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Modern SharePoint sites are about to receive a welcome boost with an abundance of new and improved publishing and user interface features. Here’s what you need to know about the changes.
New features coming to SharePoint include better branding options, a wealth of new web parts, improved layout tools for content creators, and a new ‘mega menu’-style navigation option.
As soon as the changes are applied to your organisation’s Office 365 tenant, your intranet will gain a host of new and improved features. Our Kira intranet for SharePoint is already compatible with the new features, so we expect a smooth transition for all our customers.
Here’s what’s coming up:
A host of new web parts
As well as these improvements, there’ll be a host of new components available to page creators:
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Exploring the IT industry’s problematic relationship with change management, understanding why effective user adoption is more important than ever in a cloud-ready world, and looking at some methods and techniques available to those enlightened souls who wish to deliberately and positively deliver change and user adoption.
Bananarama and The Fun Boy Three were definitely onto something back in 1982, when they joined forces to record their version of Sy Oliver and Trummy Young’s 1930s classic ditty. What they probably didn’t realise was that almost 40 years later, the song’s central message would be used as a lighthearted device to illustrate effective ways of managing change in the IT industry.
Build it and they will come?
You see, the IT industry has always had a bit of a problem with change management. “Build it and they will come!” has been the prevailing attitude of IT departments through the years.
It’s been fuelled by a misguided belief that users will simply use the solution put in front of them. And all the evidence points to the fact that, unless they simply have to use it, they won’t. Instead, they’ll seek out an alternative route as the ‘path of least resistance’ – and you’ll have a failed implementation on your hands, thanks to poorly-managed user adoption.
Erm, no they won’t
The ‘build it and they will come’ adage betrays a fundamental arrogance which has been prevalent in the industry for decades. It fails to recognise that IT exists to provide a service to the business; that the business contains users of technology, and that users are very adept at knowing what they need, and what they don’t need. IT departments simply haven’t been providing the tools and technologies their user bases demand; if you need any further evidence, witness the rapid growth of ‘shadow IT’.
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As part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, we talk to former apprentice Euan Eddie about his time as a modern apprentice at CompanyNet.
I found out through an external training provider. After doing a course with them, they suggested the apprenticeship program at CompanyNet.
I thought it was a good route coming into a new career. I previously worked in the hospitality industry and was looking for a new break. It was a good opportunity to learn and get job experience at the same time.
There were two interviews in the process. The first interview was a presentation, where you had to talk about something you are passionate about. The second interview is a more formal interview with some senior members of staff.
You are treated just like everybody else and you get a chance to work with everyone. It gives you a lot of exposure quickly to client facing roles and different roles within the business and gives you a good understanding of not just how the business works but the IT sector in general
I was hoping to get a good start in a career in IT. I was looking to become a developer and to pick up a lot of technical skills and soft skills throughout the apprenticeship.
After finishing my apprenticeship and carrying on at CompanyNet, I am now an Office 365 & Azure Developer.
Yes, for young people and for older people who want to change their careers.
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