Posted on May 8, 2020

Teamwork, Teams and Office 365

Every team is different; which is why when it comes to collaboration there is no one size fits all approach. Office 365 is meant to satisfy the unique needs of each individual team, empowering people to chat, discuss, collaborate, and achieve more with purpose-built, integrated applications. This would explain clearly why Office 365 and Teams integrate well together.

When deciding which Office 365 apps and services to integrate for use, think about the work your organization does and the types of conversations your teams need to have.

Teams, as the center for teamwork, is where people – including people outside your organization – can actively connect and collaborate to get things done. Have a conversation right where the work is happening, whether co-authoring a document, having a meeting, or working together in other apps and services. Teams is the perfect place to have informal chats with friends, iterate quickly on a project, work with team files, and collaborate on shared deliverable s. While Teams has a lot of functionality such as the ones mentioned above, it is its tight integration with a variety of other products which makes it possible.

OneDrive for Business for storing files and sharing them with people that a user sends invites to. Content that a user saves to OneDrive for Business is private until the user shares it with others, making it the simplest and best option for storing personal and draft documents that aren’t meant to be shared or are not ready to be shared. Integration of One Drive with teams allows you to store and look at the documents many times and you can also make modifications to your content from anywhere and it would automatically sync the changes we have made to the content. It’s integration with teams will let us share our stored files only when we want to or are ready and file recovery is also possible through the history.

SharePoint was designed as the space for sites, portals, intelligent content services, business process automation, and enterprise search. SharePoint keeps content at the centre of teamwork, making all types of content easily shareable and accessible across teams. Sharepoint shares a tight integration with Outlook, Yammer, and Teams that enables seamless content collaboration across conversation experiences. While its functions are like one drive, SharePoint is meant for team collaboration, in the case where you are working by yourself it is better to store your documents to One Drive which affords more privacy. The advantages of an integration with SharePoint is the fact that you can search, find and share all the necessary documents all from a single platform and you can access and work on a document in collaboration with your team.

Outlook was designed for collaborating within the familiar environment of email and in a more formal and structured manner or when a more targeted and direct communication is required. The benefit of integrating teams with Outlook is that you can share all the content of an Outlook mail and its attachments to a Teams Chat channel, instead of downloading the attachments and then sharing it. This will allow users to privately discuss the email thread in teams without having to forward the mail to anyone. The sharing of the attachments will also make modifications easier to do, rather than having multiple copies of the same document.

Yammer is used to connect people across the organization and drive company-wide initiatives, share best practices, and build communities around common topics of interest or areas of practice. Crowdsource ideas to foster open discussions with people across the corporate world. The benefit of this integration is that you can follow topics feed from teams, have conversations in Yammer from teams and also discuss the Yammer conversation with others in Teams.

Office apps comprises of all the familiar tools that people know and use regularly, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Adding this integration to teams allows users to collaborate on a single PowerPoint or word, all while keeping a steady conversation going with your other team members.

With Microsoft Teams you’ll unleash the power of teamwork, and Korcomptenz will help you get started on the right foot. We have extensive experience in driving value realization from Microsoft’s teamwork solutions. Our experience with Office 365, including Microsoft Teams and SharePoint, will help you build a culture of teamwork that empowers your employees, while adhering to the growing security and compliance requirements.

From this we can see that Teams and Microsoft Office 365 products integrate well together and together offer a variety of services which helps improve productivity. The following infographic better shows the relation between Teams and related productivity services.

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Contact us today to find out how we can help you deploy and leverage Microsoft teams efficiently and quickly and switch on the power of teamwork in your organization!

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