As you dive deeper into Office 365, you’ll hear the word “Champion” thrown around quite frequently. But what exactly is an O365 Champion?
What is an O365 Champion?
To put it simply, an O365 Champion is a team member who has been chosen to help lead your company’s O365 adoption plan.
Your O365 Champion Team will act as your company’s early-adopters— they’ll receive additional training to build proficiency with the O365 apps while working together to establish O365 policies, procedures, and best practices.
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For years, IT has owned the deployment of Microsoft Office products. But as the Office 365 revolution grows, businesses must change the way they’re handling Microsoft Office adoption. Why? Because O365 is designed to be managed by business unit owners– not IT.
Office 365 is Microsoft’s fastest-growing commercial product ever. Your company’s goal with O365 is to create a fully digital, collaborative workplace – because that’s the value of O365. But it takes more than just learning how to use Outlook in the Cloud. It has more than 20 productivity apps (in addition to Outlook/Word/Excel/PowerPoint). It’s a fundamentally different way of working.
You’ve made the decision to move to Microsoft Office 365.
The decision could have been driven by security concerns, cost factors, productivity initiatives or any number of different reasons. It may have involved everyone from the executive team, to finance, to sales and marketing, to operations, to IT. Every company comes at it differently.
But once the decision is made to move to O365, all companies do the exact same thing. They say: “Hey IT, get that done, will you?”
Office 365 is more than just Outlook in the Cloud. Office 365 is the first step in leading your company’s Digital Transformation. But if you are like most companies, you move to Office 365 and stick your toe in the water (or Cloud as it were) by starting only with Outlook. Unfortunately, many companies start and stop with Outlook. Why do they stop? That’s a good question. Many companies just don’t know or understand all the capabilities of Office 365 while others haven’t found a clear path or guidance to implementing what Office 365 has to offer them.
Microsoft 365 and Office 365 – also referred to as M365 and O365 – are hot products in the IT industry right now, so you have probably heard these names tossed around (and maybe even heard them used interchangeably). So, which is it, Microsoft? Office 365 or Microsoft 365?
Here’s the answer:
Office 365 and Microsoft 365 are separate but overlapping Microsoft productivity tools or products. They are the first steps in a company’s journey towards Digital Transformation.
To help increase productivity in the workplace, more companies are adopting collaborative communication platforms. These platforms help reduce email clutter and streamline processes with many tools that employees use on a regular basis. Many organizations are catching on to the value of these programs, projecting to increase the communication platform market’s value to $49.5 billion by 2021. Two players have come forward as the frontrunners for many major businesses: Slack and Microsoft Teams. Each platform is similar in structure but has enough differences that beg the question, which is better: Slack or Teams?
With the retirement of the MCSA: Office 365 certifications on March 31, 2019 and the release of the new Microsoft 365 certifications, the next generation of Microsoft certifications is here. And, it is truly a new generation. For the first time, Microsoft certifications will focus on building the skills required for actual job roles rather than focusing on features and services of the Microsoft software product itself. As a result, Microsoft is calling these new certs “role-based” certifications.