Business Anywhere

Mobilize Your Business with Nintex

Friday, October 3, 2014

2 PM – 3 PM EDT


The quickest return on investment when it comes to SharePoint projects is business process automation. During this presentation, TCSC will cover how Workflow and Mobile enabled forms have provided measurable efficiency gains for many business units. We will showcase how mobile devices and simple drag and drop user interfaces can be used to create extremely powerful workflows and forms on any device.




Internet Explorer 8 users and the light version of Outlook Web App

Starting June 30, 2014, Internet Explorer 8 will support only the light version of Outlook Web App. Changes will take effect during the weeks following June 30th.

If your organization uses Internet Explorer 8 to access older web apps and services, you might want to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 and try Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11. Enterprise Mode helps provide better backward compatibility for older web apps.

For more information I encourage you to visit our web browser guidance at the “Office 365 System Requirements” website by going here.


Sentiment Analysis

how's your brand

Sentiment Analysis Webinar

Thu, Jun 19, 2014 

2 PM – 3 PM EDT


Many organizations have come to realize that social media sites can provide a wealth of information related to how customers and others perceive their products and brands. In this webinar, we will explore an example strategy using technology to mine the mass amounts of data available to show you how to take advantage of this market intelligence. In what has become a billion dollar field, the value that text analytics delivers to a spectrum of industries, including life sciences and healthcare, marketing, market research and customer experience, government and security, and media + publishing is astonishing.  But the power of this intelligence isn’t limited to large organizations with endless budgets. In fact, we will walk you through an example using tools that are already accessible to you.


If you cannot attend the live event, register to receive the recording and special offering

Join the #CollabTalk on May 29

I will be a panelist for the May #CollabTalk TweetJam where we will be tackling a hot topic in the SharePoint industry, “What It Takes to Get Hybrid SharePoint Right.”

Christian Buckley is heading up the session and you can find out complete details here. He does a great job explaining what a TweetJam is:

“If you’re new to the tweetjam model, basically its an hour-long public conversation held on Twitter and using a shared hash tag, which is #CollabTalk. You can use your Twitter platform of choice OR go over to which automatically appends each message with #CollabTalk, and has a nice feature that allows followers to actually slow the dialog down to a readable speed (it can fly by fairly quickly).”

Join us for what should be a very informative and interactive event!


Yammer Myth: My company doesn’t need its own Facebook

Inevitably, when explaining Yammer and other enterprise social tools to someone new to the idea, consultants and IT professionals end up saying something like, “Yammer is like a private Facebook for your company.” The analogy brings with it a lot of baggage, however. For every person you find who loves Facebook you’ll find another who hates Facebook and deleted her profile. So we’ll often be met with a response of, “Why on earth would my company want its own private Facebook?”

Well, I think that’s actually a pretty interesting question. As much as we might hate over-sharing, cat pictures, what our sisters-in-law ate last night, and Farmville, you can’t deny that Facebook is very good at what it does. According to the Pew Research Center, 57% of American adults actively use Facebook, and 73% of Americans 12-17 years of age. It is the 2nd most popular website in the world. As of the close of May 1, Facebook shares were trading at $61.28 for a market cap of $154.87 billion.

Why wouldn’t you want your own Facebook?

Well, because your business (probably) isn’t about offering free entertainment to people. Connecting friends and families across the globe has nothing to do with your business model. Posting pictures of small (but really cute) children won’t make your employees more productive. However, Facebook is about these things, and the tools it has developed are really good at it.

And that’s the key. Having a private Facebook for your company is not about empowering your employees to promote their favorite political candidates; it’s about empowering your employees to promote their ideas. It’s not about collecting friends; it’s about collecting influence and then surfacing that influence to managers in a quantifiable manner. It’s not about commenting on glamour pics; it’s about collaborating and offering feedback on your business’s IP.

Facebook uses its toolset to help people connect and share with friends. Yammer uses Facebook’s toolset to collaborate and communicate with colleagues.

So Yammer is not really about having a Facebook for the enterprise. Yammer is about using the powerful and proven tools that Facebook has built to achieve the goals of the enterprise.

I’ll leave you with a video about the power of Yammer collaboration. While it’s perhaps a little unrealistic and cheesy (and the thought of children playing with their smartphones on a camping trip makes me cry), I think it does offer a good idea of what a mature, functioning social network can begin to achieve, and it does show that the purpose of an enterprise social network is very different from the purpose of Facebook.

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