At one time I had five blaring servers running in my living room. As I learned about cloud-based technology that would stifle those da*n things and gain my space back, I started making changes to my absurd situation. Now I’m 100% cloud-based and love it. I am free and I have peace of mind.
And my data is my data. Period. I might pay for the service to have it housed, but it’s mine and I know it’s safe. It’s also nice to know that my data is encrypted both in transit and at rest as it travels back and forth between my MacBook and the data center.
If the power goes out, then I continue to work on my battery-powered laptop with my battery-powered mobile hotspot for Internet access and my battery-powered iPhone for voice communications. The data center remains unaffected wherever it is – all I know is that my data center is in the US because that was a choice when setting up my #Office365 account. My Quickbooks financial data is also in the US. My website resides in the US. I could go on and on to list all of my online services, but these services perform reliably and in unison without noisy, dirty, expensive and risky equipment.
I’m no longer bound to the world of one business operating system. I can use any Internet-connected device whether Windows, Mac, iOs or Android. If a device fails, becomes lost or is stolen, then it’s as easy as replacing the device and logging back in with my passwords. Done.
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It’s complicated. Office 365 offers various options and overlap when it comes to:
- collaboration (Yammer, Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, Planner, Forms, Skype)
- file storage (SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer, Delve, Teams)
- communication (Skype, Teams, Exchange/Outlook, Sway, Video, Stream)
- personal productivity (Office suite, Exchange/Outlook, Teams)
- business apps (Power BI embedded in Teams, Power Apps, Flow, Dynamics 365, StaffHub)
Best use scenario (prejudiced toward Teams):
You start your day at your desk. Instead of opening your email in Outlook the first thing (that can wait), you go to the Teams Activity area where the information is fresh and vital. You notice a colleague has shared a document with your group that she created over the weekend. Because it was shared with the group, only those group or team members can access this file. But the file didn’t really reside in Teams – it’s actually been stored in your colleague’s OneDrive because she wasn’t ready to present this file for public viewing yet – she wanted to conduct peer review first. But now that she has shared the file with the group, the file becomes part of a SharePoint library specific to that group and its members only.
As you’re reviewing this document opened right within the Teams desktop application, the author of the document sends a private chat message to you that pops up in a panel alongside the document. To discuss this further, you each agree to open an ad hoc meeting by clicking on the videocam icon below the chat box. After a brief discussion and co-authoring of the document, you approve the author’s document and encourage her to publish the document to a primary SharePoint library for companywide viewing.
You’ve ended the ad hoc meeting with your co-worker, but another call arrives right within Teams. It’s the boss. Your paycheck is ready.
It’s almost . You’ve now had a chance to comb through your emails and there’s a scheduled meeting that will begin in a few minutes. Teams still open and, while an Outlook calendar notification popped up, you’d already noticed the meeting while in Teams earlier – your Outlook calendar synchronizes with the Teams Meeting schedule.
After joining the Meeting, your team members all appear within video blocks on the screen. One of the members will present his work by sharing his desktop to the group. It’s a bad hair day, so you’ve opted not to turn your video on, as well as you keep yourself muted because the dog is barking. You chat with a few co-workers while the presentation completes and discuss what’s for lunch.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to go home! Oh, wait – I am home.