Microsoft Planner

Introducing Microsoft Planner

Office 365 includes a really neat tool for task management, allowing you to take the chaos out of teamwork and get more done!

Planner makes it easy for your team to create new plans, organise and assign tasks, share files, chat about what you’re working on, and get updates on progress.

The top 6 features of the product are below:

1. Easy to use

Launch Planner from the Office 365 app launcher with a single click. You can then create a new plan, build a team, assign tasks, and update status—in a few easy steps.

2. Organise work visually

Each plan has its own board, where you can organise tasks into buckets. You can categorise tasks based on their status or on whom they’re assigned to. To update the status or change assignments, just drag and drop tasks between columns.

3. Visibility and transparency

The My Tasks view provides a comprehensive list of all your tasks and their status across all your plans. When working together on a plan, team members always know who is working on what.

4. Collaborate around tasks

Built for Office 365, Planner lets you attach files to tasks, work together on those files, and even have conversations around tasks without switching between apps. With Planner, all your team’s discussions and deliverables stay with the plan and don’t get locked away across disparate.

5. Works across devices

Planner works across all your devices. And with Planner, everyone is always on the same page. A glance at Charts is all it takes to know where things stand and if the team is making enough progress towards their goal.

6. Email notifications

With Planner, you’ll never miss a beat! Receive email notifications whenever you’re assigned a new task or added to a conversation.

Getting Started

To try it, from your Office 365 login screen at Office.com click on the blue tile in the top right and click on the Planner application.

Multi Factor Authentication

Have you secured all your access with multi factor authentication?

With an 11% further increase in Cyber Crime over the last 12 months (between 2018 and 2019) it is critical that all the applications you access are secure, and not just with a password.

If a user’s password is compromised, unauthorised users can access your systems. This is where MFA is critical as it empowers you to authenticate access requests using your smartphone.

MFA is a secure and easy to use authentication method that provides an increased level of protection. Your security is only as strong as the weakest link. Without MFA weak or inadvertently shared passwords increase the risk of a security breach.

Reports of cyber attacks are increasing, and hackers are becoming more intuitive in obtaining user passwords. As a solution, we offer MFA to our clients.

If you are using one of the following, please engage with Tiedata so we can establish the best way to assist you:

1. Cloud based systems, including but not limited to CRM systems, office suites and account packages e.g. Salesforce, Office 365 and Quickbooks.

2. Remote access – we recommend that all remote access is initiated via a Virtual Private Network (VPN). MFA takes your security to the next level.

Contact us to find out more about how our MFA solutions can benefit you.