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For many businesses, an ideal working environment means easy, secure access to applications, data and systems. It is easier than ever to work remotely, but what about team collaboration? Better yet, what about EFFECTIVE collaboration?
Skype for Business and OneNote are good starting points. We get chat mechanisms, presence, conferencing, desktop sharing and we can collaborate on OneNote notebooks. That's great but we need more.
At Akins, we needed a place to track communication around a project, any associated documents, team chat history and we wanted integration with the project management type task management. Microsoft Teams filled that void.
What is Microsoft Teams?
From a security perspective Microsoft Teams provides the enterprise security and compliance features you expect from Office 365, including eDiscovery and legal hold for channels, chats and files. Available in 181 markets and 19 languages, Microsoft Teams encrypts data at all times, at-rest and in-transit, and includes multi-factor authentication to enhance identity protection. More on this later.
At Akins, we love the integration with Planner, which we use to manage tasks and milestones involved in a project we are executing. We have eliminated a lot of the email hunting that goes on when a reference or prior communication needs to be reviewed by a team member. Everything around the project is stored centrally.
From the official release blog below, pay close attention to the security compliant nature of Teams…
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Customizable for each team
Third, since all teams are unique, we’ve invested deeply in ways for people to customize their workspace, with rich extensibility and open APIs available at general availability. For example, Tabs provides quick access to frequently used documents and cloud services. Microsoft Teams also shares the same Connector model as Exchange, providing notifications and updates from third-party services like Twitter or GitHub. Further, we are including full support for the Microsoft Bot Framework to bring intelligent first- and third-party services into your team environment.