My Office 365 bootcamps are fast approaching. If you are keen to attend please make sure that you register for you location and date:
Sydney – http://ciaops0912.eventbrite.com.au/ [27 September]
Melbourne – http://ciaops1012.eventbrite.com.au/ [3rd October 2012]
The bootcamp will focus on not only showing you what Office 365 is but also helping you determine how to get the most from it for your business. If you are an IT reseller you will also learn how to position yourself to sell Office 365 to your customers.
The bootcamp includes extensive course notes, meals, and more. You’ll need to bring along a laptop to gain hands on experience with the product.
For full details on the bootcamps visit the above registration sites or contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A change of pace with this episode. I speak with David Hall and Richard Denny about the benefits of Meetup.com and how they built a successful entrepreneur group in Sydney. We cover what the benefits are of these groups, why you should get involved and what to expect when you attend. You’ll find the episode at:
Don’t forget all the other podcasts at http://ciaops.podbean.com and appreciate a like over at http://www.facebook.com/n2kpodcast.
Remember if you want to be a guest please contact me (email@example.com).
One of the questions that was posed in todays Office 365 Security session hosted by Scorpion Software that I appeared on
was whether the data in Office 365 was encrypted ‘at rest’. I said that I thought it would be but as it turns out I was wrong. The following document:
Standard Response to Request for Information O365 – Security Privacy v2 – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=26647
“Office 365 currently does not encrypt data at rest, however, the customer may do so through IRM or RMS.”
in multiple places (one instance is on p26, in the IS-18 Information Security Encryption section).
However, before everyone starts jumping up and down about this, can I ask whether the information on your local server is encrypted at rest? It can be (using Bit Locker and what not) but it isn’t be default I believe. However, I’d like to know the reason why it is not, so let me see what I can find on that score and report back.
Google+ hangout with Amy Babinchak, Susan Bradley, Dana Epp and me on Office 365 security. Thursday 10am Sydney.
I encourage you to come hangout too at http://www.scorpionsoft.com/hangout. You can watch the stream live via YouTube at that time, and can interact with us through questions on Twitter at the hashtag #askauthanvil.
I find it quite amusing when people say they can’t find good employees. It is not that I don’t understand the struggles they have, what however brings a smile to my face is the way they go about it.
In most cases they simply create a wanted ad and post to some online job board in the ‘hope’ that the right person will apply. The result is normally that they are flooded with hundreds of irrelevant and unsuitable candidates. Those that may make it past the initial resume screen typically fail at the next hurdle which is a pre-interview knowledge test.
Even people that manage to succeed in overcoming these hurdles generally don’t interview well and end up being rejected. If you add all that up it is a lot of time, effort and money for very little result. Why? Simple. Things work differently now.
Chances are that the good employees you are searching for are already employed by someone else. If they are any good they are in high demand and probably not really thinking of changing jobs. If they are they are most likely going to lured away to another post without even the need for an interview. It makes far more sense to fill a position you need with someone whom you already know can do the job doesn’t it?
So how do you find these good people? Same way you find additional business, networking and referrals. You need to be cultivating and growing your business AND contact network constantly. This will expose you to people who would some day potentially make good employees or know people who would make good employees. Chances are that they are already happily employed, you however need to continue to maintain contact until there comes a time when they are considering making a move.
Tools like social networking, especially in this case something like Linkedin, should be your weapon of choice in growing and maintaining your professional network. You can in fact use Linkedin as a recruitment tool where you can search for people based on skill and experience, connect and then stay in touch. You can also use Linkedin to post jobs and keep people abreast of what is happening in your business.
Bottom line? You need to be constantly recruiting as it is unlikely that good people are going to respond to job ads. They will be typically already be snapped up by someone who makes them a job offer the minute they consider a change and they do this because they take the time to stay in touch with these prospects. You need to let the world know what an attractive business you have and why people should want to be employed within it. Most importantly, the smart ones are leveraging technologies like Linkedin to make this recruitment process much easier. If you are doing things the old way with ads on job sites I hate to tell you that the good people have already been taken.
