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Collab365 MicroJobs - I will review the Governance you have for your Office 365 implementation

I will conduct a high-level review of the governance technology, process and initiatives that you have in place for your Office 365 platform against the '7 waves of Governance' approach that I have developed.

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Collab365 MicroJobs - I will conduct an EU GDPR Assessment of your Office 365 implementation

The EU GDPR came into force in May 2018, is your Office 365 implementation ready? Is it helping your employees stay compliant?

I will conduct a GDPR (EU General Data Protection Regulation) assessment interview with you and relevant stakeholders on your Office 365 implementation. The review will ask a series of targeted questions, based on my experience in information governance and the GDPR. The questions will focus on the type of data you are storing in Office 365 and the technology, process and policies that you have in place to ensure that any Personal Data or Sensitive Personal Data of your employees and customers is stored and governed appropriately.

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Collab365 MicroJobs - I will coach you to become an awesome positively disruptive Microsoft Consultant

Let me help you to become an awesome,

positively disruptive, business focused Microsoft consultant!

Our initial 2 hour call will ascertain what your consulting career goals are and we will go through an initial action plan to help start you on your positively disruptive journey...

Whether you're a Developer, Architect, Business Analyst, Project Manager or Consultant I'll work with you to help you move away from the status quo and stand out from the crowd.

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Collab365 MicroJobs - I will help you create a business focused Vision for SharePoint or Office 365

Do you have a vision or is your SharePoint or Office 365 Vision full of marketing fluff, technology focused or just ineffective?

I will help you define the process to undertake and how you can document your vision so it's not full of marketing fluff and is centred around the business and delivering real impact!

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Collab365 MicroJobs - I will provide 2 hours of Azure Information Protection (AIP) Coaching

Protecting your business information is of huge importance to your business.
Whether it's:

  • Customer Information

  • Employee Information

  • Intellectual Property (IP)

  • Business Information

  • etc 

All these types of information need to be kept safe, protected and disposed of appropriately.

I will provide up to 2 hours of Azure Information Protection (AIP) coaching to help you deliver your information protection requirements by appropriately balancing:

  •  Technology

  •  Business needs

  •  Usability.

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SharePoint (what's the point?) Saturday Leicester

Is the SharePoint \ Office365 Business track really dead?

It’s been a long long while since I posted a blog here on my website or attended a Microsoft Community event (or any other tech event), perhaps too long perhaps not long enough.

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The impact of EU Data Protection Regulation on your SharePoint Collaboration Solution

The purpose of this blog post is to open your eyes to the real challenges we face right now due to EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and our lack of knowledge of what is stored in our SharePoint collaboration systems.

This blog post only gives a cursory summary of the regulation and the challenges we face; as a topic it warrants further reading, exploration and understanding, but I hope this will be enough to get you going in the right direction.

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Guest Post: 3 tips to achieving a fully governed SharePoint platform

Getting users on board with an information governance strategy is difficult. In fact, it is nearly impossible unless it somehow brings a tangible benefit to their daily activity. They work, they collaborate, they drive the organisation’s results, wouldn’t it be great if all of this could be done in a single, familiar environment that is fully governed? In reality, for any organisation aspiring to maximise efficiency and productivity there is no other option. The great news is that organisations can take a number of simple steps in order to gain a fully governed platform that by nature will steer their users towards maximum productivity within Microsoft SharePoint. 

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The Unknown Unknowns - The Intro!

So I am back writing again, after the success (well over 500 copies have been sold) of The SharePoint Governance Manifesto I've started writing my second book, "The Unknown Unknowns - A disruptive guide to fun requirements gathering".

The following is the first draft of the books Introduction.

Let me know what you think, your feedback is vital:


"What do you want?" the suited and booted consultant asked again, with a hint of annoyance creeping into his tone.

"We dont know..." muttered a few of the stakeholders nervously from behind the solid oak boardroom table.

The consultant sighed, it was a sigh he had emitted far too many times in his career.

He dimmed the boardroom lights with one of the plethora of gadgets laid out before him and with a deft flick of a switch the projector screen slid slowly and ominously down from the ceiling behind me. Despite the subdued lighting he could see clearly the fog of requirements despair engulfing the minds of the attendees; the attendees that had gathered here today to talk about the requirements for their new IT solution. The problem they were trying to solve was clear to everyone present, but that was where the clarity ended.

The consultants desktop appeared at the front of the room on the huge projector screen, it was in glorious Technicolor; several virtual machines could imperceptibly be heard whirring into life as the consultant started up his demo screen.

It was difficult for any of the attendees to really fathom what happened in the next hour; the consultant proceeded to show them exactly what they thought they wanted, but that we now know they really didn't need.

An hour later and they had bought it all, every last shiny feature that the consultant showed them transformed into a business requirement that their organisation would depend upon for its success…

Three months later pretty much all the features they had so desperately wanted lay unused within the desolate confines of their would-be perfect solution that no-one really wanted…

This scenario is played out every day in organisations of every size in every sector across the globe, led by expensive consultants or internal IT teams and across countless technologies…

…and it pisses me off, it’s got to stop!

Why the hell do we waste so much time and effort delivering technically brilliant crap [solutions] that no-one actually wants?


If you like what you've read so far then let me know by registering your interest on the "The Unknown Unknowns - A disruptive guide to fun requirements gathering". web page.