MYP Speaker Event – Ella Dove

Listening to the stories of how people have changed their lives for the better, after experiencing traumatic events is a gratifying and humble experience.

I experienced this previously when reading the story of Andy Grant and how he turned his life around, after being blown up whilst serving in Afghanistan, to become a successful motivational speaker.

Recently I had the pleasure of listening to another inspirational story, at last month’s MYP (Merseyside Young Professionals) lunchtime speaker event on Zoom. The speaker was Ella Rose Dove, an amputee, author and Commissioning Editor of Good Housekeeping, Red and Prima magazine. In this talk, Ella shared her compelling story about overcoming a serious accident in 2015, from a fall whilst out jogging. The result of this fall was that the blood supply to her foot was cut, resulting in three days in intensive care with the only remaining option to have her right leg amputated below the knee.

Listening to Ella’s story from start to finish, I marvelled at her courage, resilience and inner strength. From a sudden and devastating event, seeing her life change all around her, along with hopes and dreams coming apart, I could only listen and admire with total respect at how Ella overcame such trauma to positively change her life. Indeed, this is a massive and inspirational achievement, evidenced by Ella writing and publishing her first novel First Steps to Happy last year, along with her passionate charity work for The Limbless Association.

Ella also talked about her passion for improving disability awareness and to bring it into the mainstream, to show and demonstrate that everyone is capable of anything. I can strongly identify with this, through my own experience with autism, and using it to positively change my own life through achieving my degree, getting into employment, and running half marathons. There are countless examples of people who have overcome disability and changed their lives for the better.

I would like to personally thank Ella for sharing her incredible story. It serves as a timely reminder that demonstrates how disability is no barrier to what a person can achieve.

You can find out more about Ella’s work at https://www.elladove.com

Flying with Eagles by John Haynes – A Book Review

In my life, I have met and learned from many others. From listening to stories full of inspiration, knowledge and wisdom that can only be gained by personal experiences in life, I have tried to learn as much as possible, to become a better person. It continues to give me pleasure listening to other people’s stories, as they provide life affirming lessons. You can describe this as learning from a mentor, of which an example was a gentleman called John Haynes.

Ten years ago, when I was unemployed and starting out on my personal journey, I was lucky enough to meet John at a networking event. After having a conversation, John kindly invited me to attend a course on Accelerated Learning, at the International Coaching Academy in Liverpool. I gladly accepted his offer, and the course was so enjoyable and worthwhile, that it inspired a passion for lifelong learning that continues to this day.

John sadly died in December 2020, after a battle with motor neurone disease. I remember when I last saw him, smartly dressed, full of enthusiasm with his trademark positivity for life and helping others. After he passed away, I remembered John had written a book on the life lessons he learned. This book was called Flying with Eagles and I purchased a copy to read and learn more about his extradionary life, and I was not to be disappointed.

Flying with Eagles is a wonderful 182-page read full of positive and inspirational lessons from John’s personal journey. From leaving school at 14 with a lack of education, to overcoming redundancy, selling insurance, starting his own business, and how a rush to book a holiday to Kenya, led to an exciting new chapter into helping a local village was very heart-warming. Reading about how these Kenyan villagers referred to John as “Papa John” and his encounters with meeting an energetic boy called Grasshopper left me smiling, as I recalled John’s recollections of Kenya, and of his love for its people.

This was a lovely reminder of how John lived and learned so much in his lifetime, whilst sprinkling and spreading light, happiness, hope and positivity through meeting and helping millions along his journey.

I was also taken and engrossed in John’s recollections of coping with the hard times of redundancy in 1980’s Liverpool under Thatcherism, with the burden of supporting his wife and young daughter. For millions like John, these were extremely difficult times, yet walking through his own dark night of the soul, selling insurance door-to-door to support his family and overcoming adversity to become successful is a powerful and empowering story.

There were plenty of important lessons, that I learned from Flying with Eagles that really struck a chord with me, which include the following below.

  1. Learning is a lifelong experience!
  2. Write and keep a list of goals with clearly defined plans of how you will achieve them!
  3. Always strive and commit to personally master yourself in your career!
  4. Remember to always take responsibility for yourself!
  5. Be a master and not a victim of change!
  6. Visualise what you want to achieve and go for it!
  7. The route to success has no shortcuts, so you must always put in the effort!
  8. When you increase your skills and knowledge, use them!

