Article

Your Guide to Environments in the Power Platform

Are you worried about Office 365 sprawl? We'll help you learn about environments in the Power Platform.

Power Apps
Power Automate
No-Code/Low-Code
Lists
Article

New Navigation Options for SharePoint Sites

One of the biggest differences between SharePoint Team Sites and SharePoint Communication sites has been the way the navigation works. Microsoft announced a new navigation feature for team sites: the option to change its location from the default vertical to horizontal, which would match the look and feel of communication sites.

SharePoint
Tutorial

Trigger Flows from any Message in Microsoft Teams

If you've ever wanted to take action on a message in Microsoft Teams, we'll show you how!

Power Automate
Teams
No-Code/Low-Code
Article

Why You Should Add O365 To Your Hiring Funnel

Take control and automate your hiring process.

Power Apps
Power Automate
Teams
Lists
Tutorial

All About Guest User Access in Microsoft Teams

Let's explore the user experience of being a guest on another organization’s Teams channel so that you can decide if that method will work for your team on their next project!

Teams
Project Management
SharePoint
Article

Updates coming to Microsoft Whiteboard, will they solve my frustrations?

Microsoft has announced a bunch of new features for its Whiteboard app. I’m going to explore if these features might solve some of my biggest issues with the current Whiteboard App.

Internal Communication
Organizational Change
Productivity Hacks
Project Management
Whiteboard
Article

How Business Leaders Can Leverage O365

Making sure your executive team is staying in touch and efficiently working together can be a challenge. Learn how Office 365 can help.

Internal Communication
Organizational Change
Project Management
Power Apps
Power Automate
Article

3 Types of Power Apps Explained

We’ll help you learn the differences between the three and why you might use one over the other.

No-Code/Low-Code
Power Apps
Tutorial

Avoid Infinite Loops Using Trigger Conditions with SharePoint

If you use SharePoint Lists and Libraries a lot, you probably need to automate tasks and processes related to that SharePoint content. If you don't already, you should know about some simple techniques that can help you avoid race conditions or infinite loops in your flows.

SharePoint
Power Automate
No-Code/Low-Code
Tutorial

Add a Map View + Filters to the Book A Room Power App Template in Microsoft 365

If your organization is coming back to the office and trying to figure out how to use its space effectively, we’ve taken Microsoft’s Book A Room Power App Template and supercharged it with some customizations and features to give your users a great experience for finding a workspace.

Power Apps
Power Automate
Productivity Hacks
Tutorial

Power Apps Navigation Building Blocks

If you want to drive your power apps user experience and adoption rates through the roof, implementing navigation best practices and reusable components is a great way to do that.

No-Code/Low-Code
Power Apps
Article

Task Management in Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 has a lot of task management tools, and it's not always clear which you might want to use in which scenario.

Lists
Teams
Project Management
Productivity Hacks
Tutorial

Power Apps Under the Hood - Editing .msapp Files

If you’re a Power Apps maker, learning how to edit a .msapp file will open the door to tips and tools that will save you a lot of time developing apps.

Power Apps
No-Code/Low-Code
Article

5 Best Practices for Launching a Successful Employee Portal

There is a lot involved in the setup and rollout of an employee portal. Luckily, we have a few best practices that will make the launch painless.

SharePoint
Internal Communication
Organizational Change
Article

What Automation in Microsoft 365 Can Do For You

Looking to automate some of your business processes in Microsoft 365? I bet there's some you haven't thought about yet.

Organizational Change
Internal Communication
Power Automate
Teams
Tutorial

Your Guide to Using the SharePoint Modern Calendar View

We’ll show you how to configure a modern calendar view and a quick way to also display that calendar on any SharePoint page!

SharePoint
Internal Communication
Article

Intro to Microsoft Viva Connections

What’s better than an organization that is informed and engaged? Viva Connections is a new tab that can be added to Microsoft Teams, aimed to surface all the latest news and conversations personalized to the user.

Viva
SharePoint
Internal Communication
Article

What is Microsoft Viva?

Microsoft Viva is an all-new employee experience platform that combines communication, learning, topic knowledge, and insights into your organization.

