Michael Sampson

Cultivating Productive Collaboration — Strategy, Human Behaviour, Work Practice

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SharePoint Intranets In a Box Report v5 – by ClearBox Consulting

The buyers’ guide to intranet products for SharePoint and Office 365. ClearBox’s independent assessments of intranet solutions for SharePoint and Office 365 will show you how SharePoint (on-premises and online) can be transformed into a fully-featured intranet and collaboration environment. Covering 52 intranet products (30 in-depth reviews and cataloguing...

The New ClearBox SharePoint Intranets-in-a-Box Report

For the past five years ClearBox Consulting has published an annual review of the SharePoint intranet in-a-box products that are on the market. It truly is an evergreen resource, and even more so since we decided to update it quarterly. The new issue of our report has just been published and is available to buy now. It’s nearly 600 pages of critical...

Reimagineer: A Snapshot of Transformation in Action

Every time a decision is made, a product or service is designed, or a way of working is introduced to a team, there’s two things at play. The first is the visible and explicit decision, product, service or way of working. The second are the boundary conditions on what’s possible—the constraints, assumptions and general context that define what’s possible,...

Extra Oomph for Spear Phishing @trustwave #cybersecurity

Trustwave, a cybersecurity and managed security services provider, published a short case study in June on blocking email threats in the hotel sector. The overview said the case study was from a New Zealand-based firm (always of high interest), but it was one of the comments inside the case study that really captured my attention: One common attack...

The Inside Man – by KnowBe4 @knowbe4 #securityawarenesstraining

Security awareness training is an essential element in preparing a workforce to identify social engineering attempts, discern whether an email is real or a phish, and to be alert to security threats hiding in plain sight, among others. Offering security awareness training is a standard recommendation for all employees, although clearly security awareness...

Re-Thinking ROI for Office 365: Stop Trying to Save Time – by Michael Sampson @silverside_nl #dex2019 #office365

At DEX 2019 last week, I presented the day 2 opening keynote – on Re-Thinking ROI for Office 365, with an emphasis on the flawed logic that focuses on saving time and reducing travel. I argued that the traditional ways don’t work and miss the real value of Office 365, and offered several ways for re-thinking the real value. Here’s my slides. This was...

DEX: The Story So Far … – by James Robertson of Step Two Designs @james_steptwo @steptwodesigns #dex2019

James Robertson, founder of Step Two Designs and the leading champion for the DEX opportunity, offered the closing keynote at the DEX 2019 conference in Sydney last week. Key ideas: – The fundamentals remain important, but DEX provides an uplift to the area. – DEX is still at early stages; there’s a huge opportunity. – There’s a bunch of things we...

How Design Thinking Can Be Used to Create New Ways of Working – by Alison Sharp of Meld Studios #dex2019 @alisharp @WeAreMeld

At the DEX 2019 conference in Sydney last week, Alison Sharp from Meld Studios talked about the use of design thinking to create new ways of working. Key ideas: – Design is necessary. It bridges strategy and doing. – The leadership opportunity requires new mindsets and methods, and a more balanced set of decision making criteria. – There are many...

How the Department of Education Shares and Curates Information Resources Across NSW with Office 365 – by Pip Cleaves #dex2019 @pipcleaves

At DEX 2019 last week, Pip Cleaves talked about her work at the NSW Department of Education to encourage STEM learning in schools, and how Office 365 is used to share and curate information resources for teachers in the program. (I’m catching up on blogging these mind maps, as I didn’t have my iPad with me on day 2 of DEX.)

DEX Before Day 1 – Your Intranets Missed Opportunity by Nigel Williams

Nigel from Interact Intranet talked at DEX 2019 about using the intranet to support pre-boarding of employees. Key ideas: – Across the world, onboarding is a terrible experience. – The intranet provides a massive opportunity for re-thinking the onboarding experience. – Give managers a toolkit to make pre-boarding awesome. – Doing pre-boarding with...

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