In conclusion, Flying with Eagles is a beautifully inspirational read of a life well lived, and a powerful example of learning from personal and other people’s successes and failures. Therefore, this is a story that anyone can read and be inspired by, which is why I wholeheartedly recommend this book, as there is so much you can learn from reading John’s personal story.

I would like to thank John for not only writing a wonderful book, but also for being a mentor, gentleman and visionary inspiration to millions in Liverpool and beyond. John has left a magnificent legacy for millions to look up to, and for many people including myself will be eternally grateful for the opportunities to have met and learned so much from a great man.

Therefore, I am dedicating this review of Flying with Eagles, both as a tribute and as a gift of my eternal thanks to John.

On a final and poignant note, I would like to leave you with this video of Sean Connery reciting the poem Ithaca by Constantine Cavafy, as I believe it encapsulates the remarkable and richly fulfilled life that John has lived.

Rest in Peace John Haynes, and fly with those eagles.

Carpe Diem!

What Have I Been Up to Recently?

Hello everyone!

This is my first post of 2021, as I have not written anything since before Christmas.

So, what have I been up to recently?

To be honest, I needed to step away from blogging for a short period. I say this because I needed to focus on my work, spend time with family, and keep up my fitness during these chaotic times, by running outdoors which has been a godsend for me. The good news is I am now working on some new blogging ideas, which I will be publishing this year.

How am I personally coping with this ongoing lockdown? The answer is I am keeping well and safe and getting on with it the best I can, one day at a time. Working from home means I am being as productive as ever, and yet I am finding the social isolation and loneliness difficult to deal with sometimes. Whilst I keep in touch with family, friends, work colleagues and contacts by phone, text, email and Zoom, I must confess that I have struggled with the lack of face-to-face contact with different people, which I really miss.

Secondly, I have also taken an extended break from Twitter. Over this last year, I have become exasperated, anxious and worn down by the noisy idiot voices who pollute the platform with dangerous conspiracy theories, fake news, political anger, vile and slanderous behaviour, along with vicious insults and abuse. In simple terms, Twitter has become a disgusting toxic environment, of which I do not need that cesspit sewer of negativity in my life!

In my opinion, the above is an indictment of how social media in general has gotten much worse, especially during this pandemic!

When I first took a month-long break from Twitter last October, I found I didn’t miss it, and in hindsight this is one of the best decisions I have made. I may check into Twitter on an occasional basis at some point in the future, but my days of using it regularly are permanently finished, and I feel much better for it!

Like myself; I am sure you strongly feel and believe the constant bombardment of negativity in the news is extremely tiring, stressful and enough to make you angry. An example is January’s events in Washington with the storming of the US Capitol Building. Watching it unfold on television and seeing the pictures on the Internet and social media was so shocking, that I was sickened to my stomach. Personally, it has now reached the stage, that I am keeping my news intake to a minimum, and I have removed the news apps from my phone, which is for the best.

I have also been using the time wisely. Since developing my life plan last year, I have been working to refine it further, by breaking my plan down into smaller steps and achievable targets that are related to different aspects of my personal and professional life. Now these foundations are in place, I have started taking the first steps on my journey.

And there you have it. I am glad to have written this post, to not only get back into blogging, but also to explain my honest thoughts, and to get them off my chest. In a strange way this has been rather cathartic.

I shall be writing again soon, so in the meantime thanks for reading, take care of yourselves and keep safe!

Peace out!

What I Have Learned from 2020 – My Learning Journey

2020, what a year!

Nobody could have anticipated how this was going to turn out!

We all had plans lined up for this year, I certainly did until COVID-19 came along and changed everything. Therefore 2020 has been incredibly challenging for everyone, going through different emotions with all the uncertainty, anger, loneliness, frustration amongst others, and yes there have been occasions when I have encountered these myself.

Just trying to keep myself exercised, motivated and in a good state of mind over these last twelve months has been a real challenge personally. Despite everything, I have learned several important life lessons about having to cope and adapt to these uncertain times, which has helped me immensely.

What are these lessons that have I learned?

For starters, I have learned to be more resilient to live with this constant uncertainty. I have also tried harder to make more effort and keep in regular touch with family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances, through emails, calls, texts, WhatsApp, and video conferencing with Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Thirdly the importance of regular exercise cannot be underestimated, and I have demonstrated this through outdoor running, which has helped me keep in shape, and my mind clear of negative thoughts, which is important for mental health. With regards to running, I shall be honest and admit it has really helped me in coping with the daily stresses, pressures and frustrations, as explained back in May’s post about what I learned from running.

