[m365weekly] #6: 4️⃣ biggest mistakes companies make with the modern workplace.

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💻 What’s on my mind

Last few months I can hardly believe how many computer technicians, sysadmins, DevOps still don’t want to deal with the cloud (re)volution that’s happening all around us for the last 10 years. They live in their own hosting datacenters they invested in heavily. I know it’s hard to accept the fact but cloud computing is here and it’s going to stay here. I’m almost sure that it will consume on-premise computing and classic datacenters. Hell, even hybrid environments will be a rarity.

Why? Not because cloud is cheaper or simplier. Not even close.

I have seen so many cases of datacenters in enterprises where that hardware was, well, just hardware with some software installed on top of it. And the main feature of that IT “engine” was file storage, a LOB app with the database behind it.

And what about the cloud? Cloud is a story. Cloud is many stories … of users that can build their own apps, that can utilize the vast ecosystem of tools that they can integrate and use to be more productive.

What is your take on on-prem vs. cloud?

Have a great day,
Matt

P.S.: Just 3 years ago my colleague that is also a Microsoft 365 trainer jokingly said that he is preparing to specialize in the cloud to on-prem migrations. I think that would be a bad business decision on his part.

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💻 Modern Workplace

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3 Teams features that help keep online classrooms connected. It’s a lockdown time in most of the European countries, yet again. But this time Teams has gained quite a few new features that help teams and classrooms to feel more connected.

Another link for modern educators. E-book: Teaching with MSTeams – Simple Book Publishing.

5 tips for working smarter in Microsoft Outlook. Do you use a mailbox for task management? Do leave all mails in Inbox? Have you ever heard about the inbox zero strategies? They changed my life.

💻 Upcoming Webinars

October 27, 2020 CollabTalk webinar on Microsoft 365 Productivity Tips “October Ousting”.

October 27-29, 2020EDUCAUSE 2020. Annual conference. This year online, of course.

October 29, 2020CIAOPS need to know webinar. They promise they will challenge your way of thinking about collaboration.

October 29, 2020Petri.com: On tenant migrations. Mergers, acquisitions, divestitures all most likely result in some kind of tenant migrations.

💻 Sysadmin Stuff

How to optimize Stream & Live Events traffic in a VPN scenario. Usage of Stream videos and Live Events can cause network traffic problems especially in the case of mostly-from-home work when users connect to the office using VPNs. Having problems in your network? Read on … a lot of good advice on optimizing network set up.

💻 Security

Attackers prey on Microsoft Teams accounts to steal credentials. It was just a matter of time. Phishing attacks are here and we will have to deal with them. Are the users ready?

Microsoft 365 Security Recommendations. Sound advice from CISA agency experts. Do you use multi-factor authentication?

💻 Noteworthy Longreads

4 of the biggest Microsoft Influencers about failures 90% of the companies make with the modern workplace. A time for some introspection. 🙂

💻 Noticed On Youtube

All the Microsoft Office 365 apps explained. Very good overview of the whole ecosystem.

Microsoft Lists for Teams overview. What are Lists and how you can use them?

The Power Plafform Community Conference recording.

😂 On a Less Serious Note

What about you? Do you find spam filters in Exchange online efficient?

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