More than a year ago, the world was taken by storm by a mysterious virus that posed the biggest sanitary crisis the world has seen since the Spanish Flu of 1918.

Since then, humans did what they do best, we adapted. While schools, sports, shops and restaurants were closed, homeworking became the rule where this was possible and it opened new opportunities for businesses while asking difficult questions and posing challenges at the same time.

Truly, working in IT has been a blessing as there was no interruptions like yesterday we were at the office, today we work remotely. Indeed for some this can be difficult as one can easily feel lonely and overworked, yet suddenly we’ve been given the gift of time.

What do I mean by this? Well commuting of course. In Belgium it is common for people to commute for 2-3 hours a day. Imagine now all the extra time this gives to anyone as working remotely annihilated commuting. So what to do with this extra time and what can we do to engage our coworkers?

I’ve been a subscriber of the Microsoft Action Pack for quite a while and it comes with a lot of software that really makes it cost effective. You have office 365 E3, intune, some Dynamics 365 licenses, SharePoint online etc.

One of the greatest strength of Microsoft is the integration between all the tools they offer. And I discovered that you can create a SharePoint website for project collaboration, create a Team in Teams that is linked to that site and you have a document repository and collaboration tools.

Obviously this can easily become a mess when you have hundreds of projects and documents and so on. There are a lot of tips and tricks on the internet to prevent this to become bloated

Microsoft Action Pack cost about 400€ a year for a lot of value. This is a price any company can afford.

Happy coding (and managing)