Taking Viva and Enhancing the User-First Experience Beyond Personalization.

Employee experience reimagined

Microsoft Teams has become the de facto irreplaceable way to get work done with brilliant chat, meetings, and channels for collaboration. In addition, Teams delivers on a platform of communication with productivity solutions, app catalog, and a customizable app platform, enhanced by the Viva employee experience for engagement.

The out of the box features really put it in a great position to show a wealth of rich collaboration and communication features, that not only, blow away the competition, but set up teams for modern teamwork. The Office online productivity suite that’s built into Microsoft 365 snaps right into teams seamlessly, even better than native SharePoint. So what are some of the other features that make it stand out?

Well next, the app platform is a gold mine for hundreds of first and third party apps with rich integration from the likes of Salesforce and Service Now and so much more. The pure scale and repeatability of business solution building starts as well as templating from lists in SharePoint, templates in Teams itself, and then expends seemingly, endlessly, with the Power Platform of development tools from the likes of Power Automate and Power Automate desktop for workflow, and connectors from hundreds of repositories and line of business applications. What can’t you connect, or automate, and streamline now?

Power Apps, the low code no code, power house of app building and construction for mobile, desktop and cloud construction of solutions that really span worlds. Power BI for charting and reporting bringing that right into your Teams workspace channels, tabs and feeds. Then Power Virtual Agents for construction of chatbots. Let’s not forget the star of the show….

Viva – the plumbing for bringing the latest and greatest investments from Microsoft and your Intranet on SharePoint into Teams.

The new Viva killer apps from Viva Connections, the plumbing for bringing the latest and greatest investments from Microsoft and your Intranet on SharePoint into Teams. The new SharePoint and Teams app bar brings in ways to bring the intranet and employee experience of Hubs, and introduces a more integrated SharePoint experience in Teams all with a powershell script, with a roadmap and a price that’s sure to please. It’s time to get serious about your information architecture from Hubs, but also your terms and topics to support Viva Topics and SharePoint Syntex, which bring knowledge and expertise to search, and the Topic Center to Teams. Viva Learning brings an enterprise of Learning Management into an integrated platform that’s just in time on Teams. Pull your Microsoft learning and skilling into any Team and share it in the channels.

Courseware no longer needs to be something that is a day or week, but instead integrated into the day with smaller bite sized learning with recommendations rather than force feeding. Viva Insights rounds out the most recent, but not the last as Microsoft promises there are more of these employee experiences to come. Viva Insights app starts with the individual providing insights to productivity and well being and based on large enough organization it can provide a comprehensive anonymized look at large teams, groups, and divisions, with productivity recommendations for the organization. You may be surprised. Maybe you haven’t been taking enough breaks or 45 minute meetings may be better as meetings aren’t starting on time.

Teams as a Platform has been enhanced with the Viva employee experience and it’s a fantastic opportunity to get your enterprise communication and collaboration platform in order… where is that architect anyway? Some may find they had someone providing guidance during an intranet build out, but this release is a fantastic time to revisit the employee experience of your M365 solution as a whole.

Many intranets may not be modern, communications and news focused, or hierarchical with information Hubs. It is time for a health check to evaluate Employee engagement in context of the new solutions as this Viva enhancement (especially Connections and Topics) is really an upgrade to SharePoint, and Teams, and is not to be ignored. Now is the time to not look at this release as off the shelf features, but instead as the upgrade we’ve all been waiting for. It’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work on a long overdue employee first strategy.


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Valo Solutions, the host for this 07/29 Information Webinar, registration below, is a gold solutions partner to Microsoft providing many offerings related to, not only, filling gaps, but complete solutions, for turn-key modern intranets, extranets, connections, and engagement platforms for Teams and SharePoint solution management.

It is time for this core essential strategy and awareness to kick-off! It is fundamental for corporate communication, intranet teams, extranet solutions, marcom, and Human Resources, to get on board with this latest wave of Teams as a Platform and the Viva Enhanced Employee Experience… all in a platform you invested in long ago.

Join me, Joel Oleson for an information Webinar on this Topic and More! If you liked what you saw here and want more… You can join me on a Webinar where I will dig into Viva Enhanced, Teams As A Platform.

Webinar: Viva Enhanced, “Teams As A Platform”
Date: July 29th, 2021 at 10 am or 1 pm (Pacific Time)
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