Sharing Minds Wins 2019 Nintex Partner Award for Customer Success - APAC

 
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Sharing Minds is pleased to announce we have been named a winner in the 2019 Nintex Partner Awards within the Customer Success – APAC category. 

Sharing Minds was recognized for our proven ability to accelerate business outcomes and results using the Nintex Process Platform. We have leveraged the powerful and easy-to-use capabilities of the Nintex Platform to digitally transform operations and enhance how people work.

“Nintex is honored to recognize Sharing Minds as a winner of the 2019 Nintex Partner Awards,” said Nintex CEO Eric Johnson. “Every day Nintex Partners, like Sharing Minds, help our customers achieve process excellence and digital transformation leveraging the Nintex Process Platform.”

We are thrilled to be named as one of this year’s Nintex Partner Award recipients. Through our 7-year long partnership with Nintex we have been able to deliver excellent, innovative, purpose-built solutions to our clients to assist with their business process mapping, management and automation needs. 

“It is a privilege and an honour to receive this award for the Sharing Minds team, in recognition of the hard work and effort our Consultants have shown over the last year: Nintex is one of our most valuable partners and we look forward to continuing our strong working relationship with the whole Nintex team, “ said Ben Creamer, General Manager of Sharing Minds.  

 
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“Over the last seven years, I have continually seen the Nintex Platform enable our clients to consistently improve their productivity and efficiency as a result of the automation, management and optimisation of their internal business processes,” explained Sharing Minds’ CTO and Founder Adam Clark. 

The Nintex Process Platform offers industry-leading process management and automation capabilities including: process mapping and management with Nintex Promapp®, robotic process automation (RPA) with Nintex Foxtrot® RPA, workflow automation, forms and mobile apps, document generation with Nintex DocGen® and Nintex Drawloop DocAutomation, and e-Signatures with Nintex Sign™ powered by Adobe Sign and process intelligence.

Thanks again to Nintex for the award and recognition, here’s to another year of delivering excellent business process automation solutions together! 

Published by: Sharing Minds Communications Dept
Date: Friday, 26 July 2019
Contact: 1300 611 359

Sharing Minds Named a Finalist for 2019 Nintex Partner Award

 
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The Nintex Partner awards recognize the valuable contributions of channel partners helping organizations transform their business with Nintex.

“Nintex Partners, like Sharing Minds, have an important role in helping our customer around the globe achieve their digital transformation and process excellence goals,” said Nintex Chief Executive Officer Eric Johnson. “We look forward to recognizing our top partners for their success helping clients automate, manage and optimize their business processes by developing customer services and solutions using Nintex.

Sharing Minds have been working with Nintex as a trusted partner since 2012 and have developed a range of process automation solutions for our customers. We have enjoyed partnering with Nintex throughout their evolution from a SharePoint workflow and forms solution into an all-in-one enterprise process solution that encapsulates a range of 8 different products throughout the platform.

 
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“Nintex are one of our premium product partners that we are delighted to have a strong working relationship with. Over the course of many implementations and deployments for our clients, we have seen first-hand the power of the Nintex platform in automating business processes to achieve productivity efficiencies,” explained Sharing Minds General Manager Ben Creamer.

Nintex will announce the winners of the 2019 Nintex Partner Awards on Sunday, July 14 during Microsoft Inspire in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Published by: Sharing Minds Communications Dept
Date: Tuesday, 2 July 2019
Contact: 1300 611 359

SharePoint Conference 2019 Wrap Up

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This year, I had the pleasure of attending the annual SharePoint Conference (SPC) with one of our Senior Consultants, Shannon Carey, in tow. SPC is the premier SharePoint event offering sessions with expert tips on how to best utilise the platform and updates about the product roadmap as well as providing opportunities for networking with colleagues across the industry. This year was no exception as it was the 20th year since SharePoint’s humble beginnings running on an old server under Jeff Teper’s desk.

 
SharePoint Home Sites. Image credit: Microsoft

SharePoint Home Sites. Image credit: Microsoft

 

SharePoint Home Sites

The keynote session opened the conference with a range of speakers from Microsoft, and so too came one of the biggest announcements of the event, the launch of SharePoint Home sites. Through leveraging Communication sites, Home sites combines news, events, content, conversations and video which will emphasise organisational priorities and branding. Home sites are intended to be used with one per Office 365 tenancy and will eventually become the Home page on the SharePoint mobile app. 15 SharePoint Home sites launch partners were announced to coincide with the release and we were proud to hear Sharing Minds partners LiveTiles, Hyperfish and Wizdom are part of this cohort.

SharePoint Search Updates

There are many improvements to the Search functionality rolled out across the Microsoft 365 suite. In December 2019 custom refiners and verticals, display templates, more extensibility, more scalability, more content types, inline @Office help assistance and many more updates will be made available. As a result, content will be searchable within 15 seconds of an addition or change.