There are other lessons I learned from this year, which include the following:

  1. Keep yourself busy by doing the things you like.
  2. Take everything one day at a time.
  3. Create a life plan for the future.
  4. Avoid obsession with finding the latest news constantly and keep exposure to a minimum, which is why I deleted the BBC and Sky News apps from my phone.
  5. Take a break from social media platforms such as Twitter.
  6. Keep things in perspective.
  7. Never forget what you have or take them for granted.
  8. Rather than dismiss or fight them, make the most of new changes and unexpected opportunities.
  9. Never let your personal emotions affect your work and personal relationships.
  10. Reach out and talk to somebody if you are struggling.

As the curtain falls on 2020, I have no regrets at all. Although it has been difficult, I refuse to look back in anger, or dwell on what could have been. Instead, I reflect upon the last twelve months, with a calm and philosophical sense of perspective, along with a full heart and mind knowing I have learned some valuable life lessons along the way. I also know deep down that I have adapted to these changes to the best of my ability, of which I am grateful for.

I have constantly stated previously, of the importance of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and learning to adapt to change. Therefore 2020 and the challenges posed by COVID-19, has meant I have personally learned more about myself, then I realised at the beginning of this year.

On a positive note, 2020 saw Liverpool become Premier League champions for the first time in 30 years, of which I was delighted and overjoyed. I also discovered the pleasure of watching classic Hollywood films including Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, On the Waterfront, Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry and Dollars trilogies, Joaquim Phoenix in Joker, and laughing at Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther films. I have also read plenty of books, including Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, The Art of War by Sun Tzu, Richard Branson’s Like A Virgin, and inspiring memoirs by Andy Grant and Oliver Stone. Along with regularly writing and posting on this blog, this has all helped me in staying occupied throughout this year, so it has not all been doom and gloom.

So, there you are then. This was my learning journey of 2020, and I am delighted and glad to have finally written down and shared my honest reflections with you.

I would like to thank you very much sincerely for taking the time to read them.

Finally, I would like to conclude by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and all the best hopefully for a better 2021.

Peace Out!

Joker – A Film Review

Having seen Jack Nicholson and the late Heath Ledger excel as the Joker, I honestly thought neither portrayal could be bettered.

Then I watched Joker starring Joaquim Phoenix picking up the baton.

I was not only wrong, but very wrong!

Joker is not a typical comic book film of action and CGI effects. This film is a stand-alone story that focuses on the Joker’s character, within a dark, disturbing and nihilistic environment that is Gotham City, that permeates the Joker’s life and struggles, just like a disease.

In other words, this is a mature and violent film with adult themes, that is not suitable for children.

Phoenix’s Joker is a more vulnerable and broken individual who is driven over the edge into madness. Through his circumstances, bad luck, and upbringing, along with the soulless desolation of his surroundings, this is a Joker that is human with real emotions, yet he retains the dangerous and psychopathic persona that is the character’s trademark. In simple terms, Joaquim Phoenix delivers a performance full of pathos like a Shakespeare tragedy portraying the Joker’s descent from a tortured lonely soul isolated by society, to the villainous killer that we know so well.

Joker is a film that many can relate to or at least recognise in some shape or form, and it also has a topical feel. I say this because Joker holds up a mirror to our society with the ongoing suffering endured by millions today. In addition, the film pays homage to Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, which is rather fitting as Robert De Niro also stars in the film.

Watching Joker, I can honestly say it is a powerful cinematic experience, that burned itself irretrievably into my mind. It is not hard to recognise why Joaquim Phoenix won the Oscar for Best Actor for this film, as his performance was richly deserved in my opinion.

Overall, I really loved Joker, not just for Joaquim Phoenix’s performance, but also for the story that it tells, and for its sense of poignancy that really struck a chord, which lingers long after you have seen it.

Superb, superb!

The final trailer of Joker, starring Joaquim Phoenix.

Klopp Bring the Noise by Raphael Honigstein – A Book Review

For fans of Liverpool Football Club like myself, Jurgen Klopp is regarded with affection, respect and devotion for his achievements, leadership, passion, charisma and his humble personality. Since becoming Liverpool’s manager in October 2015, Klopp has connected with not only the fans, but also with the city of Liverpool. In addition, Klopp has also endeared himself with his sense of humour, evident from his interviews.

