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Why Is Anyone Talking About Yammer When We Have (and Love!) Teams?

Microsoft acquired Yammer in 2012 and made it available for their Office 365 customers the following year. Early in 2016, Microsoft rolled out Yammer to their Office 365 commercial customers as “on” by default.  

At the time, I was an intranet manager at an association and decided to go along with Microsoft’s “on by default” rollout of Yammer. Why stop it? I started with a pilot for a few weeks to test it out, and then I opened things up to all staff. I got lots of folks interested in using it, but many wanted “private” groups for their teams to collaborate and communicate. They also heavily used the “private messaging” option in Yammer. They contributed to the public groups for sure, and enjoyed engaging across the org, but they really were craving some “private” options. 

Imagine the confusion, then, when this “Teams” thing was suddenly all the buzz coming from Microsoft just a year later. Group spaces for people to communicate and post files? Check! “Chat” that seemed a lot like “private messaging”? Check! Option to subscribe and get email notifications for missed activity? Check! Plus, the interface was just so appealing, the chat was a much better experience than the “private messaging” in Yammer, and there were so many additional features in Teams.

Why the heck would we still use Yammer now that we have this new shiny Teams toy? 

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Reimagining The Employee Experience & Its Impact On Your Microsoft 365 Investment

If you’re sitting there wondering what the Microsoft Viva announcement means for your organization, you’re not alone.  We’ve received a number of questions about how Viva will impact your Microsoft Teams and SharePoint deployments. I wanted to address what I think this announcement means and how you should think about positioning it within your organization. 

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5 Behaviors Organizations Should Adopt in 2021

Here we are! 2021!  We got off to a bumpy start, but I believe there is reason to be hopeful for a fantastic year!  As we move into 2021 and look at the technology landscape of Microsoft 365, we have a lot of companies who have suddenly been thrust into the cloud.   Some just did the bare minimum to get by while others opened up a whole new world  to their user and the dust is still settling.

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What are Power Virtual Agents?

Power Virtual Agents (PVA) allow you to create dynamic, powerful chat bots for your organization like never before, often without having to write a line of code.

 

 

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Recapture Your Attention by Managing Notifications in Microsoft Teams

How many times have you thought, how could it be this late in the day and I hardly put a dent in my to-do list.   You know you have been working.  You are NOT binge watching the latest Netflix craze, streaming movies, or in a social media black hole.  You really have been at it.  Or so you thought.   

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Personalize Your Microsoft Teams Meetings & Have Fun with Custom Backgrounds

There is something special that comes out of personalizing your surroundings, for this post I will specifically address the work environment.  You be come more engaged and excited about the work you do.   We're in a lot of meetings these days, and whatever small things we can do to make them more enjoyable and engaging, we should embrace!

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