I am proud to announce the completion of another CIAOPS publication title. This one is “Three Simple SharePoint Scenarios” and I’d like to think that it takes a slightly different approach to teaching people SharePoint.
Firstly, the title is available in PDF, ePub and Kindle formats for $9.99. It is 132 pages and basically takes you through three step by step tutorials of building SharePoint solutions. I feel this is different from most other SharePoint books I have read for the simple fact that it shows you how to use SharePoint to solve business problems rather than just showing your the features of SharePoint.
The first scenario focuses on building a shared calendar for a community organization that needs to keep track of who is booking their hall. The second scenario deals with the issues that a small coffee shop would face and includes an introduction to basic branding with SharePoint. The final scenario looks at a professional office that needs to manage documents and the security these documents.
Each scenario will take you through the step by step process of building each scenario and provided you additional suggestions at the end as to what further development could be done to further improve what is available. So, rather than focusing on what SharePoint is this title hopefully focuses on what SharePoint can do and specifically do out of the box for a small to medium business.
All CIAOPS SharePoint Guide subscribers automatically get access to all formats as part of their subscription. This is another benefit of being a subscriber, you always get access to any publications created by the CIAOPS for free during your subscription period. Aside from being a SharePoint Guide Subscriber purchasing one of my eBook titles is a great way you can support the work that I do writing here on the blog, conducting the podcast, videos, free material and more. Most titles are cheap, with some only being a dollar or two. So please, if you want to support what I do here and allow me to keep doing it and go on creating more useful titles I’d urge you to consider a purchase.
Here are some other titles:
Overcoming email frustrations with Outlook 2007
Windows SharePoint Operations Guide
Windows SharePoint MasterClass: Optimizing Search (PDF)
Getting started with Companyweb 2010 (PDF)
Getting started with Companyweb 2010 (ePUB)
Getting started with Companyweb 2010 (Kindle)
SharePoint Foundation Master Class: Search Server Express on SBS 2011 Standard (PDF)
SharePoint Foundation Master Class: Search Server Express on SBS 2011 Standard (ePUB)
SharePoint Foundation Master Class: Search Server Express on SBS 2011 Standard (Kindle)
Windows SharePoint Master Class:Tutorials (PDF)
Windows SharePoint Master Class:Tutorials (ePUB)
Windows SharePoint Master Class:Tutorials (Kindle)
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard Configuring Certification Guide
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard Configuring Certification Guide (Kindle)
Getting Started with SharePoint Online for Small Business (PDF)
Getting Started with SharePoint Online for Small Business (ePUB)
Getting Started with SharePoint Online for Small Business (Kindle)
Getting Started with SharePoint Online for Enterprises (PDF)
Getting Started with SharePoint Online for Enterprises (ePUB)
Getting Started with SharePoint OnLine for Enterprises (Kindle)
Getting Started with Lync Online (PDF)
Getting Started with Lync Online (ePUB)
Getting Started with Lync Online (Kindle)
If you have any feedback or maybe suggestions of publications you like to see then please do not hesitate to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I am happy to announce a special combination of CIAOPS content in Brisbane on Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th of October in conjunction with SMBITPro – Brisbane.
On Friday the 26th I’ll be conducting an Office 365 Bootcamp and then on Saturday the 27th I’ll be running a SharePoint spotlight session.
Both days will be held at Kedron-Wavell Services Club, 375 Hamilton Rd, Chermside, QLD 4032 from 9am. Entry price is $299 inc for both days and includes meals, parking, refreshments, WiFi, etc.
Details of the event including registration can be found at:
If you use the promotional code EARLYBIRD prior to the 21st of October you’ll receive a $50 discount off the entry price! SMBITPRO members receive special discounts, the details of which they can obtain from their local committee.
I am expecting places to fill quickly so I suggest that you book your place early to avoid disappointment.