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The challenges of Office 365 user adoption

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Too many organisations fail to fully understand where they and their employees are at when they decide to move to Office 365 in terms of how they work. The first point in pre deployment is so important. But from experience it is often overlooked. Too often it is seen as a project with a start and end date. That’s why the post deployment elements usually end too quickly. The training sessions are over, the training materials produced and gathering dust and so on. But adoption doesn’t stop. It’s ongoing. So organisations need to plan and cost for that over an extended period of time.     »» Continue reading

User adoption guide for Microsoft Teams

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Microsoft Teams is the digital equivalent of an open-space office environment. It is an entirely new experience which brings together people, conversations, and content. Through easy connections and conversations, Microsoft Teams builds relationships and drives collaboration seamlessly, and opens up opportunities to take your organizational goals to the next level.

Microsoft have introduced a useful new site to help with the introduction, onboarding and user adoption of Teams. There are four documents included in their adoption planning kit. This is taken from the read me file included:

The Microsoft Teams Practical Guide and Planning Workshop Kit are comprised of 4 assets.     »» Continue reading

What is great (and not so great) about Microsoft Teams

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Now available on most Office 365 plans, Microsoft Teams is a chat based collaboration tool based in Office 365 but can be accessed using Windows desktop or mobile apps. It allows you to communicate and share information, files and content in a focused interface. Microsoft call it their ‘chat based workspace’.

A hub for teamwork
Give your team instant access to everything they need right in Office 365.
– All your content, tools, people, and conversations are available in the team workspace
– Enjoy built-in access to SharePoint, OneNote, and Skype for Business
– Work on documents right in the app
– Get rich scheduling features inside Microsoft Teams, plus ad-hoc 1-1 and group calling

Right, what’s so great about Microsoft Teams?     »» Continue reading

Latest updates on Office 365 Groups – yes it’s useful

“Get the Latest on Office 365 Groups – Overview, What’s New and Roadmap” was the presentation at Ignite Australia in February from Microsoft’s Christophe Fiessinger. Download the PowerPoint as it has a lot of useful details in it.

Microsoft Office 365 Groups is the key component of our group collaboration solution, enabling you to move from task to task with cross application group membership (managed in Azure AD). Office 365 apps that are leveraging groups include Outlook, SharePoint, Yammer, OneNote, Skype for Business, Planner, Power BI, and Dynamics CRM. We’ll unlock the following topics: overview & demonstration, administration, and product roadmap.

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How to get quick help with Microsoft Teams

Let’s face it, Microsoft Teams is a great collaboration tool. And it is still only in preview or beta. Onboarding, user adoption and user training is of course a key element in introducing any tool. But Microsoft have certainly stepped up to the plate with Teams. If you go the Chat tab on the left hand menu and look for T-Bot, the automated chat robot. In there you have several options.

  1. Ask a question to the T-Bot and the answers are quick and usually correct.
  2. Choose the Help tab which has a comprehensive list of quick guides
  3. Choose the FAQs
  4. Or choose the videos.
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Confused about Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Groups, Yammer and more?

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Join the club.

Here are five great articles which help explain (somewhat) as to where we are currently and how these collaboration tools can (or can’t be used). It my give you more questions than answers but it will help. Bear in mind Microsoft Teams is in preview or beta and not in a final state. And these tools, as is the way in Office 365, are constantly being updated.

Groups in Outlook vs Microsoft Teams vs SharePoint Online vs Yammer – Jeremy Thake

Behind the Scenes of Office 365 Groups with Microsoft’s Christophe Fiessinger – Dux Raymond Sy

Hubs, Groups, Teams, Sites – trying to understand them all – Loryan Strant

Microsoft Teams & Office 365: Collaboration Overload?     »» Continue reading

Microsoft Teams – first look

So I found Microsoft Teams in my Office 365 tenant this morning and gave it a go. Here’s what I had written yesterday after seeing the announcement.

And. What’s it bloody like?

It’s nice.

Nice???

Yup. Pretty nice indeed. You can also download and install a desktop version which is quite slick and responsive. More on that later.

Reading various articles and commentaries about Microsoft Teams seems to revolve around two words: Choice and integration. Here’s a great one.

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Choice

What collaboration toolset do you want to use in your organisation? Try Outlook. Maybe some Planner. Or SharePoint on its own.     »» Continue reading

Microsoft Teams – another collaboration tool to learn

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Yes indeedy. Microsoft have thrown another collaboration and team work tool into an already growing and confusing mix. Microsoft Teams is the name and it’s aimed squarely at Slack and to a lesser extent Workplace at Facebook (another newish entrant into the enterprise chat/collaboration/teamwork sphere – sorry I hate using the word ‘space’.).

At first glance it simply looks like Microsoft have added a more appealing user interface to their existing Office 365 Groups set up and to ‘package’ it not only in marketing terms but from a technical and end user point of view. If it brings a more coordinated user experience for working in teams and using Office 365 Groups then hey I will wave this flag high and wide.     »» Continue reading