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How Microsoft Viva Connections Can Help You Build a Unified Workforce

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Microsoft Viva connects a number of the company’s technologies to create a unified experience for users of Office 365. This collaborative platform empowers teams by enabling shared document review, task management, and project collaboration tools. No matter what workspace or device your team uses, it’s all connected seamlessly under one roof.

In this blog, we’ll explore how Microsoft Viva Connections can help you build a unified workforce across your organization by installing it in your computer or laptops. 

What Is the Microsoft Viva Connections Collaboration Platform?

The Microsoft Viva Connections platform is a set of integrations between Microsoft 365 cloud services and other tools that enable teams to collaborate. The platform is comprised of different capabilities you can use to improve collaboration in your organization. These include integrations designed to help teams work together more efficiently. With features such as real-time text transcription, automatic document creation, and team messaging.

Some integrations help businesses automate business processes, bringing together data from multiple systems, with features such as advanced scheduling, conditional actions, and flow aggregation. Because the platform connects various software solutions, you can create a highly integrated experience for your users. 

For example, you can let your team members collaborate on documents using software that supports different file types, or have them engage in team conversations using software that allows you to use different types of communication such as email, voice, and video fro more technical knowledge you can also refer to TechnoBurst.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a chat and video collaboration app that enables teams to communicate, schedule meetings, share and conduct training. It allows groups to communicate in real-time or have one- or two-way conversations with teammates with a variety of tools. Teams can also share content in threaded discussions, edit and create documents while collaborating, and create and manage workflows. It can also share and collaborate on documents, create and manage virtual meetings, and create team campaigns to automate workflows.

Teams for Microsoft 365 Enterprise is a central hub for managing, tracking, and reporting on team activities and projects. This hub makes it easy for teams to collaborate, track their work, manage projects, and communicate. Teams for Microsoft 365 Enterprise is designed for teams that need to manage multiple projects across multiple people. It provides project management features such as Kanban and status dashboards, along with features to manage resources, keep track of expenses, and more.

Microsoft Flow: A Task Management App for Automating Workflows

Microsoft Flow is a management tool enabling businesses to connect applications and automate workflows. These workflows can be anything from recurring tasks that occur across different applications to business processes that are critical to your business but are manually performed every day.

The different Microsoft Flow components include connectors that let you send data between different apps, channels that let you store the data, conditions to control when the flow runs, and flows that let you combine the data in a specific way. For example, you may want to schedule a flow that sends an invoice when a different app generates an invoice. You can use connectors to let the apps send their data to the Flow together, and then create a workflow that will collect the data and run a custom action on it.

Microsoft Flow is available for Office 365 customers who want to automate existing processes and create new business applications. For example, businesses can use Flow to automate recurring tasks across different applications. You can also read about Microsoft’s cloud computing platform- Azure Marketplace here.

Office 365 Groups: An Identity-based Collaboration Platform for Your Workforce

Office 365 Groups enables organizations to create a public or private group for:

  • Sharing content
  • Collaborating on projects
  • Accessing a specific set of resources

Groups can be created with different membership options, such as open or private. The content shared within a group is kept separate from the rest of the organization’s content.

Organizations can create a variety of groups based on specific characteristics like content shared, people who are members, or in a particular location.

Groups can be used to bring together your entire organization to collaborate on projects or create a private channel for sharing sensitive or confidential information with a select group of people.

Microsoft Dynamics 365

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform for your organization that can help your teams better organize their work and resources across departments. Dynamics 365 helps your organization make better decisions by providing insight into data from your systems. This data can help your teams better plan their schedules and activities by visualizing their availability across the organization.

With Dynamics 365, you can assign tasks and track the progress of projects across key areas, such as marketing and sales, human resources and operations, and finance and accounting. Teams can use this data to better organize their workflow and make decisions on how to allocate resources across departments.

Power Bottom-up Collaboration with MS Exchange and on-premises Software

Some businesses use Microsoft Exchange Server for their email infrastructure. With Exchange, you can set up a hybrid deployment, where you use Exchange Online as the cloud-based email infrastructure and on-premises software to house your data.

In this option, your team members connect to their email using either a cloud-based email service on which their email resides. Businesses that use an on-premises deployment for their email hub can leverage the Microsoft hybrid deployment model to connect their existing email infrastructure to the cloud.

Power Bottom-up Collaboration with Cloud Services Only

With this type of collaboration, the team connects only to cloud services and uses Office 365 or Google Apps for Business to connect to their email and other core productivity tools. This option minimizes risk and complexity because it works with the tools and services that your team is already using.

Businesses that have already invested in their email infrastructure have a variety of options for bringing their content into the cloud. They can move their email to Gmail through an email migration service. This enables you to connect your on-premises email infrastructure to Office 365.

Power Top-down Collaboration with Cloud Services Only

Power Top-down Collaboration with cloud services only has the minimum requirements for business collaboration, such as file storage and sharing, and email.

Businesses that have already invested in their own IT infrastructure can leverage the hybrid deployment model. They can bring their data into the cloud using tools like the Microsoft hybrid deployment model.

Conclusion

With the benefits of Microsoft Viva Connections, you can now build a unified workforce across your organization. With these different capabilities, you can now support and empower your workforce with a highly integrated experience.

 

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