Although 2020 has been a terrible year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has still brought one glorious shine of red light for me and millions of Reds. This was because Liverpool became Premier League champions for the first time in 30 years, after previously winning the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA World Club Cup last year.

This success was masterminded and put together by Jurgen Klopp who previously managed Borussia Dortmund to Bundesliga success in Germany. Winning the Premier League with Liverpool, and how he built a successful team reminded me of Rafael Honigstein’s book Klopp Bring the Noise, which I first read in 2017 and enjoyed very much. Following the Reds title success, I recently read the book again and loved it even more, because I saw many similarities in how Klopp was successful and adored at Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.

Honigstein’s book captures the essence of Jurgen Klopp from his beginnings growing up in Glatten, to his playing career before getting into management with Mainz. From there, it chronicles how he led and inspired Dortmund to break Bayern Munich’s monopoly on the Bundesliga before joining Liverpool.

Another strength of the book is that Honigstein also collects the thoughts of players and coaches who worked with and played under Klopp. Along with personal insights from family and friends, this book also provides an excellent character study of Klopp and illustrates why he is admired, loved and respected by many. I was also impressed and intrigued to learn about Klopp’s personal and footballing journey. From Mainz to Liverpool, the book describes how Klopp has developed as a manager, by continually learning from his experiences to become better and communicating a clear vision and purpose to everyone. Along with the ability to manage and get the best out of people, Klopp is a leader that everyone should aspire to be like.

In conclusion, I loved reading Klopp Bring the Noise, and yes as a Red I am biased. However, the book also has plenty to offer, even if you are not a Liverpool supporter or have little interest in football. This book is a journey of how to make the most of what you have to be successful, how to manage and lead people, have a clear purpose, and also specific goals to aim and achieve for.

These are especially important lessons that I gleamed from this book, along with being humble and always treating people with respect, which are the reasons why I wholly recommend this.

Many thanks to Raphael Honigstein for writing an engrossing read. I would also like to thank Jurgen Klopp for turning Reds like myself from doubters to believers, embracing the culture of our city, connecting with the people and making them happy, just like a certain Bill Shankly.

Finally, I would like to leave you with a clip of that special moment this year when Liverpool finally lifted the Premier League.

Taking a Twitter Hiatus

Twitter is very addictive as a social media platform!

With a constant urge to keep switched on to the latest happenings in the world today, it was becoming ever more overwhelming. Along with checking the BBC and Sky News apps on my mobile, I was also logging in and checking my Twitter feed several times a day, which in these days of political anger and COVID-19 uncertainty, was not doing me any good!

Prompted recently by writing my life plan, I decided to take a month-long hiatus from Twitter. From the 1st to the 31st October, the purpose was to give myself some time and mental space away from the continual bombardment of negativity, anger, hatred and other harmful poisons, that lurk within the Twitter sewer.

On the 1st October, I deleted the news apps from my phone and began my Twitter hiatus. The first few days were a battle as the temptations to login and check my feed were strong, but I resisted and eventually found myself drawing strength from the realisation, that I did not need to be constantly checking my Twitter feed.

I should point out that I did not avoid the news altogether, as this is impossible to do. Therefore, I simply resolved to quickly browse the news websites, and keep my browsing to a minimum. I also reminded myself to keep calm, not get worked up and take it all in my stride. Doing other hobbies that I enjoy when not working, also helped immensely too!

After a month away, I feel much better for having taken a Twitter hiatus. Since returning, I no longer feel an urge to keep up with the latest news and trends, meaning I can just dip in and out. Secondly this has given me the confidence to know that I can cope without Twitter for a period. Doing this frees up more time, allows me to be productive, and have a relaxed frame of mind.

To conclude, I am glad I took the decision to step briefly away from Twitter. Whilst it has both positives and negatives, the constant urge to check your feed can be overwhelming. This means that tweets that are full of negativity and hatred can suck you in, affect your mood, emotions and ultimately your personal wellbeing.

In my opinion it is beneficial to take a break away from Twitter and other social media platforms, even just for a short space of time.

Why not give it a try?

Chasing the Light by Oliver Stone – A Book Review

I enjoy watching movies and discovering more about the actors and directors who make them.

Recently I enjoyed reading director Oliver Stone’s memoir Chasing the Light. This is not just a memoir about movies, as it also covers his early life and experience as a soldier serving in the Vietnam War, along with his struggle getting into the movie business.

