Enhancing Collaboration and Communication with Microsoft Teams

Over the last few weeks, there has been a grand experiment with remote working. One of the problems is maintaining communication and collaboration among team members.

Microsoft Teams

Email is a very cumbersome and unproductive way to communicate with team members. It is slow and hard to keep track of multiple conversations and conversation threads.

Several platforms have been created over the last few years that attempt to solve this problem.

One example is Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft has spent many resources over the last few years enhancing their Microsoft Teams collaboration platform. It is a tool your agency should consider adding. One reason is Teams are included as part of the Office 365 (recently renamed Microsoft 365) subscription.

How Your Agency Could Use the Nextdoor Platform

Nextdoor is a social networking platform for neighborhoods. The company was founded in 2008 and is designed to help neighborhoods keep in touch. Typical platform use includes neighbors reporting on news and events in their “neighborhood” and members asking each other for local service provider recommendations.


Neighborhoods are created based on hyperlocal communities. It could be a subdivision or a small geographic area. I have been a member of the Franklin, Tennessee, neighborhood for several years. If your address falls outside of the geographic definition of the existing neighborhood, you can establish your own “neighborhood.” The “Founding” members determine the name and its boundaries. To create the new neighborhood, the member must attract a minimum of 10 households to the platform.

The Top 10 TechTips of 2019

I published about 50 TechTips in 2019. I realize that with the continued flood of email, some of these TechTips may have gotten sent to a “read later” folder and were forgotten. Others may have scanned the issue but didn’t have time to research to see if the tip would help.

Top ten TechTips

I have never promised that every TechTips will be earth-shattering and life-changing. I do hope that there will be a few gems over the course of the year that significantly impact productivity and effectiveness for you individually and for the organization.

In this issue, I am highlighting my top 10 TechTips for 2019, listed in no particular order.

Technology Timeline – Time To Reach Mass Adoption

We all use technology every day. Smartphones, tablets, and computers are just a few examples. Technology has exploded in the market in such a short span of time, and it is hard to think of living life without these tools. To get a hold of how we got here today from back in the dark ages, it is essential that we understand how technology evolved.

Every technology was invented to solve a problem. For example, search engines were created to segregate massive amounts of online data and pick out the most relevant ones. With every new upgrade, technology keeps improving. Platforms get better and expand what they can accomplish. The more often this happens, technology evolves to become the vital necessity it is today.

As new ideas get transformed into new forms of technologies, these new technologies are all set to become future mechanisms of future technologies. Existing technologies progress into something way more powerful and superior than what we had previously.

The speed at which technological evolution is taking place is exponential. This exponential growth is one of the biggest reason that many people are struggling to keep up. This technology timeline graphic provides an overview which shows just how fast technology has evolved.

Can You Globally Crowd Source a New Book?

An Interesting Test Where Your Vote Counts

The FINTECH Book, published in March 2016 by Wiley, was the first crowdsource book specifically addressing the financial technology revolution, and the disruption, innovation, and opportunity therein.

Steve Anderson InsurTECH Book

Based on the initial success of this first book, three new books on related industry segments are being created through the same global crowdsourcing process. These new books include:

Here’s how the InsureTech Book creation works.

A wide variety of authors, thought leaders, and industry participants within WealthTECH, RegTECH, and InsurTECH, were invited to submit an article abstract detailing — in 300 words or less — the expected content of a full 2,000-word article. The window for submitting the abstract closed at the end of January.

Anyone reading this can cast their vote for the articles they would like to see included in each of these new books