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Multi-Geo Capabilities. Image credit: Microsoft

Multi-Geo Capability

New multi-geo capabilities have been announced for Office 365 Groups and SharePoint, which will enable users to store data in one or more locations they have selected. These capabilities satisfy data sovereignty requirements in each location and the user requirement has been lowered to organisations with 500+ users. This makes this feature available to more businesses that before and provides enterprise functionality for mid-sized organisations.

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SharePoint Admin Centre Site URL Rename Functionality. Image credit: Microsoft

SharePoint Admin Centre - Site URL Rename

A host of improvements and updates to the SharePoint Admin Centre were announced during Jeff Teper’s opening keynote address. The most notable of which, site URL rename, was met with a raucous applause by the room of SharePoint devotees. This change will allow for the URL address of a site to be updated simultaneously when the site name changes and all future requests redirected to the new URL.

OneDrive Updates

Rolling out later in 2019 will be OneDrive Differential Sync, a new functionality which will only sync changes to files within a OneDrive, avoiding the need for the whole listing to be synced. This will save data and time usage for OneDrive users on the move.

Between sessions, I managed to find a few friendly faces around the exhibition, including Sharing Minds partners AvePoint, LiveTiles, Nintex and ShareGate. Keep an eye out on the Sharing Minds social media channels for some exclusive interviews I recorded with each of the partners about their product roadmaps and exciting updates.

Ben Creamer with Jeff Teper, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Office, OneDrive SharePoint and Office Media Group.

Ben Creamer with Jeff Teper, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Office, OneDrive SharePoint and Office Media Group.

A personal highlight of the event for me was meeting the legendary Jeff Teper. Known in the industry as the Godfather of SharePoint, it was a real honour to meet with Jeff and have a quick chat about the journey of SharePoint and where its headed in the future.

Already looking forward to next year’s SPC!

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Cheers,
Ben
Ben.Creamer(at)sharingminds.com.au

What Nintex's Latest Acquisition, EnableSoft, Means For You

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Last week Nintex announced their acquisition of US-based Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software provider EnableSoft and their industry leading RPA product Foxtrot. At Sharing Minds, we’re thrilled with this announcement as we can now offer our clients and partners a comprehensive business process automation and workflow solution within the Nintex platform.

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What is Foxtrot?
Foxtrot is a scalable RPA software which empowers companies to accelerate their speed of business. With Foxtrot, businesses can amplify operational efficiency and lower human capital costs through automation. Whether integrating existing processes or building a program from scratch, Foxtrot is the fastest time-to-value RPA solution available.

What can Foxtrot do?

Foxtrot RPA focuses on ease of use and time to value; enabling business users to automate their own processes while established vendors focus on building developer centric tools to tackle complex scenarios.

Foxtrot RPA has taken a unique approach to integration, leveraging native APIs which allows for creation of bots which are more resilient to UI changes.

Foxtrot RPA is trusted by 600+ banks in the USA, more than any other RPA vendor.

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Image credit: EnableSoft

Image credit: EnableSoft

Image credit: EnableSoft

Image credit: EnableSoft

Image credit: EnableSoft

“Foxtrot will allow our clients to include the RPA (Robotic Process Automation) Bot within their Nintex Workflows to streamline and automate processes. This will increase the efficiency of workflows and ultimately provide a better process automation” stated Sharing Minds’ Chief Technical Officer, Adam Clark.

The demands of today’s modern enterprise require a process platform that offers a complete end-to-end solution: process mapping and management, process automation (including both workflow-based and robotic process automation) and process optimization. The Nintex product suite can now be leveraged to overcome the challenges previously faced by RPA customers when scaling bot deployments. With Nintex Promapp, customers can now achieve effective management and mapping process to prevent existing legacy systems being adversely affected when business processes change. 

“Foxtrot RPA is an excellent addition to the Nintex family and we are looking forward to offering RPA and complete business process automation solutions to our clients and partners” said Ben Creamer, Sharing Minds’ General Manager.

For more information about Foxtrot, or how RPA can benefit you, please get in touch with us at sales@sharingminds.com.au or give us a call on 1300 611 359.

Announcing New Sharing Minds Partner: Wizdom

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Sharing Minds has recently expanded its range of design services by adding the industry leading Wizdom product to its catalogue of applications. This addition provides customers and partners with the ability to purchase Office 365 intranet solutions from Sharing Minds that use out of the box capability, LiveTiles and now Wizdom.  

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Founded in 2001, Wizdom has focused on intranet and digital workplace from day one. Wizdom is a recognized leader in Digital Workplace/Intranet solutions that Clearbox - a leading analyst firm - has rated #1 three years in a row, and Gartner just recently designated as a Cool Vendor. 

