SKILLS & TRICKS
Its been one year since Microsoft Teams was launched and it has been a tremendous success for Microsoft as SLACK is loosing its grip in the market. With O365 and other third party integrations within Teams, its much easier to have a shared chat based workplace without the need to use different systems.
I have previously written about How to Get Started, Concept and Usage Scenario and Microsoft Teams Implementation Checklist. Its time to revisit Microsoft Teams and go through some of the fundamental features and capabilities it offers. I am going to highlight each and everyone of those in as much detail as possible so that when you start using Microsoft Teams - you already know your way to get around.
We will be going through the following:
As usual I am late, I think I am getting used to it with updates and news flowing in from all directions – it’s hard to keep a track of stuff and post about it. Just came back after a week of learning from Sitecore Symposium in Las Vegas and thought about writing something on it, opened the To Do App and found that I need to first finish this piece before I jump on Sitecore.
Microsoft Ignite happened last month with a lot of WOW factor and I can also see some IT Pros even questioning the Wow now, particularly the guys still using SharePoint on Premise. It’s common to have two sides, the first is always about how cool it is and this will be a game changer but sadly the second is more of complains and the learning curve about how to get it right under the current circumstances. (It’s a pain to adjust business processes with updates if not properly planned and thought)
Let’s jump in to what was shared with us during the SharePoint Ignite 2017 sessions and try to constructively look at each one of them.
In the last few post we completed the planning , concept and usage scenario of Microsoft Teams. Now its time to create a implementation checklist and its pretty straight forward. At the end of the post you will find the link to the excel file which contains all the required checklist items :)
Microsoft Teams and O 365 Licensing
Microsoft Teams license is enabled for all users assigned with the eligible Office 365 subscriptions and there are no differences between the different Office 365 subscriptions, the availability of the compliance capabilities does rely on the correct subscription level.
Assuming that you have read the previous post and have completed your initial planning for Microsoft Teams - now its time to focus towards concepts and usage scenarios. We will come to the implementation phase as well and in a way we are already doing it, one step at a time.
This post will be more focused and relevant to the following :
The plan is to implement Microsoft Teams, which brings chat-based workspace in Office 365 where users have a open space office environment to have conversations and collaborate with each other while building relationships.
One of the first question which comes to mind is, we are already doing it with Outlook, SharePoint, Yammer, etc so why do we need Microsoft Teams?
Below is a simple breakdown of how most organizations actually use all these applications and where does Microsoft Teams fit in.
Microsoft Teams is now available for O 365 Users and a lot is being talked about, from Slack comparison to its features and how / when to use it. I was under the dilemma like most users on how to get started with it and when to use it? If all of what is said, is available in Teams then why do we have Yammer, Outlook, Delve, SharePoint Intranet, OneDrive, etc.
I have broken down this post in to two and here is the first part which actually lets you do the planning. After doing a bit of research and playing around with it, i was able to come up with the following:
- O 365 Package
- Exchange & SharePoint Hybrid or Online
The two above will help you in starting the conversation on Teams in the right direction.
Questions you should ask your customers or internally in the organization to layout the path for using Microsoft Teams.
We often face the challenge of convincing customers that O 365 is the right choice for Digital Workplace and it addresses nearly every aspect with builtin functionality.
In the developed countries its much easier but if you are some where in the APAC region and particularly in South East Asia you will get a list of objections and if your Sales is not up to the game they might give up on the deal.
Below is a simple list which i am sharing and you can add more stuff in to it for Microsoft Teams, Planner, Delve, etc