One of my favorite new Microsoft Teams features -
There are a TON of great new features that the Work From Anywhere shift has illustrated, and the Microsoft Teams folks have worked to quickly implement. Chris O'Brien, a Microsoft MVP and prolific information sharer, has blogged about the Big 4 groups of announcements from the March 2021 Virtual Ignite, and you can read more about Viva, Compliance, Azure, and Teams here.
I'm happy to say that it is more a 'thing' in America than it has ever been before, for lots of reasons. I applaud all who take the time on this day to recognize the efforts women have been making historically in order to be taken with equal seriousness and respect as men, and applaud all male allies who have worked to further equality. It started over a century ago motivated by women demanding the right to vote and hold office.
We all have an opportunity to call out bias and inequality, in any form. Collectively, we can all help create a more inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge.
#ChooseToChallenge #choosetochallenge2021 #IWD2021
Our local internet service provider, TCT West, is working toward eliminating email hosting from their services. As a result, letters have been sent to tct email users of other no-cost email platforms. Their website also hosts an informative FAQ to help people through the process, and customers may also dial 611 to speak to a customer service agent directly.
However, there are those of us who prefer to make an electronic change like this with the help of a live person to help guide us along the way.
I'd like to thank TCT West for partnering up with Paintrock Consulting to offer a community education and support forum as part of their email changes.
Last quarter Microsoft’s revenue from consumer licensing accounted for only 16 percent of the company revenue, down from 23 percent the previous year. With Apple and Google Chromebooks slowly eating into Microsoft’s market share, a non-paying customer is better than no customer at all.
As I mused earlier, the business world, for the most part, runs on Microsoft Office. It's a smart move for Apple; it would be equally so for Microsoft.
The biggest culprits that the GAO study identifies are ineffective planning, ineffective oversight, and ineffective contract management. I've written about this to some degree before, when a study completed 9 months prior to the website's rollout identified numerous issues that weren't resolved. The GAO study dives a bit deeper into these issues.
CMS, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, undertook the website development project. They incurred significant cost increases, schedule slips, and delayed system functionality due primarily to changing requirements that were exacerbated by oversight gaps.
The study concludes that the efforts by CMS were plagued by undefined requirements, the absence of a required acquisition strategy, confusion in contract administration responsibilities, and ineffective use of oversight tools. In addition, CMS did not adhere to the governance model designed for the process, resulting in design and readiness reviews being diminished in importance, delayed, or skipped entirely. By combining that governance model with a new IT development approach the agency had not tried before, CMS added even more uncertainty and potential risk to their process. The result was that problems were not discovered until late, and only after costs had grown significantly.
What does this mean for you? Well, besides having to pay the price for ineffective project management, it also provides a lessons-learned opportunity when pursuing your own IT projects. If you have any hesitation on launching your new IT projects, it pays to have experienced professionals guide you on the front end as opposed to suffering a public meltdown and significant cost overruns on the tail end.
If you have an IT Project on the horizon, Paintrock Consulting can help you manage that project effectively and efficiently. From helping you shape your scope requirements into information that is logical to developers, to determining which project management methodology is best for your goals, to implementing and managing your project and helping you secure additional short-term resources that can come together to help your organization reach its goals - let us help!
Think about that for a minute. Thirty-nine percent of anything, for most people, would represent failure. Let me illustrate that another way:
Notably, larger companies have a lack of Business and IT alignment internally. This creates an us-versus-them mentality, particularly when budget dollars are closely held. It creates walled little cube-lands where information is hoarded rather than shared, and self-preservation ranks higher than collaboration.
Drilling deeper into some of the issues are continuously changing requirements midstream (this is where Agile or Waterfall IT Project Management techniques can help), overburdened in-house IT organizations, and lack of big-picture project management skills or experience in house for IT projects.
Paintrock Consulting Services can help you beat that paltry 39% success rate across the industry, because we allow you to focus on your core business. We work with stakeholders at each level of your organization to help shape your IT project. We can manage a portion or an entire IT project, including development and testing process, security, collaboration platforms, cloud services, coordinating local and offshore teams, new technology deployments, communication and training planning, and stakeholder engagement.
This work should be done in alignment with your business's goals and objectives, using your brand and voice for consistency to communicate your changes, and in collaboration with - not in opposition to - your existing departments.
It also had to meet the following specifications; the first and most important of which was FREE hosting. This was difficult, but we landed on Blogger (over Wordpress, for a variety of reasons). Once that was decided, the community desired the following - which required notable customization due to the platform. That included some of the following:
- Addition of page / tabs at top
- Free email
- Free cloud / community access to documents
- Free online reservation for the community center
- Free online calendar of events
- Ease of navigation
- Customizing the blog platform to function more like a landing page with recent and archived information
- An easy way to contact the Board
- Responsive design, particularly for iPad readers
- Commenting option on articles / blog posts
- Linking and/or integration with a Facebook page (also a new mini project)