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Is training in IT software essential?


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By Katy Alderton, founder and director at KA Training Services Ltd


keep up with it. What software should I be using? Is it compatible with my hardware? Does it do what we need it to do? How do you know? Who can we trust to give us the correct answers in a language we understand? For many, the IT world is a minefield. Knowing where to turn, the questions to ask and what to invest in can be daunting, especially for smaller companies without their own IT department. Many people opt for Microsoft


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software. This is the most widely used Office software around, and for most people it does what they need. Office 365, where a monthly subscription is paid per user – the more users, the cheaper it is – is fast becoming the standard office software both in the UK, and internationally. Companies are choosing it as their standard, not only because it is easy to use, has constant updates and each area works together, but because of the security benefits too.


Looking at the Microsoft suite of packages:


echnology and software changes so fast and many of us wish we had more time to


• Outlook is mainly used for email. But did you know you can colour code appointments in your calendar, and schedule Teams or Zoom meeting from here (more on this below)?


• Word for word processing – but did you know you can create a table of contents for an entire document in just a few short clicks?


• Excel is used for spreadsheets – but did you know that by pressing F11 in a spreadsheet it will generate a chart?


• PowerPoint for presentations – did you know you can have a rolling screen presentation to music if you want it?


But there are many other


Microsoft packages that work extremely well and integrate totally with the main four. For example: Power BI. This is an amazing


piece of software that goes above and beyond what Excel will do as regards data analysis. And Microsoft is currently rolling it out to business users for free. Type “Power BI dashboards” into Google and


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