Viva
Internal Communication
Organizational Change
Article

How Teams Channels Will Improve Your Work Experience

Utilizing Channels within Teams is pivotal to making your organization a happier, more productive place! Here are a few insights as to how Microsoft Teams Channels will improve your work experience.

Teams
Internal Communication
Article

Creating Browser Profiles for Easy Multi-Tenant O365 Logins

A lot of employees must engage in multiple levels of security to authenticate into their work environments. It can seem tedious, but the validation process is a necessary requirement to ensure the right users have the right access. In this piece, we'll talk about how to configure browser profiles that maintain your credentials that securely expedite your login process.

Productivity Hacks
Tutorial

Create Your Microsoft Teams Quickly with Templates

Creating Teams over and over can be repetitive and time-consuming. Templates will greatly reduce the time it takes to launch a new Team, as well as remove any guesswork on how to best structure your channels, tabs, and apps. This allows you more time to start communicating and collaborating within your team.

Teams
Article

Meeting Capture App Overview

Having a productivity app can help streamline your process for meeting with people. It allows you to see a list of your daily meetings (as scheduled in Outlook), and for each meeting, you can view attendees and email them directly, see meeting details, take notes, and more.

Power Automate
Power Apps
Productivity Hacks
No-Code/Low-Code
Tutorial

How to Use Breakout Rooms in Microsoft Teams

Breakout rooms serve to break larger meetings out into small groups. They are especially useful in educational settings, for online training, corporate events, or larger meetings with committees or brainstorming sessions.

Teams
Tutorial

The Ultimate Guide to Playing Among Us as a Team Building (or Breaking) Exercise

The game that took the internet by storm can be a lot of fun to play with coworkers.

Culture
Tutorial

3 Tips for Better Power Apps Forms

Forms in PowerApps can be a pain to the end-user if we don't keep them in mind. With these few adjustments, we can wrangle lengthy forms, prevent users from clicking things they shouldn't, and give them feedback to make sure they're aware of what's going on at all times.

Power Apps
Power Automate
Article

All You Need To Know About Collaboration in Microsoft 365 Groups

Microsoft 365 Groups are a cross-application membership service that allows teams to work together quickly and effectively. When a group is created, a suite of associated resources is made that supply a single hub where team members can easily collaborate, communicate, schedule, and manage projects.

OneDrive
SharePoint
Tutorial

How To Schedule SharePoint Content for Future Publishing

We’ve been waiting for the ability to schedule SharePoint content in the modern experience, and the functionality has finally been released from Microsoft! Here’s your guide to scheduling content for future publishing in SharePoint.

SharePoint
Article

Creating a Help Desk App with PowerApps

If your business needs a help desk app and you currently have a subscription to Office/Microsoft 365, I’m going to walk you through a simple and free solution to get up and running in minutes. I’ll talk about what requirements are needed for this solution, walk you through a demo of the basic tool, offer customization ideas, and then share links at the end to get it setup.

Power Apps
Power Automate
No-Code/Low-Code
Article

3 Reasons You Should Move From Internal Fileshares to SharePoint and OneDrive

Storage of business assets is a core essential need for everyone. No matter what industry you are in, you need a secure repository for documents and files, regardless of how your team is collaborating on them. Let's take a look into why doing away with third-party or on-premise servers in lieu of leveraging the Microsoft Office365 cloud space can save you time, headaches, and even some dollars along the way.

OneDrive
SharePoint
Organizational Change
Article

The New Microsoft Stream (2021)

Microsoft has been continuously modernizing the way that video assets are stored in Office 365. Users may previously recall storing videos in Office 365 Video, SharePoint itself, or the more recently launched Stream application; however, video is quickly becoming one of the most utilized forms of content in Office 365.

SharePoint
OneDrive
Tutorial

How To Use the Gallery View in Microsoft Lists

List views have never been great at displaying visual content. Introducing: The Gallery View in the Lists App and SharePoint.

Lists
SharePoint
Article

All About Project Management in Microsoft 365

Better partner with clients and keep project teams successful by utilizing dynamic tools for project management, communication, and collaboration. Many projects have unique needs that require the use of multiple applications. Microsoft 365 makes this easy by providing exceptional apps that integrate seamlessly together. Try utilizing these apps and eliminate your organization’s need for third-party project management tools!

