we build intranets using
SharePoint and Office 365
We work 100% remotely using Teams, Zoom or Google Meet as is your preference
Office 365 Adoption and Migration Strategies
Rolling out Office 365 to a large business can be a daunting task. It has a thousand moving parts that requires multiple teams getting involved to handle the different technical and business aspects of the rollout. Companies often get this wrong. They often try train thousands of users for an hour at the beginning of an implementation and think this will be sufficient - this is a critical mistake. Installing Office 365, assigning a license, migrating a mailbox, then telling people there are now 20 new tools for them to use, is not going to result in people adopting the platform, nor return on investment for expensive licenses. We write adoption and migration strategies to suit your business and solve these issues.
Version control and findability with your documents in Dropbox, file shares, Teams, OneDrive, SharePoint, your desk, laptop, or anywhere else are a universal problem. If you are still using folders to store all your content, you will never resolve that issue. We do an audit of all your content, make recommendations on an improved structure; build it, then migrate and clean your content as we go. Finding and managing your content will become a dream.
Got templates and forms that people are filling in manually, then spending hours manually capturing the information? We create gorgeous online forms so you can spend your time analysing the data and managing thresholds and exceptions, instead of consolidating endless data submissions into a new spreadsheet.
Are you drowning in paperwork and always running around trying to get signatures for things? We help you define business processes end to end, then automate them so things can be signed and escalated electronically. Travel systems, onboarding or exiting staff, helpdesks, expense claims, innovation systems, stationery ordering, canteens, risk management, etc.
Classic to Modern Intranet Conversions
SharePoint has been around for 20 years and millions of businesses have intranets built on what's now termed "classic SharePoint". Many of those businesses then moved to Office 365, but the intranets stayed the same. We do Intranet Rehabilitation Programs to slingshot your old intranet into the slick new modern experience, giving it a new lease on life.
The best way to future proof your intranet, is to have your own staff skilled enough to build, manage, maintain and support it. We perform that role for you until such time as we have taught you to do it yourself. Our goal is to make you self-sufficient and clone our skills in you. But if you simply don't have the time to do it, we can still do it all for you. We have some standard courses, but we tailor everything to you.
You can expect from us
Their support has gone far beyond the mandated project into helping us think through the way we use the rest of the tools at our disposal, making useful suggestions for improvements across the board. Their response time in addressing queries and issues was fantastic and enabled us to progress rapidly with developing a system that met our needs. It has been a real pleasure working with the team.
Organisational Development, Astute Electronics, United Kingdom
Owner of Lets Collaborate with 13 years full-time experience on 6 versions of SharePoint, cloud and on-premise. Voted 9th most influential SharePoint Expert globally by peer-reviewed voting in May 2019. Her first project was to rollout SharePoint to 43 000 users; her largest client to date was 50 000 users, and smallest client 1 person. Her company has engaged with over 150 clients and business partners in many industries over the years, giving her significant experience in getting businesses operationally organised using the right technology at the right time. Her background is business, not IT. This has always been her differentiator in the industry as she has an excellent grasp of operational requirements, management and end user challenges. She’s a big picture thinker and understands how business, technology and change management intersect and need to be strategically managed. Her focus in all implementations is strategy and governance to ensure a long-term solution can be architected.
- Spoken at 23 conferences in South Africa, Australia, Singapore, United Kingdom, USA and Canada
- Interviewed twice on radio
- Manager of SharePoint Experts Group on LinkedIn with over 33 000 members
- Hosts an award-winning blog with 500 articles and an audience reach of almost 1 million people
- Hosted 4 SharePoint Saturday events in Johannesburg
- Microsoft Certified SharePoint Technology Specialist 2008
- British Airways Business Opportunity Grant Winner 2010
- SharePoint Microsoft Most Valued Professional Award 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 – first woman in Africa to win this award in Microsoft’s history
- Certified AIIM SharePoint Specialist 2013
- Rockstar Number 1 SharePoint Influencer South Africa 2013
- Metalogix Influencer Network Award 2014
- Finance Monthly CEO Award Winner 2016
- Harmonie Top Office 365 Influencer for South Africa 2016
- Harmonie Top 25 SharePoint Influencers Globally Shortlist 2016
- NSBC Top 20 Small Businesses in South Africa Award 2016
- NSBC Finalist National Entrepreneur Champion Category 2016
- NSBC Finalist Small Business Champion Category 2016
- NSBC Finalist National Women in Business Category 2016
- Top 100 Office 365 Blogs 2017
- Inspiring Fifty Nominee 2017
- Harmonie Global Top 25 SharePoint Influencer coming in at 9th place 2019
- Certified Microsoft Service Adoption Specialist 2019
- Author of Career Success with SharePoint and Office 365, available on Amazon in Kindle and hardcopy
Michelle is a 10-year SharePoint veteran and is our in-house automation expert. She has 25 years banking experience, her final position being an award-winning Global Operations Manager with 47 staff members before becoming a SharePoint Consultant. She built a SharePoint tracking solution in Nedbank in 2011 which is still in use today. Michelle has extensive experience on SharePoint versions 2007, 2010, 2013 and Office 365. She understands the engines of SharePoint out of box workflows, SharePoint Designer 2010 and 2013 workflows, Flow, Nintex, InfoPath and PowerApps; and built extremely complex systems at many clients. She just built a huge Innovation Platform for our client in the UK using Flow, SharePoint Designer, Power Automate and PowerApps. Her focus in all things is the end user’s experience of any systems we build as well as operational efficiency. We call her the Queen of Custom Lists for her tenacity and ingenuity to make SharePoint lists do just about anything.
- Financial Management Diploma
- Certificate in Project Management
- Management Advancement Programme
- Manager of Managers Programme
- Speaker at SharePoint Saturday Durban
More about what we can do
Strategy & Governance
Unsure of how to manage or rollout Office 365 or move to the cloud? We do executive-level consulting to put a full adoption plan and roadmap in place whether you are 2 people or 200 000 people. We can implement it all if you need us to.
We are document management experts. We use content management best practices with ISO 9001 principles to ensure long term findability and management of your strategic digital content. Audits will become a pleasure.
Forms & Automation
Automation of easy and complex business processes using the out of box tools available in the Microsoft stack. All solutions are fully documented so you can take them over at any time. We also align them to all compliance regulations.
Your content, only better
Intranet Fixing & Builds
Is your existing intranet dated, broken, hard to navigate or over-engineered? We can either revamp existing intranets or architect them from scratch and give them a new lease on life. No need to always reinvent the wheel.
Maintenance & Support
You may not have a dedicated intranet manager - we can perform that role for you till you do. All short, medium and long-term maintenance, content creation, cleanup, migration and system support for your intranet.
We want you to be empowered to run your own intranet. We have various beginner to intermediate SharePoint and Office 365 training curriculum's available conducted online, and we can design one to your needs.
More praise about our work
We officially launched our first intranet!
A special word of thanks to the Lets Collaborate team, they are absolute stars and changed the face of our company! Thank you!
Financial Director, Nando's South Africa
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your help so far. I have never been assisted with so much kindness and expertise when it comes to SharePoint. Thank you so much.
SharePoint Administrator, Basil Read
It's like I have died and gone to Heaven. This is absolutely AWESOME! The geek in me is so excited I keep pinching myself. Thanks again for the wonderful work on this.
Programme Manager, The Aurum Institute
Did you know we wrote a book?
This technology changed our lives, and many people we've engaged with over the years. Here's our step by step guide to follow in our footsteps. Available on Amazon and hard copy.