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September 2018

Microsoft Teams: Unleash the Power of Teamwork

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams brings chat, content, people, and tools together, all in one hub, wherever you are.

Teamwork is how work gets done. Today, people who work as teams are more likely to be high performers: working faster, iterating quicker, and accomplishing more.

Employees have been using chat tools like text messages and social media with ease for years. Transitioning to similar forms of communication at work is a natural next step for the mobile-first, instant communication-driven workforce. Microsoft Teams is the collaboration tool that enables teamwork at all levels of your organization, making it easy for your staff to work, share, chat, and achievemore.

Chat, calls & meetings for today’s teams: Communicate in the moment and keep everyone in the know. Chat in public or private groups or one-on-one. Audio and video calls are just a click away, and notifications and chat history ensure everyone is kept updated.Host audio, video, and web conferences with anyone inside or outside your organization. Get features like scheduling assistance, note taking, desktop sharing, uploading files, and chat messaging. For big meetings, go live with Skype Meeting Broadcast. Host webinars, all-hands meetings, and other one-to-many presentations with up to 10,000 attendees internal or external to your organization.

Collaborate with integrated Office 365 apps: Teams makes teamwork easy. Access and manage all your conversations, files, and tools in one team workspace. Coauthor and share files with popular Office 365 apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint, and Power BI.

Customize for each team: Tailor your Teams workspace to include content, capabilities,data and apps your teams use every day. Integrate apps from Microsoft and third-party partner services to tailor your process, increasing teamwork and productivity. Tailor your workspaceto get notifications and content from services you care about—Trello, GitHub, Adobe Creative Cloud, SurveyMonkey, and many more.Tabs and Connectors provide quick access to frequently used documents, websites and 3rd party apps such as Trello, GitHub and Asana.

Minimize silos and increase transparency with channels: There is never only one project happening at once. Channels are used to separate content and conversations which will help your team focus on specific topics or areas. Channels are dedicated sections within a team to keep conversations organized by specific topics, projects, department, disciplines and more —-whatever works for your team!  This also makes it easy for different members of the team to see what’s going on when.

Enterprise security, compliance & manageability: Teams is integrated into Office 365, which means it features the enterprise-grade security and compliance you expect from Office 365. Teams is Tier C-compliant at launch. This includes the following standards: ISO 27001, ISO 27018, SSAE16 SOC 1 and SOC 2, HIPAA, and EU Model Clauses (EUMC). Teams also enforces team-wide and organization-wide two-factor authentication, single sign-on through Active Directory, and encryption of data in transit and at rest. Files are stored in SharePoint and are backed by SharePoint encryption.

With Microsoft Teams you’ll unleash the power of teamwork, and Vertikal6 can help you get started on the right foot. We have extensive experience in driving value realization from Microsoft’s teamwork solutions. Our experience with Office 365 including Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, Yammer, and Stream will help you build a culture of collaboration that empowers your employees while adhering to the growing security and compliance requirements. As your partner we can provide guidance and insights you can use to help your employees drive adoption and make the best use of Microsoft Teams within your organization. Contact us today to learn more.

 

Why Your Business Needs a vCIO to Succeed

If you have plans to expand your business, your technology needs to scale with you and support your growth. But, your IT team is too busy with day-to-day tasks to perform comprehensive assessments, research the newest tech innovations and create a strategic roadmap for the future. Hiring a costly executive to oversee your IT might be out of the question, but you’re not out of options. Enter a virtual CIO, or vCIO – an expert or team of experts focused on managing your high-level IT needs, for a fraction of the cost of an in-house CIO.

Here are four reasons your business needs a vCIO to succeed:

Creating a Plan for the Future

Your IT might be keeping pace with your needs today – but, without a strategic plan for growth, the technology underpinning your business gives you headaches or fails altogether. A vCIO assesses your current technology infrastructure and consults with you about your business goals to develop a detailed roadmap for the future. This ensures that your hardware, software, applications and other technology solutions align with your needs, and that you’re not wasting time and money on technology that won’t bring you closer to your goals.

Ensuring Business Continuity

Do you have a backup and disaster recovery plan in place? Do you know where your data is stored and how to access it if your primary systems fail due to a natural disaster, cyber attack or employee error? A vCIO designs a disaster recovery strategy tailored to your business, so you’re protected from every angle. They monitor your network 24/7 for potential disruptions and resolve them before they impact your business. Additionally, a vCIO mitigates the risk of downtime and data loss while updating or migrating systems.

Making Smart Investments

New products and services always sound good – but, how do you know if they’ll actually provide a strong return on investment? Virtual CIOs stay up-to-date on tech innovations and understand which ones will support your business now and into the future. Your vCIO can also help you prepare for aspects of the transition that would otherwise cause unexpected hiccups. Make decisions with confidence, knowing that you’re choosing the best investments for your business.

Meeting Industry Requirements

Whether you’re in healthcare, retail, financial services or another industry, you face a long list of regulations – and failing to comply results in crippling fines. Virtual CIOs develop industry-specific experience, so they can help you meet regulations such as HIPAA and PCI, stay current with standards and protect your customers’ data – and your reputation. They can also make recommendations on the best software programs and applications for your specialized business needs.

Virtual CIOs help you achieve success by adding value to your operations – without the full-time salary, benefits and office space of an in-house CIO. Interested in learning how a vCIO can impact your business? Contact us today to find out.