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How to Use Microsoft 365 to Improve Team Collaboration

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Effective teamwork can be challenging for organizations of all sizes, especially with many continuing to work from home. Fortunately, Microsoft 365 makes it easier to work together and stay connected with several cloud-based apps.

Here are tips for helping your team use Microsoft 365 to improve collaboration.

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4 Ways Azure AD Can Benefit Your Business

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As more accounts move to the cloud, the key to securing your company’s data is managing access effectively.

Azure AD is a cloud-based identity and access management tool that helps you simplify security and allows your team to work from anywhere.

Here is how Azure AD can benefit your business when it comes to controlling access, securing and resetting passwords, and connecting applications.

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Secure Collaboration with Teams

Microsoft Teams is a safe and easy way for teams to stay engaged. With this cloud-based tool, you can easily connect your team with chat, video meetings, file sharing, and task management.

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Cloud Communication Map

The way we communicate continues to change.

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You need a place where teams can present, discuss, and share ideas without creating email overload. Which is why it’s key to pick the right stack of communication and collaboration tools.

For many small businesses, that’s where Microsoft 365 comes in – a suite of cloud services to address the many different needs of the modern workplace. But which tool do you use? And when?

Do you know which tool to use?

For us to be effective as teams working together, we need to know which tools to use. Determining the right channel is typically based on three things:

  • Are you communicating or collaboration?
  • How quickly do you need a response?
  • What is the tone of the message?

And, defining the process helps keep everyone working together, in the same place. It’ll eliminate any confusion by outlining how your company uses each tool. 

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Download our Microsoft 365 communication map.

Use our Microsoft 365 communication map as a starting point to determine which tools make the most sense for your organization. 

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How to protect your email account

If you think your email is fully protected from hackers, think again. A lack of sufficient email security measures can result in data theft, unauthorized access to sensitive information and the invasion of your computer by viruses and malware. Here are some tips to secure your email account from unwanted intruders and the many troubles that come with them.

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Data warehouses drive business development

As a small business owner, you’re probably looking into ways to maximize profitability and minimize costs. In order to do that you must make good business decisions, and making sound decisions requires a thorough analysis of all relevant data. That kind of data can be found in a well-designed data warehouse. Businesses have to deal with large amounts of data everyday, and this is where a data warehouse can help. If you’re wondering what exactly a data warehouse is and how your business can use it, here is some information to get you started.

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Venmo adds multi-factor authentication

It’s easy to get complacent about internet security, but the reality is that none of us can afford to let our guard down. Precautions to protect yourself, your identity and your finances online can be simple, but they are only effective when practiced rigorously and consistently. And while the most obvious things like making passwords hard to guess and locking your workstation are as effective as they ever were, nowhere are conscientious security efforts more crucial than when using online banking systems and mobile payment portals. Users of peer-to-peer payment provider Venmo can breathe a sigh of relief, then, because the service just added extra security controls for its customers.

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4 things to consider before selecting an MSP

Incorporating technology into business operations can be a challenge, because technology is always on the move, and many businesses simply can’t keep up. Small businesses often put their faith in a single IT guy to look after their tech needs but, chances are, he won’t have the time or expertise to be able to deal with wide ranging issues. As a result, many businesses look to Managed Services Providers (MSPs) to provide IT services and handle all IT issues. Here are 4 things to consider before selecting an MSP.

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Creating an effective business disaster plan

You’ve been putting that business continuity plan off for months now, but you’ve finally decided to go through with it. You start by talking to members of your staff, partners and service providers. And it doesn’t take long to see that everyone has a different opinion about what to recover first when disaster strikes. The head of your IT department demands your servers are top priority, while your Vice President argues that without network security being reestablished pronto, your business is left vulnerable to even further damage. Who’s right? It may be difficult to decide. That’s why we’ve compiled these fundamental ideas to consider when drafting your business continuity plan.

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Business continuity testing process

Disasters can happen at any time, which is why it is important for your company to have a business continuity plan. In the event your business gets hit with an unforeseen disaster, you’ll be able to minimize damage, downtime, and impact to your business operations. If you don’t have a contingency plan to protect valuable data and technology, you may face serious consequences, the worst of which is shutting down your business for good.