On July 1, 2021, I was bestowed the honor of MVP - Microsoft Most Valuable Professional. I join a community of over 3,000 active professionals who dedicate much of their time to sharing their knowledge and building a strong community. Thank you!
This past week I spoke at the SharePoint User Group DC (virtually) about collaboration and security in M365. There's a lot of question about how do we enable collaboration in highly regulated industries, from Federal, State, and Local governments, to systems integrators and the Defense Industrial Base. In these spaces, we see a lot of concern over data access for foreign citizens, contractors, US & European citizens data, and general concern over highly sensitive information. I have spent a lot of time evaluating native capabilties for M365 with customers, which specialize in openness and sharing, and where 3rd party tools or HEAVY configuration and custom apps (such as Power Platform) are needed. Especially when it comes to external users and Guest Access. In this presentation, I use the AvePoint Cloud Governance platform as an example of the types of things you should do to ensure your data is secure.
"A Taste of M365 Chicago" wrapped on Friday, June 4, 2021. It was amazing, and exhausting. And I wouldn't have done it any other way.
I missed a few months, but on May 12th I jumped back into the Twittersphere for another #CollabTalk put out by the infamous BuckleyPlanet - this time focused on Improving Productivity in the Enterprise.
This past week I, along with a few of the community's most vocal members, kicked off our first virtual, monthly, panel. Each month we will review government-specific news, looking at updates to the GCC, GCC-H, and DOD environments for Office 365 and the Azure Government platform. We will bring in subject matter experts from Microsoft, government agencies, and supporting consultants and contractors to discuss topics that matter to the users of these environments. We will spotlight government-focused community events. And we will do our best to spotlight where documentation, features, vendors, and government are helping to further the community and technology available to them. My monthly cohosts include
Today Christian Buckley kicked off 2021 with the first TweetJam of the year discussing community management and governance. If you've never participated in a TweetJam, it's intense. 50-70 panelists take a list of 7 questions and discuss in a feeding frenzy I can only equate to throwing chum into shark-infested waters. It's glorious! This post includes my and some of my favorite responses to the 7 questions posed during this TweetJam. Check it out!
On the heels of the global breach using SolarWinds, we decided this would be a good time to bring Security to Buzzkill. In this episode Hunter and Jay provide an introduction to our IT Security Series. As we explore the topic, we will talk to ACTUAL security experts about why it is so important to plan for security, not only as an IT professional or programmer, but as an individual.
On Friday, January 22, 2021, Chris Hoard, Office Apps & Services MVP, is presenting a session at M365 Friday California titled “Microsoft Teams App Management Fundamentals”. During this session he will dig into the concept of Teams as a Platform (TaaP) and share with administrators the fundamentals of managing third party apps to protect your data while providing end users the best overall experience.
In this article Jay details the challenges the United States Department of Defense faces in migrating to Office 365 and ways to ensure that transition is smooth and successful in the long term.
In this article, Jay and his co-author kick off a series looking at the collaboration needs of the United States Department of Defense and how they can create a Modern Workplace environment as their temporary work-from-home environment expires.