Having written and directed some of the greatest and most controversial movies of all time, Stone has brought powerful stories to the big screen. Over decades, his movies have impressed, entertained, moved, as well as provoked and enraged audiences and critics in equal measure.

As a screenwriter, Stone has written the screenplays for Scarface and Midnight Express, winning the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for the latter. Along with screenwriting,  Stone has also directed several classic films such as Salvador, Wall Street, Natural Born Killers, JFK, Nixon, Born on the Fourth of July and Platoon, of which he won the Oscar for Best Director for the latter two. Recently Stone has moved into making documentaries and interviewing politicians such as Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro and Vladimir Putin.

As a memoir, I was enthralled by Stone’s journey. I found it to be a compelling story of dealing with childhood divorce, a complicated relationship with his stockbroker father, his recollections of serving in Vietnam, and the subsequent aftermath of dealing with his war experiences and drug problems. I was unsettled and gripped by Stone’s descriptions of his first-hand experiences of the conflict, which are extremely raw, brutal and disconcerting, leaving him with mental scars. Indeed, Stone describes how his war experiences coloured his personal outlook and undoubtedly left a lasting impact on him so much, that it formed the basis of his screenplay for Platoon.

I found Chasing the Light to be a riveting and honest insight into the cutthroat world of moviemaking. Controversial and unremitting, it cuts through and blows away the glitzy and glamorous façade, revealing the harshness and unpleasant side that lies beneath the surface in Hollywood. Along with overcoming drug problems, Stone describes his Hollywood journey from screenwriter, to an Oscar-winning director whilst maintaining his creative integrity. Indeed, I was interested to read about how Stone wrote the screenplay for Scarface, whilst battling a cocaine addiction.

Stone also gives his honest description of working with some of the well-known actors, directors and producers in Hollywood. Even more interesting, this gives you the inside track of the creative processes, frustrations, heartbreaks, little victories and of the associated politics and general skulduggery related to filmmaking.

In conclusion, I found Chasing the Light to be a very revealing, frank and unflinching life story of an interesting, outspoken and talented maverick of an artist. Not afraid to speak out and challenge and rattle the Hollywood and political establishment, Stone is a character who has lived, seen terrible and heartbreaking things through his own eyes.

Although his memoir finishes with his Oscar triumph for Platoon, I enjoyed it very much. From start to finish it was wonderfully written and never dull, and I hope there is a sequel to Chasing the Light.

I want to conclude this review by sharing an epic and iconic scene from Platoon. This scene encapsulates Oliver Stone’s genius as a filmmaker and captures the horror of the Vietnam War.

Be warned you may find this upsetting!

Thanks for reading!

Why I Have Created a Life Plan

Hello there, dear reader!

It has been several weeks since I last posted on this blog!

However, the reason for my silence is for an exceptionally good reason, as I have been extremely busy in creating a life plan.

Working from home during the current pandemic, I needed to take a short sabbatical from blogging. This was because during these last few months, I have been doing plenty of hard thinking about the present, the future, and what I would like to achieve to live an enriched and fulfilled life, both personally and professionally.

For over a year, I had been toying with the idea of creating a life plan. Now I have finally picked up the gauntlet, taken stock of where I am now and have put together a long-term blueprint, with clearly defined goals and steps of what I want to aim for and achieve. Of course, I do not see my plan as the finished article by any means, as I intend to continually revise, refine and update it.

On reflection, putting my plan together was initially daunting to say the least. This is because the process forced me to take an honest and in-depth personal analysis of my life, by forcing myself to ask questions, as well as identify my personal values and priorities.

Creating this plan pushed me out of my comfort zone. This process meant I had to delve deep inside and explore my personal experiences, feelings, emotions, ambitions, hopes and fears.

To give you an idea of some of the questions I asked myself, I have included some examples below.

  1. How would I currently describe my life?
  2. Where do I want to go in the future?
  3. What actions do I need to take?
  4. How did I get where I am today?
  5. Are there any regrets that I have?
  6. How would I describe my ideal life?
  7. What life changes do I need to make?
  8. What makes me happy or unhappy?
  9. What would my life be like if I did not make the changes required?
  10. How would I like to be remembered as a person?

Despite the initial difficulties and uneasiness with writing my plan, I found that clearly defining and writing down my goals and the required steps was inspiring. In addition, by answering the questions honestly and from the heart, this all helped to make my plan as realistic and achievable as possible. Looking back, I realise that I was daunted by the idea of writing about myself in a brutally honest fashion, as it is easy to fall into the trap of glossing over, or sugar-coating things that provoke a strong personal reaction.

