Top 10 Reasons you need a Managed Office 365 & SharePoint Center of Excellence

Posted by Ryan Thomas on Jun 13, 2017 3:45:20 PM

Microsoft continues to innovate in the Office 365 platform.   Microsoft currently has 61 enhancements being rolled out, and another 202 items in development.   Timlin now offers an Office 365 Center of Excellence service to assist customers with supporting and utilizing the complete platform. 

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Topics: Governance, Office 365, Cloud

OneDrive for Business Security

Posted by Ryan Thomas on May 2, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Document Management Security in the cloud are big topics of conversation these days.  We come across a lot of organizations and competing products all claiming to be the best when it comes to document security in the cloud.  The purpose of this blog is to provide a real-world overview of using OneDrive for Business instead of a separate, stand-alone product, especially if you are already using Office 365.  In the event you looked at this product two years ago and crossed it off your list, it is critical to know that the security features of OneDrive for Business has been drastically increased since that time. 


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Topics: Office 365, OneDrive, Security

How To Maintain Licensing in Office 365 using Groups

Posted by Ian Dicker on Apr 27, 2017 11:16:03 AM

Maintaining and administering licenses in Office 365 has historically been a time consuming and challenging task.  If you administer Office 365 you will almost certainly been exposed to PowerShell in one way or another. If you have a large number of users in you tenant you have probably written PowerShell to license users en-masse, for example granting them an E5, or modifying the - services that users or groups of users have access to. This can be frustrating when Microsoft adds a new service to Office 365 and you need to disable access to it for all your users; first you need to find the hidden service name, then modify your PowerShell and then finally execute to remove the license.

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Topics: Office 365, Groups, Azure Active Directory

10 Real-World Cloud Advantages For Business Applications

Posted by Ryan Thomas on Nov 11, 2016 10:26:21 AM

There’s no denying the cloud movement is in full swing at this point and both Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings make a lot of sense for most organizations.  However, there are additional considerations, capabilities, and opportunities to use the cloud that are less apparent to many companies during their migration and use of the cloud.

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Topics: Cloud

The Project Manager’s Simplified Guide to Microsoft Project

Posted by Dan Armstrong on Nov 8, 2016 4:27:17 PM

As a Microsoft consulting partner, it’s no surprise we run our core business using Microsoft products. All project work completed by Timlin is delivered using the Project suite of products including task management, time tracking, resource management, and status reporting.   These tools allow us to effectively manage our business without the obstacles that often are present when managing multiple projects using disparate systems and tools.  

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Topics: Planning, Project Management

Is SaaS a Solution or Another Layer of Complexity?

Posted by Ian Dicker on Nov 7, 2016 9:20:14 AM

It’s a question that keeps business owners and decision makers up at night—do we solve our problems with a custom IT solution, or use one or more SaaS platforms?

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Topics: Hybrid, SharePoint, Cloud

Office 365 FAQs: Answers from Industry Expert Ryan Thomas

Posted by Ryan Thomas on Sep 29, 2016 7:00:00 AM

If you own Office 365 and haven't used it for much more than email, document storage and Skype for Business, we’ve got some good news for you: you have a high-end platform right at your fingertips – and it may very well solve for a host of problems that you thought you needed to look elsewhere to solve. 

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Topics: Office 365

Office 365 & SharePoint Intranet: Checklists for Successful Adoption

Posted by Ryan Thomas on Sep 20, 2016 10:51:44 AM

In Part 1: Office 365 & SharePoint Intranet: The Basics for Successful Adoption, we discussed how to lay the groundwork for your Intranet or collaboration solution, as well as some common pitfalls to avoid. We also learned about not falling victim to the “Field of Dreams” mentality. (To recap, don’t build a great solution and expect people to come – your Intranet takes careful planning, along with ongoing effort and evaluation to maximize adoption.) 

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Topics: SharePoint, Intranet

Office 365 & SharePoint Intranet: The Basics for Successful Adoption

Posted by Ryan Thomas on Sep 20, 2016 10:51:00 AM

If you’re like the majority of companies, you’ve probably witnessed it first-hand: great business solutions — namely, Intranets and collaboration tools — that are difficult to adopt among employees. It’s a scenario that’s all too common — and worse, many companies don’t even realize there is a problem until it’s too late. So why the disconnect? 

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Topics: General, Intranet

Getting Started with SharePoint Framework: Overview & Quick Resource Guide

Posted by Ian Dicker on Aug 23, 2016 8:32:36 AM

Microsoft recently announced that its plans for new development will be done using SharePoint Framework, a page and part model that gives us yet another way to customize Office 365 and SharePoint. SharePoint Framework is fully supported for client-side development and allows for easy integration with Microsoft Graph, in addition to providing support for open source tooling.

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Topics: SharePoint