Michael Sampson - Currents

Where the Magic Happens

Michael Sampson - Currents

The past two weeks have been the busiest of my year, and it has taken all the hours I have available in a day to get everything done.

2018 142

Recovering from NotPetya – the DLA Piper Story

Michael Sampson - Currents

DLA Piper , a global law firm with a presence in more than 40 countries, was hit with the NotPetya ransomware attack in June 2017. It caused significant damage to its global IT infrastructure (hat tip, ITNews): – every data centre and Windows-based server was impacted.

2018 153

Why No Lessons Learned Microsoft?

Michael Sampson - Currents

Last week saw the first major service disruption to Office 365 in several years.

2018 116

Re-Imagining Effective Work – the SAMR Model

Michael Sampson - Currents

Ruben Puentedura developed the SAMR model to categorise how educational technology can be used to enhance education.

2018 146

What is Working? A Question of Discovery

Michael Sampson - Currents

One of the questions to ask when evaluating a current work activity or process (at whatever level you engage with that – e.g., business model, system) is what is working? What is going well?

2018 142

Microsoft Whiteboard

Michael Sampson - Currents

While a white background is a common starting experience in Microsoft’s applications, the specific capabilities of each tool both create and constrain what you can use it for. Word’s white background is for words, sentences, paragraphs and pages.

More Human Moments from Microsoft

Michael Sampson - Currents

After a pretty good run, Microsoft Office 365 had a major outage in San Antonio TX this week.

2018 116

Helping Others to “See Differently”

Michael Sampson - Currents

We hosted a party last night, for our second son who turned 21. It’s was a great celebration of life and living, and we enjoyed seeing family and friends share the dancing, food, fun and speeches of the night. We hired a local hall we’ve never hired before.

2018 136

Rotten from the Core?

Michael Sampson - Currents

Along with many others, my late 2017 Apple MacBook Pro suffers from a problematic keyboard. While I have had the laptop since before Christmas last year, I haven’t used the keyboard very often, since it is usually connected to a large screen and external keyboard in the office.

2018 116

Envisioning a New Approach

Michael Sampson - Currents

Envisioning a new approach has two inputs: your understanding of the current reality of the work process or activity, and your newly developed understanding of what’s possible.

2018 136

Re-Imagining Flooring – 3D Epoxy

Michael Sampson - Currents

Stuff (the online newspaper site in New Zealand) featured a story this week about 3D epoxy flooring : The latest wave (pun intended) of 3D floors presents some astonishing optical illusions, and it seems watery scenes are most in demand.

2018 136

Protecting Mobile Devices

Michael Sampson - Currents

Mobile devices as endpoints to corporate information have taken the world by storm. The “mobile first” mantra refers to the preferential use of a mobile device before a desktop or laptop. Have phone, will work (or even run the company ).

2018 116

Email Security

Michael Sampson - Currents

The prevalence of email (addresses, services, checking behaviours) has made it a key vector for hackers, attackers, and others devoted to maleficence. There are many varieties of bad email: – spam – unwanted email messages, normally carrying a commercial offer.

2018 116

Spoof Intelligence Added for all Exchange Online Protection Plans #office365

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft added Spoof Intelligence for email security earlier this year (January 2018 I think). This was included as a feature of the Office 365 Enterprise E5 plan, as well as a feature of the Advanced Threat Protection add-on for non-E5 customers.

2018 116

Sightedness: The Lesson

Michael Sampson - Currents

The lesson from the party hall and what people from different vocations see on entering is that people are quick to see what they’ve been trained to see, and are slow (and sometimes unable) to see that which they haven’t got the training to see.

2018 136

Mixed Reality with Power BI for Firstline Workers

Michael Sampson - Currents

2018 136

Excel for Mac Plus Excel MVPs

Michael Sampson - Currents

Excel Table Talk Episode 6. Back in the early 1990s, the first client project that paid decent money (NZ$25 per hour, which my client described as “charging like a bull”) required the use of a massive spreadsheet to analyse cost flows in a small manufacturing firm.

2018 116

Data Residency in Office 365 – It’s Complicated

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft announced data residency for data in Microsoft Teams for Canada, with Australia and Japan coming before the end of August as well. However, the details matter.

2018 116

Information Protection in Windows 10 and OneDrive

Michael Sampson - Currents

2018 116

Conversations for Understanding – the Amway RealTalk Approach

Michael Sampson - Currents

Claire from Amway explains their RealTalk initiative to create the context for people to talk about difficult subjects without trying to “win” the conversation. The overall intent was to improve the culture at Amway.

2018 136

Improving Personal Capability to Embrace New Ideas

Michael Sampson - Currents

We held a push-up competition several years ago at my house. Some of my sons could easily do 20 push-ups, but one in particular couldn’t do any (he was … 7?). “Dad, I can’t even do one” he said to me.

2018 127

Onboarding and Offboarding: The Hidden Processes

Michael Sampson - Currents

There’s a whole set of activities required for effectively onboarding and offboarding new employees. People to coordinate. Processes to develop and operate efficiently. Magic moments that should just happen – because first impressions count and create memories.

