harmon.ie acquires new talent
It’s been a busy few months for us at harmon.ie. We recently had an employee buyout from previous investors, allowing us to focus on long-term growth. We just released harmon.ie 7, which with thanks to our talented product team , delivers more innovation and capabilities to our harmon.ie product, and very recently, announced that Yoram Yaacovi and Shalom Passy have joined our board, with the goal of driving us forward as a company and new talent has joined our AI department. And the train of announcements doesn’t stop there! To ensure that we remain at the forefront of intelligent email management, we’ve recently appointed a new VP of Artificial Intelligence, Sasha Apartsin. We’re delighted to welcome Sasha to the team and in todays' blog, Sasha gives his insights into what he’s most looking forward to achieving with harmon.ie. Sasha Apartsin helps keep harmon.ie at the forefront of AI Sasha joins harmon.ie from Motorola Solutions Israel, where he was Head of AI Research. Focusing on machine/deep learning, computer vision, and natural language processing, his knowledge is truly cutting-edge, and puts him at the forefront of the AI revolution. His extensive background in machine learning and data science spans over 20 years. Beginning as a software and algorithm developer, Sasha has worked in many areas. These include designing algorithms, data analysis, product development, system architecture, and more. The addition of new talent with such wealth of experience, as Sasha brings to harmon.ie, will contribute to building the products that modern workers need. The chance to make a difference with new talent “Data is the new oil” observes Sasha. “We have access to huge amounts of corporate data – but lots of people are focusing on tools when they should be focusing on AI.” One of the things that attracted him to harmon.ie was the company’s current standing. As a small company, harmon.ie can move quickly and make the agile business decisions that keep us at the forefront of modern technology. But the smaller size of the company means workers like Sasha have more limited resources – this is a challenge that Sasha relishes. In his first months at harmon.ie, Sasha has taken on the challenge of building a roadmap of harmon.ie’s future AI technologies and features – he says of his plans: “We need to build the technology to help us win in the product space.” He notes that joining harmon.ie ‘offered a great opportunity to change the way that people complete their day-to-day work’. In terms of the future of harmon.ie, Sasha says, “Email is just the beginning. It’s one of the most commonly used applications, but it’s messy. It’s used as a project management tool, an operation tool, a sharing tool… and transforming email is just the first step. The next step is the workspace. The workspace is built more around tasks, semantics, and meaning, and less about applications and tools. Eventually, this will be a streamlined experience, in which workers won’t need to worry about which application or piece of technology they’re using.” In the coming years, the evolution of the modern workplace will see the need for intelligent business technology explode. harmon.ie will be at the forefront of the space, transforming daily work with email management and topic computing tools that help knowledge workers achieve more. With people like Sasha, harmon.ie is sure to remain at the cutting edge of technology. To find out more about how harmon.ie is transforming the modern workplace contact us today.
June 2019 | Harmon.ie Team
Working smarter, not harder with Outlook
Email is as important today in the modern enterprise as it has ever been before and requires having the best tools at hand to start working smarter. From sales contracts to sensitive HR information, proposals to internal reviews, email contains vital information from every area of your organization. In fact, 80% of documents of record in an organization are emails. It’s also the primary method of communicating and sharing information not only internally but externally. Since Teams, Slack or Whatsapp aren’t formal enough for sharing information with clients, Outlook, by default, becomes the platform through which most documents and records are formally shared. 69% of workers waste up to an hour each day navigating between communication apps, which is equal to 32 wasted days a year. This kind of inefficiency isn’t sustainable – it’s time for businesses to transform their internal communications. However, many businesses aren’t making the most of Office 365’s capabilities, especially when it comes to intelligent email management. Here are the three tips you need to use Outlook effectively. 1. Utilize your data to start working smarter In the modern workplace, data sits in many disparate locations, including other Office 365 apps, your email inbox, your servers or your hard drive, your CRM, and in other communications apps, like IM threads. This creates silos and prevents workers from finding the information they need. It also prevents you from making the most of all of the data spread out across your organization and makes it hard to see the bigger picture. In order to fully use and understand data in a meaningful way, workers must be able to easily capture, classify, share, and discover data throughout your IT environment. This is especially relevant for emails – as so much important work happens in email. Treating emails as the essential source of information they are will help your organization create complete internal visibility. Consider investing in a solution that enables you to integrate employee inboxes with your document management system to ensure that no important information slips through the cracks. 