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How to Set Up a Skype Meeting in Outlook Using the Scheduling Assistant

How to Set Up a Skype Meeting in Outlook Using the Scheduling Assistant

How many times have you gotten a Skype meeting request in Outlook from a coworker for a time that was already booked on your calendar? I bet more than once. Or – how about those group emails that go back-and-forth asking what times everyone is available for a Skype call? Those are especially fun, right? 

There’s a simple solution to send a request through Outlook for a Skype meeting during a time that works for all attendees: Utilize the wonderful tool known as the Scheduling Assistant.

7 Industries Leveraging Machine Learning

7 Industries Leveraging Machine Learning

There are a handful of definitions out there, but put simply, Machine Learning is the science of getting computers to execute tasks without being explicitly told to do so. Machine Learning is responsible for providing recommendations of products on Amazon or displaying recommendations on Netflix. Of course, it can (and does) get much more complex than that.

Machine Learning is a branch of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that is helping businesses analyze bigger, more complex data to uncover hidden patterns, reveal market trends, and identify customer preferences. By automating analytical model building, the insight gained is deeper and derived at a pace and scale that human analysts can’t match.

What Every Business Should Know about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

What Every Business Should Know about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will take effect on May 25, 2018, is the biggest overhaul of European Union (EU) data protection law in more than 20 years. It replaces the Data Protection Directive, which was adopted in 1995, and is designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy, and to reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy.

The IT Skills Gap & How You Can Respond

The IT Skills Gap & How You Can Respond

Essentially, a skills gap is a gap between what employers need their employees to do, and what those employees can actually do. If you've ever said something like, “Our organization desperately needs to migrate more infrastructure to the Cloud, but our IT staff lacks the knowledge to do so,” you're talking about a skills gap.

Office 365 Services, Apps & Features Explained

Office 365 Services, Apps & Features Explained

Beyond the traditional desktop and online applications within Office 365, such as Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word, there are several additional services, apps, and add-ins that you may not know even exist, let alone know how and why they may be valuable to you, your colleagues, and/or your business. 

The goal of this article is to review a great majority of the available (non-traditional) Office 365 services, apps, and features, and give our readers a better understanding of how and why they're used. Hopefully, too, this information will help our audience better decide whether they might be interested in acquiring any of these products for themselves or their organization.

7 Skills Every Great Leader Should Have

7 Skills Every Great Leader Should Have

Simply because someone has worked for several years in a particular role or industry doesn’t mean they’ve automatically gained the qualities and skills needed to successfully lead a team. Also, being promoted to a management level position doesn’t automatically transition someone into a great leader.

Cloud Computing & Digital Transformation (DX)

Cloud Computing & Digital Transformation (DX)

Technology is omnipresent and is changing literally every day. Think about how businesses sell products and services in 2017 versus just ten years ago. Think about how you, as a consumer, pay your bills, engage with your peers, or even track your exercise today. A lot has changed.

CompTIA has described the evolution of IT in three stages: The mainframe era, the PC/Internet era, and the cloud/mobile era. And in their IT Industry Outlook 2017 piece, CompTIA says, “Digital transformation is driving the dynamics of the IT industry. Companies are starting to grasp the disruptive nature of this new era in enterprise technology, and they are using the tools of the cloud era to redefine their organization and expand their IT capabilities.”

8 Reasons Businesses Embrace Microlearning

8 Reasons Businesses Embrace Microlearning

Today, unfortunately, many employees have less and less time to dedicate to learning and professional development, which is why the way in which businesses deliver training to their employees must change and/or adapt. According to research gathered by Deloitte: “The average employee only has time to devote 1% of their work week to professional development. That means only 24 minutes a week or 4.8 minutes a day can be allotted for training in a normal 40-hour work week.” Perhaps this is why so many businesses are embracing microlearning as their preferred method of training.

Mismanaged Meetings or Conference Calls Disrupt Productivity

Mismanaged Meetings or Conference Calls Disrupt Productivity

Sometimes conference calls are vital and often truly productive; however, poorly managed or unnecessary meetings can absolutely disrupt the natural rhythm of a workday and could lead to hours of productivity loss.

Customized vs. Off-the-Shelf Training

Customized vs. Off-the-Shelf Training

According to the ATD 2016 State of the Industry report, sponsored by Bellevue University and the Training Associates, organizations spent an average of $1,252 per employee on training and development initiatives in 2015. Plus, the 2016 Training Industry Report stated that the total budget for U.S. training expenditures, including payroll and spending on external products and services, was $70.65 billion. Clearly, businesses see the value in providing training and professional development.

However, once you've identified a skills gap in one or more of your departments and plan to initiate training across your organization, how do you ensure that your learning experience will meet the goals of your business? How can you help ensure a return on your investment? Actually, before you answer those questions, it's a good idea to make sure you understand the difference between customized training and off-the-shelf training.

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