2018 116

Information Protection: The What – Office 365 DLP

Michael Sampson - Currents

As mentioned the other day , Microsoft uses two specific products to deal with the what of information protection: Office 365 DLP and Azure Information Protection. There are similarities between the two, but some fundamental differences as well. Let’s focus on Office 365 DLP today.

2018 116

Collaboration in the Process of Re-Imagining

Michael Sampson - Currents

I have argued that we see the world through what we understand, informed by our experiences, and enlightened by what we have studied.

2018 127

Information Protection: The What

Michael Sampson - Currents

When thinking about information protection , one of the key questions is what: what specific information should be protected? Some information doesn’t need to be protected at all, such as when it is common knowledge (2+2=4) or easily available (the name of the current leader of a country).

2018 116

On Interpretation and Artistry

Michael Sampson - Currents

There is a lot of thinking and repeatable process in re-imagining effective work. Learning how to examine a current process to understand its intent, its current form, and the actors involved. Being able to introduce new information to overcome information saturation.

2018 127

“Information Protection”

Michael Sampson - Currents

If you thought “collaboration” was a wiggly word with lots of definitions and places it could be used, you should try the phrase “information protection” on for size.

2018 116

Even Microsoft Struggles With It

Michael Sampson - Currents

With the rate of change in Office 365, everyone is struggling with staying up to date on what’s available, what’s coming, what’s possible, what’s not working yet, and more.

2018 116

New Computer – 2014 vs. 2018

Michael Sampson - Currents

Several years ago I had the opportunity to help the husband and wife team of a small business go from one computer to two new laptops.

2018 116

Slinging Mud

Michael Sampson - Currents

I was talking with a colleague last week, and asked about a recent learning and development program on change management he attended.

2018 127

Wanted: A Presentist

Michael Sampson - Currents

With futurists the world is awash. Who proclaim the new and to the past say tosh. The future of work is so very posh. What you’re doing today is only bosh. The world is awash with futurists. Those who claim to see the future. As in the future of work.

2018 127

Walking a Different Path – Redux

Michael Sampson - Currents

Yesterday I wrote briefly about Colgate-Palmolive shifting to Google G-Suite : Colgate-Palmolive needed to refresh its collaboration tools portfolio, and unlike most of its industry peers, did not embrace Office 365.

2018 116

Use Binoculars, Not a Magnifying Glass

Michael Sampson - Currents

Both a magnifying glass and binoculars enhance vision, with one providing the micro and the other the macro in details not available to the naked eye.

2018 127

Walking a Different Path

Michael Sampson - Currents

Colgate-Palmolive needed to refresh its collaboration tools portfolio, and unlike most of its industry peers, did not embrace Office 365. A year after the migration to Google Cloud, it looks like things are still going well – the core collaboration team is happy, and so are the users.

2018 116

Integrating Adobe with Office 365

Michael Sampson - Currents

2018 116

Nudges in MyAnalytics

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft is adding small coaching nudges to Outlook – on the Web shortly, in Outlook for Windows during 2018, and perhaps sometime for Outlook on Mac, iOS and Android. These nudges are : … useful suggestions, tips, and best practices around managing email and running meetings.

2018 116

Shopping for Inspiration

Michael Sampson - Currents

Learning what others have done with the new tools and resources available to them provides inspiration and challenge on what could be possible in your work, team and organisation. I call this shopping for inspiration.

2018 127

Workplace Analytics for Teams

Michael Sampson - Currents

2018 116

Information Theory and Uncertainty in Collaborative Teams

Michael Sampson - Currents

Information theory says that new information reduces uncertainty. That something additional reduces the set of possible actions or outcomes. That as more information is gathered, collected, captured, understood and refined, uncertainty is reduced to such an extent that certainty rules the day.

2018 127

Unified Endpoint Management – and Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security

Michael Sampson - Currents

Gartner published its latest analysis of the Unified Endpoint Management market late last week, with VMware, Microsoft, IBM, BlackBerry, and MobileIron ranked as the leaders. Microsoft continues to improve its capabilities and cadence in this space, being listed as the second-to-top leader.

2018 116

Distractions at the Office Mean That Remote Workers Outperform

Michael Sampson - Currents

Brian writes about why remote workers outperform office workers : … one study found that the number of people who say they cannot concentrate at their desk has increased by 16 percent since 2008.

2018 127

#XED is Essential for #DEX

Michael Sampson - Currents

DEX, or Digital Employee Experience, is the new thing to orient around. The term “intranets” has been deprecated for a while, and even the term digital workplace could become last year’s idea.

2018 116

Who Switched the Drawers?

Michael Sampson - Currents

I have 21 drawers by my office desk. These hold stationery, paper, books to read, pens and pencils, pocket knifes, old thumbdrives, book manuscripts, keys, cables, in-progress projects, client-specific items, old journals I haven’t scanned yet, charging adapters, and much more.

2018 116