Office 365 Distilled EP 40: That big four OH here we go again!

Between Jurassic Park quotes and the usual banter, the boys revisit the big topics they talked about during the last 39 episodes for our big 40! And we have an amazing whisky with a story to go along with that!

Asking why

Simon Sinek‘s most known book gets you asking the most important question first: Why are we doing this?

Why do you want to go to Office 365? Why not something else? How do you justify the money? How do you explain this to your end users?

Digital illiteracy

Getting users up to speed is so difficult. They aren’t paid to do this. Wit Covid and Microsoft Teams, onboarding the new tool was so smooth and easy. Suddenly everyone is meeting and chatting in Teams, without that much of training and explanation. What will that mean for the digital illiteracy in our organisations?

Baseline governance

Such a big topic that we had to spend 2 episodes on! Getting Teams in the organisation for a project the boys did saw a manager getting the benefits very early. That was a driver for the whole project, getting baseline governance in place to roll out the application.


The daily mails Cortana is sending are just awesome. It is remarkable she doesn’t get angry when you don’t do the things she tells you to do. Would adopting this be as hard as rolling out Delve? Maybe we will see this when we another 40 episodes.

Metadata vs Folders

With Teams we don’t have that default metadata setup that we have always been pushing. But how do we get our critical data to a place that is available to us, in a great structure? Will Cortex get us the push back into metadata? It is going to be an exciting 2021!

Whisky from a 200 year old barrel

The 40 th episode needs a proper amazing whisky. With a barrel price of 6000 euro (just for the wood), coming from a 200 year old oak tree that doesn’t grow straight this sounds like the perfect dram. Why would you want to do that?

Mizunara barrels are notorious for the price, given the oak is very strange in the way it grows. The cask strength Kaiyo whisky that we taste today had a big journey from Japan to Scotland in those barrels.

With a nose of old feet (like cheese) at first, with oak coming through later, it is a flood of fruit that explodes in your mouth! Plums, tropical fruits, a touch of hospital flavor, salty and a great aftertaste, this whisky is nothing like it smells!

It is a typical thing with these Mizunara casks, you need to keep it for a long time otherwise it will taste harsh. The wood is just too big and it needs to settle before it is drinkable, but when it is… it is crazy amazing!

About: Marijn

Marijn Somers (MVP) has over 14 years experience in the SharePoint world, starting out with SP2007. Over the years the focus has grown to Office 365, with a focus on collaboration and document management. He is a business consultant at Balestra and Principal Content Provider for "Mijn 365 Coach" that offers dutch employee video training. His main work tracks are around user adoption, training and coaching and governance. He is also not afraid to dig deeper in the technicalities with PowerShell, adaptive cards or custom formatting in lists and libraries. You can listen to him on the biweekly "Office 365 Distilled" podcast.

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