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California Public Sector CIO Academy: Innovation and Leadership in Focus

Kiefer Consulting recently sponsored (Patron Sponsor) and attended the California Public Sector CIO Academy, an event that featured informative sessions and keynote speeches that showcased the impact of technology on public service. The event gathered technology leaders, such as State CIO, Liana Bailey-Crimmins, Guy Kawasaki, and other respected professionals, to talk about the future of …

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ChatGPT vs Copilot vs M365 Chat vs Copilot for Microsoft 365: A Chatbot Platform Comparison

ChatGPT vs Copilot vs M365 Chat vs Copilot for Microsoft 365: A Chatbot Platform Comparison How to choose the best chatbot platform for your business needs and goals Chatbots are becoming more popular and powerful as artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) technologies advance. Chatbots can provide various benefits for businesses, such as …

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How to Make Users Fall in Love with Modern SharePoint and Teams

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, let’s talk about love – specifically, how to get your users to fall in love with modern SharePoint and Teams as their go-to collaboration tools. Unlike the sudden, somewhat overwhelming introduction of SharePoint in the past, today’s focus is on fostering a harmonious relationship between users and technology. Our …

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Project Readiness Made Simple: Free Project Readiness Assessment Template

Updated for 2023: A Dynamic Approach to Project Management Successful projects often hinge on asking the right questions during the initiation and planning phases. The updated Project Readiness Assessment, now available as an editable Microsoft Word document, empowers project managers to facilitate open and candid conversations with project sponsors and stakeholders.

Never Underestimate the Role of an Expert

As a technical expert at Kiefer Consulting, a Microsoft Cloud Solutions Partner, I often contemplate the themes presented in Tom Nichols’ book, “The Death of Expertise.” Nichols eloquently states, “Experts understand that they don’t possess all knowledge, but they usually possess enough to recognize that others possess less.” This principle guides our work. We do …

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Maximizing Your Year-End Impact: Small Steps to Big Success 

As the holiday season approaches, CIOs often find themselves racing against the clock. January is just a blink away, and with it comes the realization that the budget year is nearing its end. It is a critical time to reflect on what can be achieved in the remaining months and how to leverage every investment …

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Piecing Together the Government Transformation Puzzle: Kiefer Consulting’s Five Critical Pieces 

Government transformations grapple with fiscal responsibilities, public scrutiny, and workforce inertia. It’s analogous to assembling a complex puzzle, where each piece represents a crucial component. Absent these pieces, the puzzle remains unsolved. Let’s delve into the five critical pieces of the government transformation puzzle and explore why they are indispensable for success at Kiefer Consulting …

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Public Sector Empowerment: Kiefer Recommends Microsoft Copilot

The public sector faces the pressing need to adapt and innovate. As technology continues to advance, government agencies must explore groundbreaking solutions to enhance their services. On September 21, 2023, Microsoft launched Microsoft Copilot, an AI companion for everyday tasks. Copilot combines chat interfaces and large language models to understand natural language requests, providing context-aware …

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Elevating Public Sector Cybersecurity: 10 Vital Steps to Safeguard Government Data

Preserving the integrity and security of sensitive data is not just a priority; it’s an imperative. Staying one step ahead of cyber threats while adhering to best practices is critical. To aid government agencies in this mission, we’ve compiled a list of ten essential steps to fortify your organization’s cyber defenses and ensure the safety …

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