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.
“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
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.
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.
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.
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.”