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Tips from MVPs to help you work more effectively in Microsoft 365

Microsoft experts offer their insights and tips to help you work more effectively in Microsoft 365. Each interview tackles a specific topic and helps you optimize the way you work.

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SharePoint management

How to get the most out of SharePoint with Marc D. Anderson

We’ve come a long way from SharePoint 2010! SharePoint has evolved, and so has the way we use it—or, at least, it should have. (In other words: if you’re still using SharePoint as a file share, we need to talk.)

Marc discusses SharePoint’s past, present, and potential future, as well as how IT teams can get more out of their SharePoint Online.

Finally, the conversation turns towards end users—who aren’t IT’s enemies, but just people trying to do their job the best way they know how. Marc offers some advice on how to collaborate with end users rather than simply seeing them as security risks.

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About Marc D. Anderson

Marc D. Anderson is a Microsoft MVP and the Co-Founder and President of Sympraxis Consulting. Marc works with organizations to help improve collaboration and communication with Microsoft 365, SharePoint, and Azure. Marc has almost 40 years of experience in technology professional services and software development.


Microsoft 365 security

Keeping your Microsoft 365 secure and productive with Maarten Eekels

Storing all your organization’s data in the cloud can be a security risk if you don’t monitor your environment or educate and trust your end users. 

In this interview, Maarten discusses why IT teams often have gaps in their cloud security. The reason? They’re too busy being reactive to all of the tasks that are continuously cropping up rather than being proactive to potential future issues—and how to close them. Hint! Delegating some of the responsibilities of content management and security to end users can free up IT’s time. 

Then, Maarten explains the significance of monitoring, what makes it so difficult in Microsoft 365, and how to make sure you get the insights you need. 

Maarten Eekels

About Maarten Eekels

Maarten is a Microsoft MVP, Microsoft Regional Director, and CTO of Rapid Circle, a major Microsoft Cloud implementation partner in the Netherlands. Maarten is an experienced Microsoft Cloud and Security advocate, involved in implementing Microsoft technologies since 2003. Maarten is also mentoring startups and helping founders and leaders grow their business and help avoid certain pitfalls. 


Microsoft 365 governance

How to implement a Microsoft 365 governance strategy with Jasper Oosterveld

IT teams often feel like they’re constantly putting out fires rather than proactively managing their Microsoft 365 environments. Jasper discusses what organizations are missing out on when they’re always in emergency mode, and how to take back control of their tenants.  

Jasper also offers some tips to get a governance strategy up and running, as well as how organizations can be more compliant and keep up with the constant updates and releases from Microsoft. Then he talks about how to facilitate end user adoption and collaboration without opening your organization up to security risks.  

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About Jasper Oosterveld

Jasper is a Microsoft MVP and Modern Workplace Consultant. With great passion, he inspires and helps you implement the Modern Workplace with Microsoft 365. Jasper is a specialist in compliance, governance, and adoption within Microsoft Teams & SharePoint. Interested in learning from him? He loves to share his expertise and love for Microsoft products! 


Microsoft 365 change management

Optimize your change management strategy for Microsoft 365 with Antje Lamartine

Driving Microsoft 365 adoption across an organization is challenging. With new features being added or improved all the time, how can IT deliver what end users need?  

In this interview, Antje discusses strategies to overcome this challenge and why IT needs to work with end users and other departments to manage change successfully. 

Antje also talks about managing the emotional side of change. She explains how understanding the emotions your end users are experiencing can help ease the process and what tools to use to measure and track your change initiatives.  

Antje Lamartine

About Antje Lamartine

Antje is a Microsoft MVP for Office Apps & Services and Lead for Microsoft 365 Adoption & Change Management at IF-Blueprint in Munich. Antje guides organizations in their Microsoft 365 journey and other change implementations, with the goal of engaging end users as early as possible in an IT project to ensure they’re being heard and technical decisions are based on actual needs. 


Microsoft security & compliance

Strengthen security and compliance in the Microsoft cloud with Vlad Catrinescu

The topic of compliance has become increasingly important due to the hybrid workplace. Vlad talks about how organizations can apply a successful protection strategy and keep up with the constant releases from Microsoft. 

Vlad also discusses what organizations are risking when gatekeeping a fully locked-down system and offers tips to enable self-serve with the proper guardrails for your end users to follow.  

Then, Vlad goes into the basics of Microsoft’s shared responsibility for compliance, what this means for IT, and how you can use a Microsoft simulation tool to educate end users on security. 

Vlad Catrinescu

About Vlad Catrinescu

Vlad is a Microsoft MVP, MCT Regional Lead, and Microsoft 365 consultant. An IT professional at heart, Vlad focuses on helping administrators deploy, manage, automate, and configure governance across services such as SharePoint, OneDrive for Business, and Teams. 



Level up your Teams employee experience with Karoliina Kettukari

As distributed work takes root in organizations, so does the need for an integrated approach to improve productivity and user experiences from one platform. Cue: Microsoft Teams. 

In this fireside chat, Karoliina discusses the rising importance of employee experience for IT leaders and how their teams can support end users in Teams. 

Karoliina also explores the two keys to building a thriving Teams environment. The first is delegating a few owners across different departments to manage a team. The other is having a long-term roadmap for implementing new technologies and addressing employee experience in this shifting digital workplace landscape. Finally, Karoliina offers some advice on how to put employee experience at the center, not just the technology

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About Karoliina Kettukari

Karoliina is a Modern Work Leader, Advisor, and Microsoft MVP working with organizations to help improve collaboration and communication with Teams and other Microsoft 365 solutions. Karoliina inspires you to leverage the full potential of Microsoft 365 and enable an excellent employee experience. 




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