April 3, 2017 Technology

5 Reasons Why Microsoft Teams Will Boost Productivity in Your Organization

For years, the world of office productivity suites has been struggling to catch up with the social content aggregation platforms that seem to rule our everyday lives. The shift has often resulted in confusion (“How is this tool different from the others?”) and apathy (“Another tool to learn how to use”). With the release of Microsoft Teams, the landscape of productivity tools becomes much more lucid. Here are five reasons why Microsoft Teams will transform how your organization works:

1. All the Functionality You Need in One Tool
The interface and experience of Teams are designed to bring persistent chat to the forefront of business workflows. That focus can lead new users to believe that Teams is meant solely for quick or “fluffy” communications. However, once onboard and building workflows, the depth inside the tool becomes clear. Integration with Skype for Business, Outlook Calendars, OneDrive, OneNote and SharePoint shows that Teams was designed with varying levels of speed and depth of exchange in mind.

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Microsoft Teams’ integration with Skype for Business, OneNote, Outlook Calendars, SharePoint and OneDrive provides a rich workflow experience.

2. Communication That Fits Your Style

Teams allows your contributors to provide input in the way that best fits their communication style. Whether you prefer lean messages or more traditional email communications, Teams works seamlessly to support different communication structure preferences. This leads us to the third reason.

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Microsoft Teams is built with differing communication styles in mind. Tweet-style instant messaging or more traditional email structure are both supported.

3. Bring Others Into The Conversation – Whether They’re on Teams or Not.
Are you collaborating with people who aren’t on Teams? No problem. You can add others (both internal and external to your team or organization) while maintaining content security and control.

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Bring external contributors into discussions while controlling access to your content.

4. Easily Bring in Content Sources Relevant to Your Team 
Have an RSS feed with blog content that supports the team you’ve created? Add it! Does Twitter provide a stream of data important to your team or channel? Bring the content in! Over 80 connectors are currently available, and the list is constantly growing – ensuring you can build Teams that bring in all the data relevant to your workflows.

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Add the content you need to communicate important information to your team.

5. Rise of The Machines – in a Good Way.

The internet bot – a longtime irritant to most – has recently made great strides toward performing tasks that provide true business value. With Teams, you can enable different bots from those currently available or bring in one of your existing bots. Search the ever-expanding list of bots and find the ones that automate processes and enhance your experience the best.

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Add bots to your Teams experience.

Bottom Line
For anyone who’s using cloud-based collaboration tools, the landscape has changed with the introduction of Microsoft Teams. Collaboration tools that are seamlessly integrated into your organization’s productivity stack will provide a much richer experience, while also storing content and conversations inside your organization for searchability and historical reference. Teams may be new on the scene, but with the benefit of Microsoft development and support, this application is positioned to claim a large space in team collaboration.

Ready to learn more about how Microsoft Teams can change how your team collaborates? Schedule a Customer Immersion Experience session.