Category Archives: Worst Practices

Office 365 Worst Practices – Part 8 – Focus only on What’s New

This is not specific to Office 365 – it is a general phenomenon. IT professionals are especially prone to this “What’s New Syndrome”. Whenever any product is being considered for purchase, deployment or adoption, What’s New becomes an important part of the discussion. Unfortunately, that is NOT the right way to plan rollout or adoption of ANY product. Why? Because focusing on What’s New assumes you already know What’s Old (and are using it effectively) – which is rarely true!

image

Photo credit: Georgie Pauwels / Foter / CC BY

Continue reading Office 365 Worst Practices – Part 8 – Focus only on What’s New

Office 365 Worst Practices – Part 7 – Inadequate efforts to drive adoption

The buzzword is  “consumption”. Deployment does not mean effective usage. The efforts which are taken in this direction are inadequate as well as misdirected. This guarantees underutilization and poor ROI. Read on to find out what goes wrong and how to correct it.

image

Continue reading Office 365 Worst Practices – Part 7 – Inadequate efforts to drive adoption

Knowledge Pack: Office 365 Worst Practices

While working with hundreds of customers globally, I see lot of mistakes being done. This leads to poor ROI and business value. Best Practices get all the limelight. But mistakes are never documented publicly. Hence I am writing this series – Office 365 Worst Practices

Some mistakes are strategic, some technical, some operational. The worst practices article list is growing! Here is a list of all articles I have written on this topic so far. Future articles will also be added to keep this knowledge pack current. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Office 365 Worst Practices - KP

Continue reading Knowledge Pack: Office 365 Worst Practices

Office 365 Worst Practices – Part 6 – Power BI tools not deployed / used

Office 365 plans which include Office Pro Plus are capable of running Power Pivot, Power Query, Power View and Power Map. Extremely powerful tools. Highly popular with users and top management. Unfortunately, in many cases, these tools are just not deployed!

image

Continue reading Office 365 Worst Practices – Part 6 – Power BI tools not deployed / used

Office 365 Worst Practices – Part 5 – “We have not deployed OneDrive yet!”

One of the most important components of Office 365 is OneDrive. Unfortunately, most customers do not understand and promote all the benefits of OneDrive to all the end users. Due to this, the product is underutilized as well as misused. In this article, I discuss this problem in detail and provide a simple and practical approach.

OneDrive for Business

Photo credit: blavandmaster / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Continue reading Office 365 Worst Practices – Part 5 – “We have not deployed OneDrive yet!”

Are you making this dangerous mistake while comparing percentages?

This dangerous mistake while comparing percentages: I really don’t know how the world is still working. This is probably the most useful service I have done to humanity till date! It is dangerous mistake and is extremely common.
Read it NOW or view the 5 min video. Share it with everyone you love.

Continue reading Are you making this dangerous mistake while comparing percentages?

Office 365 Worst Practices – Part 4 – CXOs don’t understand its benefits

 

When I say CXO, the CIO is not included. CIOs do understand what Office 365 is.  But when it comes to educating the CXOs, there is a problem. Whatever they say, it sounds technical and confusing. In many cases the only thing CXOs understand clearly is that CAPEX is going to become OPEX and the deal is signed!

Office 365: Worst Practices

In this article, I don’t delve upon the problem too much. I will give you the solution. A simple and jargon-less description of what Office 365 can do to an organization – if used correctly.

Continue reading Office 365 Worst Practices – Part 4 – CXOs don’t understand its benefits

Office 365 Worst Practices – Part 2 – Phased Release: Underutilization by Design!

Worst Practices: Underutilization by Design!

In my opinion this is the worst Worst Practice. The full list is available here. Here I will discuss why phased release is bad and provide a better approach. The primary objective is to increase efficiency across the organization rapidly using the integrated Office 365 platform. Your inputs are most welcome.

Continue reading Office 365 Worst Practices – Part 2 – Phased Release: Underutilization by Design!

Office 365 Worst Practices – Part 1

Office 365

Office 365 is now an established and popular product. I just finished a 6 country tour where I met top 40 customers who are in various stages of deploying Office 365. I have made a list of common mistakes / wrong approaches / misaligned priorities / counterproductive behavior. Read on to ensure that you don’t repeat these mistakes. More importantly, if you have already committed the mistake, the corrective approach is also provided. This series is more relevant to CIO, IT team and the deployment teams.

Continue reading Office 365 Worst Practices – Part 1