2. Streamline your applications The proliferation of business applications is beneficial for workers, but it has the potential to become too much of a good thing. By adopting more apps, organizations risk overwhelming workers with too many options and preventing them from finding what they need. Switching between apps to find and share information actually degrades productivity and prevents deep work. To tackle this problem and start working smarter, you should consider making all your business information accessible from one screen – this means cutting out ineffective apps and finding ways to connect Outlook with your document management system, for maximum integration. This breaks down the barriers between applications and helps workers complete tasks effectively without losing focus. 3. Embrace AI The Microsoft Graph helps users leverage Office 365 data using AI. By integrating Microsoft apps, it’s possible to build unique, intelligent applications that surface relevant information. Extending the power of Office 365 in this way will increase the value of your Microsoft investment, and it can also help you use every app more effectively. Using this technology, it’s possible to surface content related to relevant topics for individual users. Instead of searching individual apps for information, workers should be able to find emails and documents from a single window. This helps workers gain full visibility of their projects and tasks, giving them access to all the relevant information available. The future of email management As the number of emails we receive on a daily basis continues to grow at an exponential rate, organizations must find ways to start working smarter and more effectively. Between the sheer volume of data that workers must interact with, the need to manage records efficiently, and the need to meet all regulatory standards, email management is a challenge for many organizations. However, there are steps you can take to ensure that it’s your email management tools working harder, not your employees. Email will remain a primary method of communication, so if you use Office 365, this means Outlook is going to become more important to your organization. Optimizing your use of Outlook is the best way to get ready for the future. Making the most of Outlook and the wider Office 365 environment will require looking to third-party applications. To choose the right solution, organizations must prioritize easy integration with Office 365, creating a single source of truth, and the ability to treat emails as documents of record. Taking full advantage of these will allow Outlook to work to its maximum potential. To find out more about how harmon.ie can help your business work smarter with Outlook, contact us today.
June 2019 | David Lavenda
Announcing the Top 25 International SharePoint Influencers of 2019
SharePoint remains a constant in today’s business world. Among other things, it’s the document management system that organizations of all sizes rely on, and every year it continues to grow in popularity. SharePoint has an enormous following and has generated a highly engaged online community. SharePoint influencers are experts and thought leaders who extol the benefits of not only SharePoint but the Microsoft environment to readers around the world. Yaacov Cohen, CEO of harmon.ie commented: “We really value and recognize people within the community. As we do every year, we want to independently serve the ecosystem – by helping others connect and recognize the incredible work done by influencers around the world who are working with SharePoint”. Every year we recognize these influencers and thought leaders in the community who share their expertise and help companies make the most of SharePoint. With our series of international SharePoint Summits underway, and this week’s SharePoint North America Conference, now is the perfect time to announce the top 25 international SharePoint influencers of 2019. Sharing knowledge around the world Some of our key findings this year include: The country with the largest representation of international SharePoint influencers was the US with 28% of the top 25. Germany was next with 20%, followed by Canada at 12%. This year the top 25 has 150% more women compared to 2018, with women representing 5 of the 25 influencers. 80% of the Top 25 had a personal blog compared to 48% of the average SharePoint influencer. Our International SharePoint Influencers ranking is formed by many factors, including engagement, frequency of activity, backlinks, follower base, and more. But this list is only representative of a small fraction of the wider SharePoint community. At harmon.ie, we recognize the value in building communities of SharePoint and Office 365 experts around the world. To bring together the key figures in the industry, every year we hold SharePoint Summits; events where business leaders can create new connections and learn about how SharePoint is transforming document management within organizations.
