Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft’s Intelligent Communications Strategy

Michael Sampson - Currents

One of the more challenging aspects for organisation’s embracing Office 365 is the overlapping functionality between different tools, leading to “analysis paralysis” (to use Mary Jo Foley’s term).

2017 50

Microsoft Whiteboard – Preview Now Available

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Whiteboard , an app for freeform drawing on Windows 10 devices. Microsoft Whiteboard Preview lets you create in whatever way feels most natural to you.

2017 42

Trending Sources

Your Future with SharePoint? Looking Forward

Michael Sampson - Currents

Earlier in this series: 1 – Your Future with SharePoint? Looking Back. Looking Forward.

2016 80

Report On Intranet Analytics – Required Reading for Collaboration Teams and Analytics Vendors

Michael Sampson - Currents

At the end of 2011 I published Collaboration Roadmap , and then faced a decision about what to do regarding User Adoption Strategies. That first printing had sold well, and with only 50 copies left to sell, I could just order another print run or alternatively write a second edition.

2016 70

User Adoption Strategies (2nd Edition): Now Available as Digital Book

Michael Sampson - Currents

My book on user adoption strategies is finally available as a digital book. You don’t have to wait for your copy to wing its way across the world any longer – just pay, download, and get stuck into reading.

2016 60

Use and Adoption of IBM Connections: State of the Market 4Q2014

Michael Sampson - Currents

Published November 2014. A couple of months ago I kicked off a global survey on the use and adoption of IBM Connections. The survey garnered 58 valid responses, and the results are finally available. Table of Contents. The report is 28-pages in length. The report contents includes: - Use and Adoption of IBM Connections: About the Survey. Business Activities Supported by IBM Connections. Employee Use of IBM Connections. Versions of IBM Connections Being Used Among Organizations.

2014 90

Re-Imagining Productive Work with Office 365 – Now Available

Michael Sampson - Currents

A week has passed since I said I was finishing a book , and I’m delighted finally to say the book is now finished, published, and available.

2016 67

The Power of Outsiders

Michael Sampson - Currents

A recent Art of Manliness podcast Doing More With Less , with guest Scott Sonenshein, talked about the difference between chasing and stretching. It’s a good discussion, with some great ideas throughout the 43 minutes. I’ve listened to it three times.

2017 50

Office 365 at Atkins

Michael Sampson - Currents

When I was putting the finishing touches on Re-Imagining Productive Work with Office 365 , Microsoft announced a flurry of new customer signups. One of those was the engineering, design and project management consultancy Atkins , with over 18,000 employees around the world.

2016 64

Finishing a Book

Michael Sampson - Currents

“ Writing a book is an adventure: to begin with it is a toy. And an amusement. And then it becomes a mistress. And then it becomes a master. And then it becomes a tyrant. And the last phase is that just about as you are reconciled to your servitude, you – kill the monster.

2016 66

The Visualness of Microsoft Planner with the Rigour of Microsoft Project #office365

Michael Sampson - Currents

The use of Kanban-style interfaces for individual and team task tracking has become more prominent over the past half decade, with Trello (which was acquired by Atlassian earlier this year) being one of the better options available.

2017 31

The New IT Department

Michael Sampson - Currents

The experience of Hollands Kroon, on reimagining what it means to work in a municipal government, and the impact on the IT department: One of the key decisions that Hollands Kroon administrators made as part of the workplace transformation was to empower employees by eliminating standard job hierarchies and reporting structures, freeing up more of the workers’ time and energy to help them better serve citizens.

2017 52

RBS Embraces Facebook at Work: My Reflections and Questions, and the Challenge Ahead

Michael Sampson - Currents

Facebook announced Facebook at Work earlier this year, a business version of its service for use by organizations. In October the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) announced they were rolling it out wall-to-wall.

2015 69

IBM Verse – It’s Here

Michael Sampson - Currents

A couple of weeks ago IBM released the first set of trial accounts for IBM Verse , its new Watson-powered email system for enterprises and individuals. The IBM marketing around Verse position it as a transformative approach to email, and a re-imagination of what email is like.

