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Brad Watson

As KiZAN’s B2B Ambassador, my job is to cut through the buzzword clutter. With a background in broadcasting, writing, advertising, software development, and business ownership, I’m uniquely positioned to help you deflate the “marketing fluff” and identify solutions for the “true” needs of your organization.
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Using Microsoft Teams to get started with Power Platform

August 12 2020

 

Power Platform

 

The applications comprising Microsoft’s Power Platform—Power Automate, Power BI, and PowerApps—are sometimes thought of as being for power users. That is, there’s a sort of gatekeeping that implies only people with degrees in IT, who know coding languages, or who are Microsoft certified in some manner can use this suite with any success.

Use Teams Live Events for Your Next Big Meeting

June 29 2020

States are beginning to reopen their businesses but large gatherings remain unadvised. No one wants their next meeting to become a cluster for the next coronavirus outbreak. That also being said, everyone wants to have large meetings around this time of year. Colleges and high schools want to hold graduation ceremonies or teach summer classes. Companies want to hold job fairs to hire those new graduates – and they may want to hold all-hands meetings sometime after June 30th to mark the end of Q2.

Building Business Resiliency Through COVID and Beyond

May 27 2020

 

In a previous piece, we focused on how to rapidly implement Microsoft Teams in order to get your employees safely working from home. This is an excellent start, but you're not out of the woods yet.

From Office 365 to Microsoft 365 – What’s Going to Change?

May 1 2020

Microsoft 365

If there’s one thing Microsoft is unafraid of, it’s rebranding. We saw this play out as Lync became Skype for Business (which gave way to Microsoft Teams), and now Office 365 is becoming Microsoft 365. Right now, the M365 rebrand and updates are primarily consumer-focused, but some updates to familiar office suite applications are available to corporate users as well. What kind of changes – if any – can enterprise customers expect?

Need a rapid deployment of Teams? It is possible.

April 21 2020

During our three-part series (starting here) on migrating to Microsoft Teams from Skype for Business, we gave you a lot of information on implementing a very slow and gradual transition. Unfortunately, things have changed. Due to the worldwide spread of coronavirus, you and all your co-workers are likely working from home, which means that your plans might need to accelerate dramatically.

Best Practices for Migrating from Skype for Business to Teams Blog: Part 3 of 3

March 13 2020

In this blog series, we have introduced various approaches for migrating to Teams (previous blog entries here: part 1, part 2). Whichever method you choose, you’re going to need to plan carefully.

First, understand who will be most affected by the changeover and get their opinions on the kind of support they’ll need. Then, create a transition timeline that ends with you switching over to Teams by or before the cutoff date. Only then can you choose the correct approach for your organization.

Best Practices for Migrating from Skype for Business to Teams Blog: Part 2 of 3

March 13 2020

There is some good news. With a 2021 end of life deadline, there’s still plenty of time for you to train your workers and modify your applications. In addition, there are ways in which you can begin gradually introducing Teams, feature-by-feature, without immediately desisting from its predecessor.

(part 1 of our 3 part blog series is available here)

Best Practices for Migrating from Skype for Business to Teams Blog: Part 1 of  3

March 13 2020

When Skype for Business replaced Microsoft Lync back in 2015, we thought that it would be around forever. Nothing remains static in the world of software, however. When Microsoft announced Teams just two years later, we all knew that Skype for Business would one day come to an end. Skype for Business Online will be formally retired on July 31, 2020, and thereafter all-new Office 365 users will be onboarded directly to Teams.

Windows 7 Update – How Goes the Great Migration?

October 21 2019

A lot of IT administrators probably wake up each morning, look at the calendar, and sigh. That’s because there’s only three months and change left before January 14, 2020 – the day that Windows 7 is officially end-of-life.

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