Meeting Chat in Microsoft Teams
May28

Meeting Chat in Microsoft Teams

Challenge Within Microsoft Teams meetings, there is a chat capability visible to all attendees (those invited to the meeting) and participants (those added to an instance of a meeting). After a meeting has ended, participants can still see the meeting chat Roles There are three roles in a meeting Organiser The person who creates the meeting.  They have full access to edit the… Continue Reading Alan Eardley’s Article...

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Thoughts on MBAS 2020
May08

Thoughts on MBAS 2020

The Microsoft Business Applications Summit is THE conference for Power Platform and Dynamics enthusiasts.  This year, like many other conferences it had to adapt to the current global situation and go online. The format that they went for was different from many other conferences and I think it worked exceptionally well!  Each session was 30 minutes long, and included 5 minutes to address… Continue Reading Alan...

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Carry out a Quick Poll in Microsoft Teams
Apr18

Carry out a Quick Poll in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is being used for a lot of meetings at the moment and depending on the number of attendees there are a few features that may be missing or not obvious to use.  Following on from a thread on a community forum I wanted to share the solution to a couple of features: Raise HandQuick Poll Raise Hand This is a feature that is coming to Microsoft Teams.  It is currently in… Continue Reading Alan...

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Pre-Requisite Questions for Power Platform
Mar07

Pre-Requisite Questions for Power Platform

I was with a client this week and we were discussing the Power Platform and identifying potential projects that would be both beneficial to the business and that would demonstrate the power of the platform. Finding the scenarios to automate was not a challenge.  The primary challenge that we identified was preparing the organisation and the production tenant so that Power Apps environments… Continue Reading Alan...

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Why use the Common Data Service?
Mar04

Why use the Common Data Service?

Last week I was asked rather late in the day (over dinner the night before actually) to contribute to the introduction to a hackathon at the Scottish Summit on the subject of de-mystifying the Common Data Service. As a subject, it is a fantastic area to talk about, but it is also critically important that it is understood.  I had the honour of participating with the other hosts, Lucy Bourne… Continue Reading Alan...

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Site Design Deployment Made Easy
Feb01

Site Design Deployment Made Easy

Site Designs have made the deployment of repeatable customisation of sites much easier, and in my opinion are the starting point for any SharePoint deployment for communication or collaboration. While the capabilities of Site Designs are well documented and continue to evolve, I see many environments where the deployment of the Site Scripts and Site Designs has been done in a way that… Continue Reading Alan Eardley’s...

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Installation of Microsoft 365 Learning Pathways
Dec24

Installation of Microsoft 365 Learning Pathways

Microsoft recently launched Microsoft 365 Learning Pathways as a solution that will allow an organisation to provision a learning site into their tenant which can then be used by their employees to learn about Microsoft 365.  To quote Microsoft, the solution will provide A fully customizable SharePoint Online communication site – The learning pathways training portal can be customized to… Continue Reading Alan...

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End of Year Task Tidy Up
Dec21

End of Year Task Tidy Up

It’s the end of the year, you’re on annual leave to enjoy the holidays, rest, recharge your batteries and then get back to work in January with a tons of energy and enthusiasm, and no outstanding tasks. Wait a minute. That last part!  That’s not true, I have a ton of stuff left in To-Do and Planner plans, and those emails I received in the last week, well they haven’t all been dealt… Continue Reading...

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Rename a Microsoft Team and the associated SharePoint site
Nov23

Rename a Microsoft Team and the associated SharePoint site

There are many situations where a Teams site and the underlying SharePoint site may need to be renamed: Created in errorOrganisational restructureIntroduction of naming policies This has been a challenging goal to achieve but it is now relatively straightforward when you combine the SharePoint and Teams PowerShell commandlets. Objective Starting with a SharePoint site and Team that… Continue Reading Alan Eardley’s Article...

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Ignite 2019 – Summary
Nov10

Ignite 2019 – Summary

This has been my 4th Ignite and I have to say, this year has been the best, not because of the announcements – there are always announcements – but because it has been building on what has been achieved over the last five years. One of my biggest complaints in previous years has been the expected date that the features will roll-out to General Availability as showing me cool things I won’t… Continue Reading...

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Ignite 2019 – Day 5
Nov09

Ignite 2019 – Day 5

Day 4 concluded with the obligatory celebration at Universal Studios.  As if 10,000 steps a day were not enough an additional 10,000 steps and 8 rollercoaster rides were heaped on top of a full-on week. That was not to stop Day 5 being productive! Common Data Model (CDM): All you need to know about CDM Link to recording As the Common Data Model underpins many of the services and… Continue Reading Alan Eardley’s Article on...

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Ignite 2019 – Day 4
Nov08

Ignite 2019 – Day 4

Extending the new Microsoft Project with the Power Platform Link to recording The second session on Microsoft Project and this one was focused on how to leverage the Power Platform that the product is built on to increase and customise the capabilities of the tool.  This is definitely one of the key benefits to moving away from Project Online to Project for the Web. As with… Continue Reading Alan Eardley’s Article on...

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Ignite 2019 – Day 3
Nov07

Ignite 2019 – Day 3

PL900 Link to exam page On Monday 4th November, Microsoft released new exams including PL900 – Power Platform Fundamentals.  As part of Ignite it is possible to take an exam, I figured it would be a good opportunity to take this beta exam.  As I booked it in the evening to take it at 07:15, there was no time to revise other than reviewing the syllabus. The exam isn’t massively… Continue Reading Alan...

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