2015 78

From Intranets to DEX in 2018

Michael Sampson - Currents

The team at Step Two have re-branded their annual Intranets conference to the Digital Employee Experience conference , or DEX. I have attended Intranets three times. DEX 2018 will be held in Sydney on June 6-8, 2018.

2018 31

Use and Adoption of IBM Connections – A Survey

Michael Sampson - Currents

I am running a research survey on how organizations are using IBM Connections. The survey has 17 questions, spread across four pages: – Demographics and Current State of Connections. – Current and Forecasted Use of IBM Connections. – Upgrading to Connections 5.0. – Satisfaction, Value, and Next Steps. On the front page of the survey it says: “ IBM Connections is a widely used collaboration and social business platform.

2014 86

Container Homes

Michael Sampson - Currents

New Zealand is suffering a housing crisis in many of its cities – the cost of buying a first home have skyrocketed over the past couple of decades since my wife and I first purchased a place to live.

2017 49

Norway’s Ship Tunnel

Michael Sampson - Currents

A few years ago I was visiting Oslo to present a series of workshops, and on one evening one of my hosts drove me into the city centre for a meal out. I was intrigued by the underground/through-the-water tunnels that we drove through.

Google vs. Microsoft on Mobile Productivity Apps (US Data Only)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Gregg recently wrote on ComputerWorld about the comparative monthly active user base for Google’s mobile productivity apps versus the Microsoft offerings.

2016 61

Thoughts About The Future of SharePoint

Michael Sampson - Currents

Some 12 hours ago (4.30am New Zealand time) I joined Microsoft’s live broadcast of its Future of SharePoint event. A few select people were actually in San Francisco for the event, and apparently 16,999 people joined me in watching the live online feed of the event. There are a bunch of blog posts from Microsoft on Office Blogs ; they are worth checking out. Here’s the lead one specifically: The Future of SharePoint.

2016 62

Handwritten Notes vs. Keyboard

Michael Sampson - Currents

As a university student in the early 1990s I somehow convinced my parents that having a laptop for my studies was absolutely essential (!!!), and borrowed from them the required stack of cash to purchase a Toshiba laptop.

2015 67

Digital Transformation at McDonalds – Drive Through Ordering

Michael Sampson - Currents

In partnership with a Microsoft Business Partner, McDonalds is exploring the use of speech to text to point-of-sale for drive-through customers (presented as a cognitive play).

2016 57

Accessing LinkedIn Profile Data in Office 365

Michael Sampson - Currents

At Ignite in late September, Microsoft announced an integration between LinkedIn profile data and Office 365 : After you connect your LinkedIn account to your Microsoft account, you’ll seamlessly discover more insights within the Profile Card in your Inbox, your calendar and contacts lists.

2017 25

Fast Team Formation

Michael Sampson - Currents

On the way home last night we drove past a group of people on the side of the road. It almost wasn’t worth a second glance, except that some were standing and others were kneeling on the footpath, with one vehicle parked the wrong way to the curb.

2017 25

Your Future with SharePoint? Answer the 5 W’s

Michael Sampson - Currents

Earlier in this series: 1 – Your Future with SharePoint? Looking Back. 2 – Your Future with SharePoint? Looking Forward. Answer the 5 W’s. Microsoft’s future with SharePoint offers increased simplicity (e.g., new modern libraries and lists), mobile interaction (e.g.,

2016 53

300,000 Hours a Year For One “Non-Essential” Meeting

Michael Sampson - Currents

In a conversation about the application of Delve Analytics, Ryan Fuller shares a story of how the tool was used to identify the overall time spent every year for one weekly executive status meeting (from 6:15 in the video above). The numbers were: – 7000 direct hours by 11 executives.

2016 59

300,000 Hours a Year For One “Non-Essential” Meeting

Michael Sampson - Currents

In a conversation about the application of Delve Analytics, Ryan Fuller shares a story of how the tool was used to identify the overall time spent every year for one weekly executive status meeting (from 6:15 in the video above). The numbers were: – 7000 direct hours by 11 executives.

