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Your Future with SharePoint? Looking Forward

Michael Sampson - Currents

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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San Francisco

Michael Sampson - Currents

Last month I flew to San Francisco for a week of meetings. My new colleagues at Silverside were coming across for a conference the week of February 20, so we split the distance and met half way. We held three days of planning meetings for 2017 and then did the conference thing; me for one day, and the others for the full three days. Some comments about San Francisco and the time there: 1. Mixed Remote and In-Person Meetings.

Interview with Cirrus Insight on User Adoption – for Salesforce

Michael Sampson - Currents

I had a discussion recently with Joshua from Cirrus Insight on applying the strategies in my User Adoption Strategies book to Salesforce implementations. Salesforce adoption is one of the biggest issues facing orgs today.

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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.

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Enterprise Collaboration TechFest – Melbourne (June 2017)

Michael Sampson - Currents

The Eventful Group is hosting the second Enterprise Collaboration TechFest in Australia in June. It has recently published the research document that summarises the key themes from its research roundtable discussions : 2017 Themes. Starting with the Why – Delivering Business Value.

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Then the Footsteps Came

Michael Sampson - Currents

Along the icy road we drove, To the hospital for 9am, an appointment to keep. But when we arrived she was underway. And so we waited, and she swayed. Swaying through the morning, we waited for the child. Been here ten times before, knowing what to do.

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Then the Footsteps Came

Michael Sampson - Currents

Along the icy road we drove, To the hospital for 9am, an appointment to keep. But when we arrived she was underway. And so we waited, and she swayed. Swaying through the morning, we waited for the child. Been here ten times before, knowing what to do.

2016 67

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.

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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.

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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.

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Intranets 2017

Michael Sampson - Currents

My friends at Step Two in Sydney are producing the seventh annual intranet conference in Australia : Intranets2017 is in its seventh year, and it continues to power on as the biggest intranet conference in the southern hemisphere, running in Sydney on 31 May-2 June 2017. Today we officially open for registrations, sharing details on the first of our international speakers. At Step Two, we know intranets and digital workplaces, and what teams need to know.

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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

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.

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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

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mini-Workshop at the Office 365 and SharePoint User Group Meeting

Michael Sampson - Currents

Last week I was the second of two presenters at the Office 365 and SharePoint User Group meeting in Christchurch. My topic was to look at how Office 365 could be used to re-imagine productive work, with the caveat from Lee (the organiser) that the session was to be “highly interactive.”

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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

When Death Rushes Up

Michael Sampson - Currents

This is not a good way to greet the morning. Some words of tribute from afar … When death rushes up, We meet it as we are. For some it comes swiftly, from the metal of a car. For others the knife wounds, from the assailant himself. For others death is stayed by the new bridge leap repertoire.

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Meeting Rules

Michael Sampson - Currents

When I was in Europe last month I spent a few days in Rotterdam. Down the road from my hotel was a yoga studio that I walked past on the way to the Rotterdam train station each day, and inside the window were the above “Studio Rules.”

2016 44

Developing on Cloud Time

Michael Sampson - Currents

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

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Laptops in Checked-In Luggage

Michael Sampson - Currents

It’s a common question: Can I pack my laptop in checked-in luggage? The general consensus is “ no.”

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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

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

Case Studies on Office 365 at Work – What’s Happening in Your Work?

Michael Sampson - Currents

I am putting the final touches on a new book that looks at the business opportunities for using Office 365. It explores eight core scenarios of how Office 365 can improve day-to-day work, and for each I want to profile firms that are already using Office 365 and experiencing some benefits. Do you have any examples from your work of Office 365 being used to support: Profiling employee experience (e.g., using Delve profiles for finding people). Storing and sharing files (e.g.,

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