Today, Wizdom supports both SharePoint 2013/16 On Premises and Office 365 using the Microsoft SharePoint Add-In Model. For customers that are implementing SharePoint intranets for the first time, moving to a newer version or moving into the cloud, Wizdom is the proven solution for a modern evergreen digital workplace and intranet solution.   

Overview of the Wizdom intranet solution: 

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  • Includes the broadest set of features and functions (50+) in the industry including design, corporate-departmental and subscription-based news, collaboration and project sites, social media likes and sharing, personalized and global menus, automatic translation to 40+ languages and many more. 

  • Extensibility enabling enterprise deployments with many integration points (REST endpoints, custom modules, custom designs, integration of third-party tools and much more).  

  • An enterprise platform that is designed to be easy to implement and manage even in large distributed global implementations in both on-premises and Office 365 environments.  

  • Proven customer base in large deployments – including customers with hundreds of thousands of employees, down to 50 employees.

“We’re excited about the addition of Wizdom to our partner network and are very much looking forward to working closely with the Wizdom team to deliver innovative solutions for our clients” stated Sharing Minds’ General Manager Ben Creamer.  

At Wizdom the feeling is mutual and confirmed by CEO, John Wainer. “We are thrilled to be working together with an expert Microsoft Gold Partner house like Sharing Minds, which allows Wizdom to extend the reach and offering of our award-winning and powerful digital workplace solution even further in the Asia Pacific region” John Wainer ends.

For more information about the partnership or the Wizdom solution, please contact us at info@sharingminds.com.au or call 1300 611 359. 

EVENT WRAP-UP: Sharing Minds and LiveTiles in Melbourne!

L to R: Ben Creamer, Kevin Berry, Richard Harding and Jason Alessi.

L to R: Ben Creamer, Kevin Berry, Richard Harding and Jason Alessi.

Sharing Minds has started 2019 off with the second run through of our hugely popular LiveTiles Customer Success Story Event on 21st February 2019 in Melbourne. Our client, Toowoomba Catholic Schools (TCS) showcased their new intranet solution that Sharing Minds developed, to a variety of customers keen to learn some of the tricks of the trade.

As with the Brisbane version of the event we ran last year, Ben Creamer MC’d the two presentations. The first was an interview-style discussion with TCS’ Director of Information Services, Kevin Berry, about their technology journey and decision to pursue a LiveTiles solution. Kevin concluded the session by demonstrating to the audience the sites which have been created during the project.

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The second presentation led by the LiveTiles team, Richard Harding and Jason Alessi, provided the audience with an overview and demonstration of the LiveTiles platform and capability. Particularly, how the LiveTiles product suite can radically transform your digital workplace using Intelligence, Insights, Intelligent Directories and also Bots. The event concluded with a discussion of the LiveTiles Roadmap of what’s to come and some hearty questions from the audience.

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If you have any questions about how Sharing Minds Design Services can work for you, or would like to request a copy of the slides, please contact sales@sharingminds.com.au and one of our friendly team will be more than happy to help you out.

Lunch and Learn with Us

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We’re getting into the Christmas spirit a little early this year, offering a free informational session as a taste of our Training Services between Mon 12/11/18 to Fri 21/12/18.

In these Lunch and Learn sessions, one of our Office 365 Experts will lead discussions on selected Office 365 tools with real demonstrations to increase user understanding.  Time spent with our Experts will help your staff embrace their Office 365 environment and inspire innovative ways to use the technology.

A Lunch and Learn (or Latte and Learn) session is an informative way to update your employees during a lunch, morning or afternoon tea break on all things Office 365.  Employees are either invited to bring their lunch or coffee with them or you may choose to provide a light lunch, morning or afternoon tea.

Session topics include:

  • Introduction to Office 365

  • Introduction to SharePoint Online

  • Introduction to Microsoft Teams

  • Introduction to Microsoft Flow

  • Introduction to Microsoft OneDrive

  • Introduction to Microsoft Forms

  • Introduction to Microsoft PowerApps

  • Introduction to Microsoft Planner


Why Lunch and Learn with us?

  1. A more casual alternative to formal training and seminars, the best Lunch and Learns become an integral part of the culture — and a tasty perk that everyone looks forward to.

  2. Make excellent use of time, which is already limited throughout the working day.

  3. Are an easy way to develop and motivate employees while creating a culture of communication, collaboration and learning.

  4. Remote employees can easily be included to feel like part of the team and fills the need for shared community.

  5. Continuous learning is critical for reinforcing training and building commitment to change.

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BOOKING GUIDELINES:

  • Promotion runs Mon 12/11/18 to Fri 21/12/18.

  • Book early to avoid disappointment. These Lunch and Learn sessions will be on a first-come-first-served basis, and spots will be strictly limited.

