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Delegate365 changelog version 8.1-New permission policies

When we started with Delegate365 five years ago, basic permissions were sufficient to control what features can be used by Scope Admins. Since Delegate365 evolved with more functionality and we received requests from our customers, it was time to renew the permission control to a more granular level. So, the existing permissions have been replaced with permission policies. With Delegate365 version 8.1, each Administrator gets a permission policy assigned that controls on a very granular level, what modules and features can be managed. The new menu structuring is part of that functionality. See how the permission policies work and how existing permissions are converted here.

Delegate365 changelog version 8.1-Menu restructuring

With Delegate365 version 8.1 there comes a new menu structure. The new menu groups the functions more logically and allows granular control with new permission policies. The new policies are are described in a separate article. See the menu differences before and after in this overview.

Impressions of Microsoft Ignite 2018

From 24th to 28th September, Microsoft's largest and fourth Microsoft Ignite conference took place in Orlando, Florida. #MSIgnite is the largest and leading event for IT-Professionals, Developers and Decision-Makers in the Microsoft universe. With approximately 30,000 attendees and about 700 breakouts and a lot of theater-sessions , a large expo and a lot of networking, this event was huge. We were proud to be part of the conference and we have collected some of our impressions here.

Ignite MVP Live Blog : THR2041 How Microsoft does IT: Best practices for your Champion program

This session gives you insights from Microsoft IT about how they use their internal Teams Champion program to drive collaboration and communication using Microsoft Teams. The session was delivered by Sara Bush, Sr. Program Manager Microsoft Teams, Microsoft. Sara is a member of the Teams & Voice team in End User Services Engineering, Sara is driving Microsoft Teams adoption internally through the Art of Teamwork Tour training program, the Teamwork Champions program and the EUSE change management effort to bring all Microsoft users into a deep understanding of how Microsoft Teams supports day to day work, increasing collaboration and productivity. Pouneh Kaufman, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft. Pouneh is responsible for the global rollout of Microsoft Teams within Microsoft.Every time I have the chance to listen to a session from Microsoft IT I try to attend. It is valuable and gives you good insights, how a worldwide company with more than 220k employees adopt and implement IT. During my projects I see that there is not a lot of difference in IT planning among large enterprises. Microsoft IT shares insights which can be extremely valuable when you use that in your own enterprise. First Sara and Pouneh talked about why Microsoft moved form Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams helps the organization to get all communication channels together in one place. To drive adoption Microsoft IT runs an internal adoption program around awareness, engagement, measurement, management.Success factors were defined in measurements, like collecting usage data, feedback to gain trust and awareness. The project scope was very clear:Get more than >200k users to use Microsoft Teams and move away from Skype for Business. Success factors showed that it worked:over 55% of all chats happen in Teams, Teams meetings are widely used.Champions feedback measurements: 98% Program satisfaction, 88% Satisfaction Training support. 83% Satisfaction with monthly calls.To drive adoption and usage Microsoft IT used a champions program. First champs came from passionate users which were found within their most active Teams Yammer participants. People wants to be in the know. Microsoft IT developed a training: Art of teamwork. It is a level 100 training for end users, which is available to customers as well. More showcases are available here. The best thing about a Champions program: Champions are bringing in other champions.So what are the Champions give and gets:Gives: Teamwork Training. Teams Yammer Group support. Champions List for organization. promote readiness. Gets : Digital Profile Badge, Digital & Physical Swag. Engage with SME's and the Microsoft Product Group. "I see you, I recognize you, I need you". access to monthly call with product group. Champions need to be visible to end users. The results are impressive:more than 650 Champions, 45 Countries, 90 BuildingsTo find champions use the channels which are available - like Microsoft IT used the Yammer group. They make their Champions recognizable. Further ways to drive adoption worked through Gamification: A little friendly competition. Earn points by hosting internal training. Point system for users development. new badges for new levels. Impacts the performance reviews.What did not work: too much products, different generations, resistance about taking Skype away. Give users a place to talk about that: UserVoice. Yammer community.If you look into bringing a new communication tool into life, look at this usecases!Resources:Slides VideostreamThe Art of Teamwork resource Kit

How to associate an Azure subscription owned by a MSA to your organization's AAD

If you created new Azure subscriptions with a Microsoft Account (MSA), the subscription is managed with an own Azure Active Directory (AAD). This article shows how to integrate such an "external" Azure subscription into your organization's AAD.

Looking forward to Microsoft Ignite 2018

In a good week, Microsoft Ignite 2018 will start! Ignite is Microsoft's largest yearly IT conference that will take place from September 24 - 28, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. Ignite will offer about 700+ sessions, insights and roadmaps from industry leaders, and deep dives and live demos on the products you use every day. We are looking forward to a full week to meet customers, partners and friends from all over the world. And we have prepared a bunch of great content we will deliver in our sessions!

Impressions of Microsoft Tech Summit Paris 2018

After we returned from MVP Summit, we were proud to be part of Microsoft Tech Summit from March 14th to 15th in Paris. The cost-free roadshow took place in Paris Expo Porte de Versailles and delivered two days of news and How-To’s of the Microsoft cloud services. See some impressions here.

Join us at SharePoint Conference North America!

Celebrate the Return of the SharePoint Community to Las Vegas! After four years, SharePoint Conference North America is back from May 21st to 23rd 2018 at MGM Grand in fabulous Las Vegas. Meet the Microsoft SharePoint team, community members and peers from around the world there. We from atwork are happy to be there as well to meet and contribute to SPC 2018!

Impressions of Microsoft Tech Summit Frankfurt 2018

This week, the Microsoft Tech Summit roadshow took place in Frankfurt, Germany. On two days, from February 21-22, 2018, the cost-free roadshow informed about topics from Azure to Microsoft 365. We were happy to be part of the Tech Summit. See some impressions here!

Azure information protection user experience with external users

Due to the coming GDPR regulation in May 2018 many customers are working very actively towards this date and check their compliance and security environment. Many requests arise around Azure Information protection which gives customers the ability to classify and protect their data in an easy, reproducible way. Data classification helps users to differentiate between data that can be shared outside an organization and data that is classified or NDA information. Many statistics show that less than 5% of all data from an organization are in that high classification range.

Azure Information protection helps you classify and protect that type of data. One of the main questions here is: how is that handled with external or guest users? What is the user experience for an external user and how can he open those protected messages (Mails or Documents). The user experience is demonstrated below.

Multiple Users in Microsoft Teams (and other Office 365 services) with the same name

Recently a colleague asked me: How can you deal with users in large Enterprise Tenants, who share the same name? How do you know who is who?” Indeed, this can happen, as soon as your Office 365 Tenant has a lot of users in it. There are some very common names in each language, so you should know who you add to your Microsoft Team. From an organizational perspective, this should be solved with a proper identity management: Users have a unique e-mail address, but it does not end here: there are some other fields that need to be filled, like Job Title, Department and a lot more. But in fact: which fields is the Microsoft Teams user dialog using here?