Having finally created my life plan, I feel much better now that I put down my life purpose and goals on paper. The reason I say this is because I found the process rather cathartic, as I have now clearly defined my life purpose and what I want to achieve in the future, and importantly what I need to do. It feels now that a weight has been lifted from my shoulders.

I realise this is only the beginning and there will be times when I will struggle for inspiration and motivation, as I am only human like everyone else. I am also aware that I will need to consistently change and alter my plan, as nothing is ever set in stone. However, my purpose in life, my goals, personal values and priorities are clear, realistic and achievable, and that motivates and inspires me with confidence.

So, there you have it. I just hope I have made my reasons for creating my life plan as clear as possible to you. As for the contents of my plan, this will be strictly personal and private only to myself, but I hope by reading this, you will also have the inspiration to stop and create your own plan, and define your purpose to lead a fulfilled life.

Thank you so very much for reading!

Microsoft 365 – Bringing the Cloud to Your Business

Cloud technology is changing the business landscape faster than ever. In these times of COVID-19, millions of people worldwide are using cloud services, to work safely from home. There are many examples of cloud services such as iCloud, Google Cloud, and Amazon Web Services. But for many public and private-sector businesses and organisations, Microsoft 365 will be the main cloud-based solution for delivering the services required, to meet customer demands and remain competitive.

Microsoft 365 cannot be categorized as a single product. Instead it is a combination of Windows 10 Enterprise for desktops, Office 365 for creating files, and Enterprise Mobility & Security for device management, security and threat protection. This means Microsoft 365 brings and integrates all three together, to provide a comprehensive subscription-based service to enterprise clients, that are cloud hosted on their behalf by Microsoft, which is also known as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). When combined, Microsoft 365 provides a flexible, secure, and on-demand cloud-based solution for businesses to operate continually, through the technical capabilities provided below.

  1. The ability to work from anywhere safely and securely.
  2. Always-on cloud services such as Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, and desktop applications provided by Office 365 (i.e. Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher and Outlook).
  3. Intelligent security and management features to protect your organisation’s 365 platform, such as Microsoft Cloud App Security, Azure Active Directory, Advanced Threat Analytics amongst other features.
  4. Management of mobile devices using Microsoft Intune.
  5. Collaboration with other people by using Microsoft Teams to share files, chat, hold online meetings, make calls and more.

As well as the benefits provided by Microsoft 365, there are other important aspects related to implementation that businesses need to consider.

  1. Whilst you do not need to be connected to the Internet to use the Office 365 applications on a PC, an Internet connection is required to get the latest updates and releases.
  2. Microsoft 365 is subscription-based with different volume licences, for enterprises, businesses and other organisations.
  3. Not all essential business resources may be suitable for cloud hosting, as some in-house legacy business applications that are hosted locally may not be compatible with Microsoft 365.
  4. Only a small amount of Microsoft 365’s functionality is used by businesses.
  5. The features in Microsoft 365 change frequently.

With the cloud capabilities provided by Microsoft 365, businesses can move away from traditional in-house locally hosted data centres, to a more cloud-based setup offering greater agile and flexible working. An example of this is using VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) to remotely access a corporate virtual environment, through a secure and authenticated Internet connection using any desktop PC, tablet, or laptop. This means that rather having to deploy multiple physical desktops with a full software installation, businesses can instead use PCs that have a minimum build specification and Internet connection to access their virtual desktop environment and applications. In addition, users can also authenticate and remotely connect to a VDI environment from their own personal device.

Cloud services such as Microsoft 365 represent the future of how businesses will manage and provide IT services. With more people working from home and away from the office before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of businesses and other organisations are evolving their delivery models, to adapt to these changing environments, whilst providing on-demand services required to continue functioning. This is what the cloud is delivering upon, and Microsoft 365 is playing an important part in this, and will continue to evolve and do so in the future.

In conclusion, the last few months have shown the importance of learning and adapting to new technologies and ways of working. This means businesses, organisations, and individuals must learn, adapt, and embrace what Microsoft 365 has to offer, as for many it will be the difference between surviving and prospering in the new normal, or falling by the wayside.

Thanks for reading!

This video gives an a in-depth demonstration of the benefits that Microsoft 365 brings to businesses.