 billion by 2019, according to MarketsandMarkets), consider the following compelling statistics:   The number of computing workloads being run in the public cloud is expected to increase from 9.7 percent to 30.2 percent by 2018, according to Mark Murphy, enterprise software analyst at Piper Jaffray. Some 87 percent of enterprise users believe that 25 percent of their business apps will come from Google by year-end,...

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Employee Retention: How to Keep the Spark Alive

February is a month of love. In your personal life that may mean a Valentine’s Day filled with flowers and the attentions of your significant other. In your work life, we recommend that you use this heart-warming momentum to attain the affection and loyalty of your employees. This is a critical mission for business leaders, as satisfied workers translate into equally satisfied customers—and that means increased profit and stronger business continuity for you. To that end, what can do you this month (and beyond) to ensure you are keeping your internal teams fulfilled? Start by providing the right collaboration...

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Your Greatest Reason for Advancing Enterprise Collaboration? Millennials

Are you at work right now? Take a look around: Swing by the kitchen to refill your cup of coffee, look into the boardroom or walk the office hallways. Notice anything in particular? Like many businesses these days, do millennials (aged 25 to 35) comprise the majority of your staff? These Generation Yers—while they can be the bane of a lagging business—represent a boon for businesses that are innovative and forward-thinking.   Millennials, having grown up in the computer age, bring with them an entirely new way of communicating that involves less siloed, individual processes and more collaborative, team-based...

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