Study Days Office 365

The first year of joining the AXI group was, without a doubt, very fruitful for LoQutus and Ground lion. Potential and existing synergies were intensively built in the past year. After a successful first group edition of Connected Brains in April, we were able to close the year with more events at group level such as Case Closed – Creating a digital government for our Case Management solution Ground lion and our impressive presence at Trefdag Digital Flanders as the icing on the cake.

This was no different for our ‘Employee Productivity’ unit. Whereas LoQutus used to refer to third parties for O365 licenses and related support, AXI did the same for the implementation and roll-out of the O365 platform. Today we can go to the market end-to-end with a complete range to optimally meet our customers’ needs. To launch this concept, a double AXI-wide event was organized in October to present our full O365 story.

Due to the geographical distribution of both our customers and our offices, we organized the first event in the Ghelamco Arena in Ghent on Thursday, 10 October and the second one in our head office in Willebroek on Thursday, 24 October. In this way, interested parties had the choice between two dates and two locations. We were pleasantly surprised to welcome both contacts from AXI and LoQutus at both locations. Not only the presentations, but also the opportunity for them to network with each other and, in particular, to be able to exchange experiences, turned the event into an extremely interesting, unique and pleasant day.

Both sessions initiated shortly after noon with some snacks and drinks. Sebastiaan Mindreau, Office 365 Expert, then started off with his session on the basics of O365. He emphasized that the implementation of the tool will not magically solve all of your problems. Sebstiaan describes it as ‘wishful thinking’. It all begins with a good preparatory analysis of the current versus the desired situation, taking into account all kinds of concerns such as security, governance, SSO and GDPR.

Then Employee Productivity Lead Strategist, Dries Verdonckt focused on getting the most out of the O365 license. Usually the basic components such as Exchange, SharePoint and OneDrive are being implemented, while all other options are often forgotten. Dries gave some insight in the various interactive apps such as Microsoft Teams, PowerApps, and Flow. These are different components within the O365 platform, often already included in the license, that can make the end user’s job a lot easier and more efficient.

Carlo Usala, Business Developer Public Cloud moved on by explaining how you can make a ‘smooth switch’ to O365. He stressed that for a good migration strategy you not only have to take the IT technical side of the migration into account, but also the opinion and needs of the business and therefore the end user. In the end it is exactly that what it’s all about, actually relieving the end user. Carlo finished by going through some important advantages of a good Service Level Agreement in order to be able to enjoy continuous support after the migration in an efficient manner.

Prior to the closing networking moment with more snacks and drinks, license specialist Ellen Van Aken provided a clear view of the O365 licensing policy. Ellen went through the licensing options and the cost of it to clarify that every organization benefits from a customized O365 plan. Think of small or large companies, permanent or temporary employees, etc.

 

Written by Isalien Van Laere, Solution Sales Employee Productivity at LoQutus

 

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