Category: This and that

Microsoft Ignite 2020 gets virtual, too

Microsoft announced that the annual tech event “Microsoft Ignite” will be a pure virtual event due to the current circumstances. The event was planned for September 2020 in New Orleans. Besides Ignite, other conferences were also announced to be virtual-only. E.g.

  • Microsoft Build | May, 2020 | developer conference
  • Microsoft Inspire | July, 2020 | partner conference
  • Microsoft Ignite | September 2020 | tech conference
A few attendees going to their next sessions @ Ignite 2019 OCC

Conclusion, opinion and summary

I’m looking forward to Ignite 2020 albeit it will take place online-only and although it is not the same as an in-person event. This is the only way to host any event anyway concerning the the current circumstances instead of canceling it completely. And of course this has also advantages compared to an in-person event, for instance,

+ no travel [time, cost, stress]
+ attend anywhere
+ attend anytime [or when it’s fits best for you].

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Cloud Storage by 2020

In this post I like to share a nice info graphic from statista which depicts where data is and will be stored.

In 2015 most data was stored locally (66 %) and only around a third (31 %) was in the cloud. The graph shows that, of course, storing data online in the cloud increases. By 2020 more data is stored online in the cloud instead of locally / offline / onpremise.


The author of the statista article also quickly mentioned the pros and cons, he says, that it is more comfortable and faster. Hence, he also says, that it poses risks, e.g. data breaches or leaks can cause high costs for people and companies which are subject to these.

Conclusion, opinion and summary

First of all, I’m a big fan of statista’s info graphics. Nicely illustrated and easy to understand figures.

Based on my personal and professional experience I’d assume that these above figures and trends regarding data storage locations seems to be comprehensible. I guess that cloud service adoption statistics would also draw similar trends.

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How are companies communicating in Germany?

I came across an interesting research result and overview by Statista. It tells us that most companies use e-mail, telephony (land line), mail and fax on a high frequency. New and modern means of communication are not that used as often. To me, this means there is plenty room for improvement to strive for adoption of modern workplace technology…  

Infografik: So kommunizieren Unternehmen in Deutschland | Statista

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How to succeed with your Teams rollout?!

In this blog post I outline what you should not do and instead what options you have got to succeed with your Teams rollout to our business (end) users.

Drop and run (don’t!)

“OMG there’ll be a new chat software on my device? When? Today? What? Why? Another one? Do we not have enough? Why can I not stick with the old … it worked somehow …” Well, if you’ll hear these question from your end users something went wrong! You might missed a proper change management execution in regards of user adoption and training! The bad approach to roll out a new tool on device/s to end users is to

  • send users a single mail at the go live date,
  • tell them you’ll get a new tool
  • the new software tool gets installed
  • tool runs in the background (user maybe has not yet read your mail)
  • user does not really know how he/she has to use the tool
  • you’ll get flooded and busy receiving many tickets/complaints/questions regarding the new tool (if it is also telephony / the (soft) phone (system) you just changed you might get no calls because users are not aware how to call you)
  • you need to cope with the tickets …
  • your manager and other business stakeholder will complain
  • plummeting of productivity / revenue / profit (users are unable to work as expected)
  • no time for other projects and things which really add value to your business


Enable users for productivity, not just some Teams clients

In my experience, based on my consulting projects, I’m glad to notice (and tell you) that more and more companies from small to large focus also on user experience as critical success factor. So, to get users to adopt new technology and make them to leave a comfort zone you must help them to get them aboard the Teams client. That’s exactly what these companies do: They start to develop a user adoption and training strategy and initiate its execution. Mostly the user adoption and training does not end when the rollout ends. An user adoption program remains but the intensity and frequency of actions to drive adoption decrease but does not vanish. Office 365, Teams and the ecosystem is dynamic and someone needs to keep that in mind to keep users informed on minor and major changes as well as to help and find ways for the business to innovate and drive the company’s digital transformation. #livelonglearning #learningftw #adoptionftw

To reach excellent user experience you must execute a suited change management. What this looks like depends on your employees and users. There is no one-size-fits-all approach in my opinion. There are some common things to keep in mind, plan and execute but usually this is different from company-to-company.

It may help to involve someone from the marketing team because they can be supportive for internal project marketing to make users demanding Teams before it is even ready in your company.
Get in touch with your business stakeholders, demonstrate Teams, evangelize Teams and sell the added value which it brings to each user (group). Assuming that you consider to replace your existing telephony system (private branch exchange, pbx) and go from a legacy phone system to Teams direct routing you must plan a longer period for the change management! Migrating common information worker workloads to Teams plus telephony is a much bigger change (organizational / cultural change) for users. You will have discussions if you just want to quickly replace a legacy desk phone with a new fancy headset and soft client … you need to address this early enough and offer solutions on which users agree(ed) on. Just imagine you go to one employee and take away the phone from his/her desk which he/she used for maybe the last 20 years … and why do you still go in the office? Using Teams enables you for working from every spot around the globe where you have a sophisticated internet connection, e.g. home office, in the park, on the train, … where ever you like with many devices…
This culture is not yet common practice in many companies. There are still many companies tying information worker employees to their office desks. The final questions are why and is your corporate culture striving for this change?

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