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If you follow the Kiefer blog, you might have noticed that we spend a lot of time writing about the benefits of automation and the value of streamlining business workflows. Our team has experience with a wide range of tools to help organizations save time and effort and bring consistency and efficiency to tasks that are performed on a regular basis. This blog covers a few of the tools you might consider when you are looking to build SharePoint workflows.
Have you ever needed to share and collaborate with business partners outside of your company? We commonly see organizations using traditional methods of exchanging information using e-mail or consumer-grade repositories like Dropbox to send large files. These systems work, however, this is not the ideal way to collaborate and communicate. The most efficient and secure way to work with external partners is by establishing an extranet site. It’s quick and easy to create an extranet site using SharePoint Online.Read More
Next year, Kiefer Consulting will be celebrating 30 years of successful project delivery. Over the last 29 years, we have had to stop from time to time and think about the company’s direction and strategy. 2017 was one of those years. We took inventory of our portfolio and our partnerships, and we identified the “in-demand” solutions that would be critical to our 2018 and 2019 business plan. It appears that we are not the only ones taking a hard look at our business. The State of California is also working on a strategic vision.Read More
At Microsoft Ignite this year, there was a lot of interest in Microsoft Teams, Microsoft’s answer to the very popular persistent-chat platform, Slack. Microsoft Teams was released last year and it caught some by surprise. When it was released, many of our clients were not sure how they would put Teams to good use. However, in just 6 short months, Teams is now being used by over 125,000 organizations across the world. Microsoft Teams is enjoying strong momentum and its rapid growth is proof that collaboration and instant communication are desired in the modern workplace.Read More
Let’s start here… Imagine a large array of gears. Each gear is representative of a process that is critical to your business. If one of those gears moves a little slower than the others, your entire system may be affected. So what is a business/business unit to do if there are processes that are negatively impacting the business? What is one to do if one of the gears in the array is moving slowly? How can a leader of a business unit identify the most inefficient processes and improve business operations?
We recently met with our partners at BrainStorm, Inc. BrainStorm has built a stellar platform that provides organizations with a vast library of video content that can be deployed to educate users and drive Office 365 adoption. The platform allows you to curate a customized training “playlist” by pulling content from the huge library of training videos. Brainstorm’s QuickHelp platform is the ideal training solution because the “bite-sized” video content is accessible, comprehensive and innovative.Read More
We have worked with a number of clients that were hoping to take a critical business process and optimize or automate the process. Their goal was either to reduce the amount of time it took to complete the process or free up resources. Sometimes, these initiatives fail.Read More