Microsoft 365 usage optimisation – why it matters, and how to do it

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Your organisation’s investment in Microsoft 365 means a more connected, satisfying and productive experience for your employees – without worrying about the high-maintenance administration involved with legacy on-premises technology.

Even so, there are aspects of M365 you should consider in order to ensure the smoothest possible experience for your people. In this article, we’ll share some of the things to think about which will improve your tenant’s usage optimisation, and steps you can take to really make M365 sing.

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It’s time to consider Microsoft 365 for Records Management

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In the last five years, the world of records management has rapidly shifted. Data protection laws have gotten tighter around the world – and the penalties for poor retention and deletion practices are only growing.

In Europe and the UK, the passage of the GDPR in 2018 began a sea change in the way companies manage sensitive information. The spirit of the law was clear: The days of getting away with sloppy data protection are over. This is particularly the case for public sector organisations, many of whom already had to grapple with stringent compliance standards from regulations like the Public Records Act.

Today, many organisations are looking for a tool that can solve their retention and records management woes once and for all. For that, you need a modern, cloud-based electronic document and records management system (EDRMS).

And you may be surprised to find that solution already waiting at your fingertips…

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Get the most from your investment in enterprise Microsoft 365 with our Technical Assurance Service

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The shift towards hybrid and remote working has made the need for instant, secure access to your organisation’s information and resources from anywhere vital to getting work done. It’s imperative for organisations to have an appropriate, collaborative solution in place that makes flexible working both viable and beneficial, and Microsoft 365 provides the answer for most major enterprises.  

Not only does M365 bring all the key Office apps like Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel together into one, seamless suite, but it also enhances collaboration, streamlines processes, and improves your organisation’s security. 

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Leveraging Evergreen IT for maximum benefit

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With today’s rapidly changing technology, it’s critical to have an effective strategy to ensure your business is leveraging the most up-to-date software and hardware. That’s where an Evergreen IT managed service can be very valuable. An Evergreen IT managed service can provide a number of benefits, such as improved efficiency, better security, and cost savings. In this blog, we’ll explore these benefits in more detail.  

What is an Evergreen IT service?  

Most IT departments have a goal of providing the highest quality service to their customers. This means keeping up with the latest technologies and staying ahead of the competition, while also ensuring reliability and scalability. That’s where Evergreen IT services come into play. An Evergreen IT service is a constantly evolving infrastructure that allows businesses to remain competitive and provide their customers with the best possible services.  

An Evergreen IT service takes into account the changing needs of businesses and ensures that it is always using the latest technology available. It is designed to be regularly updated, so that businesses can stay ahead of their competition by using the most current hardware and software solutions. The goal of an Evergreen IT service is to deliver maximum value to its users by providing them with reliable and scalable solutions that meet their ever-changing needs. 

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Microsoft Viva Engage – the new platform for communities and conversations within Microsoft Teams

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Going into 2020, many business leaders were sceptical about remote working, fearing the impact that doing so would have on productivity. But the work from home ‘experiment’ that the pandemic brought has proved to be far more successful than many predicted.

Collaborative technologies like Microsoft Teams, and now Microsoft Viva, have played a vital role in making remote working a viable option for so many organisations, letting teams stay connected digitally, despite being apart physically.

Viva is Microsoft’s new approach to ensuring businesses can provide a consistently good employee experience, while enabling remote and hybrid work. Part of the drive behind Viva is an acknowledgement of the need to help workers stave off the isolation and loss of connection that can occur with these new ways of working. It is also helping business leaders safeguard the mental health of their workers by providing a full picture of how people across their organisation are working, thereby allowing them to tackle the warning signs of stress and burnout before they become a problem.

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How labelling and retention with Microsoft 365 protects your critical information

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As organisations become increasingly reliant on cloud technology to carry out key day-to-day business, the amount and complexity of data is naturally growing in tandem. Fortunately, Microsoft 365 is now fully-equipped with the tools to ensure your organistaion’s critical data can be kept secure and compliant.

Effectively managing data

There is so much critical information that businesses now need to stay on top of – no longer just good old-fashioned email and documents, but also a multitude of Teams chats, files shared in SharePoint sites and more. This growth in shared information is critical to collaboration, and is paying off with increased operational efficiency.

But it creates a new level of risk for organisations that need to keep up-to-date with ever-evolving industry regulations and internal policies that require content to be preserved for a certain amount of time.

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Can SharePoint Online replace third-party records management tools?

Records management solutions – such as Objective and Meridio – have earned their place in IT leaders’ software arsenals, providing valuable functionality to businesses and ensuring compliance to the letter with industry regulations, key standards and legislation.

However, with the volume of compliance requirements increasing, businesses tightening their belts, and traditional records management platforms getting long in the tooth, many organisations are now investigating alternative methods of modernising their records management capability.

The good news is that there is now an alternative to those legacy platforms. The even better news is that, if your organisation uses Microsoft 365 enterprise licences, you’re likely already equipped with the tools you need, ready to be configured.

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CompanyNet awarded place on G-Cloud 13 public sector framework

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We’re pleased to say CompanyNet has been selected for the UK Government’s G-Cloud 13 framework. The news builds on our many successful years of experience providing cloud consultancy and solutions for the public sector, and we’ve previously been awarded a place on every G-Cloud framework from G-Cloud 3 onwards. G-Cloud 13 lets CompanyNet continue to offer …

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CompanyNet joins the Core family

CompanyNet is pleased to announce that we have joined the Core Technology Systems group of companies.

Core is a market leading, independent end-to-end IT Managed Services Provider, with 31 years’ experience delivering IT infrastructure support, managed services and digital transformation solutions to its private and public sector SME and mid-market customers. 

Its strategic acquisition of CompanyNet strengthens the business’s technical capability and provides geographic expansion into Scotland. This acquisition results in even greater value and additional service and project delivery capabilities for customers of CompanyNet and Core.

Developing capability

Core’s CEO, Conor Callanan, commented: “We are delighted to complete the acquisition of CompanyNet, a highly skilled and customer-centric company whose values align to ours. We are focused on developing capability and excellent levels of service for our customers, and this acquisition means greater capability and additional resources.

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