May 2019 | Harmon.ie Team
harmon.ie at the SharePoint Conference: Everything you need to know before you go
It’s an exciting time to work in the Microsoft world, with innovative new tools constantly being announced – putting end users, developers, consultants and IT companies at the cutting edge of business technology. But you’d be forgiven for sometimes feeling almost overwhelmed by the rate that new tools and updates are released. And that’s why events like Microsoft’s upcoming SharePoint Conference are so important. From May 21-23, SharePoint will be taking over Las Vegas, NV, and thousands of developers, business people, consultants and tech companies will descend on the city to get the inside scoop on the world’s leading business productivity tool. These kinds of events are so useful from a business perspective – giving you new insights into the latest updates, meeting industry peers and offering a place to learn about Microsoft’s wider strategy. Whether you’re already signed up, or are still undecided, let’s look at what we can expect from the event and see what harmon.ie will be doing during the three-day SharePoint celebration. A superlative celebration of SharePoint The SharePoint Conference is a unique opportunity to rub shoulders with the great and the good of the SharePoint ecosystem. Microsoft leaders, including Jeff Teper, Bill Baer, Naomi Moneypenny and many more will be giving keynotes, leading sessions and taking Q&A’s. These Microsoft insiders will be revealing future strategy for the platform and announcing exciting updates which will affect how you work in the coming months and years. And it’s not just an opportunity to hear from Microsoft. Many SharePoint leaders from outside Microsoft will also be running events, showing how their products can extend and enhance SharePoint and will be giving practical guidance on planning, architecting, deploying and extending Microsoft tools. Over the three-day event you’ll have the choice of more than 150 speakers, 200 sessions, 20 workshops and over 100 exhibitors in a buzzing exhibition center. harmon.ie at the SharePoint Conference 2019 The annual SharePoint Conference is one of the major events in harmon.ie’s calendar – we’ve been attending for years and have benefited enormously from the opportunities to connect with our peers in the Microsoft ecosystem and collaborate on best practices. This year, we’ve got a busy three days lined up in the Nevada desert: How Hilton is managing its information governance: harmon.ie’s lunch and learn Want to see how you can introduce better information management and governance into your organization? On Wednesday and Thursday, harmon.ie is delighted to welcome Bill Zaklis, Information Governance Director at Hilton to show how the world’s best-known hotel company uses harmon.ie to manage its information in compliance with legislation around the planet in our lunch and learn. Times are: Wednesday, May 22, 12:30 - 1:30pm and Thursday, May 23, 12:30 - 1:30pm in Room 304, Level 3 at the MGM Grand Conference Center. Must-see conference session on Office 365 information management with harmon.ie’s David Lavenda One of harmon.ie’s co-founders and our VP of Product Strategy, David works on the frontline of business information management – indeed he’s researching his PhD on this topic. David will be giving an overview of the end user challenges of finding and working with information in Office 365. His session (Wednesday 22nd, 8:30am) will investigate why users sometimes find it difficult to find information they need on the platform, and then see how the Microsoft Graph can be used to make this easier. Join us for the announcement of the Top 25 SharePoint Influencers! Every year, we analyze how SharePoint experts around the world have helped support the SharePoint community, curating our list of the top 25 most influential community leaders and celebrating their success. On May 21st we will be announcing the winners of this year’s awards – don’t miss it! To see this year’s top 25, read our announcement. Meet us and get hands-on with harmon.ie at Booth #301 harmon.ie will be exhibiting all week at Booth #301 in the exhibitors center, where our friendly teams will be available to show you how our technology works, give you demo’s and answer any questions you have on information management and governance best practices in Office 365. See you at the SharePoint Conference! With just over a week to go before the world’s biggest SharePoint conference opens its doors in Las Vegas, we’re buzzing to hear about the latest updates coming out of Microsoft HQ and can’t wait to see what other speakers and exhibitors have lined up. And, with a busy three days of our own, it’s going to be an exciting event. So, once you’re booked into your hotel and ready to hit the exhibition hall and speaker sessions, make sure you come by Booth #301 and book yourself in to one of our events. See you in Las Vegas!
