CPS – Responding to COVID-19

CPS – Responding to COVID-19

  • 23 April,2020

CPS has been asked by a number of organisations about supporting and managing volunteers through their Microsoft 365 environments.

Like many organisations, CPS wants to support the amazing efforts being undertaken by the NHS, Key Workers and Volunteers. A discussion with a Local Authority led to CPS developing the solution starter kit that you can download here.

This solution starter is based on Microsoft 365

      1. Enabling volunteers to sign up securely via Microsoft Forms, with semi-automated user creation.
      2. Volunteers are provided with a Power App to view tasks they have been assigned, provide feedback notes / pictures, and mark tasks as completed.
      3. An administrator creates tasks in a SharePoint Online list, assigns to individuals, who can then accept or reject the tasks.

You can extend the solution starter with reporting and any other capabilities you may see useful. We would ask you to share any updates with the community.

Microsoft has stepped up with a number of initiatives. The primary one CPS has looked to utilise is Microsoft’s E1 trial.

New in March 2020, this is a free 6-month Office 365 E1 Trial, including Microsoft Teams. Microsoft is making this special E1 Trial license available in response to the increased need for employees to work from home (WFH) in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

Click here for the full article; you will need to review prior to embarking on using the solution starter.

“In light of the current crisis, Microsoft is focused on supporting our customers, Partners and suppliers across the UK. Our tools and services are focused on supporting resilient operations and are created with accessibility at their heart. So, whether it’s empowering your employees to work productively and remotely or enabling organisations of all sizes in utilising technology to drive business outcomes, our mission to empower everyone has never felt more relevant.”

Cindy Rose, Microsoft UK CEO – click here for full details

I would like to say a special thank you to my CPS colleagues, Jack Binnall for giving up his own time to build the solution starter, and to Al Eardley for his architectural oversight.

If you have any questions about the solution starter please email me at: cpond@cps.co.uk

The documentation and any code / software is provided “as is”, without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and noninfringement.