I’ve been doing triathlons for at least 10 years, have completed two Ironman 140.6 races and many, many sprint triathlons. I started getting my kids involved in triathlons pretty early and I’ve developed some pretty effective tips to get them started. Here are a few things you should think about / remember as you get […]Read more "5 Tips to Getting Your Kids into Triathlons"
You run an enterprise organization but the technology feels like it is still left over from the stone age. We’re still taking about VPN with endpoints, your employees still use file shares, and your CEO can’t work from a Mac. Why are we still sitting in this situation in 2022 when we just went through […]Read more "Modern Workplace in Three “Easy” Steps"
I’m presenting at Microsoft Ignite 2022 in Seattle on the Top 10 Ways to Optimize Your Azure Environment. I’ll be discussing things like cost management, subscriptions, tagging, management groups, infrastructure-as-code, and deployment. I hope to see you there!Read more "Presenting at Microsoft Ignite 2022"
I seem to be getting an enormous number of unsolicited calls from spam sales people at my Microsoft Teams account at work. This is really annoying because it interrupts the meeting I’m on with simultaneous calls to both my laptop and mobile device, pulling the bluetooth headset between both. Well… although I can’t fix that […]Read more "Blocking Spam Calls in Microsoft Teams"
Do you hate it when Microsoft Teams opens files in the Teams interface rather than the full application on your desktop? I do too. I can appreciate that sometimes you want to use the web experience, but mostly I find it clunky and only suitable for viewing the content. If I’m intending to edit, I […]Read more "Changing Microsoft Teams Default File Open Preferences"
I recently had a challenging hotel situation I needed to resolve. I had booked a hotel in Minnesota for a customer visit and had mistakenly selected the wrong date. This oddly enough happens to me more often than I’d want to admit. In any case… I showed up to the hotel, asked to check in, […]Read more "How Orbitz Implemented an Excellent Chatbot Experience (and why you should too)"
I’ve been seeing an acceleration of refactor scenarios that I’m seeing as companies are adopting cloud capabilities. In terms of scenarios with high value, I’ve often doubted refactor as a serious investment area. The reason is that it takes time, effort, and the monetary pay-off can be minimal. There are however scenarios that has immense […]Read more "Five Recent Cloud Refactor Scenarios"
The T-Shaped Career analogy is a concept that much has been written on, often conveyed as a way to think about both the collaborative and the depth portions of a career. The idea of a T-Shaped career conveys a horizontal line (soft skills) and vertical line (hard skills). The diagram below describes this image of […]Read more "Thoughts on the T-Shaped Career"
I’m excited about Loop Components and the future of collaboration… but, Microsoft has a ways to go with making these integrated. The first iteration of this I’m not sure I’m thrilled about. I’m a pretty regular ToDo user and an immediate issue I’m seeing is when I was trying to create a “Note to Self” […]Read more "Loop Components and Office… a Ways to Go"
The Microsoft Teams product group has listened to feedback and added my new favorite feature. The “Mark as Read” feature allows you to take any conversation, especially a noisy one with a lot of stuff in it and “Mark as Read”. Been waiting for this one forever and really appreciate the feature being created. NOW… […]Read more "Listening to Feedback… Microsoft Teams “Mark as Read”"