It’s all about Search

Here’s my second presentation from Microsoft May 2020:

https://www.slideshare.net/directorcia/its-all-about-search

It’s all about search

Search is the killer app for Microsoft 365, it is available everywhere but few seem to take full advantage of what it has to offer. This session will show the power of Microsoft 365 search and how to make the most of this from the browser to the desktop. You’ll also a peek into what Microsoft has planned for search in Microsoft 365 and what that will mean going forward.

How to get deeper administration insights into your tenant

Here’s my presentation from Microsoft May 2020:

https://www.slideshare.net/directorcia/how-to-get-deeper-administration-insights-into-your-tenant

How to get deeper administration insights into your tenant

Microsoft Cloud App Security is a powerful reporting and alerting tool that provides deep analytics into your Microsoft 365 tenant. Combined with other agents it can be a central place to bring all your reporting and alerting together and even incorporate information from endpoints, servers and firewalls. Come and learn why Microsoft Cloud App Security provides administrators power beyond their wildest dreams when it comes to managing Microsoft 365.

I’ll also post up when the recording is available but checkout the remaining sessions at Microsoft 365 May.

Secure logging with Microsoft 365 presentation

Here’s the slides from my longer presentation today at Ignite Copenhagen

Securely logging to Microsoft 365

Getting access to your information in Microsoft 365 starts with logging in but is it secure as it could be? Understanding security options at the point of entry like MFA, Legacy Authentication and Conditional Access on all devices is critical to keeping information protected as it is not only you that is trying to log into your account these days! Learn what security technologies you can add at login and the best practices approaches to configuring and monitoring these. Security starts  at the doorway to Microsoft 365 and simple configurations can greatly reduce your risks of unauthorised access. Come and learn what can be done.

https://www.slideshare.net/directorcia/securely-logging-to-microsoft-365

Microsoft 365 Automation presentation

These are the slides from my recent presentation on the automation options available in Microsoft 365.

The most important take away I believe is that we live in a world dominated by software. This fact is highlighted that:

Software is eating the world

There are plenty of reasons not to focus on software as a success path but that major reason to is simply the opportunity it provides, especially if most others believe it is all too hard.

It is important remember that software is a skill not a talent. This means it is something that can learned and improved continually over time. There is no such thing as a born developer. Some may have a higher aptitude to software development than others but that doesn’t means it isn’t something you can develop and learn.

As you ponder the worth of automation, have a look at all the simple processes you repeat continually throughout your day. Why is that? Why are these not automated? We live in a world of abundant technology. Most people carry a computer with them that is more powerful that the one that landed on the moon, yet it seems we all have less time to do the things we really enjoy. Why is that? We have allowed technology to master us, rather than using software to make it do our bidding.

The place to start with Microsoft 365 automation is on the desktop. Applications like Word, Excel, and so on contain the ability to record processes via macros and replay these quickly and easily. In fact it will actually convert these actions into code that can be further modified. Every Office application has a huge set of tools to assist with automating processes.

Although tools like SharePoint Designer have now been depreciated they are still available to use. If you are doing work with SharePoint, especially migration, it is important that you have some idea about the workflows SharePoint Designer creates and how they can be maintained.

Third party services like IFTTT and Zapier provide the ability to connect to Microsoft 365 services. One place that I use IFTTT is to save a backup of each of my blog articles directly to a OneNote file I have saved in OneDrive. I use Zapier to automate my free SharePoint email course offering.

The important consideration here is that the automation does not have to be purely focused on a technical outcome. It can be used in many places inside a business, including marketing.

The Microsoft equivalent of tools like IFTTT is known as Microsoft Flow. It allows to connect to both Microsoft 365 and third party services and map a process around these. The great thing about Flow is that it can integrated to includes on premises resources as well as be extended. More power is also available with tools like Azure Logic App and Azure Functions, which can be easily integrated into Microsoft 365.

Introduction to Microsoft Flow

Automation is also available in Microsoft Teams by utilising either the built in bots or even going far as to build your own. You will also find that Teams has a Flow bot that you can incorporated. This shows you the power of the power of the Microsoft solution via the integration of tools throughout the stack. Delivering automation for a business through a services like Teams makes a lot of sense as many of your users are already here most of the time.

The automation tool that most IT Professionals should be focusing on without doubt is PowerShell. Unfortunately, this seems to be the one that garners the most resistance and there is no doubt that getting started with PowerShell can be challenging. However, there are options like Azure Cloud Shell that make this much easier and also allow you to access PowerShell through a browser or even a mobile app.

The way forward with PowerShell is to use it’s ability to integrate and take advantage of the Microsoft Graph. This avoids the need to load multiple cumbersome service modules. If you are looking to invest your time in PowerShell with Microsoft 365 then you should be investigating how to take advantage of the Microsoft Graph using it.

As a final point to consider, I’d recommend you take a look at the following video from Daniel Pink, especially at this point (from about 29 minutes in):

https://youtu.be/CUDqN7MNsRw?t=1662

Office 365 Saturday–Melbourne

I’ll be speaking at Office 365 Saturday in Melbourne on Saturday the 16th of September 2017.

There are three tracks with a wide range of speakers on all things Office 365. The event is free to attend and runs from 8.30am – 5.30pm at Clifton’s in Melbourne. You can learn more about the event and register here:

https://www.meetup.com/O365-Saturday/events/239503295/

My session is on automation options available in Office 365.

I hope to see you there.

August Webinar Resources

Another month, another webinar done. You can download the slides from:

https://www.slideshare.net/directorcia/need-to-know-webinar-august-2017

If you are not a CIAOPS patron you want to view or download a full copy of the video from the session you can do so here:

http://www.ciaopsacademy.com/p/august-2017-need-to-know-webinar/

We took a stroll through SharePoint Communications sites. What they are, how to create and edit them. Thanks everyone for attending

you can also now get access to all webinars via:

http://ciaops-academy.teachable.com/courses/need-to-know-webinars

for a nominal fee.

See you next month.