May 2019 | Harmon.ie Team
harmon.ie 7 is Now Available in Office 365 and Outlook web apps
We are proud to announce harmon.ie 7, the latest version of harmon.ie for Outlook. harmon.ie 7 introduces a host of new capabilities to harmon.ie for Outlook users on the desktop, as well as new innovations for harmon.ie for Outlook web apps and harmon.ie for Office apps users. With version 7, harmon.ie brings to market a fresh new look in Outlook, together with innovative capabilities for intelligent email management and SharePoint/Office 365 adoption. It also introduces, for the first time, topic computing in ‘preview mode.’ With topic computing, enterprise knowledge workers can view their Office 365 information organized by familiar business topics, like names of products, services, customers, and projects. For harmon.ie 7, topics have been optimized to support intelligent email management. If you save emails on SharePoint and would like to be part of the Topics preview program, click here. New look harmon.ie 7 incorporates up-to-date Microsoft Universal Windows Platform and Fluent Design/features, such as icons and other display elements. These new features are available in Outlook on the desktop, in the harmon.ie for Outlook Web Apps, and also in the harmon.ie for Office App. Intelligent email management harmon.ie 7 introduces new capabilities to buttress the already strong offering for email and document management using SharePoint and Office 365, and includes the following: Using topics, harmon.ie identifies emails that are related to the one you are viewing in Outlook. These are likely candidates for email retention. By previewing the emails, you can identify which ones you want to capture. harmon.ie then enables you to easily capture and classify the emails in SharePoint, without leaving your Outlook window. harmon.ie now offers enhanced suggestions for where to save emails and documents. Previously, recent locations were based on where the user recently visited in SharePoint. Now, locations recently accessed within Office 365 are also suggested. To learn more about harmon.ie’s extensive email management capabilities, download the Intelligent Email Management solution sheet. SharePoint/Office 365 adoption harmon.ie 7 provides a brand-new onboarding experience to simplify getting started. A wizard-driven approach is now used to help workers get started by guiding them along the setup and login path to SharePoint. For organizations, this new capability helps drive harmon.ie usage, thereby increasing SharePoint and Office 365 adoption, maximizing your harmon.ie investment. harmon.ie for Office and harmon.ie for Outlook Web Apps In addition to all the great new capabilities in harmon.ie for Outlook on the desktop, harmon.ie continues to innovate across the entire product suite; including new features added to harmon.ie for Office and harmon.ie for Outlook apps, which include the following: New look – the Universal Windows Platform/Fluent design has been incorporated into the harmon.ie apps. Access to Teams in SharePoint directly from the apps. Additionally, new abilities have been added to Microsoft Outlook Mobile that enable users to upload emails directly to SharePoint/Office 365 directly from Microsoft Outlook Mobile. Read more about new mobile capabilities here. harmon.ie is in sync with Microsoft technologies As always, harmon.ie continues to work in lockstep with Microsoft and support the technologies currently supported by Microsoft. As such, as part of the version 7 release, harmon.ie now supports SharePoint 2019 and Office 2019. Plus, a new single sign on to SharePoint 365 sites and Teams has been added. On the flip side, we are discontinuing support for deprecated Microsoft technologies, namely, Windows XP, Office 2007. We will also discontinue support for the following SharePoint versions; WSS3, SharePoint Foundation and SharePoint 2007. (Microsoft discontinued support for Windows XP in 2014, and for Office 2007 in 2017). harmon.ie 7 and Beyond As an organization, we are committed to pushing the boundaries of intelligent email management. And what’s more, harmon.ie remains the best solution for organizations looking to boost Office 365 and SharePoint adoption. Our partnership with Microsoft continues to grow—our solution, for example, is the first to use the power of the Microsoft Graph to bring together data from across an organization’s Office 365 environment. With harmon.ie 7, we are taking another step towards the future. Together with Microsoft, harmon.ie will always strive to deliver better solutions for knowledge workers. To learn more about what’s new in harmon.ie 7, click here. To find out more about how harmon.ie is looking to the future with Microsoft technologies and is revolutionizing email management, get in contact with the harmon.ie team today.
April 2019 | Ram Tagher