  • Sessions will be limited to 45 - 90 minute duration.

  • Sessions can be conducted at your own office or ours.  Our Brisbane boardroom can comfortably seat 12-14. Skype connections can be organised for remote staff.

  • Sessions are conducted on a demonstration Office 365 environment where applicable.

  • Session content is targeted at general user level.

  • Catering is not included.

To secure your Lunch and Learn training date please fill in the form below or call 1300 611 359 for further information.

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BRISBANE EVENT WRAP-UP: A CUSTOMER STORY AND LIVETILES!

On Tuesday 23 October, Sharing Minds and LiveTiles joined forces to present a Breakfast Workshop, to discuss how technology and AI are transforming organisations and disrupting the digital workplace.

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L to R: Bill Medill, Dennis Drover, Damien Neale

The first session was a discussion with Bill Medill and Kevin Berry from Toowoomba Catholic Schools and Ben Creamer from Sharing Minds, about TCS’ technology journey and decision to pursue a LiveTiles design solution.

Dennis Drover and Damien Neale from LiveTiles then led a live demonstration of LiveTiles in action and announced their FY19 Roadmap.

A short and sharp Q&A session followed and the event was closed with the announcement of the winner of the lucky door prizes, a 3D printer supplied by LiveTiles and a $50 coffee voucher.

LiveTiles’ intelligent workplace software empowers you to create modern intranet experiences tailored to your unique needs and enhanced by AI. We hope you were able to walk away from the event with the experts tips and tricks to build a modern intranet which you can evolve with your organisation’s needs.

Get the slide deck

If you would like a copy of the slides or more information about the event, please get in contact with our Sales Team at sales@sharingminds.com.au

More events

Keep an eye out on our Events page for more upcoming events. To receive your personal invitation, please contact events@sharingminds.com.au

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Reid Skinner with Ben Creamer

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Reid Skinner who won our business card giveaway - $50 credit to use at a cafe of his choice! We hope you’ll enjoy sharing the gift of caffeine with someone special.

And the major prize winner of the 3D printer was won by Lear Tromp. Big thanks again to LiveTiles for kindly donating the 3D Printer giveaway.

 
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Lear Tromp and Ben Creamer

BRISBANE EVENT WRAP-UP: Workflows and more Workflows

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On Tuesday 9 October we were joined by Nintex for an information session hosted at Microsoft to discuss workflow technologies.

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Adam Clark and Mathew Johnson

Sharing Minds CTO Adam Clark talked about a customer's journey to determine the best workflow tool for their requirements and the comprehensive selection process undertaken, comparing each of the leading workflow tools.

Mathew Johnson, Nintex Sales Engineer, then showed the audience a demonstration of Nintex's Intelligent Process Automation technology and explained the key features and benefits.  The Nintex IPA solution provides differentiated value for the end user and can be built without a single line of code to automate your business processes.

Get the slide deck

To help you along on your journey of selecting the right tool for the right job, please reach out to our Sales Team for a discussion about the best options for you.

We’d also be pleased to share the slide deck from this session, so please ask one of our friendly team via sales@sharingminds.com.au

More events

Keep an eye out on our Events page for more upcoming events. To receive your personal invitation, please contact events@sharingminds.com.au

Workflow session with Adam Clark
Microsoft office - views over Brisbane and Southbank
Giveaway winner Bill Medill

Congratulations

Congratulations to Bill Medill who won our business card giveaway - $50 credit to use at a cafe of his choice! We hope you’ll enjoy sharing the gift of caffeine with someone special.

BRISBANE EVENT WRAP-UP: AvePoint and Sharing Minds tackle #MSTeams

Recently, we held the first of our Breakfast Workshop events with AvePoint and Microsoft at the Brisbane Microsoft office. Desmond Russell from Microsoft opened the event, followed by Sharing Minds' own Ben Creamer who gave an overview of Microsoft Teams, sharing his tips and tricks to maximise your Teams experience. AvePoint's Paul Olenick was the third and final presenter who shared his insights into managing governance within Teams.

Microsoft Teams is a fantastic tool to connect your organisation, we hope you were able to walk away with the tools to ensure Teams is managed correctly.

get the slide deck

For more information or to receive a copy of the event slide deck, please contact our friendly Sales Team via sales@sharingminds.com.au

more events

Keep an eye out on our Events page for more upcoming events. To receive your personal invitation, please contact events@sharingminds.com.au

Ben Creamer presenting an Introduction to Teams

Ben Creamer presenting an Introduction to Teams

Paul Cullen winner of giveaway

Congratulations

Congratulations to Paul Cullen who won our business card giveaway - $50 credit to use at a cafe of his choice and an Event Cinemas voucher! We hope you enjoy sharing your gift with someone special.