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Boutique development studio delivering practical solutions that enable your cloud based business success!  Toronto, Montreal & Ottawa.

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SharePoint Online & ms tEAMS Modernization

Classic SharePoint sucks!  We’re hard at work moving our long time clients from classic on-premises intranets to the modern SharePoint Online & Microsoft Teams in the cloud. End users are happy, and administrators love living in a modern world.  Not to mention, it’s much easier to create something great!

Migrating to SharePoint Online & Azure

When your company eventually lands on O365, you’ll quickly want to move away from on-premises File Shares & bulky/expensive SharePoint farms. Over the past 12 months, we’ve helped our clients move millions of files online.  How can we help your users access any data from anywhere?

Cloud Education, Training & pLANNING

Educating our clients, is the first step on every project.  We need smart stakeholders, making educated decisions to enable us to do our best work!  We work with executives defining strategy, and create solutions that are easily governed enabling the entire workforce to be productive.

CASE STUDIES / WHAT WE’VE ALREADY BUILT

We thrive on challenge & only take on one or two large projects every year.
Some examples to get you excited! What are your consultants working on?

The Mastercard Foundation: MCF Hub

The Mastercard Foundation, an independent foundation based in Toronto, with over $10B assets, reached out to Making Things Work to review a classic SharePoint Online portal where performance & hence adoption was suffering.

Using ShareGate to jailbreak data MTW reorganized the classic portal into a scalable modern SharePoint architecture.

As part of the redesign, performance issues were eliminated. Additionally on-premises file shares were migrated into Modern SharePoint team sites & on-premises servers were decommissioned. Over 120 collaboration sites were created feeding the MCF Hub (Intranet) with up to date relevant content in just under one year.

MTW automated the migration of almost 1TB Program & Partner data from on-premises file-shares leveraging a Windows Service, ShareGate + Powershell, a SharePoint Team Site and Power Automate. This enabled Business Analysts to request file share metadata exports by setting a status in SharePoint, and moments later be bulk tagging documents in Excel. When tagging was completed, project status was updated and the migration was immediately executed behind the scenes to populate the SharePoint Online site.

Performance Optimization; SharePoint Online; ShareGate Migration; Automated Migration; SharePoint Modern Team Sites; SharePoint Online Hub; Power Automate; Microsoft Forms; Microsoft Teams;

Colas: Bitumen Database

Colas, a major French civil engineering firm specializing in road construction approached Making Things Work to build a SharePoint site that aggregated Bitumen survey data collected via Microsoft Forms from its distributed facilities. Making Things Work implemented a Power Automate Flow that was triggered off a Form submission to populate a structured dataset stored in several SharePoint Online custom Content Types – including automated geo coding and address lookup.

To mine this data MTW built a custom PnP modern search user interface that leveraged the power of Colas existing Bing Maps API to plot locations across the globe on an intuitive map. The best part: all data was available using simple SharePoint search with full browse / refine capability.

To take the data a bit deeper, and encourage collaboration, we stapled on a Microsoft Team to allow members to have conversations around important topics and introduced an Ask The Experts feature.

We presented the bitumen group strategy and several more Microsoft Forms to collect feedback for future improvements. The site serves as a Hub for all Bitumen Team Strategy, Roster Information, and organizes mission critical knowledge into common silos for sharing.

Bing Maps; SharePoint Online; PnP Modern Search; Custom Webparts; Microsoft Teams; Microsoft Forms; Power Automate; Knowledge Management;

McAsphalt: Intranet & Knowledge Base

McAsphalt Industries, a diversified Canadian company committed to the development, production, distribution and marketing of asphaltic products reached out to Making Things Work for help building out their Intranet to develop best practices around Knowledge Management.

Making Things Work took the lead designing an intuitive McAsphalt Intranet Hub allowing the company to promote COVID19 news, Company News, a directory of corporate locations, brand identity information, promote conference content and a knowledge base.

Making Things Work also lead the implementation of Microsoft Teams. As a pilot project, MTW leveraged MS Teams to organize an annual conference. Teams helped with scheduling conference events & locations, enabled users to complete surveys, submit event photos and videos and participate in discussions directly from their mobile phones in the audience. The best part: the conference acted as a training vehicle and employees came home informed and ready to jump in with both feet!

We are waiting excitedly to deploy Project Cortex for auto tagging within the Knowledge Management Portal!

SharePoint Online; Taxonomy; Knowledge Management; Custom Content Types; SharePoint Modern Communication Sites; Microsoft Teams;

Vituity: Organizational Policies

Vituity, a leading health care provider in the USA, with over 25,000 employees reached out to Making Things Work for an introduction to Office 365 and SharePoint Online.
As a means to dip their toes into the O365 platform, Vituity ran a pilot project along side their enterprise ramp-up & launch. The purpose of the pilot was to experience common features of the platform and become more familiar with its capabilities.

The pilot solution included the creation of a modern SharePoint Team Site to hold all Organizational Policies, the migration of policies out of a legacy system / on-premises file share and into the cloud.

MTW delivered a search based solution for policies applying metadata for policy classification, business entity, category with a focus on presenting the correct policy to the correct audience. Policies were divided by both Organizational & Compliance and presented with Top Policies & Search on the homepage.

SharePoint Online; PnP Modern Search; Taxonomy; Custom Content Types; Tagging; Browse Refine;

Dexterra: Document Form Management

A division of Dexterra, Outland Camps providing Remote Workforce Accommodations reached out to Making Things Work to develop standards for document management in the field. As an early adopter of SharePoint Online and the cloud in general, Dexterra had a unique challenge: From remote tree planting projects to major infrastructure installations, the workforce was distributed across Northern Ontario with no central home base and at times, no reliable internet connection.
MTW worked with Outland to develop Microsoft Office Document based Smart Forms that mapped to SharePoint content types and metadata. Completing a document template could be performed offline & automatically synchronized with SharePoint Online when the internet connection came back online.

On top of this MTW developed a wizard like interface to help Outland team members find the correct form flavor of the day and complete the form either electronically or via print & scan. On top of that, a site templating engine to create standard site collections on a project by project basis.

Did we mention Outland was sold 2x and MTW stood behind them migrating their content to not one, but two different O365 tenants?

SharePoint Online; Smart Documents; Site Provisioning; Wizard;

Matthew Stark

Founder of Making Things Work

Matt started his career at Canadian Tire Corporation building business intelligence solutions for an award winning Supply Chain. It was no easy feat for Canadian Tire when forced to defend its business against major American big box retailers entering the market. Matt was very proud to deliver cutting edge tools that improved the bottom line, automated processes, and helped CTC remain competitive.

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