Improving Microsoft Adoption

Insights On Getting Users On Board Faster and More Sustainably

Asif Rehmani

SharePoint MVP, MCT and Author on all things SharePoint. Asif loves to speak, consult, train and write on SharePoint technologies.
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Quick tour of the modern document library in SharePoint Online

Posted by Asif Rehmani on Oct 12, 2017 6:50:42 AM

The modern document library in SharePoint is still a work in progress. Folks still tell me at times that they flip between the classic and modern views to get the best of both. Over time, things will definitely stabilize and we'll have just one view to work with. For now though, it's best to be familiar with both.

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Topics: modern document library

Timeline for SharePoint adoption activities

Posted by Asif Rehmani on Feb 7, 2017 9:07:00 AM

Wouldn't it be nice to have a timeline of 'adoption enhancing activities' to follow when rolling out a new SharePoint-based intranet (or relaunching your existing one)? I mean, let's get real and talk about concrete things instead of vague concepts. Let's do this!

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Topics: SharePoint Adoption

Interactive Guide on Office 365 Groups

Posted by Asif Rehmani on Jan 25, 2017 11:07:00 AM

I'm a big fan of helping users get used to an application by getting down and dirty into it. Yes, they might end up breaking small things here and there sometimes. However, as long as they are in a safe environment with little to no impact on core business, the advantages of user adoption far outweigh the risks.

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Topics: Office 365

Quick way to on-board end users on Office 365

Posted by Asif Rehmani on Sep 7, 2016 2:00:00 PM

As you know, Office 365 is an amazing offering by Microsoft and it has been growing leaps and bounds in the last year. Many small to large organizations around the world are taking advantage of this platform.

However, there is a problem... 
As awesome as Office 365 is, I see a lot of users struggling with making sense of it all. Not just end users, but also administrators in charge of setting up Office 365 services as well!

Continue reading and I’ll tell you about how our company, VisualSP, is planning to target that problem. If you don’t want to read further, here’s quick shortcut to the answer.

Office 365 consists of many useful applications such as Mail, Tasks, SharePoint, Office Online, Planner, Yammer, OneDrive, Delve and so much more. They are all shifting and changing as time goes by and as Microsoft is adjusting to market demands and rolling out constant updates to it all. Things are starting to get complicated real fast as this offering is coming of age.

So what do end users and administrators currently do when they are looking for answers?

One of the following two things:

1) Search for answers online and sift through results on Microsoft sites, MVP articles, Forums and YouTube videos
Challenge with No. 1: There is too much information out there about certain things and it’s easy to get lost or get the wrong answers. On the flip side, there is not much information about other things and you feel equally lost.

2)  Click on the ? button at the top right of the screen. I don’t see too many people having faith in this method anymore, but those that still do are presented with the following screen:

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Topics: Office 365

Make your presentations come alive using the ZoomIt tool

Posted by Asif Rehmani on May 10, 2016 12:22:15 PM


This has happened so many times where I would get done with my presentation at a conference and someone would come up to me and ask: "How were you drawing on the screen so fluidly? What tool do you use?"

Well, after hearing that question a few dozen times, I decided I needed to create a video to quickly show how I use the ZoomIt tool to make my presentations much more engaging then just static pictures. The following short video shows you exactly where to get it and how it's used. I hope it's helpful to my fellow presenters out there.

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Topics: SharePoint General Info

Watch the new SharePoint Mobile and Intranet interfaces - Video Demonstration

Posted by Asif Rehmani on May 4, 2016 11:30:00 AM

SharePoint mobile and intranet experiences are getting an uplift. Many changes are coming our way.

Here is a quick list of the changes:

  1. A new SharePoint mobile app is coming
  2. SharePoint home page is getting enhanced and looks much more attractive
  3. Site Contents page shows analytics of the site in addition to the content of the site
  4. Office 365 Groups will come paired with SharePoint team sites
  5. Document libraries with ability to pin a document, create links to external documents and copying/moving to other libraries
  6. A new capability, Microsoft Flow, has the ability to connect various services together to automate processes
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Topics: SharePoint General Info

Watch how the new File Sharing and Collaboration features in OneDrive and SharePoint work - Video Demonstration

Posted by Asif Rehmani on May 4, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Microsoft will soon be rolling out many enhancements and changes to how we share files and collaborate within OneDrive and SharePoint.

Here is a quick list of the new features:

  1. Moving documents from OneDrive to SharePoint document library
  2. New document library interface mimicking OneDrive
  3. iOS OneDrive app that lets your sync documents from OneDrive as well as a SharePoint document library
  4. The Discover view in Android OneDrive app
  5. Document level analytics targeted to end users
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Topics: SharePoint General Info

The Answer for Lackluster Office 365 SharePoint Online Adoption

Posted by Asif Rehmani on Nov 6, 2015 11:30:00 AM


Is your company facing slow SharePoint adoption? The answer is not an overworked support desk or hiring a training consultant. The answer lies in a versatile inline, in-context tool. 

 

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Topics: VisualSP, SharePoint Adoption, Office 365

VisualSP's SharePoint Help App Improves Small Business Productivity

Posted by Asif Rehmani on Oct 27, 2015 7:00:00 AM

My experience with SharePoint has shown me that users are often introduced to the platform without any training or formal communication process to drive internal adoption. For medium and large enterprises, early adoption without training protocols or in-context help is a problem. For small businesses, without the time, resources and budget to facilitate such training, the issue is even more problematic. Making the investment in Office 365 without fully deploying the SharePoint Online environment means underutilization of a critical productivity tool.

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Topics: VisualSP Help System, SharePoint Adoption, Office 365

OneDrive personal files interface coming to Office 365 Group files

Posted by Asif Rehmani on Oct 14, 2015 4:18:55 AM

Announced today by Christophe Fiessinger from Microsoft - The cool looking OneDrive files management interface is coming to Office 365 Groups. Some folks will already see this right away. Others will see it within the next couple of months.

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Topics: Office 365

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