Group collaboration, communication and more

With Teams, Microsoft have added another tool to their formidable Microsoft 365 satchel. This workspace tool is designed to improve how people communicate and carry out their job responsibilities, using a chat-based platform built for office conversations and content. Communication is fundamental to any organisation, so ensuring you have the necessary tools available to facilitate it is key to success – and Teams alters the way colleagues keep in touch and share information during projects to make it a much more dynamic process.

A single pane of glass looking into multiple apps

Teams should be considered the one-stop shop for your business in terms of collaboration. It acts as a window looking into other Microsoft 365 office applications, such as Word and Excel, and content management and document sharing tools like SharePoint. It is also the front end that your employees will use to host and record meetings, chat, and create and send files. In short, Teams brings together multiple experiences in one powerful, central, and easy-to-use interface.

Real-time responses, simple collaboration

The Digital Age has led to the need for fast responses. Email still has its uses, but apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger have conditioned people to require replies from colleagues as quickly as they would in a spoken conversation. Microsoft Teams offers persistent and threaded chats, visible to all team members, and which are kept in one place. Historical conversations are searchable, separate channels (both public and private) can be set up, and video and voice conferences can be launched with the click of a button.

Increase Teams’ power with an extensive app store and API

Microsoft Teams comes with the ability to add in apps, both from Microsoft and third parties, as well as the option to develop your own. For instance, Planner offers a free out-of-the box task board that works similarly to expensive tools like Kanban, Monday or Trello, while the Ideas app lets you create polls on the fly – perfect for canvassing suggestions from your employees. OfficeLabs has experience in rolling out Teams across enterprise businesses and advising on the best applications for integration based on your company strategy.

With the Teams API, you can integrate PowerApps you’ve built yourself, or commission OfficeLabs to create bespoke applications for you which fit seamlessly into your Teams environment.

Have a look at some of the Teams solutions OfficeLabs have provided to satisfied customers:

Digitised and automated document signing – OfficeLabs integrated Teams with Adobe Acrobat Sign in an elegant solution which required only the title, sender and recipient email addresses – but which then allowed the digital signing of pre-built Non-Disclosure Agreement templates, which were automatically sent to all parties.

Teams and Intranet Integration – A client had a requirement for a modern SharePoint intranet to be made available through the Teams application. OfficeLabs utilised Viva Connections within Teams to surface SharePoint directly in the Teams app, which allowed management to push out company-wide news in a single place.

Microsoft 365 Credit Control Platform – in one of OfficeLabs’ largest bespoke developments for international engineering company Kone, Teams was one of many applications integrated into a credit control platform which replaced their archaic system of Excel spreadsheets.

How Can OfficeLabs Help?

These are just some of the benefits Microsoft Teams can offer your company. When you book an appointment with an OfficeLabs consultant, they will talk to you in depth about your business needs, and how best to utilise the power of Teams. Remember, Teams is just one tool in the Microsoft 365 suite — OfficeLabs will ensure you get the most out of each application. Making sure your business runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible is why OfficeLabs has been chosen by both FTSE 250 companies and huge public sector bodies, and our no-jargon approach will let you talk to us with confidence about your requirements.

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