SharePoint
OneDrive
Teams
Project Management
Article

Tips for Working Remotely

If you work remotely and are having difficulty managing your time, staying mentally and physically healthy, or staying connected with your team, here is some advice that will help you be more successful working from home. These tips stem from my experience of telecommuting for the last several months and struggling with challenges somewhat unique to working where you live.

Culture
Productivity Hacks
Tutorial

How To Communicate Status in PowerApps

When developing modern applications, it is important to communicate what our applications are doing with the end-user. As with anything, results will commensurate with what you put in. Good feedback makes our users feel confident. Even some poorly implemented feedback to the end-user provides them with something to go on. But what’s even worse, is no feedback at all.

Power Apps
Article

Creating a Custom Surface Hub App for a Custom Experience

When we hosted an open house in our studio, we wanted to create a way for people to enter a prize drawing via our large touchscreen Surface Hub device. Let’s explore the custom app we built to make this happen.

SharePoint
ASP.NET
Article

Microsoft Teams Chat vs. Channels

If you are new to Microsoft Teams, you may have noticed that your messaging experience is different depending on how you started the message. This can be a bit confusing at first, but with a bit of background these differences will make sense and you will likely find yourself changing how you communicate going forward.

Teams
Internal Communication
Article

How To Leverage Your Office 365 Subscription

Office 365 is so much more than Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. It gives you access to a wealth of other tools to help your organization communicate, collaborate, and automate business process.

SharePoint
Power Automate
Power Apps
OneDrive
Teams
Article

Onboarding During a Pandemic

Is it possible to successfully onboard a new employee, completely remote? How has COVID-19 changed the way new employees are integrated? Here’s my experience of virtual onboarding, along with some surprising benefits I encountered along the way.

Culture
Tutorial

Automate Your Microsoft Teams Approval and Provisioning

If your business uses Microsoft Teams and you feel like Teams creation is getting out of hand (people are using different naming conventions, they're not clear on the purpose of the Team, or Teams similar to each other are being created), we've got a great approval-based tool that should help streamline that process.

Teams
Power Apps
Power Automate
SharePoint
Article

Clearing Up Microsoft's Naming

Microsoft has been using terminology some users might find confusing. Microsoft Teams is a tool, you can create a Team in Microsoft Teams, but can you create a Group too?

Teams
SharePoint
Article

The Evolution of the Delivery Lead Role

At Bulb we're always looking to improve our delivery process. Learn more about why we adopted the Delivery Lead role to help us meet the demands of the modern workplace.

Culture
Delivery
Project Management
Article

Simplify Your PowerApps Branding With A Theme Template

Ever wish your Power Apps looked better but didn't want to spend the time to make it happen? We've developed a customized theme template that takes very little time to set up and will make all your apps look great and consistent with your brand.

Power Apps
No-Code/Low-Code
Productivity Hacks
Article

Hands-On With Microsoft Lists

Brand-new to the Microsoft 365 Suite is Microsoft Lists. This app builds on the already-powerful SharePoint list foundation and is intended to help you track information and organize your work. At the time of writing it is in a limited release stage, so you may or may not see it in your app panel. Today we’re going to be diving into the new tool and check out the templates and features that are currently available.

Lists
Article

First Look: Amazon Honeycode

Amazon Honeycode, welcome to the quickly advancing world of no-code and low code application development. Though Honeycode is only in beta we started looking around to see what Amazon has to offer with their new product. We have plenty of thoughts about Honeycode and are excited to see where it ends up as it comes out of beta testing and continues to become more feature-rich.

No-Code/Low-Code
Article

Microsoft Teams: The New Workflow

How has Microsoft Teams changed the way people work? Let’s explore what typical job functions can now happen in Teams and why this platform is where you should be starting your day.

Teams
Internal Communication
Organizational Change
Tutorial

Reuse Components Across PowerApps With A Component Library

Now that we’ve created a component, what if we want to use this same component in another application? There are actually a few different ways to import components. For the purposes of this post, we’ll focus on the recommended approach of Component Libraries.

Power Apps
No-Code/Low-Code
Article

What Is Microsoft Lists?

At Build 2020 Microsoft announced a new tool for the Microsoft 365 Suite, Microsoft Lists. Aimed toward helping track information and organize your work, Microsoft Lists builds upon the powerful SharePoint list interface to bring more features and ease of use.

