You may have heard about the InfoPath Funeral, but weddings are so much more fun! You may have heard that SharePoint has officially invited Teams to SharePoint Conference. It’s true. SharePoint and Teams are better together in more ways than one.
The relationship between Teams and SharePoint is an important one to the future of Office 365 and to the future of developers. I’ve heard people say things like… “Should we use SharePoint or Teams?” There are soooo many things wrong with that question. Others may say, we are going to use “Teams, we aren’t going to use SharePoint.” That’s even worse! SharePoint and Teams are made for each other. SharePoint may take a more behind the scenes role, but it isn’t any less important. Teams is the rising star of the show, and it should take a more major role this next year as Microsoft encourages people to move off Skype, but it is so much more than Teams. It’s innovation is in building presence and creating the one place. I could go on and on, and I want to make sure you understood why it’s important for the community to celebrate the union of Teams and SharePoint more officially. This isn’t some temporary thing where Teams goes it’s own path.
To celebrate this engagement the SharePoint & Teams Community would like to invite you to celebrate their union at a wedding.
Where: Miller’s Ale House, (International Drive) 8963 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
When: This will be during the #SharePint which is from 6:00pm-9:30pm. The wedding will begin at 7:30pm
Why: Because we want to. No, this is NOT endorsed or sponsored by Microsoft or Perficient. This is a community event hosted by @spcpartypatrol, Joel365, and Sponsored by ASPE and Crush Networks is covering the drinks, you can thank them. We will likely have other sponsors at the event, and it’s a good reason to have fun!
How: Register to get into the party. We need counts for drinks tickets and stickers.
Microsoft Teams is Hot! We had a fantastic turnout of over 630 registered and 312 who joined me online. I’m sure even more will benefit from the deck and recording so I’m posting it here. I’m also going to include some of the Q&A including some of the questions that I may have missed.
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Q&A From the Webinar:
Q. Please define RACI and DLP –
A. RACI – Responsible, Accountable, Consulted and Informed often used in a sentence like RACI charts. Used with determining roles and responsibilities. DLP – Data Loss Prevention – Features in Office 365 that can be leveraged to report, warn, or block content that matches patterns. Microsoft has over 50 templates out of the box that can be used to identify credit cards, or ID cards and so on.
Q. I thought MS was sunsetting SharePoint. Is Teams taking its place? No No A. No! Microsoft is NOT sunsetting SharePoint by any means. Teams is the new hotness, and it integrates very well with SharePoint as a new interface and even potentially a front end to SharePoint. SharePoint is still a major investment both on premise and in the cloud and continues to grow in Office 365 as a pillar of the platform.
Q. Just out of curiosity, why is not Team Live Meeting used for this session, instead of GoToWebinar?
A. We use Teams for our User Groups meetings broadcasting. You could do anonymous Teams webinars, but it is not currently setup to support self service registration, and is still missing a lot of key features to make it a viable webinar platform. That would be cool and I would welcome it!
Q. Teams or Yammer for executive communication within a company? A. Both. Depends on the size of the company and of the type of broadcast or Q&A you’re looking to do. I do suggest looking at both.
Q. When will Teams officially support meetings and calling in a VDI environment?
Q. Could Teams be an effective task management solution?
A. For consolidation absolutely, look at the rich integration with Trello, Planner, To Do, Jira and Outlook. I think so!
Q. Do you think there is still a need for a corporate intranet when Teams is so robust and can connect to so many other apps?
A. I think this could be the evolution of the Intranet in the long term. In the short term, the intranet should be integrated. Love to explore this with you.
Q. What’s your recommendation for Yammer given how collaborative and conversational Teams is? Is it best used for enterprise-wide conversations?
A. Yes and No. Yammer does enterprise wide outer loop really well and captures knowledge very well. Teams scales to 5000 users, is great for quick conversations and threads, but has some challenges with stickyness. If you come back from being gone for a week it’s difficult to see the most popular conversations in teams, but
Q. Wow ! Team Papers !! Can you please send a link where i can read more ? That was incredible but too fast for us 🙂
Q. We’re moving to the MS PBX solution. Looks like we need to stay with S4B for a while. Any thoughts and insides on the roadmap of teams and PBX?
A. Cloud PBX is going country by country. You could pilot and slowly rollout Teams for collaboration and use Teams where the countries are supported. I wouldn’t let the PBX or Voice portion alone keep us from adoption Teams for the powerful chat, desktop sharing, and collaboration.
Q. Can I use Teams to asynchronously submit document(s) for review (and the reviewers may pass that on serial to more than one person) culminating in a response to the initiator?
A. Yes, with an Approval Flow.
Q. A problem we experienced with SharePoint (cloud) is Microsoft revisions/improvements broke prior working implemented sites. We had constant maintenance overhead just keeping existing stuff working as Microsoft evolved SharePoint. Is that getting better across these tools?
A. Yes, if you focus on using Teams as the interface, it’s an Azure substrate and leverages Exchange and SharePoint Online for storage of messages, files, wikis, history, voicemails and lists. The special sauce is connectors, tabs, and bots… this keeps it fairly easy to migrate, backup, and so on as the data is in files and the focus is on the interface as it is simply an abstraction from the data.
They provide a solution for Microsoft Teams called Team Papers lets you quickly assemble agendas and documents in Microsoft Teams and deliver them to an amazingly intuitive app on team members’ laptops and mobile devices. Participants are better prepared and meetings more effective..
Next year I’ll be raising a glass for Skype for Biz… July 31, 2021. Good ol’ SFBO is retiring! We should plan some kind of online retirement party, maybe we should get an online DJ, What do you think? In fact, in my view we should have a huge global retirement party for Skype for Business Online! It’s been a short, but fulfilling career, but he’s moving over for the new Hotness. Microsoft Teams!
Before we start partying and say long live Teams, good riddance the old has been Skype for Biz Online. I think there are a few considerations that are really important.
Here are 5 things that all companies must consider as part of their migration or Adoption and Change Management of Teams.
(Expect to hear a lot more about ACM – Adoption Change Management in the coming years)
Are we ensuring that users have and have access to the proper Training and Education for a successful deployment/migration?
Do we have the proper hardware and device infrastructure in our conference rooms, soft phones, and to support a good user experience?
Have we properly communicated and listened to our users for departmental solution integration needs in this Teams deployment?
Are we doing a proper job of deploying in an Agile approach to Teams to ensure that we are lighting up the Digital Workplace with integration into legacy and building apps with modern SharePoint, OneDrive and all the critical line of business systems to ensure the dream of a single Hub can be realized over time?
Are we thinking about the convergence of collaboration and communication with the new vision of Digital Workplace?