2016 59

Real Story Group: Enterprise Collaboration and Social Software Market in 2016

Michael Sampson - Currents

Real Story Group released its 2016 briefing on the state of the enterprise collaboration and social software marketplace, and a blog post with some highlights.

2016 63

Transitioning to Office 365: Becoming the Adoption Superhero for Your Firm

Michael Sampson - Currents

My talk at Ignite 2016 was called Transitioning to Office 365: Becoming the Adoption Superhero for Your Firm. Microsoft’s Channel9 team were at the conference, and the video of my talk is above. Enjoy. Adoption & Effective Use Microsoft Office 365

2016 50

SharePoint Intranets-in-a-Box v2 – from Clearbox

Michael Sampson - Currents

Sam and his team at Clearbox Consulting have published another great report: the 2016 update of their SharePoint Intranets-in-a-Box report: Our comprehensive guide to turn-key SharePoint solutions will accelerate your purchasing decision and ensure you make the right choice. It is full of practical advice on the tools that can give you a quick-start to an intranet. Is Unily better than Rise? Is LiveTiles right for you? What are Wizdom’s strengths and weaknesses?

2016 49

Acknowledging the Work of Others

Michael Sampson - Currents

Writing for HBR Online, last year Amy Gallo wrote an article entitled How to Respond When Someone Takes Credit for Your Work : There’s nothing more infuriating than someone taking credit for your work.

2016 51

Time Spent Collaborating: Research by Steelcase

Michael Sampson - Currents

In the April 2014 edition of the 360 Magazine by Steelcase , is this diagram of how people spend their time at work. The research data is based on a collection of Steelcase studies.

2016 61

Developing on Cloud Time

Michael Sampson - Currents

One of the promises of cloud services is that you always have the latest stuff available.

Cloud 61

Facebook Embraces Office 365

Michael Sampson - Currents

One piece of big news out of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto this week is that Facebook has embraced Office 365 for its more than 13,000 employees. In outlining the reasons for doing so, Tim Campos (Facebook CIO) listed the following: – Facebook employees are distributed around the world. They need access to tools suitable for this set up.

2016 53

No Laptop Onboard. Now What?

Michael Sampson - Currents

Almost a decade ago I wrote about my mobile office using an iPAQ 212 and foldable Bluetooth keyboard.

2017 42

Becoming an Adoption Superhero – My Session at Ignite 2016

Michael Sampson - Currents

At the time of writing, Microsoft Ignite New Zealand starts in 21 days, 21 hours, 48 minutes, and 55 seconds. This will be the first time I have participated in this conference in New Zealand, and I’ll be there for the opening – and early I hope too.

2016 49

The PowerCube

Michael Sampson - Currents

In my travels during the earlier part of 2015 I found myself in hotel rooms with inaccessible power plugs, a lack of USB charging ports, and desks with recessed power strips that didn’t take the power box for my laptop at all.

2015 59

Weaponised Devices

Michael Sampson - Currents

On just about every flight I’ve taken recently, a voice from the front of the plane has read a statement to the effect of: “ The United States Federal Aviation Authority has limited the carriage of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device.

2017 42

Thoughts About The Future of SharePoint

Michael Sampson - Currents

Some 12 hours ago (4.30am New Zealand time) I joined Microsoft’s live broadcast of its Future of SharePoint event. A few select people were actually in San Francisco for the event, and apparently 16,999 people joined me in watching the live online feed of the event. There are a bunch of blog posts from Microsoft on Office Blogs ; they are worth checking out. Here’s the lead one specifically: The Future of SharePoint.

2016 53

Banning Email at Cisco

Michael Sampson - Currents

In an attempt to encourage staff to shift to new ways of communicating, Peter Hughes at Cisco has banned his staff from using email for broadcasting messages : “ Employees’ reliance on email as the primary mode of communication is hurting business productivity, according to an executive at one of the world’s biggest technology companies, Cisco.

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