Lists
Tutorial

How To Globally Style Your PowerApp

Now that you’re using a component to create a header on all screens in your application. What happens if you decide the theme or brand colors should change? If you’ve worked with Power Apps before you are probably familiar with the App OnStart options for setting up brand colors for your application. While these settings are readily usable in the standard form controls, it may not be readily apparent how to apply this same concept for components.

Power Apps
No-Code/Low-Code
Article

Stop Emailing Documents! Use SharePoint, Teams, and OneDrive.

There are a lot of downsides to emailing documents. What are some modern solutions to this age-old problem, and how would someone start making this shift?

SharePoint
Teams
OneDrive
Internal Communication
Organizational Change
Tutorial

How To Build a Header Component For Your PowerApp

Managing standard elements across a lot of screens in a PowerApps can be time-consuming and difficult to get everything to be consistent. Components create a single editable instance of these elements that can be used on multiple screens. This creates one source of truth that you can drop on your screens and count on them all being the same.

Power Apps
No-Code/Low-Code
Blog Series

3 Tips to Speed Up Your PowerApps Development

Power Apps is a great tool for building useful applications quickly for your organization. While it may seem like a no brainer tool on the surface, there are techniques and methods that are helpful to understand when building a Power App. Using these techniques will speed up development of your applications, reduce frustration for the “citizen developer” and produce an overall better user experience.

Power Apps
No-Code/Low-Code
Article

My First Month at Bulb

Considering changing jobs? Or even careers? As daunting as it can seem to put together the perfect resume, complete dozens of applications, and potentially learn new skills, finding a company and position that bring you greater happiness and satisfaction totally make it worth the effort. For me, recently becoming a tech consultant at Bulb Digital has been everything I’d hoped and more.

Culture
Article

A Business Case for Sustainability

While some business leaders may think that being a good citizen and maximizing profits are mutually exclusive, that’s just not the case. By making a concerted effort towards sustainable work practices, companies are able to deliver environmental, financial, and social benefits to their business.

Culture
Article

Bringing Our Values to Life

After defining the values of Bulb Digital, we wanted to come up with some creative ways to showcase and add reminders of them to our work day.

Culture
Article

The Values of Bulb Digital

In everything we do we try to provide value to our customers, to our community, and to one another. Because of this, value is a term which is very important to us. When we say it, we don’t strictly mean money, but also the principles and standards that we strive to live by. These standards are ingrained into our business practices and are championed by each and every bulb in the bunch. We’ve written some of these values down to serve as mantras to live by.

Culture
Article

Why Do We Do Birthday Breakfast?

A couple of years ago, we decided to carve time out of a busy week to make breakfast together in celebration of one of our team member’s birthday. This act has grown into something much more than recognition of a life milestone. Now, it’s an essential aspect of our organization’s culture.

Culture
Article

When to Build a Low-Code Business Application

Low-code development is emerging as a key strategy for many businesses in today’s digital environment — and its growth isn’t showing signs of slowing down. Gartner estimates that low-code solutions will make up 65% of app development by 2024.

Power Apps
No-Code/Low-Code
Article

How to Integrate Executive Team Collaboration Into Your Workplace

As today’s business environment grows increasingly complex, more executive teams are turning to collaboration to empower their teams and drive best practices throughout their organization.

SharePoint
Teams
OneDrive
Organizational Change
Article

Custom Office Furniture

When we moved into our new studio we had a strong desire to put our unique interests and collective style into as many aspects of our space as we could.

Culture
Article

Which Monitor Setup Is Right for You?

Three 24” screens or One 43” 4k screen?

Culture
Article

The Greenhouse

If we could have one of every plant, we would... and believe me, we're trying! We're excited to continue sharing the story of how we're building a studio that supports the work we do.

Culture
Article

Intro to the World of Mechanical Keyboards

We believe you simply can't appreciate how this tool can improve your work experience until you’ve used one. We're happy to provide insight into the tools that we love to use!

Culture
Article

Coffee For All

How might we create a studio we love? As always, we start off ready to dive into some brainstorming around an idea or problem related to the experience we’re working on. In this case, our studio coffee experience!

Culture