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By Gini Courter | Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Automate Team Tasks with SharePoint Workflows

SharePoint workflows save time

Every company has tedious and repetitive tasks like onboarding and expense approval that drain employees’ time.

By taking advantage of SharePoint’s unlimited custom workflows, you can streamline those processes, enforce complex business rules—and free up your employees’ time so they can focus on more creative, complex, and satisfying work.

Let me show you how workflows operate, and how to customize one of the SharePoint workflows I use frequently: the Three-state workflow.

By Gini Courter | Thursday, March 5, 2015

Streamline Your Team with SharePoint — Like This

what is sharepoint?

Sometimes a tool comes along that’s so powerful, it’s hard to fathom how to harness that power. SharePoint is such a tool—and it’s oh-so worth the timespent learning to use it!

SharePoint is a platform for creating websites that help you and colleagues work together for collaboration, document storage, project management, work management, and more. It’s customizable, so you can create sites that meet your organization’s specific needs, including sites with automated workflows that enforce your business rules.

Where do you begin? Start with a simple problem that SharePoint can help you solve then expand on your success.

I’m going to show you how my colleague Julie used SharePoint to streamline her team’s communications and give them 24/7 access to important data—even while reducing her own workload.

By Toni Saddler-French | Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Manage SharePoint Site Overload—with Site Policies

overwhelmed by sharepoint site overload?

If you’ve managed SharePoint sites before, then you know how easy it is for sites to grow like crazy.

Teams create sites, but then site owners change, or whole teams change. Projects end, get stalled, or morph into other projects, and sites get left behind. Before long, your SharePoint intranet is overloaded with extra sites, partially completed sites, and “dead” sites.

Site policies with SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online can help tame that growth and provide a routine way of managing the potential overload. Managing sites effectively makes it easier for people to find the fresh content they need and helps your organization control when content is deleted for industry and compliance requirements.

By Toni Saddler-French | Monday, January 5, 2015

Give New Employees a Head Start with a SharePoint Wiki


It’s hard to carve out time to help new employees when they join your department. Often, you need the new person to dive into the workload right away—or even yesterday—but no one’s had time to think about getting the new person all the resources she needs to get up and running.

While your company likely has a set of formal procedures or guidelines to share with new people, there’s usually so much more “collective knowledge” that employees need in today’s complex workplaces. A New Employee Wiki site in SharePoint provides newcomers with all the information they need to be productive and feel in control.

With a wiki, it’s easy for you and others to add helpful information as you think of it, or as details change. The information is all captured in one place, and it’ll be there waiting each time a new employee comes on board.

By Toni Saddler-French | Monday, December 22, 2014

Manage Your Projects with the SharePoint Issue Tracking App

sharepoint issue tracking

Is it hard for your team to stay on top of issues? When it comes to helpdesk snafus, customer service glitches, or hitches with the new website, do you need to keep track of who’s working on which project, what’s been done so far, and whether the project is still hanging open?

You might consider using the SharePoint Issue Tracking app. It can help you define and categorize issues, and wrangle them into a manageable heap with a systematic approach.

By Mark Niemann-Ross | Thursday, October 2, 2014

Learn the Practical Side of IT (and Get Back to Your Real Job)

Learn IT with new IT courses

I stupidly accepted a new office next to the printer room.

Other employees would dash into the printer room on their way to a meeting, then curse and pound the copier because it wouldn’t print. I heard them shuffling around and knew it was only moments before they would lean out and ask me for help clearing the paper jam.

This happened five minutes before the hour—every hour—from start to end of business day.

The day they moved the servers into the printer room was the day I moved my office. I was not interested in learning server maintenance, and certainly not interested in rebooting the wifi.

You may not have the option of moving your office—or you may be one of those unfortunates cursing the printer. Possibly you have an IT staff dedicated to helping out—if only you can describe what’s broken.

In all cases, you’ll benefit from learning about servers, networks, and IT in general.

And you’re in luck at lynda.com.

By Mark Niemann-Ross | Thursday, September 11, 2014

Data Science Controls Your Life — Learn to Control Data Science!


Reach across your desk and pick up a DVD. You’re now holding about 4.7 gigabytes of data.

Now pick up 200 million more DVDs. You’ll need more than two hands to do this—in fact, you’re going to need a bigger room, because you’re now holding the amount of data captured yesterday from financial transactions, emails, recordings, videos, web pages, books and every other information activity. Just yesterday.

Every day, the world collects and stores on hard drives 2.5 quintillion bytes of information—way more data than any human can be expected to make use of, or understand. If only there were a way to filter through this enormous haystack of data and find the exact spec of information needed for a specific reason at the right time….

By Doug Winnie | Monday, September 8, 2014

New lynda.com Segment Provides IT Training


Today we’re excited to launch our new training segment for aspiring IT professionals and data scientists.

Based on feedback and discussions directly with our members, we’re extending our content in existing areas and diving into new topics that will help you learn and apply popular IT hardware, information management, and data science practices for you or your business.

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