Microsoft 365, formerly Office 365, aims to be invaluable. How does this subscription-based suite earn your loyalty? By combining Word, Excel, and Outlook with advanced productivity apps and cloud-based services. MS365 puts it all on a single platform to help you stay organized. [Read more…]
An AI Assistant in Microsoft 365: Copilot
Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer sci-fi; it’s fast becoming a regular part of our day-to-day lives. For Microsoft 365 users, there’s Copilot, an AI-powered assistant. Here’s how it works.
Microsoft developed Copilot to help you navigate and operate Microsoft 365. Machine learning, trained by your usage patterns and preferences, offers up personalized recommendations, reducing your time and effort invested. [Read more…]
5 Ways to Build Small-Business Efficiency with Microsoft 365
Business productivity needs to be more than a buzzphrase today. Without technology supporting communications and process productivity, remaining competitive is difficult. You’ll lack the agility and mobility needed to succeed. This article explores many ways a small business gains efficiency using Microsoft 365. [Read more…]
Microsoft 365 Streamlines Business and Reduces Spend
When doing business online, you have many options for available software and systems. You might turn to one solution to handle online meetings, another to drive collaboration, and yet another to manage your content and workflow. It can get confusing. Plus, when you are duplicating tools, IT spend can mushroom unnecessarily. Microsoft 365 aims to offer a single, all-in-one solution. This article highlights the benefits of streamlining your software needs. [Read more…]
Doing Business in Microsoft 365? Backup Your Data
Many business tools are moving to the cloud. One popular option is Microsoft 365, formerly known as Office 365. This unified platform consolidates Excel, Word, and PowerPoint with collaboration and communication tools. Added apps and services help streamline operations, too. Simplifying your IT infrastructure can also cut costs and reduce duplication of effort. Still, when you’re leveraging the convenience of Microsoft 365, data backup is your job. [Read more…]
Increase Productivity with Microsoft Power Automate
Productivity is the great goal of business. If you’re a Microsoft 365 user, you have access to a tool that can easily increase your process efficiency. Here’s what you need to know about Microsoft’s Power Automate.
Power Automate is a cloud-based product available to Windows 10 users. The tool, formerly known as Microsoft Flows, brings intelligent automation to business processes. Harness the benefits of artificial intelligence developing workflows and creating data dashboards.
Power Automate hands over mundane tasks and manual processes to robotic process automation (RPA). With RPA you can:
- understand bottlenecks;
- map and analyze processes;
- identify time savings opportunities;
- capture institutional knowledge;
- track important metrics;
- make data-driven decisions;
- empower users to share processes and collaborate;
- break down internal business silos moving data between departmental systems on a schedule.
Power Automate is available online, as a desktop client, or as a mobile application, and for both iOS and Android devices. Best of all, it’s included in your Microsoft cost.
How Does Power Automate Work?
In Power Automate you build time-saving workflows using a low-code or no-code experience. The software offers templates or step-by-step guidance to help create automated workflows.
The secure and scalable technology connects with other Microsoft products, of course. It can also link new and legacy systems and allows users to integrate or create their own connectors.
You might set up a notification in Teams when a new Microsoft Forms response comes in, or when a Microsoft Planner task updates, or configure workflows to move documents between different SharePoint folders, or hand over Excel calculations to the AI.
Don’t trust RPA to do the work on its own? You can set up attended or unattended workflows. Attended workflows need humans to start the task or provide Yes or No feedback at workflow sequence stages.
You might use unattended for boring, time-consuming tasks. Think of the time saved in accounting with Power Automate:
- printing an invoice hard copy;
- creating a new Outlook task to follow up on that invoice in 30 days;
- forwarding the submitted invoice to the next person in the operations chain.
Is Power Automate for Us?
RPA can help any business save time and reduce operating costs. Plus, Power Automate doesn’t work solely in the Microsoft environment. You might connect a Customer Relationship Management tool. Then, you could automate appointment scheduling and trigger file sending from One Drive.
The uses of RPA abound across industries. You might use Power Automate to:
- process forms;
- extract information;
- perform sentiment analysis;
- read business cards;
- classify files;
- track mailboxes;
- orchestrate your pipeline;
- automate auditing;
- manage inventory levels.
Create workflows using templates or design your own with what Microsoft touts as “point-and-click simplicity.” Don’t find it that simple? We can do it for you.
Streamline repetitive tasks and operational processes with Power Automate. Turn your attention instead to areas that grow business and boost innovation. Need assistance setting up the workflows in Power Automate? Our IT experts can help. Contact us today to book an appointment:
That’s So 2010: Why Upgrade Your Office Software
Are you still using Office 2010? It may have served you well over the past decade, but this software reached its end of life in 2020. It’s time to upgrade. Here’s why and what to consider. [Read more…]