Category: Prepare for Change

The wonderful feeling that your toolbox is complete

Microsoft Ignite is in full swing with almost limitless amounts of information about news regarding improvements and new functionality we can soon expect to be served on our table.

I must say that it has never been so inspiring and exciting to work with collaboration solutions from Microsoft. The toolbox grows and grows and I can, with a clear conscience, say that now we probably have everything (or at least most) we need in Microsoft Teams. It has really and finally become a workspace where you can make all your tools and all your information available in the right context.

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With a little planning of how to put the whole thing together, you and your colleagues can actually soon perform all your daily activities without having to leave the Microsoft Teams interface to open additional systems.

“Everything in one place!”

Here is a selection of some important building blocks that we can use to achieve this:

  • All tasks in one app (Tasks)
  • Build workflows with the new “Power Automate app” in Teams
  • Build your own company-specific apps with integrations with your business systems with Power Platform and make these
    apps available to your teams.
  • Use Power BI to visualize your data in dashboards and reports.
  • Use the new “Home Site App” app to link your Modern SharePoint Intranet to teams and get an overview of news, links, quality systems, handbooks, etc.
  • Use the Yammer app to integrate relevant Yammer networks into different Teams

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The possibilities do not stop here. For me, however, this is the most relevant functionality (for the moment) I need in my toolbox to help companies and organizations work in a smooth and modern way.

If you are eager to learn more about the possibilities with the news in #MicrosoftTeams, please take a look at “What’s New in Microsoft Teams | Microsoft Ignite 2020

How to improve your Governance solution by automating the monitoring of Microsoft 365 Roadmap

Many of you may have read some of my posts on “How to use Microsoft Teams to simplify O365 Governance” and the simple concept I have developed to make everyday life easier for those who have some form of service responsibilities in governance for Office 365.

Nothing is complete (all concepts have improvement potential) and when I read the post “Posting Microsoft 365 Roadmap Items to Teams” by Tony Redmond, I immediately saw how the governance concept I developed can be easily improved by automating the monitoring of Microsoft 365 Roadmap (and others important sources of information). Continue reading “How to improve your Governance solution by automating the monitoring of Microsoft 365 Roadmap”

Things to Know Before Your Organization Opens Up to Use Private Channels in Microsoft Teams

Let me start by saying that I love new functionality that creates opportunities and solves concrete needs, BUT: Having a holistic perspective when managing your organization’s productivity platform is a puzzle with many pieces. In my opinion, there are mainly three pieces you need to fit together as soon as possible if you are to succeed in introducing new functionality into an organization. These pieces are: Continue reading “Things to Know Before Your Organization Opens Up to Use Private Channels in Microsoft Teams”

How to temporarily disable private channels

Private channels in Microsoft Teams are now launched and rolled out to your tenant. You can create private channels for a specific group of team members in a team. Only those people that are added to the private channel will be able to see and write messages in it.

In my previous blog post “Private channels in Microsoft Teams are here but are you ready to release it in your organization yet?” i wrote about what to think of in order to start using it properly.

Have you informed your users about your guidelines for using this Private channels? If you haven’t done so, now is the time to do it. In the meantime,  you can (read: should) disable Private Channels for a time until everyone knows how it works and how to use it.

How do you do this then? It is easier than you think: Continue reading “How to temporarily disable private channels”

Private channels in Microsoft Teams are here but are you ready to release it in your organization yet?

Now you have the opportunity to create “Private channels” in your tenant, but have you informed all your users about how private channels work and how and when to use this functionality? If not, NOW is the time to communicate the guidelines you have for using private channels. (Surely you have developed guidelines?)

“I have a feeling that most of you have not prepared yourself for this rollout and now you stand there with the “Smörgåsbord”  popped up and your users storm in, enjoy the goodies and leaves a very messy table behind.”

Continue reading “Private channels in Microsoft Teams are here but are you ready to release it in your organization yet?”

A seemingly never-ending flood of news from Microsoft Ignite is spreading fast

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Do you have trouble keeping your nose above the surface of the stream of updates that are now spreading across websites and social platforms? Perhaps you try to keep up with the news/updates that is being launched on Ignite but feel that you have trouble filtering everything? Continue reading “A seemingly never-ending flood of news from Microsoft Ignite is spreading fast”

How to view messages from Microsoft 365 Message Center in a Channel in Microsoft Teams

There are many sources of information and many variants on how best to “Stay on top of Office 365 Changes“. In previous articles on Office 365 Governance, I have described how you can use Microsoft Teams to make this update monitoring easier by gathering all information sources in one place.

AllInOne Continue reading “How to view messages from Microsoft 365 Message Center in a Channel in Microsoft Teams”

Guide to configure a basic Governance Team for Office 365

If you are looking for a solution / tool to get you started with Governance in the shortest possible time (and which still gives you great value) I have, in this post, in the Microsoft Tech Community forum for Microsoft Teams, made a step-by-step description on how to configure a Microsoft Team to solve this.

 

Back in Business, but what happened to Microsoft Teams this summer?

If you, like me, have just come back from vacation and been more or less offline, I can inform you that there has been a lot of information about Microsoft Teams during the summer.

I was going to summarize all the news today and post here on my blog but Vesa Nopanen got ahead of me and wrote a really good update so I share it with you here:

“Teams summer summary: what’s new and what is coming out soon

Thank you Vesa for making this compilation!

Time to wake up and use SharePoint for your organization’s intranet.

Stuck with a third-party intranet? Not interested in anything else, or perhaps just unaware of what your toolbox has to offer?

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There are companies that use Office 365 but still have their intranet based on another product. If you use Office 365 I can’t actually see any sustainable argument against having your intranet based on SharePoint.  Continue reading “Time to wake up and use SharePoint for your organization’s intranet.”